Enjoy the Silence
|"Enjoy the Silence"|
|Single by Depeche Mode|
|from the album Violator|
|Released||5 February 1990|
|Format||Vinyl record, 7", 12", Cassette, CD|
Puk Studios, Denmark
Logic Studios, Milan
|Producer(s)||Depeche Mode, Flood|
|Depeche Mode singles chronology|
"Enjoy the Silence" was re-released as a single in 2004 for the Depeche Mode remix project Remixes 81 - 04, and was titled "Enjoy the Silence (Reinterpreted)" or, more simply, "Enjoy the Silence 04".
- 1 B-sides
- 2 Music videos
- 3 Track listing
- 4 Charts and certifications
- 5 Cover versions
- 6 External links
- 7 References
There are two instrumental B-sides to "Enjoy the Silence". "Sibeling" (the 12" B-side) is a soft piano-tune while "Memphisto" (the 7" B-side) is a darker, eerier track. The title of "Sibeling" refers to Finnish classical composer Jean Sibelius. According to Martin Gore, "Memphisto is the name of an imaginary film about Elvis as a Devil, that I created in my mind".
The Anton Corbijn-directed music video for "Enjoy the Silence" references the themes and storyline of the philosophical children's book The Little Prince. Footage of Gahan dressed as a stereotypical king wandering the hillsides of the Scottish Highlands, the coast of Portugal and finally the Swiss Alps with a deck chair is intercut with black-and-white footage of the band posing. Brief flashes of a single rose (which is also on the album cover of Violator) appear throughout the scenes.
When Corbijn presented the concept of the video to the band, which at the time was simply "Dave dressed up as a king, walking around with a deck chair", they initially rejected it. They changed their minds, when he explained that the idea was that the King (Dave) was represented "a man with everything in the world, just looking for a quiet place to sit"; a king of no kingdom. Andy Fletcher jokes that he favoured the video because "[he] only had to do about an hour's worth of work".
The video uses a slightly different mix of the album version of the song (the most notable difference being a new and extended introduction) that has not been released in any audio format. The final long shots of the king walking through the snow are not Gahan but rather the video's producer, Richard Bell. Gahan had left the set, tiring of the cold in Switzerland (recounted by Gahan in the intro to The Videos (86-98)).
World Trade Center Promo Video
In 1990, a promotional video for "Enjoy the Silence" was shot by French TV (for the TV Show "Champs-Élysées" with Michel Drucker) featuring Depeche Mode lip-syncing the song while standing atop the World Trade Center at the WTC rooftop World observatory.
7", Cassette: Mute / Bong18, CBong18 (UK)
12": Mute / 12Bong18 (UK)
12": Mute / L12Bong18 (UK)
12": Mute / XL12Bong18 (UK)
CD: Mute / CDBong18 (UK)
CD: Mute / LCDBong18 (UK)
CD: Mute / XLCDBong18 (UK)
CD: Mute / CDBong18X (EU)
Promo 12": Mute / P12Bong18 (UK)
Promo CD: Mute / CDBong18R (UK)
12"/Cassette: Sire/Reprise / 0-21490 / 4-21490 (US)
CD: Sire/Reprise / 21490-2 (US)
Promo CD: Sire/Reprise / PRO-CD-3976 (US)
Charts and certifications
End of year charts
Sales and certifications
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- In 1998 Failure covered the song for the tribute album to Depeche Mode, For the Masses.
- In 2001 Tori Amos released a version, reinterpreted from a woman's perspective, on her concept album Strange Little Girls.
- Indie rock band Maritime performed a version of the song in April 2010 for The A.V. Club's A.V. Undercover series.
- Choral composer and conductor Eric Whitacre covered the song and released it on EP in November, 2013.
- Susan Boyle covered the song for her album Someone to Watch Over Me.
- It Dies Today covered this song on their 2004 album, The Caitiff Choir.
- In November 2005 Sylvain Chauveau & Ensemble Nocturne released the album Down to the Bone, an acoustic tribute to Depeche Mode, which includes a cover of this song.
Lacuna Coil version
|"Enjoy the Silence"|
|Single by Lacuna Coil|
|from the album Karmacode|
|Format||CD, digital download, vinyl|
|Lacuna Coil singles chronology|
There is a UK version of the video and an International one. Both videos, shot with Closer music video on 12 March 2006, came out on June, 2006, include the band performing in a dark room, but aside from that the UK version shows live clips of the London Forum show, while the International one shows scenes of a city (Portland, Oregon), the countryside, and a bay.
|UK Singles Chart||41|
|Italian Year-end Singles Charts||1|
There are three "volumes" of the single.
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- Cranna, Ian (April 1990), "Insidious", Q magazine: 77
- Cinquemani, Sal (29 September 2003). "Depeche Mode - Violator". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 1 April 2014.
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- "Info for the masses". Agent Orange > A Greek Depeche Mode site. Archived from the original on 2 January 2004. Retrieved 7 September 2011.
- DEPECHE MODE Enjoy The Silence ► WTC Twin Towers full clip on YouTube
- Pitchfork Top 200 Tracks of the 90s
- "Austriancharts.at – Depeche Mode – Enjoy the Silence" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
- "Ultratop.be – Depeche Mode – Enjoy the Silence" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
- Canadian RPM peak
- Canadian RPM peak
- "Danishcharts.com – Depeche Mode – Enjoy the Silence". Tracklisten.
- Pennanen, Timo (2006). Sisältää hitin - levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla vuodesta 1972 (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Tammi. ISBN 978-951-1-21053-5.
- "Lescharts.com – Depeche Mode – Enjoy the Silence" (in French). Les classement single.
- "Chartverfulgong > Depeche Mode > Enjoy the Silence – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
- Irish Charts Type 'Enjoy The Silence' into Search by Song Title. Retrieved 7 September 2011.
- "Hit Parade Italia - Indice per Interprete: D". Hit Parade Italia. Retrieved 6 July 2012.
- "Nederlandse Top 40 – Depeche Mode search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
- "Charts.org.nz – Depeche Mode – Enjoy the Silence". Top 40 Singles.
- Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
- "Swedishcharts.com – Depeche Mode – Enjoy the Silence". Singles Top 60.
- "Swisscharts.com – Depeche Mode – Enjoy the Silence". Swiss Singles Chart.
- "Archive Chart: 1990-02-24" UK Singles Chart.
- "Depeche Mode - Charts & Awards - Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved 5 May 2009.
- "Billboard Top 100 - 1990". Archived from the original on 2010-01-16. Retrieved 2009-09-15.
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- "American single certifications – Depeche Mode – Enjoy the Silence". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
- "Maritime covers Depeche Mode". Retrieved 2013-03-19.
- "Enjoy The Silence - News - Eric Whitacre". Retrieved 2013-12-16., from ericwhitacre.com.
- "Sylvain Chauveau & Ensemble Nocturne - Down to the Bone". Retrieved 2014-10-31.
- Huhn, Mary; Shen, Maxine (18 July 2007). "THEY'VE GOT IT COVERED - THE 100 BEST COVER SONGS OF ALL TIME". New York Post. Retrieved 7 September 2011.