One of the most notable aspects of the Depeche touring experience from the mid-1990s onwards was the addition of a live drummer.
This is not to say the band didn’t dip their electronic toes into live drumming waters before that – they often had various bits of kit that Martin, Fletch and Alan would hit energetically on a number of songs (Nothing and Blasphemous Rumours on the Tour for the Masses, for example).
And then Alan, ever the accomplished musician, had a full kit set up on the “lower, Dave stage” during the Devotional Tour in 1993/94, for tracks such as I Feel You and Personal Jesus.
Fast forward 20 years and Austrian percussion all-rounder Christian Eigner has been a regular fixture with Depeche (and on Dave Gahan’s solo work) for a number of years.
Given the intricate nature of the percussion backing track on Violator opener World In My Eyes, aficionados can only be impressed with how Eigner has swapped many of the programmed loops for great live drum-rolls, as experienced here during a gig in Barcelona in 2009.
Someone managed to get their hands on a pile of the outtakes captured during the recording of the Enjoy The Silence video.
The mix of the actual track isn’t particularly up to much (sorry!), but the clip shows the band trying extremely hard to look serious, making silly faces between shots and generally looking like they’re having a chuckle at the same time.
The clips of Dave Gahan, caught during the infamous task of trudging over various mountains whilst dressed as a king and carrying a deckchair, are particularly good.
As Martin Gore has previously said, every video or photo-shoot the band have done with long-time collaborator Anton Cobijn has been a bit of a laugh.