1987. latin class. this girl jean is regretting having bought the new depeche mode album music for the masses because listening to it made her feel like she was "walking down a dirt road in the middle of nowhere in the middle of the night about to be killed". as an appropriately dramatic instant escape from suburban h-e-double-hell this exit method appealed to me greatly because i was and am approximately 19-27% goth and was and am approximately 71-89% in need of escape.
though in my mind it wouldn't have been a dirt road but a yellow brick one. except the yellow would have been gray and the bricks would have been rubber. jean was previously best known for being the cherry chapstick eating girl in 3rd grade. and then for the killer canolis that she made for every fundraiser bake sale food excuse ever. she loved things in tubes. and i loved depeche mode. sweet deep lilting voices. perfect orchestrations. intoxicating lyrics. synth was the new real. and after listening to dm it was all i could do not to kill everyone around me and then myself, but in a superomantic supersuperb superflowing way. is there any other?
but you've heard depeche mode before, right? especially tunes from this '80s pop and rock radio embraced album music for the masses. so what's new here? the dvd that's what. featuring the short film "sometimes you do need some new jokes", plus b-sides, including agent orange, route 66 and sonata no. 14 in c#m (moonlight sonata). and for the technophiles among us, plenty of 5.1 mixes. with depeche mode it pays to be a technophile.
depeche mode filled stadiums. romantic gloomy stadiums. now they want to fill your life again with gloom, doom and most of all beauty.