Behind the Wheel

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For the radio show, see Behind the Wheel (radio show).
"Behind the Wheel"
Single by Depeche Mode
from the album Music for the Masses
B-side "Route 66"
Released 28 December 1987
Format 7", 12"
Recorded 1987
Genre
Length 5:12 (album version)
4:00 (7" single version)
5:55 (12" single version)
Label Mute Records
Writer(s) Martin Gore
Producer(s) Depeche Mode and David Bascombe
Depeche Mode singles chronology
"Never Let Me Down Again"
(1987)
"Behind the Wheel"
(1987)
"Little 15"
(1988)

"Behind the Wheel" is Depeche Mode's twentieth UK single, released on 28 December 1987, and the third single for the album Music for the Masses. Peaking at #21 in the UK charts, it hit #6 in West Germany. In Australia, the sides were reversed, with "Route 66" being the A side and "Behind the Wheel" the B side. [1]

In 1989, the single was ranked #30 on Spin magazine's list of the "The 100 Greatest Singles Of All Time".[2]

Track listings[edit]

"Behind the Wheel" was written by Martin Gore. "Route 66" was written by Robert William Troup Jr..

7": Mute / 7Bong15 (UK)[edit]

  1. "Behind the Wheel" (Remix) – 3:58
  2. "Route 66" – 4:08

12": Mute / 12Bong15 (UK)[edit]

  1. "Behind the Wheel" (Shep Pettibone Mix) – 5:55
  2. "Route 66" (Beatmasters Mix) – 6:19

12": Mute / L12Bong15 (UK)[edit]

  1. "Behind the Wheel" (Beatmasters Mix) – 7:58
  2. "Route 66" (Casualty Mix) – 10:39 (remixed by Dave Allen)

CD: Mute / CDBong15 (UK)[edit]

  1. "Behind the Wheel" (7" Remix) – 3:58
  2. "Route 66" – 4:09
  3. "Behind the Wheel" (Shep Pettibone Mix) – 5:57
  4. "Behind the Wheel" (LP Mix) – 5:18

CD: Mute / CDBong15 (UK)[edit]

  1. "Behind the Wheel" (Remix) – 3:58
  2. "Route 66" – 4:11
  3. "Behind the Wheel" (Shep Pettibone Mix) – 5:57
  4. "Route 66" (Beatmasters Mix) – 6:21
  5. "Behind the Wheel" (Beatmasters Mix) – 8:01
  6. "Route 66" (Casualty Mix) – 10:42
  7. "Behind the Wheel" (LP Mix) – 5:18
  • The second CD is the 1992 re-release.

Cassette maxi-single: Mute / CBong15 (UK)[edit]

  1. "Behind the Wheel" (Shep Pettibone Mix) – 5:57
  2. "Route 66" (Beatmasters Mix) – 6:21
  3. "Behind the Wheel" (LP Mix) – 5:18

7": Sire / 7-27991 (US)[edit]

  1. "Behind the Wheel" (Remix) – 3:58
  2. "Route 66/Behind the Wheel" (Mega-Single Mix) – 4:15 (remixed by Ivan Ivan)

12": Sire / 0-20858 (US)[edit]

  1. "Behind the Wheel/Route 66" (Megamix) – 7:51 (remixed by Ivan Ivan)
  2. "Behind the Wheel/Route 66" (Megadub) – 6:17 (remixed by Ivan Ivan)
  3. "Behind the Wheel" (Extended Remix) – 5:57
  4. "Behind the Wheel" (Beatmasters Mix) – 8:01

12": Sire / PRO-A-2952 (US PROMO)[edit]

  1. "Behind the Wheel" (Extended Remix) – 5:50
  2. "Behind the Wheel" (Dub) – 6:00
  3. "Behind the Wheel" (Beatmasters Mix) – 8:00
  4. "Behind the Wheel" (7" DJ Remix) – 3:48

CD: Sire / PRO-CD-2953 (US PROMO)[edit]

  1. "Behind the Wheel" (Remix) – 4:03
  2. "Behind the Wheel/Route 66" (Mega-Single Mix) – 4:29 (remixed by Ivan Ivan)
  3. "Route 66/Behind the Wheel" (Mega-Single Mix) – 4:22
  4. "Behind the Wheel/Route 66" (Megamix) – 7:51 (remixed by Ivan Ivan)
  5. "Behind the Wheel" (Beatmasters Mix) – 8:01
  6. "Behind the Wheel" (Extended Remix) – 5:57

Charts[edit]

Chart (1987-1988) Peak
position
Germany (Media Control AG)[3] 6
France (SNEP)[4] 21
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[5] 10
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[6] 6
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[7] 21
US Dance Music/Club Play Singles (Billboard)[8] 3
US Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales (Billboard)[8] 10
US Billboard Hot 100[8] 61

Behind the Wheel 2011[edit]

"Behind the Wheel 2011"
Promotional single by Depeche Mode
Released 6 June 2011
Format Promotional CD, single
Recorded 1987-2011
Label Mute Records
Writer Martin Gore
Producer Vince Clarke

"Behind the Wheel 2011" (Reprise / Rhino / Mute PRCD-400205) is a US-only promotional CD single, released 2011. The title track is a remix made by former Depeche Mode member Vince Clarke for the band's Remixes 2: 81-11 album. The single was promotional only, and not for sale. It reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart in 2011.[8]

Tracklist:[9]

  1. Behind The Wheel 2011 (Vince Clarke Extended Vocal) - 6:42
  2. Behind The Wheel 2011 (Mark Picchiotti Re-Edited Vince Clarke Dub) - 6:44
  3. Behind The Wheel 2011 (Mark Picchiotti Re-Edited Vince Clarke Radio Mix) - 3:36

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