Black Celebration

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Martin Gore said in the 1990-02-17 issue of NME:

I don't mind you bringing up existentialism because I am influenced by that. I'm probably as influenced by Camus, Kafka and Brecht as I am by pop songs. Like on 'Black Celebration' where the positive element is the idea of celebrating the end of another grey day."

In 2006, all of Depeche Mode's studio albums were being remastered. Engineer Kevin Paul told Sound On Sound magazine:

"'Black Celebration' — the title track off the album — was really hard because the sounds were so unique. Gareth [Jones] and myself were scratching our heads and even Gareth was saying 'I can't remember!'"

Gareth Jones said in this interview:

"When we sampled, we made sure we didn't use anyone else's music, and that was adhered to even in this track where we had the idea of sampling Sir Winston Churchill. We wanted to use his "A brief period of rejoicing" quote on the title track as we loved that idea of a brief moment of rejoicing. We didn't use his voice though - instead Daniel said the words, we processed his performance and we used that instead. That's how determined we were not to use anyone else's work!"

Martin Gore said in the commentary track on the DVD of '101' in 2003:

"[Performing 'Black Celebration'] was not a real band favourite, not for me and Alan anyway. It was always difficult, the backing vocals at the end of this one, trying to keep them in tune with all the other stuff that was going on. They just seemed to be so removed from the music. Everything always just sounds in a totally different key to me. I like the song, it's just the actually trying to perform it. Putting all the computer stuff together took quite a while as well. Well, Alan used to do most of that."

When Depeche Mode was interviewed about the songs on the '101' CD for the April 1989 issue of French magazine 'Best', Martin Gore said (translated from French):

"I was not particularly keen on performing 'Black Celebration'. It's not that I'm tired of this song, but I would have preferred to perform 'Lie To Me', for example. Unfortunately, it is not really a 'dance song' and it did not fit with the rest of the show."

Dates with available recordings of Black Celebration

There are currently 308 recordings of Black Celebration available.

Dates where Black Celebration was played

1986 Black Celebration Tour

Black Celebration was played 75 times during this tour.

1987-1988 Music For The Masses Tour

Black Celebration was played 101 times during this tour.

1990 World Violation Tour

Black Celebration was played 85 times during this tour.

1993 Devotional Tour

  • Black Celebration was not played during this tour.

1994 Exotic Tour

  • Black Celebration was not played during this tour.

1997 Ultra Parties

  • Black Celebration was not played during this tour.

1998 The Singles Tour

  • Black Celebration was not played during this tour.

2001 Exciter Tour

Black Celebration was played 85 times during this tour.

2003 Paper Monsters Tour (Dave Gahan solo)

  • Black Celebration was not played during this tour.

2003 "A Night With Martin L. Gore" (Martin L. Gore solo)

  • Black Celebration was not played during this tour.

2005-2006 Touring The Angel

  • Black Celebration was not played during this tour.

2009-2010 Tour Of The Universe

  • Black Celebration was not played during this tour.

2013-2014 Delta Machine Tour

Black Celebration was played 100 times during this tour.

2017-2018 Global Spirit Tour

Black Celebration was played 3 times during this tour.