The only concert I’ve ever walked out of was a Depeche Mode show. This was during the Music For The Masses tour at the Boston-area Great Woods shed (now called the Tweeter Center…cripes, are there any major venues left that don’t have a corporate name?!!). After a very cool opening of Pimpf->Behind The Wheel, the rest of the show struck me a being pretty flat. It seemed like they were playing tapes of tunes while standing around striking poses. I was really hating the show….I took at look at my friend Greg thinking “gees…another hour of this crap?” and he says “Any time you’re ready”. Heh….so off we went…back home to watch a Celtics game over a couple of beers.
I did make it through about half of the show…long enough to have a few things lodge in my musical subconcious. They were the darker tunes. The aforementioned opening songs as well as “Stripped” and the title track from Black Celebration. So I somehow ended up buying two CD’s after attending a show that I didn’t even like all that much. Kinda weird for me. So, somewhat like a train wreck, I found myself not being able to look away from Depeche Mode.
Many, many years later…Martin Gore comes out with Conterfeit2. Another train wreck that I can’t look away from? Not really. It’s ‘better’ than that. It’s my soft spot for odd song covers, as Counterfeit2 is full of Martin Gore-icised covers. From his Depeche Mode-does-Led Zeppelin-does-David Essex “In My Time Of Dying”, Nick Cave’s “Loverman” and Kurt Weil’s “Lost In The Stars” (oh man, could Freddie Murcury have done that or what?!!).
Anyway, the sound is what you would expect: plenty of synth washes, blurby computer sounds and revereb-drenched twangy guitar. Not exactly party music, but not half bad either.
(First posted on Mark Is Cranky)