Condemnation (song)

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"Condemnation"
Single by Depeche Mode
from the album Songs of Faith and Devotion
B-side "Death's Door (Jazz Mix)"
Released 13 September 1993
Format Vinyl record 12", Cassette, CD
Recorded January 1993; Madrid, Hamburg, London[1]
Genre Gospel, alternative rock, piano rock
Length 3:22
Label Mute - Bong 23
Writer(s) Martin Gore
Producer(s) Depeche Mode and Flood
Depeche Mode singles chronology
"Walking in My Shoes"
(1993)
"Condemnation"
(1993)
"In Your Room"
(1994)
Alternative cover
Cover for the limited edition single
Songs of Faith and Devotion track listing
"Walking in My Shoes"
(2)
"Condemnation"
(3)
"Mercy in You"
(4)

"Condemnation" is a song by Depeche Mode, released as the group's twenty-ninth UK single on 13 September 1993 (14 September in the US), and the third single from their album Songs of Faith and Devotion. The song reached number 9 on the UK Singles Chart.[2]

"Condemnation" is a gospel-esque song with a rock twist. The 7" version is the "Paris Mix", with female backing vocals added and an emerging drum beat scheme. Dave Gahan voted for "Condemnation" to be the first single for Songs of Faith and Devotion, but lost.

The B-sides are remixes of "Death's Door" and "Rush", and some live tracks from the Devotional Tour. "Death's Door" was a song from the 1991 Until the End of the World soundtrack. The original version is still exclusive to that CD, recorded only by Martin Gore and Alan Wilder after the World Violation Tour was over.

The music video for "Condemnation" was directed by Anton Corbijn and was shot in Hungary. For unknown reasons, it did not appear on The Videos 86-98 in 1998, replaced by the live version from Devotional. The original video eventually resurfaced on The Videos 86-98's 2002 re-release (The Videos 86-98+). Both videos appear on the Devotional DVD re-release in 2004 (although the "Condemnation Live" video was edited so that it wasn't identical to the one in the main Devotional movie).

South African band Absinthe covered the song on their album A Rendezvous at Nirvana. [3]

Track listings[edit]

7", Cassette: Mute / Bong23, CBong23 – UK[edit]

  1. "Condemnation (Paris Mix)" – 3:21 (remix by Alan Wilder & Steve Lyon)
  2. "Death's Door (Jazz Mix)" – 6:38 (remix by Depeche Mode & Steve Lyon)
  • 7" released as a promo only, not commercially released, hence why both songs appear on the 12" version.

12": Mute / 12Bong23 – UK[edit]

  1. "Condemnation (Paris Mix)" – 3:21
  2. "Death's Door (Jazz Mix)" – 6:38
  3. "Rush (Spiritual Guidance Mix)" – 5:31 (remix by Jack Dangers)
  4. "Rush (Amylnitrate Mix – Instrumental)" – 7:43 (remix by Tony Garcia & Guido Osorio)
  5. "Rush (Wild Planet Mix – Vocal)" – 6:23 (remix by Tony Garcia & Guido Osorio)

12": Mute / L12Bong23 – UK[edit]

  1. "Condemnation (Live)" – 4:10
  2. "Personal Jesus (Live)" – 6:00
  3. "Enjoy the Silence (Live)" – 6:46
  4. "Halo (Live)" – 4:54

CD: Mute / CDBong23 – UK[edit]

  1. "Condemnation (Paris Mix)" – 3:21
  2. "Death's Door (Jazz Mix)" – 6:38
  3. "Rush (Spiritual Guidance Mix)" – 5:31 (remix by Jack Dangers)
  4. "Rush (Amylnitrate Mix – Instrumental)" – 7:43 (remix by Tony Garcia & Guido Osorio)

CD: Mute / LCDBong23 – UK[edit]

  1. "Condemnation (Live)" – 4:10
  2. "Personal Jesus (Live)" – 6:00
  3. "Enjoy the Silence (Live)" – 6:46
  4. "Halo (Live)" – 4:54

CD: Mute / CDBong23X – EU[edit]

  1. "Condemnation (Paris Mix)" – 3:21
  2. "Death's Door (Jazz Mix)" – 6:38
  3. "Rush (Spiritual Guidance Mix)" – 5:31
  4. "Rush (Amylnitrate Mix – Instrumental)" – 7:43
  5. "Rush (Wild Planet Mix – Vocal)" – 6:23
  6. "Condemnation (Live)" – 4:10
  7. "Personal Jesus (Live)" – 6:00
  8. "Enjoy the Silence (Live)" – 6:46
  9. "Halo (Live)" – 4:54
  • This CD is the 2004 re-release

Promo 12": Mute / P12Bong23 (UK)[edit]

  1. "Condemnation (Paris Mix )" - 3:22
  2. "Death's Door (Jazz Mix Mix)" - 6:38
  3. "Rush (Spiritual Guidance Mix)" - 5:31

Promo 12": Mute / PL12Bong23R (UK)[edit]

  1. "Rush (Spiritual Guidance Mix)" - 5:31
  2. "Rush (Amylnitrate Mix (Instrumental))" - 7:41
  3. "Rush (Wild Planet Mix (Vocal))" - 6:23

12": Sire/Reprise / 9 41058-0 – US[edit]

  1. "Condemnation (Live)" – 4:10
  2. "Enjoy the Silence (Live)" – 6:46
  3. "Halo (Live)" – 4:54
  4. "Death's Door (Jazz Mix)" – 6:38
  5. "Rush (Spiritual Guidance Mix)" – 5:31
  6. "Rush (Nitrate Mix)" – 7:43
  7. "Rush (Wild Planet Mix – Vocal)" – 6:23
  8. "Condemnation (Paris Mix)" – 3:21

CD: Sire/Reprise / 9 41058-2 – US[edit]

  1. "Condemnation (Paris Mix)" – 3:21
  2. "Rush (Spiritual Guidance Mix)" – 5:31
  3. "Death's Door (Jazz Mix)" – 6:38
  4. "Rush (Nitrate Mix)" – 7:43
  5. "Enjoy the Silence (Live)" – 6:46
  6. "Halo (Live)" – 4:54
  7. "Condemnation (Live)" – 4:10
  • The "Nitrate Mix" of "Rush" and the "Amylnitrate Mix – Instrumental" of "Rush" are the same.
  • All live songs were recorded in Milan, Italy in 1993.
  • All songs written by Martin L. Gore.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1993) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[4] 78
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[5] 5
France (SNEP)[6] 36
Germany (Media Control Charts)[7] 23
Ireland (IRMA)[8] 19
Polish Singles Chart[9] 23
Spain (AFYVE)[10] 9
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[11] 3
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[12] 38
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[13] 9
US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks[14] 23
US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales[14] 36

References[edit]

  1. ^ Shaw, William (April 1993). "In The Mode". Details: 90–95, 168. Retrieved 17 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Official Charts Company - Depeche Mode - Condemnation (EP)". Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  3. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/za/album/a-rendezvous-at-nirvana/id633801588 Retrieved 13 January 2014
  4. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Depeche Mode – Condemnation". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  5. ^ (Finnish) Nyman, Jake (2005). Suomi soi 4: Suuri suomalainen listakirja (1st ed.). Helsinki: Tammi. ISBN 951-31-2503-3. 
  6. ^ "Lescharts.com – Depeche Mode – Condemnation" (in French). Les classement single.
  7. ^ "Chartverfulgong > Depeche Mode > Condemnation – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  8. ^ "irishcharts.ie search results". Retrieved 29 May 2009. 
  9. ^ "Polish Singles Chart |". 
  10. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  11. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Depeche Mode – Condemnation". Singles Top 60.
  12. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Depeche Mode – Condemnation". Swiss Singles Chart.
  13. ^ "Archive Chart: 1993-09-25" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
  14. ^ a b "allmusic ((( Depeche Mode > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))". Retrieved 29 May 2009 (2009-05-29).  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)

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