Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Depeche Mode - The Singles 86>98 (1998)
If a little is good, more must be better, right? Well.....
Long story short: I should have just purchased a CD copy of 1990's Violator and been done with it. I found this two disc compilation in the used bin for a reason.
Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #38
Tracks: The best songs are on the first disc: Strangelove, Personal Jesus, Enjoy The Silence, Policy Of Truth, and World In My Eyes. That's 5 good tracks out of 21. Skip disc 2 entirely; even the somewhat decent live version of Everything Counts can't save it.
Personal Memory Associated with this CD: The first song I remember hearing from this group was People Are People in the summer of 1985. I hated it then and I'm still not a fan of that particular song. That explains why I don't have the earlier compilation, The Singles 81→85, even though it contains better songwriting from Vince Clarke.
I owned the aforementioned Violator album on cassette and, despite objections from my students, it got plenty of playing time in my classroom in 1990.