Wrong

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When journalist Brandon Voss told Martin Gore that 'Wrong' "sounds like it was written by someone who just had a really bad day", Martin Gore replied:

"I think it was probably more than a day. [Laughs] I hope people don’t take it in a really depressing way, because I like to think that I’ve somehow made it into a bit of a comedy moment. There’s a bit of black humor in there. It makes me laugh when I say that “there’s something wrong with me chemically, something wrong with me inherently.”"

Dave Gahan and Martin Gore told the April 2009 issue of Rolling Stone Germany (translated from German):

Dave: "It's good that the people are surprised [with 'Wrong' as a single]. The rhythm was surprising for us as well in the beginning. It's very R&B, not rap, it's a rant. Very amusing. It is as if a thirteen year old boy is stomping with his feet on the floor trying to revolt against his parents. At that age everything seems to be wrong, that's what parents usually say. [...]"

Martin: "We decided to go with 'Wrong' because it's quite different from what we've done in the past. I heard the description 'future retro sound' which I liked a lot. A lot of the new songs have a Sixties-Space-Age-Pop-Sound. Not like Martin Denny or [Juan Garcia] Esquivel but close to it. I always say I'm a traditional songwriter, in the way that I use melodies, chords and lyrics. Only the instrumental part is a unanimous Depeche mode decision. But for me, electro and emotions work together, there is no contradiction."

Both of them also said in the 'Sounds Of The Universe' EPK:

Martin: "We unanimously - without even really talking about it I think - chose 'Wrong' as the first single just because we felt it was more of a statement, it was very different for us. [...] We always like to do something different as a first single, just to announce that we're back."

Dave: "It's sort of an unconventional pop song if you like. It's almost more of a rap or rant or something and its groove is a little different too in that way. And I think we chose it because, we didn't choose it because we felt it was the best song, we chose it because we felt that it was striking and that it was a good song to choose for the next chapter of what it is we're doing."

Producer Ben Hillier told Keyboard magazine:

"The arpeggio that runs throughout 'Wrong' was taken from Martin's soft synth demo, then reprogrammed on my modular synth, using a sine wave from a Cynthia Zeroscillator. We also ran a version using a vintage EMS VCS3 and Tension in Ableton Live — which we recorded through a vintage Gretsch guitar amp in the studio's clanky basement! Different treatments of the sine wave used waveshapers in the modular, Max/MSP, vintage spring reverbs, and guitar pedals. The bass line was originally played live — me on keys, Martin working the filter — on a Roland SH-09. We then doubled it on an Elektron SidStation and Roland Jupiter-6. The drums were from an Akai MPC1000, played in free-run and treated through various bits of modular and EMS synths. We did just a few takes until the timing felt good with the backing track."

At the end of 'Sounds Of The Universe', an untitled instrumental track[1] that's 41 seconds long and has the melody of Wrong can be heard. Martin Gore told the band Röyksopp in the April 2009 issue of Filter magazine about this little track:

"I like little surprises. What you may not have noticed is that it comes three minutes and 17 seconds after the last track. Because of 'Sounds Of The Universe', I actually wanted it to be five minutes after the last track because of [astronomer Marke Whittle and artist Jonathan Keats'] collaboration that condensed the first million years of the universe into five seconds. But I guess it isn't much of a surprise anymore."

Footnotes

  1. On the quasi-official instrumental version of "Sounds Of The Universe" offered by the website ilikemusic.com, this track is titled "Outroduction". Brat, the official webmaster for depechemode.com and band's archivist, says he has never seen the track referred to by this title.

Dates with available recordings of Wrong

There are currently 33 recordings of Wrong available.

Dates where Wrong was played

2009-2010 Tour Of The Universe

Wrong was played 105 times during this tour.

2013-2014 Delta Machine Tour

  • Wrong was not played during this tour.

2017-2018 Global Spirit Tour

Wrong was played 65 times during this tour.