Get the Balance Right!

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"Get the Balance Right!"
Single by Depeche Mode
B-side "The Great Outdoors!"
Released 31 January 1983 (1983-01-31)[1]
Format 7" vinyl, 12" vinyl, CD, box set
Recorded December 1982 Blackwing Studios, London
Genre Synthpop, industrial, new wave
Length 3:13 (7"/single version)
7:58 (12" version)
Label Mute
Writer(s) Martin Gore
Producer(s) Depeche Mode, Daniel Miller
Depeche Mode singles chronology
"Leave in Silence"
(1982)
"Get the Balance Right!"
(1983)
"Everything Counts"
(1983)

"Get the Balance Right!" is the seventh single by Depeche Mode recorded at Blackwing Studios, originally released on 31 January 1983. It is the first Depeche Mode single with Alan Wilder as an official band member, and the first with a song written by both Martin Gore and Wilder ("The Great Outdoors!").

"Get the Balance Right!" was not included on the following album Construction Time Again, but does appear on the American compilation People Are People and the compilation The Singles 81-85.

B-sides[edit]

The B-side is "The Great Outdoors!", an instrumental written by Gore and Wilder. It was featured on the Broken Frame Tour as the introduction theme for selected shows, after an incident with their Revox machine that destroyed almost all their previous intro, "Oberkorn (It's a Small Town)".

Included on the 12" releases is "Tora! Tora! Tora! (Live)", the first live song released on a Depeche Mode single. A limited edition of the single was released, which features more live tracks: "My Secret Garden", "See You", and "Satellite". It was the first DM single to have a limited edition.

Music video[edit]

In the music video, Wilder lip-syncs the first lines of the song, even though Dave Gahan is the vocalist. The director made the assumption that Wilder was the singer and they were too embarrassed to point out his mistake.[2]

Track listings[edit]

All songs written by Martin Gore, except "The Great Outdoors!" which was written by Martin Gore and Alan Wilder.

7" vinyl single[edit]

UK: Mute / 7Bong2
Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Get the Balance Right!"   3:12
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "The Great Outdoors!"   5:01

12" vinyl single[edit]

UK: Mute / 12Bong2
Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Get the Balance Right!" (Combination Mix) 7:57
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "The Great Outdoors!"   5:01
2. "Tora! Tora! Tora!" (Live, recorded 25 October 1982 at Hammersmith Odeon in London) 4:00
UK: Mute / L12Bong2 (Limited edition)
Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Get the Balance Right!"   3:12
2. "Get the Balance Right!" (Combination Mix) 7:56
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "My Secret Garden" (Live, recorded 25 October 1982 at Hammersmith Odeon in London) 7:28
2. "See You" (Live, recorded 25 October 1982 at Hammersmith Odeon in London) 4:11
3. "Satellite" (Live, recorded 25 October 1982 at Hammersmith Odeon in London) 4:28
4. "Tora! Tora! Tora!" (Live, recorded 25 October 1982 at Hammersmith Odeon in London) 4:00
US: Sire / 0-29704

Released 7 September 1983, the first two tracks on side two are listed as one track on the sleeve, when they are actually two separate tracks.[1]

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Get the Balance Right!" (Combination Mix) 7:57
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "The Great Outdoors!"   5:01
2. "Tora! Tora! Tora!" (Live, recorded 25 October 1982 at Hammersmith Odeon in London) 4:00
3. "Get the Balance Right!" (Edited Mix (is the same as the original version)) 3:12

CD single[edit]

UK: Mute / CDBong2

Released 25 November 1991, from the Singles Box Set #2.[1]

US: Sire/Reprise 40295-2

Released 26 November 1991, from the Singles Box Set #2.[1]

US: Reprise CD BONG 2 (R2 78890A)

Released 30 March 2004, from the Singles Box Set #1 reissue.[1]

No. Title Length
1. "Get the Balance Right!"   3:12
2. "The Great Outdoors!"   5:01
3. "Get the Balance Right!" (Combination Mix) 7:57
4. "Tora! Tora! Tora!" (Live, recorded 25 October 1982 at Hammersmith Odeon in London) 4:00

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1983) Peak
position
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[3] 13
Irish Singles Chart[4] 16
US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play[5] 31

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Official Depeche Mode web site single information". Retrieved 4 July 2009. 
  2. ^ "Official Depeche Mode web site video information". Retrieved 4 July 2009. 
  3. ^ "Archive Chart" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
  4. ^ "irishcharts.ie search results". Retrieved 4 July 2009. 
  5. ^ "allmusic ((( Depeche Mode > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))". Retrieved 4 July 2009 (2009-07-04). 

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