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Depeche Mode songs

This page has lists all of the songs Depeche Mode has performed live throughout their career. Some songs were played only during a solo member's tour, and several are cover songs played during early tours; see Early live-only songs below for more information about those tracks specifically. That section also has more information about several other early songs which do not appear in this list due to not having any recordings or dates with confirmed performances. Click on a song title to see more specific details, including a list of concerts that have a recording available and a list of which concerts the song was played at.

A total of 157 songs are confirmed to have been performed live by Depeche Mode.

Early live-only songs

The following are songs which Depeche Mode have performed live during their early career, circa 1980 to 1982. None of these tracks have been commercially released.

Bong Magazine Issue 24 has a great deal of information regarding these tracks contributed by Daryl Bamonte; please read the scans below, they are a goldmine of information.

1980 Tour

1980 Tour - 1981 Tour

1980 Tour - 1982 See You Tour

1982 See You Tour

Dave Gahan songs

The following are Dave Gahan or Dave Gahan & Soulsavers songs which have been played live. Click on a song title to see a list of concerts that have a recording available and a list of which concerts the song was played at.

A total of 17 songs from Dave Gahan's catalog have been performed live: A total of 14 songs from Dave Gahan & Soulsavers' catalog have been performed live:

Martin L. Gore songs

The following are Martin L. Gore solo songs which have been played live. Click on a song title to see a list of concerts that have a recording available and a list of which concerts the song was played at.

Unplayed Depeche Mode songs

The following are Depeche Mode or solo songs which have not been played live. Songs qualify for this list based on their appearance the official site's lyrics page, or if the track never materialized past the demo stage and a recording of the demo is available.

A total of 74 songs from Depeche Mode's catalog have not been played live.

Martin Gore has also co-written some songs for other artists (ordered according to year of creation):

  • 1985: Martin writes and plays the keyboard parts on two tracks on Humpe Humpe's eponymous album, called 'Happiness is Hard to Take' and 'Don't Know Where I Belong'. Annette Humpe told Einslive.de: They were in the studio at the same time as us. That's how we knew each other. Then we played some songs to Martin and told him: 'We'd love it if you write and play a melody to it.' Then he returned and performed it."
  • 1997/8: Martin co-wrote an instrumental track with ['Ultra' producer] Tim Simenon, which ends up being released under Tim's 'Bomb The Bass' moniker as the song 'Milakia', in 2010. Tim says: "It's a track I've always loved, but could never find a home for, really. It seemed like a perfect closer for this particular album."
  • 2000: Martin writes and plays the guitar part for a song written by Claudia Brücken called 'Cloud Nine', in February 2000. The song was planned to be used for the band Propaganda but was then used by her new band OneTwo in 2004 instead. Claudia told remembertheeighties.com and Destination Pop magazine later on: "'Cloud Nine' was originally written for my solo album in the mid to late 90's. Martin Gore and I had a mutual friend [Paul Valentine] who used to invite me to Depeche gigs and after show parties. This is how I got to know Martin. One day I was writing a song on guitar, and I thought, I need a little bit of help as I'm not the best guitarist in the world! Martin at that time, was living around the corner from me [in London] so I just dropped around and asked if he'd help me. At first he wasn't really sure, 'cause he's only used to writing songs on his own. But the next day he called me and said he'd completed it. I then put my solo album on hold as I had been in touch with [the other Propaganda members] and we hatched this idea to try Propaganda one more time. I "loaned" 'Cloud Nine' to Propaganda but then withdrew it when Propaganda ground to halt for the second time. So, its been through many different versions, it's only now though, with [the second version made for the band Onetwo], that I'm completely happy with it."
  • 2004: Martin writes the guitar part for a Gwen Stefani song called 'Wonderful Life'. The song was meant to appear on her first solo album but that had too many songs, and so it then appeared on her second solo album in 2006. Gwen told Herald Sun and Inpress Australia: "It was written for my first kissing-love, Matt Ellej. He actually passed away and wanted to write a song for him, and I wrote 'Wonderful Life'. He was a huge Depeche Mode fan. He actually turned me on to them. I was like, 'Depeche Mode? That's electronic weirdo music'. At the time it was. We'd never heard that shit before. I told Martin about Matt and how much he loved Depeche Mode. And Martin was awesome. It was early on in the album and I was singing him some of the demos." Martin Gore told Intro.de/Time Out Russia: "She contacted me and wanted to write a few songs with me. But I don't feel like sitting in a room and writing songs with somebody. I think that songwriting is a very personal affair. I think it can be quite awkward to write songs with someone you hardly know. Gwen made jokes about it and told me that in the past two years she had been writing songs with so many people that she had become a "songwriting whore". There was no stage of awkwardness for her anymore. She played me some songs that she had been working on. But all I could offer her in return, in order for her to not to be too upset by the refusal, was to play some guitar to one track, if she wanted to. And so I now play the guitar on one of the songs."
  • 2011: In May 2011, Mute Records held the Short Circuit Festival. Online, a set could be heard called the 'Raster-Noton/Mute Sound Halo', which consisted of sound loops created by 28 artists from both labels. Two of those artists were Alva Noto (owner of Raster-Norton), and Martin Gore. Alva Noto used Martin Gore's sound loop 'siren synth' for one of his own songs, named 'Uni Rec'. Alva Noto told Kultblog.hu: "When I was working on this track earlier, I had this feeling that something was missing from it, then this sample came to my mind so I tried it out, whether these two even work together. Then there was no way back, this has become a part of this whole thing. Of course I showed it to Martin and he liked it too."
  • 2013: Martin writes the synthesizer part for a Frank Ocean song, initially unnamed. Martin told Associated Press/CNN/Gaffa in 2013: "The last day I think it was that we had in the studio in New York, we were just recording some live sessions, a bonus thing for our deluxe CD. Frank was working downstairs with Alicia Keys. He asked our engineer if he could come in and have a listen. So, he came in and started talking to us and then he said, 'I am a big fan, and I've got a track, I'd love for you to add some analogue synthesizers to it.' I was completely blown away. And the following day [Cristoffer Berg and I] stayed an extra day in the studio and just did a few bits and pieces. I have no idea whether he'll actually use the pieces we did on there, but hopefully it will surface one day! It sounded really good. He seems like a nice and funny guy." Then in August 2016, Frank Ocean released two albums, but Martin was credited on none. Christoffer Berg wrote as a reply on his Instagram account: "[Frank] released another version of the song 'Solo'. It was a great song before, when and after me and Martin ever did anything [to it]. I'm just happy it's released in any form, and very proud and humble to have been a small fleeting part of the bigger process, credited or not credited."

Dave Gahan has co-written two songs which were released under someone else's name, namely Reload and Where I Wait; you can find more info by clicking on those titles.