Depeche Mode and Anton Corbijn's Iconic Film Collection Strange & Strange Too to be Released for the First Time Ever on DVD & Blu-Ray by Sony Music Entertainment on Friday, December 8
posted: October 26, 2023
Freshly Restored from Original Super 8 Sources, the Compilation of Groundbreaking Depeche Mode Videos, Directed and Filmed by Anton Corbijn, includes 11 Music Videos + 6 Previously Unreleased Outtake "Vignettes"
Digipack Release includes New Artwork & Liner Notes by Anton Corbijn
Sony Music Entertainment will release Depeche Mode's Strange/Strange Too (a much sought-after collection of music videos directed and filmed in Super 8 by Anton Corbijn) on Friday, December 8. Strange/Strange Too will be released through SME worldwide, excluding USA, Canada and Mexico (where the title will be released through Warner Music Group).
Previously available as individual titles in VHS and Laserdisc formats (now out-of-print and highly collectible), Strange (1988) and Strange Too (1990) are compilations of the provocative and visionary short films lensed by master photographer/director Anton Corbijn, in collaboration with Depeche Mode, to create a new visual iconography for the band and their music.
Available for the first-time in DVD and Blu-ray configurations and as a single collection, Strange/Strange Too presents 11 Anton Corbijn/Depeche Mode music films, newly restored from original Super 8mm sources, alongside six previously unseen outtake "vignettes" from the DM archives. When assembling the final edits for Strange and Strange Too, Corbijn created a visual running order where the individual music videos are perceived as one continuous film, with additional interstitial content not seen in the original clips.
According to Depeche Mode: "Anton Corbijn's photography and art direction have played an indispensable part in the evolution of the Depeche Mode aesthetic. Strange and Strange Too are essential titles in both the Depeche Mode and Anton Corbijn catalogues, and are the perfect example of Anton's unique ability to capture the spirit of DM on film."
The physical nature of Super 8 film means that the stock's rough and grainy quality becomes part of the finished film's inherent aesthetic, and Corbijn's mastery of Super 8 is a key element in Strange/Strange Too and the development of Depeche Mode's visual components. The film restoration underwent a rigorous process over the course of several years with the participation of personnel involved in making the original films including Anton Corbijn. Because this Blu-Ray/DVD release was created from the original Super 8 film stock, the final result may seemingly lack the visual clarity that modern viewers associate with contemporary HD 4k reproduction. In some occasions where the original footage had deteriorated too much, the next best source was used.
First released in 1988 as "Strange – A Black and White Mode by Anton Corbijn,", Strange featured the first five Depeche Mode music clips directed by Anton Corbijn, who shot them mostly in black and white Super 8. Strange included the three main singles from Music for the Masses, the final Black Celebration single ("A Question of Time") and "Pimpf," the instrumental closing Music for the Masses.
Released in 1990, Strange Too (aka "Strange Too – Another Violation by Anton Corbijn") was shot in full-color, opening up a visual/sonic palette for the director and the band as they explored songs from Violator plus bonus videos for "Halo"and "Clean." The Strange/Strange Too DVD and Blu-ray configurations come in a digipack with a 16-page concertina booklet featuring photographs and new liner notes penned by Anton Corbijn.
"To be seen as 'strange' in a creative field is no bad thing as it probably means 'different' which I find is a very positive description of one's struggle to be just that. The idea to make this into a connected series of little films and fake interviews came late into the process of shooting these," wrote Corbijn. "I was shooting all the films myself on black/white Super 8 film. We put all this together on a shoestring budget; those were that kind of days. We have to look at these films in the light of us being young; we were experimenting and I am happy we were given that space at the time by Daniel Miller."
1. A Question Of Time
3. Never Let Me Down Again
4. Behind The Wheel
2. Behind The Wheel
3. Behind The Wheel (Shep Pettibone Mix)
1. Personal Jesus
2. Policy Of Truth
3. Enjoy The Silence
6. World in My Eyes
1. Personal Jesus (Acoustic)
2. Policy Of Truth
3. Policy Of Truth (Trancentral Mix)
Depeche Mode 12" vinyl singles collector's edition box set series continues with release of Delta Machine | The 12" Singles on 6 October 2023
posted: August 29, 2023
Sony Music Entertainment will continue the Depeche Mode 12" vinyl singles project with the release of Delta Machine | The 12" Singles on 6 October 2023.
Delta Machine | The 12" Singles, a collector's edition deluxe box set, contains six 12" vinyl discs spotlighting the singles featured on Delta Machine, Depeche Mode's 13th studio album (and first for Columbia Records). Originally released on Mute/Columbia in March 2013, Delta Machine presented fans with Heaven (released as the album's lead single in January 2013), Soothe My Soul (released May 2013) and Should Be Higher (released October 2013).
The Delta Machine | The 12" Singles box set includes replicas of the original 12" single releases plus three newly compiled discs featuring remixes, dub mixes, instrumental versions, live sessions and radio mixes of the singles as well as the bonus track "Goodbye (Gesaffelstein Remix)."
Sony Music Entertainment released the first two box sets in the Depeche Mode 12" singles series--Speak & Spell | The Singles and A Broken Frame | The Singles--in August 2018 with the second batch--Construction Time Again | The 12" Singles and Some Great Reward | The 12" Singles--arriving in December 2018. SME released Depeche Mode's Black Celebration | The 12" Singles and Music For The Masses | The 12" Singles on 31 May 2019. 2020 saw the release of Violator | The 12" Singles in July and Songs Of Faith And Devotion | The 12" Singles in October. The ninth collection in the series, Ultra | The 12" Singles was released on 27 September 2021 with the tenth volume, Exciter | The 12" Singles, arriving on 10 June 2022. The 11th volume in the series, Playing The Angel | The 12" Singles, was released in November 2022. 2023 has seen the release of Sounds Of The Universe | The 12" Singles in August with Delta Machine | The 12" Singles following in September.
Each box set in the series contains the singles from an individual Depeche Mode album pressed on audiophile-quality 12" vinyl. The artwork for the exterior of each of the box sets draws on iconography inspired by the original releases, while the vinyl sleeves themselves feature the original single artwork.
Delta Machine | The 12" Singles is the chronological 13th volume in SME's Depeche Mode 12" Singles Series with plans to release a Spirit box set in a similar deluxe audio-grade collector's edition.
Depeche Mode - Delta Machine | The 12" Singles
Disc One - Heaven (12BONG 44)
A - Heaven (Blawan Dub)
A - Heaven (Owlle Remix)
B - Heaven (Steps To Heaven Voxdub)
B - Heaven (Matthew Dear Vs. Audion Instrumental Mix)
Disc Two - Heaven (L12BONG 44)
A - Heaven (Blawan Remix)
A - Heaven (Steps To Heaven Rmx)
B - Heaven (Matthew Dear Vs. Audion Vocal Mix)
B - Heaven (Live Studio Session)
Disc Three - Soothe My Soul (12BONG 45)
A - Soothe My Soul (Steve Angello Vs. Jacques Lu Cont Remix)
A - Soothe My Soul (Matador Remix)
B - Soothe My Soul (Destructo Remix)
B - Soothe My Soul (Gregor Tresher Remix)
Disc Four - Soothe My Soul (L12BONG 45)
A - Soothe My Soul (Tom Furse - The Horrors Remix)
A - Soothe My Soul (Billy F Gibbons and Joe Hardy Remix)
A - Soothe My Soul (Joris Delacroix Remix)
B - Soothe My Soul (Black Asteroid Remix)
B - Soothe My Soul (Gregor Tresher Soothed Remix)
B - Goodbye (Gesaffelstein Remix)
Disc Five - Should Be Higher (12BONG 46)
A - Should Be Higher (Truss Remix)
A - Should Be Higher (MPIA3 Definition)
A - Should Be Higher (Koen Groenveveld Massive Remix)
B - Should Be Higher (Pangaea Dub Remix)
B - Should Be Higher (Überzone Remix)
B - Should Be Higher (DJMREX Remix)
Disc Six - Should Be Higher (L12BONG 46)
A - Should Be Higher (Jim Sclavunos From Grinderman Remix)
A - Should Be Higher (Little Vampire Remix)
B - Should Be Higher (MAPS Remix)
B - Should Be Higher (Jim Jones Revue Remix)
B - Should Be Higher (Radio Mix)
Depeche Mode Announce Additional European Shows in Winter 2024
posted: July 10, 2023
With over two million tickets sold to date on the Memento Mori Tour, and following sold-out shows across North America and Europe, Depeche Mode announce additional European tour dates in 2024 Winter leg of the Memento Mori Tour kicks off January 22 at the O2 Arena in London, UK
Depeche Mode will bring the Memento Mori Tour back to Europe in 2024!
Following stadium and arena shows across Europe, Mexico, Canada, and the US this summer and fall, Depeche Mode today announced 29 new European dates which will extend the tour into 2024. Even more fans will now have a chance to experience the raw, emotive power of the Memento Mori Tour, hailed by Rolling Stone as "a stunning celebration of life and music."
These new European tour dates begin January 22, 2024 at London’s O2 Arena and finish April 5 after multiple nights at Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany. Along the way on the 22-city tour the band will also play multiple nights at Berlin’s Mercedes-Benz Arena, Paris’ Accor Arena, Madrid’s Wizink Center, Milan’s Mediolanum Forum, and more. With over two million tickets already sold, the 110-date Memento Mori Tour is on track to be one of Depeche Mode’s largest to date, as well as one of the largest worldwide tours of 2023.
Depeche Mode and Hublot Join Together Again For Charity - Supporting The Conservation Collective
posted: March 23, 2023
Since the first partnership in 2010, Hublot and Depeche Mode have collaborated a number of times to support causes that both care deeply about. The past partnerships in support of The Teenage Cancer Trust and charity: water raised funds and awareness for childhood cancer research, and brought clean water to developing communities around the world. With this new partnership, the focus becomes the environment - making tangible change toward sustainability, waste reduction, and environmental clean-up.
On the Memento Mori tour, Hublot and Depeche Mode are proud to announce they'll be supporting and raising funds for The Conservation Collective, a UK-based environmental charity. The Conservation Collective are a fast-growing global network of 20 local foundations funding inspiring and effective grassroots initiatives to protect the environment, restore nature, and safeguard against climate change. The Conservation Collective's network of local foundations turbocharge action against plastic pollution by supporting community-driven projects, galvanizing community clean-ups, improving local waste management systems, and encouraging businesses and consumers to reduce overall plastic usage.
In addition, in conjunction with Live Nation's Green Nation team, Depeche Mode and Hublot will also support programs on tour and at the venues focusing on limiting use of single-use plastics, improved recycling, food and other waste reduction, and other sustainability-related initiatives.
We're just getting started, but we're excited to provide further updates on what we're able to achieve together with Hublot and The Conservation Collective on tour and around the world.
For more information, or to get involved with The Conservation Collective, please visit https://conservation-collective.org/.
For more information on Hublot and Depeche Mode's past and current collaborations, please visit https://www.hublot.com/en-us/partnerships/depeche-mode.
Join us for a special announcement. Tuesday at 1pm CET.
posted: October 3, 2022
Here is an archived YouTube version of our Facebook Live Special Event
MEMENTO MORI WORLD TOUR DATES
LEG 1 - North America
LEG 2 - Europe
Note: The dates for the Lyon and Bordeaux shows are being swapped due to venue logistical issues.
Note: The dates for the Lyon and Bordeaux shows are being swapped due to venue logistical issues.
Pre-Sale: Tuesday, October 18th at 10am (local time).
LEG 3 - North America
LEG 4 - Europe
To see a full list of previous dates of the Memento Mori Tour, including set lists, please visit The Archives.