DEPECHE MODE NEW YEAR’S EVE, 1989

 

As we come to the end of a pretty gruelling year, it’s a pleasant distraction to look back to New Year’s Eve, 1989…

Here is the Mode playing ‘Enjoy The Silence’, two months before its release for a Peter’s Pop Show New Year’s Eve special, broadcast on December 31, 1989. Recorded during the sessions for the ‘Violator’ album in 1989, the single went on to win a BRIT award in 1991 (Best Single) and was the second single to be released before the ‘Violator’ album came out and transformed Depeche Mode from huge cult act of the 1980s to bona fide international superstardom and a decade of drug-induced health issues for Dave Gahan.

Peter’s Pop Show on the West German TV channel ZDF ran from 1985, and is another example of continental Europe – specifically Germany – throwing more money and resources at British pop music than any UK broadcaster ever did. Before Peter’s Pop Show, another West German TV show, Beat Club, captured classic performances by many of the luminaries of the 1960s and 70s, while at the same time the BBC spent several hundred hours erasing video tapes of pop shows in order to save money.