Weekly Round Up – Aug. 22, 2012

With three Depeche Mode-related projects in promotion cycles and a new DM record on the horizon, the internet has been abuzz with news. Some weeks are all quiet on the western front, and some weeks they roll out on social media faster than I can catch, listen/watch and post them. The weekly round up will attempt to catch the juicy media that pop up each week.

This week, Glen_101 discovered a little piece of Depeche Mode radio history in his collection and shared it on Soundcloud for all to enjoy. Here’s Richard Blade debuting “But Not Tonight” on KROQ in 1986. I especially like how he noted Stripped was the main cut, and the following song is Erasure. If I had KROQ in the 80s I probably would have been in heaven…

Alan Wilder is promoting his work on the new Spirit of Talk Talk tribute project, posting the video for Recoil’s cover of “Inheritance” on YouTube. The video and the song are quite creepy, as Recoil is wont to do… I like videos with a narrative, though I can’t say I understood it from first watch. I wasn’t sure if an Ironman from Hell was haunting a business man’s dreams…! The sound of the song has signature Alan Wilder style that has appeared in Recoil tracks and SOFAD, though I’m not into spoken word and I’m not very familiar with Talk Talk outside “It’s My Life,” so the track isn’t a must buy for me personally. That said, it’s still far more creative than the majority of junk videos coming out these days. Check it out for yourself:

Last but certainly not least is this highly enjoyable video interview with Martin and Vince, promoting VCMG. The Mute Channel posted it on their YouTube this week, and it answers a number of questions fans have been wondering about the project in addition to some of the standards we’ve been seeing. What I love best about the interview is the wise-cracking and laughs throughout, mostly perpetuated by Vince’s deadpan delivery. Martin gets in on the fun and it’s really difficult not to watch this with a smile:


Amanda is an enthusiastic, globe-trotting Mode fan who discovered the band in late 1998. Although she often feels like she got a late start in the Depeche Mode's career, she's survived nearly 20 years of the fandom, five new albums and multiple meetings with her love for the band intact (and stronger than ever). Amanda is a life-long creative, a classically trained graphic designer, working professionally as a User Experience Designer for one of the world's largest technology companies. When not at work or traveling for Depeche, she enjoys character illustration, comics, movies and Japanese Culture. And cats. Lots of Cats.

  • http://twitter.com/orchidhunter Leon

    That interview is so amazingly awesomely good. Thanks for sharing!

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  • Antony M

    I feel the same way about the Recoil track. It’s unmistakably Alan’s style with impeccable production as usual, but as evocative and layered as his music is I just have never really managed to connect with it since he settled on the trip-hop/spoken word sound, save one or two tracks peppered across his albums. I often wonder how the Mode’s records post-SOFAD would have ended up sounding had Alan remained with the band. I do miss his expertise at creating atmosphere and dramatic soundscapes within DM songs, nevertheless.

    That Vince and Martin interview is priceless. I do hope they collaborate again in the future.