One Hundred Twenty-One.
Thursday, 2010.02.11, 2:01 PM CST.
years of "Enjoy the Silence!"
Current Mood: Optimistic again.
Current scent: None.
I ever wanted
All I ever needed
Is here in my arms.
Words are very
They can only do harm."
it's time for another update. Things here at Casa de Badger have
been going okay. I've been slowly recovering from the Legionnaires'
Disease, taking my antibiotics and measuring my lung output regularly.
I am slowly but surely getting better. Thank you to everyone
who has wished me well.
years ago last Friday (February 5th, 1990), Depeche Mode released "Enjoy
had intended to write a Journal Entry about it last Friday, but life
kind of got in the way, as it sometimes does.
the Silence" was Depeche Mode's twenty-fourth single release.
Following "Personal Jesus" on August 29th, 1989, there was
a strange "gap" in DM releases. (The full Violator
album wasn't released until March 20th, 1990.) "Personal
Jesus," of course, was a huge success; at the time, it became the
biggest-selling 12" single so far for Warner Brothers. So,
fans anxiously awaited the follow-up.
we got was "Enjoy the Silence." Arguably one of their
best songs, "Enjoy the Silence" also became one of their biggest
commercial successes, especially in the United States where it enjoyed
a spectacular amount of radio play, even on "pop" stations.
Depeche Mode's fan base grew immensely due to this single, and as a
result, when Violator was finally released, it became the top-selling
album in the band's history. (At this point, in fact, it has sold
over 10 million copies.)
song was such a success that in 2004, Mute Records decided to release
updated versions of the track, including remixes by Timo Maas, Ewan
Pearson, Richard X, and a drastic new rock-oriented "reinterpretation"
by Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda. A brand-new (well wicked) animated
video was also produced, featuring the Shinoda version.
the Silence" is not one of my absolute favourite Depeche Mode songs,
but it is easily in my top 10. It's absolutely beautiful and musically
is one of the band's greatest compositions.
song itself brings back a wealth of memories:
- I remember,
during one of my high school classes, having my best friend Kevin
tell me that he'd heard a "new" Depeche Mode song on KTOW
(Tulsa's long-gone, incredible alternative radio station). I
had no idea that they were releasing a new song, so of course I was
- I didn't
get to hear the new song on the radio before Mohawk Music brought
the original (standard edition/blue cover) UK 12" single in.
As soon as that 12" arrived, I ran into Tulsa, bought it, and
headed back home.
- A week
or two later, the limited 12" single (yellow cover) arrived at
Mohawk, and the domestic 12" with "The Quad: Final Mix"
(a phenomenal 15-minute combination of four different remixers' efforts)
arrived at Buttons. I bought them both right away as well.
- A while
after that, the extra-limited (black cover) 12" arrived at Mohawk,
featuring "The Quad: Final Mix" on one side and a special
"DM" etching across the other side. Of course, I picked
that one up too.
- My DJ
mentor Dave and I agreed that the first quarter of "The Quad"
was the best mix of the song released so far at the time, so that
became our mix of choice to play at gigs. I specifically remember
him playing it (for the first time at one of his gigs, I think) at
a party at one of our friends' houses. A bit after that, at
the same party, we all sat around watching the film Parenthood.
During the film, I sat next to some girl, from another school district,
who kept sucking my fingers, and I was too ignorant to realize that
she wanted to do more. Yeah, even at 18, I was a naive kid.
- I remember
playing the full "Quad" - all four sections - at my house
during the second half of EKG's first Duohouse Pilgrimage party on
April 14th of 1990. It was my first date with "J,"
a girl from my high school who would soon become my first really "serious"
girlfriend, then later move away and cheat on me like a cheap trollop.
- In July
of 1990, during my first Depeche Mode concert in Dallas, I got to
see them perform "Enjoy the Silence" live, complete with
rose-shaped gobos in their intelligent light system. It was
amazing. (I've since seen them perform it six more times, and
for many dM fans, it's been considered one of the highlights of every
- In September
of 1990, I had a long, drawn out discussion about the lyrical meaning
of "Enjoy the Silence" with a female acquaintance of mine
at Tulsa University. She basically explained that in her opinion,
the song meant to "shut up and enjoy the moment."
That conversation was actually one of the best memories I brought
out of my time at TU.
It is absolutely
shocking to think that "Enjoy the Silence" is now 20 years
old. I'm going to have a lot of "shocking" feelings
like that this year, though, since it's 2010.
quite all) of my "Enjoy the Silence" vinyl collection, from
USA 12". UK standard edition 12", limited edition 12",
and extra-limited etched 12".
"Enjoy the Silence 04" UK promo 2x12", standard 12",
limited and extra-limited "Remixes 04" packages (of other
Filipe Inoa Patrone + Serebe Kironde Remix 12" and some other white-label
remix 12". :)