Color Theory presents Depeche Mode CD
Like many fans of the band, I fell under Depeche Mode’s spell the moment I heard the song “Somebody.” I was so enamored with the lyrics that I typed them out and kept them hidden in my room like a love letter.
I’ll be the first to admit that my early recordings can be derivative. My 1994 debut album Sketches in Grey features a song called “Subterranean” that bears an uncomfortable resemblance to Depeche Mode’s “See You.” By the time I finished recording my fourth album in 2001, I was confident I’d found my own voice.
The world thought otherwise.
File sharing service Napster was massively popular, allowing anyone to download virtually any song for free. Several leaked tracks from Depeche Mode’s upcoming Exciter album spread like wildfire. Some were clearly fake, but others sounded like the real deal. That was obviously Martin Gore singing “Ponytail Girl.”
Or so I was told by multiple users when I tried to set the record straight. The song was in fact leaked, not from Exciter, but from my album Life’s Fairytale. Even though depechemode.com clearly stated that “Ponytail Girl” was not a Depeche Mode song, it appeared on countless fan sites and bootleg CDs.
A couple of years later, I was invited to record a cover version of “I Want You Now” for a Depeche Mode tribute out of the UK. When it became clear that the tribute was never going to be released, I set out to create what you now hold in your hands: a set of songs and interludes that flow together like a proper Depeche Mode album.
Rather than cover “Personal Jesus” or “Enjoy the Silence” for the thousandth time, I focused on what I considered unappreciated gems. The inclusion of “Ponytail Girl” served to connect the album with the rest of my catalog, in a tongue-in-cheek sort of way.
A couple of years ago, I remastered the tribute album and added three new tracks: “Shake the Disease,” “Sometimes,” and “The Things You Said.”
- I Want You Now
- Sister of Night
- It Doesn’t Matter
- Sweetest Perfection
- Here is the House
- I Am You
- World Full of Nothing
- But Not Tonight
- One Caress
- Leave in Silence
- Ponytail Girl
- Shake the Disease
- The Things You Said
- In 6-panel matte Digipak, limited to 1000 copies worldwide
- Includes immediate download in high-quality 320 kbps mp3 format