Color Theory presents Depeche Mode

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Jean-Paul DuQuette
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Jean-Paul DuQuette Although these covers are already showing their age a bit, CT knows how to show respect to Gore and Co. and his vocals are spot on. Favorite track: But Not Tonight.
Zen Frazier
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Zen Frazier It's hard to cover even one song from a legendary band and dominant influence, let alone a whole album! But CT succeeds in this homage by bringing his own style to bear on some of DM's less "well known" tracks (if that makes sense). Leave in Silence is one of my favorite DM songs and so too is CT's version. Favorite track: Leave in Silence.
Mathias Karstädt
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Mathias Karstädt this is clearly one of the best tribute albums to Depeche Mode I have ever listened to. Even the original track Ponytail Girl is great. Favorite track: Ponytail Girl.
Lee Adcock
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Lee Adcock Makes me happy that a fair amount of these remixes are off Black Celebration. Favorite track: Leave in Silence.
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I Am You 04:08
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Surrender 04:15
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At 2 p.m. she eats a late lunch by design So that she’ll have some self-control at dinnertime Not much at all gets done on Friday afternoon So who would mind if she should leave a little soon? The welcome breath of open air The daily driving regimen Talk radio to fill her head Until the exit’s missed again At 4 p.m. her second shower of the day She shuts her eyes and lets the workweek wash away Repaints her toes and fingernails Sprays on three dollars of perfume Brushes her teeth And tries on clothes Until they clutter up the room At 6 p.m. she shows up at her friend’s house late We have to eat before the concert starts at eight She says hello to our mutual friends Hugs me a little bit too tight They told me she came just for me And now I see that they were right It does nothing for me But make me sad That you did all this For nothing You had to know that I never saw you As a star in my life’s fairytale Did you think that you’d really change that at all By putting your hair in a ponytail?
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about

Like many fans of the band, I fell under Depeche Mode’s spell the moment I heard the song “Somebody.” I was so enamored with the lyrics that I typed them out and kept them hidden in my room like a love letter.

I’ll be the first to admit that my early recordings can be derivative. My 1994 debut album Sketches in Grey features a song called “Subterranean” that bears an uncomfortable resemblance to Depeche Mode’s “See You.” By the time I finished recording my fourth album in 2001, I was confident I’d found my own voice.

The world thought otherwise.

File sharing service Napster was massively popular, allowing anyone to download virtually any song for free. Several leaked tracks from Depeche Mode’s upcoming Exciter album spread like wildfire. Some were clearly fake, but others sounded like the real deal. That was obviously Martin Gore singing “Ponytail Girl.”

Or so I was told by multiple users when I tried to set the record straight. The song was in fact leaked, not from Exciter, but from my album Life’s Fairytale. Even though depechemode.com clearly stated that “Ponytail Girl” was not a Depeche Mode song, it appeared on countless fan sites and bootleg CDs.

A couple of years later, I was invited to record a cover version of “I Want You Now” for a Depeche Mode tribute out of the UK. When it became clear that the tribute was never going to be released, I set out to create what you now hold in your hands: a set of songs and interludes that flow together like a proper Depeche Mode album.

Rather than cover “Personal Jesus” or “Enjoy the Silence” for the thousandth time, I focused on what I considered unappreciated gems. The inclusion of “Ponytail Girl” served to connect the album with the rest of my catalog, in a tongue-in-cheek sort of way.

The 2003 release of Color Theory presents Depeche Mode was the biggest success of my career up to that point. I sold every last copy. Demand was high for a second pressing, or better yet, a second volume!

But I had my own stories to tell, and the last thing I wanted was to become known as a cover artist.

Seventeen years and five albums later, I don’t think there’s much risk of that! It was a joy to revisit the songs that defined my youth, and to add three more to the set.

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released November 25, 2020

Color Theory is Brian Hazard

Ponytail Girl written by Brian Hazard (ASCAP) © 2001

All other songs written by Martin L. Gore © 1982-2001
Published by EMI Blackwood Music Inc. (BMI) o/b/o EMI Music Publishing Ltd./Grabbing Hands Music Ltd.

Mastered by Resonance Mastering www.resonancemastering.com

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