Everything Counts

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Martin Gore told the 1983-09-17 issue of the NME:

"I think ['Everything Counts'] was partly [inspired by] going to Thailand as well [as the song 'Shame'] – that’s where the oriental flavour comes in, like Korea ‘n’ all that. But you go over there and all the hotels are full of, like, businessmen and basically they tend to treat people as though they’re nothing. All they’re interested in is their business – that’s what I really hate about big business, people just don’t seem to matter. Just money. You see all the women over there ‘n’ they’re all prostitutes – that’s the only way they can make any money. ’Course, the businessmen love it. Work [will "remove the stains"]. It’s no good just sitting back and hoping things’ll change, you’ve got to actually work together. The material’s there; it’s like, there’s enough food in the world to feed everybody and then half the world’s eating three quarters of it and the rest of the world’s starving. But the food is there. There is a solution. The thing is, the people in power don’t care about someone with a low wage, they only care about their own power. But I think people should care about other people, y’know, cos from the moment we’re born we’re put into competition with everybody else. I really don’t understand why people go into politics – what makes someone at 16 or 17 decide to go into parliament? It’s got to be people themselves. People’s attitudes have got to be changed. For instance, when I wrote “All we need’s universal revolution”, I didn’t mean, like, everyone to take up arms, but more a total change of attitude. That’s what’s needed. People’s attitudes have got to be changed. You’ve got to look at the world to change things. Attitudes in the world, poverty in the world. The thing is when we talk about socialism, we don’t mean “English Socialism” we mean “International Socialism”."

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

"It's one of my favorite songs. It's taken from the 'Construction Time Again' album, which was an important step in our career. That's when we started becoming successful in Europe. At the time, in England, 'Everything Counts' went into the Top 10, but elsewhere, it did not work. That's why we wanted it to be on the live album. The lyrics are timeless. They talk of money, power and corruption."

Dates with available recordings of Everything Counts

There are currently 417 recordings of Everything Counts available.

Dates where Everything Counts was played

1983-1984 Construction Time Again Tour

Everything Counts was played 48 times during this tour.

1984-1985 Some Great Reward Tour

Everything Counts was played 81 times during this tour.

1986 Black Celebration Tour

Everything Counts was played 76 times during this tour.

1987-1988 Music For The Masses Tour

Everything Counts was played 102 times during this tour.

1990 World Violation Tour

Everything Counts was played 89 times during this tour.

1993 Devotional Tour

Everything Counts was played 87 times during this tour.

1994 Exotic Tour

Everything Counts was played 60 times during this tour.

1997 Ultra Parties

  • Everything Counts was not played during this tour.

1998 The Singles Tour

  • Everything Counts was not played during this tour.

2001 Exciter Tour

  • Everything Counts was not played during this tour.

2003 Paper Monsters Tour (Dave Gahan solo)

  • Everything Counts was not played during this tour.

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

  • Everything Counts was not played during this tour.

2005-2006 Touring The Angel

Everything Counts was played 76 times during this tour.

2009-2010 Tour Of The Universe

  • Everything Counts was not played during this tour.

2013-2014 Delta Machine Tour

  • Everything Counts was not played during this tour.

2017-2018 Global Spirit Tour

Everything Counts was played 111 times during this tour.