Fragile Tension / Hole to Feed

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"Fragile Tension"/"Hole To Feed"
Single by Depeche Mode
from the album Sounds of the Universe
Released 7 December 2009
Format 12", CD, Digital Download
Recorded May–December 2008;
Sound Design
(Santa Barbara, California)
Chung King Studios
(New York City, New York)
Genre Alternative dance, synthpop, electronic rock
Length 4:09/3:59 (Album versions)
3:36/3:27 (Radio mixes)
Label Mute - BONG 42
Writer(s) Martin Gore ("Fragile Tension")
David Gahan, Christian Eigner, Andrew Phillpott ("Hole to Feed")
Producer(s) Ben Hillier
Depeche Mode singles chronology
"Peace"
(2009)
"Fragile Tension/Hole To Feed"
(2009)
"Personal Jesus 2011"
(2011)
Sounds of the Universe track listing
"In Chains"
(1)
"Hole to Feed"
(2)
"Wrong"
(3)
Sounds of the Universe track listing
"Wrong"
(3)
"Fragile Tension"
(4)
"Little Soul"
(5)

"Fragile Tension"/"Hole to Feed" is Depeche Mode's third single from their studio album, Sounds of the Universe, their 48th UK single overall, and their third double A-side single, following "Blasphemous Rumours / Somebody" and "John the Revelator / Lilian". "Hole to Feed" is the second Depeche Mode single written by Dave Gahan along with co-writers Christian Eigner and Andrew Phillpott, succeeding the first being "Suffer Well", from their previous album Playing The Angel. Gahan told The Guardian that "Hole to Feed" is, "a very cynical song about wanting to fill a gaping hole but not knowing what to fill it with. About sometimes the idea of having a hole to feed all being a figment of my imagination when I'm actually fine."[1] It was announced on their website on 7 November 2009 and was released on 7 December 2009. Unlike the other two singles from the album, there are no plans to release a 7" vinyl edition at this time, and there will not be a limited edition CD ("LCD") either.[2] It was not released in the U.S., nor was it released anywhere else.

Both songs have been slightly edited and remixed for the single. "Fragile Tension" has some new instrumentation and clearer vocals, while "Hole to Feed" has been rearranged and some sections have been removed.

On the band's Tour of the Universe, "Hole to Feed" was played at every show as the 3rd song, always after "Wrong". "Fragile Tension" was performed only once, at a show in Toronto.

Music videos[edit]

The video for "Hole to Feed" debuted in August 2009 and was directed by Eric Wareheim from the Tim and Eric Awesome Show. The video, which does not feature the band at all, received negative feedback from fans on YouTube. It stars Paige Powell as the lead singer. [3] The "Fragile Tension" video was directed by Rob Chandler and Barney Steel.

Track listing[edit]

12": Mute / 12BONG 42[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Fragile Tension (Stephan Bodzin Remix)"   Martin L. Gore 9:14
2. "Fragile Tension (Kris Menace's Love On Laserdisc Remix)"   Martin L. Gore 6:24
3. "Hole to Feed (Popof Vocal Mix)"   Dave Gahan, Christian Eigner, Andrew Phillpott 8:42
4. "Hole to Feed (Paul Woolford's Easyfun Ethereal Disco Mix)"   Dave Gahan, Christian Eigner, Andrew Phillpott 9:24
5. "Perfect (Roger Sanchez Club Mix)"   Martin L. Gore 7:24
6. "Perfect (Ralphi Rosario Dub)"   Martin L. Gore 8:26
7. "Peace (Herve's 'Warehouse Frequencies' Remix)"   Martin L. Gore 5:10
8. "Peace (Sander Van Doorn Remix)"   Martin L. Gore 8:02

CD: Mute / CDBONG 42[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Fragile Tension (Radio Mix)"   Martin L. Gore 3:36
2. "Hole to Feed (Radio Mix)"   Dave Gahan, Christian Eigner, Andrew Phillpott 3:27
3. "Perfect (Roger Sanchez Club Mix)"   Martin L. Gore 7:24
4. "Come Back (SixToes Remix)"   Dave Gahan, Christian Eigner, Andrew Phillpott 4:56
5. "Fragile Tension (Laidback Luke Remix)"   Martin L. Gore 7:52
6. "Hole to Feed (Popof Vocal Mix)"   Dave Gahan, Christian Eigner, Andrew Phillpott 8:42
7. "Fragile Tension (Peter Bjorn And John Remix)"   Martin L. Gore 3:45
8. "Hole to Feed (Joebot Remix)"   Dave Gahan, Christian Eigner, Andrew Phillpott 6:43

Digital download: Mute / iBONG 42[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Fragile Tension (Radio Mix)"   Martin L. Gore 3:36
2. "Hole to Feed (Radio Mix)"   Dave Gahan, Christian Eigner, Andrew Phillpott 3:27
3. "Come Back (SixToes Remix)"   Dave Gahan, Christian Eigner, Andrew Phillpott 4:56
4. "Perfect (Ralphi & Craig Club Remix)"   Martin L. Gore 8:49
5. "Fragile Tension (Stephan Bodzin Remix)"   Martin L. Gore 9:14
6. "Hole to Feed (Paul Woolford's Easyfun Ethereal Disco Mix)"   Dave Gahan, Christian Eigner, Andrew Phillpott 9:24
7. "Perfect (Roger Sanchez Club Mix)"   Martin L. Gore 7:24
8. "Fragile Tension (Solo Loves Panorama Remix)"   Martin L. Gore 6:10
9. "Hole to Feed (Popof Vocal Mix)"   Dave Gahan, Christian Eigner, Andrew Phillpott  

iTunes download: Mute / LiBONG 42[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Fragile Tension (Radio Mix)"   Martin L. Gore 3:36
2. "Hole to Feed (Radio Mix)"   Dave Gahan, Christian Eigner, Andrew Phillpott 3:27
3. "Come Back (SixToes Remix)"   Dave Gahan, Christian Eigner, Andrew Phillpott 4:56
4. "Perfect (Ralphi & Craig Club Remix)"   Martin L. Gore 8:49
5. "Fragile Tension (Stephan Bodzin Remix)"   Martin L. Gore 9:14
6. "Hole to Feed (Paul Woolford's Easyfun Ethereal Disco Mix)"   Dave Gahan, Christian Eigner, Andrew Phillpott 9:24
7. "Perfect (Roger Sanchez Club Mix)"   Martin L. Gore 7:24
8. "Fragile Tension (Solo Loves Panorama Remix)"   Martin L. Gore 6:10
9. "Hole to Feed (Popof Vocal Mix)"   Dave Gahan, Christian Eigner, Andrew Phillpott  
10. "Perfect (Ralphi & Jody Club Remix)"   Martin L. Gore 7:39

Charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
French Singles Chart 27[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hole to Feed Songfacts
  2. ^ "depeche mode dot com". Depechemode.com. Retrieved 2012-02-16. 
  3. ^ "Depeche Mode - Hole To Feed". YouTube. 2009-11-12. Retrieved 2012-02-16. 
  4. ^ http://chartsinfrance.net/Depeche-Mode/charts.html,p3