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Thursday, 20 October 2011

Depeche Mode - People Are People

'People Are People' is Depeche Mode's tenth UK single (released on 12 March 1984) it was their first hit single in the US and the first single for the Some Great Reward album.

'People Are People' was written by Martin Gore, but the dancy poppy feel of the song may actually be credited to Alan Wilder. Alan did write the B-side, 'In Your Memory'.

Each song has an extended remix, the 'Different Mix' and the 'Slik Mix' respectively (although sometimes the 'In Your Memory' mix is incorrectly called the 'Slick Mix' instead).

The Clive Richardson-directed 'People Are People' video came in two versions. The original was made for the Single version, but an alternate video was made with the 'Different Mix'. The music video featured footage of various war scenes, mixed with footage of the band aboard the HMS Belfast. The 'Different Mix' video appears on Some Great Videos.

Despite 'People Are People's' success, Martin Gore considers it to be one of his least favourite songs. He prefers his songs to have subtle meanings so that people can find their own meanings to it, and feels 'People Are People' does not fit that description.

The US got a compilation called People Are People with various songs not available in the US prior to it. The single itself was released in the USA on 11 July 1984 (though it did not reach the Billboard Hot 100 chart until May 1985, and initially was played only on modern rock and college radio).

The single would eventually peak at number 13 in the US. In the UK, the single reached number 4, which was at the time the band's highest singles chart position in their homeland.

RuPaul covered and released the song on his 2004 album Red Hot. RuPaul's version features Tom Trujillo and was released as a retail single on 26 January 2006. The single has so far peaked at number 10 on the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart.

Click the link below to download the following:
Normal Single Video
Different Mix Video
Single Version
Different Mix Version
Hot Tracks Remix
In Your Memory - B-Side
In Your Memory - Slik Mix

Rupaul - Craig C Radio Mix
Rupaul - Giuseppe Ds Rutroactive Club Mix


1 comment:

  1. Thank you for this early hit.... finally I now have the 7".

    ciao, Carlos