Depeche Mode (The Singles 81-85)

Official Album Cover
Official Album Cover

The Album

Depeche Mode (The Singles 81-85) is a greatest hits album by the English synth-pop gurus. Released on 14 October 1985. This was the first album by Depeche Mode to feature a picture of the band. Photo by Eric Watson.

A reissue was released in 1998.

The album features some of the band’s most iconic hits from their early years. Released in 1985, the album is a must-have for any Depeche Mode fan, as it provides a comprehensive look at the band’s formative years and showcases their evolution as musicians.

The album opens with “Dreaming of Me,” the band’s debut single, which was released in 1981. The song is a catchy, upbeat track that sets the tone for the rest of the album. It’s followed by “New Life,” another upbeat track that features a driving beat and catchy synth melodies.

One of the standout tracks on the album is “Just Can’t Get Enough,” which was released as a single in 1981. The song’s upbeat, danceable rhythm and catchy chorus helped make it one of the band’s most popular tracks, and it remains a fan favorite to this day. The song’s use of layered synths and electronic drums also highlights Depeche Mode’s early experimentation with electronic music.

Other notable tracks on the album include “Photographic,” a moody, atmospheric track that features haunting synth melodies and introspective lyrics, and “Everything Counts,” which features a driving beat and a catchy chorus. The latter song also showcases the band’s political commentary, as the lyrics critique the corporate greed and corruption of the 1980s.

One of the strengths of “The Singles 81-85” is the way it showcases Depeche Mode’s growth and evolution as a group. While many of the early tracks on the album are upbeat and danceable, later tracks like “Blasphemous Rumours” and “Shake the Disease” showcase a more mature, introspective side of the band. The songs feature darker lyrics and more complex melodies, which hint at the band’s future explorations of gothic and industrial music.

The album’s production is also noteworthy, as it features some of the best synth and electronic production of the era. Tracks like “People Are People” and “Master and Servant” feature complex synth arrangements and layered rhythms that create a lush, immersive sound.

Track Listing

  1. Dreaming Of Me
  2. New Life
  3. Just Can’t Get Enough
  4. See You
  5. Leave In Silence
  6. Get The Balance Right
  7. Everything Counts
  8. Love, In Itself
  9. People Are People
  10. Master And Servant
  11. Blasphemous Rumours
  12. Shake The Disease
  13. It’s Called A Heart

Conclusion

Overall, “The Singles 81-85” is an essential album for any Depeche Mode fan, as it provides a comprehensive overview of the band’s early years and showcases their growth and evolution as musicians. The album’s catchy synth melodies, driving beats, and political commentary make it a standout album of the era, and it remains a testament to the enduring legacy of one of the most innovative and influential bands of the 1980s.

Just Can’t Enough

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Lyrics

When I’m with you baby
I go out of my head
And I just can’t get enough
And I just can’t get enough
All the things you do to me
And everything you said
I just can’t get enough
I just can’t get enough

We slip and slide as we fall in love
And I just can’t seem to get enough of

We walk together
We’re walking down the street
And I just can’t get enough
And I just can’t get enough
Every time I think of you
I know we have to meet
And I just can’t get enough
And I just can’t get enough

It’s getting hotter, it’s a burning love
And I just can’t seem to get enough of

I just can’t get enough
I just can’t get enough
I just can’t get enough
I just can’t get enough
I just can’t get enough
I just can’t get enough
I just can’t get enough
I just can’t get enough

I just can’t get enough
I just can’t get enough
I just can’t get enough
I just can’t get enough
I just can’t get enough
I just can’t get enough
I just can’t get enough
I just can’t get enough

And when it rains
You’re shining down for me
And I just can’t get enough
And I just can’t get enough
Just like a rainbow
You know you set me free
And I just can’t get enough
And I just can’t get enough

You’re like an angel and you give me your love
And I just can’t seem to get enough of

I just can’t get enough
I just can’t get enough
I just can’t get enough
I just can’t get enough
I just can’t get enough
I just can’t get enough
I just can’t get enough
I just can’t get enough
I just can’t get enough
I just can’t get enough
I just can’t get enough
I just can’t get enough

I just can’t get enough
I just can’t get enough
I just can’t get enough
I just can’t get enough
I just can’t get enough
I just can’t get enough
I just can’t get enough
I just can’t get enough
I just can’t get enough

Reference

The Singles 81→85 – Wikipedia