ALBUM#1: Speak & Spell

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Re: ALBUM#1: Speak & Spell

Postby DMmomma » Sat Apr 15, 2017 10:09 am

Recently I was watching a DM documentary that got me in the mood to back and listen to Speak and Spell as an important part of DM history. Listening in this way, I realized that right from the start, all the DM ingredients were there. There are some eerie synths in Photographic. There are a couple songs about sex (albeit in a super awkward teenage approach). There is a Martin-sung song, Any Second Now. A couple of the songs were written by Martin right from the start. Martin always wanted to be a little different in the way he dressed, wearing a hat . DM grew up and their music has evolved as they did so, but all the pieces were there from the beginning.
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Re: ALBUM#1: Speak & Spell

Postby My Secret Garden » Sat Apr 15, 2017 3:15 pm

DMmomma wrote:Recently all the pieces were there from the beginning.


You are right. I've always disagreed with the idea of 2 different DM's - DM of Vince and DM of Martin. Of course they are two different personalities but driven by the same or similar ideas in music
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Re: ALBUM#1: Speak & Spell

Postby DMmomma » Sat Apr 15, 2017 3:58 pm

My Secret Garden wrote:
DMmomma wrote:Recently all the pieces were there from the beginning.


You are right. I've always disagreed with the idea of 2 different DM's - DM of Vince and DM of Martin. Of course they are two different personalities but driven by the same or similar ideas in music


Haha! Look at the way you "quoted" me! How did that happen?
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Re: ALBUM#1: Speak & Spell

Postby My Secret Garden » Sat Apr 15, 2017 4:03 pm

DMmomma wrote:
My Secret Garden wrote:
DMmomma wrote:Recently all the pieces were there from the beginning.


You are right. I've always disagreed with the idea of 2 different DM's - DM of Vince and DM of Martin. Of course they are two different personalities but driven by the same or similar ideas in music


Haha! Look at the way you "quoted" me! How did that happen?


Well... :confused: I don't know...
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Re: ALBUM#1: Speak & Spell

Postby DMmomma » Sat Apr 15, 2017 5:01 pm

My Secret Garden wrote:
Well... :confused: I don't know...


Lol no worries! The important thing is we agree. :)
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Re: ALBUM#1: Speak & Spell

Postby My Secret Garden » Sun Apr 16, 2017 3:05 am

DMmomma wrote:
Lol no worries! The important thing is we agree. :)


Well, yes.
Sometimes I see Speak & Spell as a tiny acorn turned into a huge oak-tree of the DM's best albums. They look differently, an ignoramus might not see any connections between them, but we know no orange-trees or berks come out of acorns.
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Re: ALBUM#1: Speak & Spell

Postby Unpredictable-Then » Fri Apr 21, 2017 3:50 am

This is a good album, but I feel a lot of the tracks lack substance. Vince Clarke really blossomed with Yaz(oo) and Erasure IMO.
I was quite surprised to find at first that What's Your Name? is often considered one of the worst Depeche Mode songs (and even by Fletch and Martin themselves). It's actually one of my favourite songs on the album, even if the lyrics are a tad silly!
Otherwise: New Life, I Sometimes Wish I Was Dead, Puppets, Big Muff, Any Second Now (Voices) and Just Can't Get Enough, Dreaming of Me if we're including the remastered edition. Photographic is good, but I personally prefer the Some Bizarre version: it sounds so radically different from a standard Depeche Mode song!
My least favourite track is probably Nodisco. Not really for the song itself, but it only makes me want to listen to Life During Wartime by Talking Heads whenever I hear the 'this ain't no disco' line.
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Re: ALBUM#1: Speak & Spell

Postby vilak » Mon May 29, 2017 1:54 pm

Hi eveybody!
I'm new to this forum (Is there a section I can introduce myself?)

I became to really listen to DM in 94. I had a nostalgia trip about 80's music that included a lot of other bands (Cure, PSB, U2 etc...).
After buying SGR for the song I wanted (People are People), I did what I do everytime I liked the full album : I bought the first one.

I really loved Speak and Spell, and still does. It's fresh, naive and, like for almost every pop band first LP, it tastes like a collection of singles.
My Favourite at the moment was Photographic and I believe it still is.
I never get into WYN or BSG but all the others songs suited my taste.
And the lack of bass in the verses of Tora Tora Tora made me fell as if something was missing.
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Re: ALBUM#1: Speak & Spell

Postby My Secret Garden » Mon May 29, 2017 10:25 pm

vilak wrote:Hi eveybody!

My Favourite at the moment was Photographic and I believe it still is.
I never get into WYN or BSG but all the others songs suited my taste.

I feel kinda the same. There is a couple of strange songs, but the album is fresh sounds great.
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Re: ALBUM#1: Speak & Spell

Postby charlesfouret » Thu Jun 01, 2017 1:39 am

Probably the most hterogenous album with ABF.
Some very good tracks like Puppets, Photographic, I sometimes wish I was dead,and for sure New Life + Just Can't Get Enough. In the same era, I love Ice Machine + shout.
The rest is quite average, even bad with What's your name + Boys Say Go + Nodisco....
IMHO :p
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