Another from the “bare-acoustic” sessions which have been kicking about for a while.
This time it’s Waiting for the Night, track number five on Violator.
Th Goldfrapp mix of Halo first appeared on the Remixes 81-04 album in 2004.
Presumably the band was so impressed with it (beyond including it on the album) that a version was played for an encore during the Delta Machine tour in 2013-2014.
The visuals here are actually from the stage background video for It’s No Good on the Exciter tour, according to the description on this version uploaded to YouTube.
Coming almost immediately after the end of the Violator phase, Alan Wilder flexed his producer muscles (alongside Flood) when he produced Ebbhead, Nizter Ebb’s fourth album.
A few months ahead of its release in September 1991, Nitzer Ebb released the As Is teaser EP, a quartet of tracks with the third – Come Alive – mixed by Wilder (only a re-jigged Family Man eventually featured on the actual Ebbhead album.).
Come Alive is classic Wilder orchestration and pretty much captures the “sound” Depeche had at the time.
(Pretty intense video, too)
There are some over the years who consider Dangerous a better track than Blue Dress, and wonder why it didn’t make it on to the Violator.
It eventually ended up as the B-side to Personal Jesus when it was a released as the first single from the album.
Depeche Mode fans love a good debate, with the subject of whether Dangerous is the best of the band’s catalogue of B-sides featuring fairly often on forums.
The answer to that question is My Joy. No debate necessary :).
Depeche didn’t bring in the disgraced former-US president to replace Dave Gahan on vocals…
…but a sample from Richard Nixon’s so-called Checker’s Speech does feature throughout the Capitol Mix of Policy of Truth.
Fellow princes of (apparent) darkness, The Cure, covered World In My Eyes on the For The Masses tribute album in 1998.
(Probably the strongest song on the album)