In Your Room

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Musician magazine interviewed DM about the recording process of 'Songs of Faith and Devotion', and they reported: 'In Your Room' went through three incarnations – an austere ballad, a kind of soul groove and a rock anthem – before the band decided to use a little of each in the finished version.

Alan Wilder said in the May 1993 issue of Keyboard magazine:

"That song was quite difficult. We recorded the song three or four different ways. One was entirely as you hear it in the second verse, with the smaller drum kit and the "groovy" bass line. But the whole song with that rhythm wasn't strong enough; it didn't go anywhere. We had the song structure from a fairly early stage. We knew where we wanted the verses, choruses, and middle eights. So [...] I went in and played drums along with the track in one particular style, then did it again in a funkier style, and so on. [...] [The cymbals after the word "flames"] was a late addition. Since that's such an up part of the song, it felt necessary to add something at that point. We put it in at the mix. It's often not until you get to the mix stage that it becomes obvious that another part is required. When you're in the recording process, you've never got it sounding good enough to tell. So quite a few of those embellishments get put on at the mix stage, like backwards cymbals."

Martin Gore in Rolling Stone issue #672/3 (December 1993):

"I think 'In Your Room' could be potentially bigger [as a hit single than 'I Feel You'], but it's six and a half minutes long. It could be edited down, but I think part of its beauty is its length. It'll be difficult to work with it."

When Rolling Stone followed DM on tour in July 1993, they reported: Gahan feels that his buddies art gradually coming around to his new-found [Los Angeles] philosophy, aside from occasional screw-ups like rejecting Butch Vig's well-crafted 'In Your Room' single remix.

However, Depeche Mode ended up not rejecting Butch Vig's mix, which was explained in an interview with Andy Fletcher for Drum Media in February 1994:

Consider the issue of Gahan suggesting that Butch Vig (producer of Nirvana’s Nevermind and Smashing Pumpkins’ Siamese Dream) remix the third single from Songs, In Your Room. Vig brought his own guitarist to add a new track – at first crackling then bursting into sonic overdrive – to the emotive ballad, upping the drums and giving it an alt-rock treatment that's surprisingly controlled amidst classic Gore melodrama like Your favourite mirror, your favourite slave... "It's an interesting mix, completely different to what we would have done, though we prefer our own original mix," notes Fletcher, despite initial rumours that the mix at one stage was to be consigned to the vault never to be released. For Fletcher, it's a matter of their roots: "We still like to consider ourselves European sounding and away from that American grunge sound, we’re not jumping on that bandwagon in any way."

Alan Wilder wrote in his Singles 86-98 editorial:

Convinced of the song's potential as a single, [Alan] campaigned rigorously on behalf of the album version to the point where various different edits were tried, but was eventually out-voted in favour of a remix by Nirvana producer and current 'grunge' dahling of the press, Butch Vig. Unfortunately, as is often the case with outside remixers, Vig's interpretation did not relate to many of the aspects of the original and the track lost much of it's Depeche Mode character, falling short of it's intended sensuality and intensity.

Dave Gahan said in the EPK for Exciter in 2001:

"[...] Often, with a lot of those sort of songs [bring out all these sad emotions and lost time], like 'In Your Room', that's kind of how it felt, you know, during those darker times for me, if you like. I was in my own little room. I felt very protected in my own little room for a while and I was invincible and I could come out when I wanted and go back in when I wanted and the room was a safe place, but now that room scares me and I don't really want to go in there any more. So, when I was singing that song on the last tour [Singles 86-98 tour], it was almost like I could sing it from outside the room, but go there for a little bit and look at it and peer in. It was a lot more fun than singing it like it was the last time I was going to sing it every night. For instance, on 'Songs of Faith and Devotion', on that tour, I really got off on the whole kind of darkness of that period of my life and it got really boring."

Dave Gahan told Stirile Pro in 2016:

"[...] 'In Your Room', I think it's one of my favourites, actually, to perform."

Martin Gore has some very bad memories about the videoshoot for this song, which you can read here.

Dates with available recordings of In Your Room

There are currently 328 recordings of In Your Room available.

Dates where In Your Room was played

1993 Devotional Tour

In Your Room was played 96 times during this tour.

1994 Exotic Tour

In Your Room was played 60 times during this tour.

1997 Ultra Parties

  • In Your Room was not played during this tour.

1998 The Singles Tour

In Your Room was played 66 times during this tour.

2001 Exciter Tour

In Your Room was played 84 times during this tour.

2003 Paper Monsters Tour (Dave Gahan solo)

  • In Your Room was not played during this tour.

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

In Your Room was played 8 times during this tour.

2005-2006 Touring The Angel

In Your Room was played 46 times during this tour.

2009-2010 Tour Of The Universe

In Your Room was played 102 times during this tour.

2013-2014 Delta Machine Tour

In Your Room was played 14 times during this tour.

2015 "Angels & Ghosts" Tour

  • In Your Room was not played during this tour.

2017-2018 Global Spirit Tour

In Your Room was played 111 times during this tour.