I didn’t even realize until now how I rated DM’s “Speak and Spell” in iTunes until now:
You’ve come a long way, baby.
No offense, but sometimes Depeche Mode has some pretty stupid lyrics. Case in point, their new single “John the Revelator”.
The first two verses get off to a bad start:
John the Revelator
Put him in an elevator!
John the Revelator
he’s a smooth operator!
Speaking of smooth operators, Sade used some dead-dumb lyrics as well. Unless her audience really does require streetcar desire.
After these Playskool lyrics, DM go into a round of “Who’s that shouting? John the Revelator!” They’ve done call-and-response before. (“It’s a lot, it’s a lot, it’s a lot, it’s a lot….”) But this is approaching Van Halen level of band-wide vocal activity. When do Martin and the gang join Dave Gahan in pronouncing, “thought you’d never miss me till I got a Fat City address!”?
“John the Revelator is still a solid song, and there are even lyrical bright spots. I dig the the numerology of “Seven lies multiplied by seven multiplied by seven again.”
And it’s nice to see the website showcase DM’s sense of humor.
Oh, Jesus! This Depeche Mode remix by Bitstreamis terrible! It’s just boops and beeps! What could be worse than this?
Aw, hell! More Goldcrap!
It’s worse than it looks. Not only does Alison filter Dave Gahan’s voice through a robot vocoder, but she overdubs her own harmony, making this the Gahan/Goldfrapp duet you never wanted to hear!
Please kill me!
Bonus Masochism: Fast forward to the time pictured above to hear what sounds like Beck throwing up!
Scooter, now celebrating their eleventh year of goofy techno cover tunes, has a pretty catchy single in “Hello! (Good To Be Back)”. In fact I though the chanting male chorus wouldn’t be out of place on an album by the twice-as-old Depeche Mode.
But who is really being sampled by Scooter? Read the fine print:
Yikes! It’s Gary Glitter!
So be careful. There’s only a thin line of good taste separating “Personal Jesus” from “Rock and Roll Part 2”.