Alles gute zum geburtstag Schaffel - The musical repercussions of Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus"

Posted by Eric Brightwell, August 30, 2015 04:05pm | Post a Comment

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the infamous Depeche Mode Riots, in which half a dozen people were treated for minor injuries. Another Depeche Mode milestone is upon us as on 29 August 1989 the band released their 23rd single, "Personal Jesus" and basically invented the "schaffel" subgenre. 

It wasn't their first single to prominently feature electric guitars -- preceding non-album single "Route 66" (a cover of Bobby Troup's standard "(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66") had made use of them to good effect. However, I was always suspicious when electronic musicians added guitars to their synthpop because so often it seemed like a calculated effort to appeal to the musical conservatives. It was with suspicion that I first approached "Personal Jesus" but after the release of the guitar-less "Enjoy the Silence" I breathed a sigh of relief. 

Truth be told, Iggy Pop was probably the first to recognize that combining electronics with the glitter stomp of T. Rex and Chinnichap was a good idea. "Nightclubbing" was released as a single in 1977 and featured a Glitter Band-inspired riff paired with a drum machine. I'm willing to bet, however, that a fair few of the schaffel crowd didn't hear that song until it resurfaced on the soundtrack of 1996's Trainspotting.

A Look Back at the Depeche Mode Riots

Posted by Eric Brightwell, August 11, 2015 07:43pm | Post a Comment
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Today is the 50th anniversary of the Watts Riots (or Watts Rebellion, depending on your point of view). In that riot, 3,438 Anglenos were arrested, 1,032 were injured, and 34 died. This year (but not today) is also the 25th anniversary of another, less serious uprising, the Depeche Mode Riots, in which five people were treated for injuries.


Southern California has hosted its share of riots; there was the San Gabriel Mission Riot in 1785, the Chinese Massacre of 1871, the Zoot Suit Riots of 1943, the Cooper Do-nuts Uprising of 1959, the Sunset Strip Curfew Riots of 1966, the Black Cat Riot of 1967, the Huntington Beach Surf Riot of 1986, the Los Angeles Riots of 1992, the San Bernardino Punk Riot of 2006, the Anaheim Riots of 2012, and the another Huntington Beach Surf Riot in 2013. Some (most) were exacerbated by the authorities, and several were fueled by civil rights aspirations and/or racism. Only one that I know of was fueled by hormones, Anglophila, and ARP-2600s.

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Stream Record Store Day 2015 Releases Before They Come Out

Posted by Billy Gil, April 15, 2015 07:31pm | Post a Comment

Record Store Day is happening April 18, with more than 500 exclusive and first-run releases coming out that day. Ahead of RSD, you can stream some of those releases now.

Johnny Marr – “I Feel You” (Depeche Mode cover)

johnny marr i feel you record store day depeche modeOK, breathe, ’80s rock fans: Former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr has covered Depeche Mode’s bluesy 1993 single “I Feel You” for a limited-edition RSD 7”. It’s backed by (breathe again) a live cover of The Smiths’ “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want.” Stream it via Slicing Up Eyeballs.


Anton Newcombe and Tess Parks – “Cocaine Cat”

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12 Great Comeback Albums Released in 2013

Posted by Billy Gil, December 6, 2013 03:03pm | Post a Comment

While plenty of new acts released great albums in 2013, a few heavy hitters came back with awesome records after years of either inactivity or critical/commercial depression. Here’s a list of 12 of those records.

David Bowie The Next Day

david bowie the next dayDavid Bowie had been relatively silent since 2003’s Reality. Then, out of nowhere, on his 66th birthday on January 8th, he announced a new album would be released in March. The Next Day largely blew away expectations, exceeding in quality just about anything else Bowie has done since the ’80s, harkening back to his most acclaimed phase, The Berlin Trilogy, comprising the albums Low, “Heroes” and Lodger. Romantic rockers like “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)” live alongside alien funk (the title track) and searching ballads (“Where Are We Now?”). It’s classic Bowie, throughout. (See where The Next Day landed on Aaron Detroit’s top 50 albums of 2013 list.)

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Congratulations to the Winner of Our Depeche Mode Contest!

Posted by Billy Gil, August 28, 2013 06:12pm | Post a Comment

Congrats to our latest contest winner, Kyle Watson. He won a pair of VIP tickets to see Depeche Mode at Staples Center Sept. 29, courtesy of Razorgator. They’ll be playing in support of their latest album, the terrific Delta Machine.

Don’t forget to sign up for our other contests — right now, you can win a signed copy of the new Nine Inch Nails LP, Hesitation Marks. Their eighth studio album (and first since 2007’s Year Zero) is due Sept. 3; you can win an autographed two-disc, 180 gram vinyl copy. Enter here now; contest ends Sept. 3!

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You can also win tickets to see the Pet Shop Boys Oct. 12 at the Shrine Auditorium here (contest ends Sept. 16) and tickets to see Vampire Weekend at the Hollywood Bowl Sept. 28 here (contest ends Sept. 20). Make sure to always check our frequently updated Contests page to see what we have going on.

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