Goodnight Lovers

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"Goodnight Lovers"
Single by Depeche Mode
from the album Exciter
B-side When The Body Speaks (acoustic version)
Released 11 February 2002
Format 12", CD
Recorded June 2000 – February 2001;
RAK Studios, Sarm West Studios (London)
Sound Design (Santa Barbara)
Electric Lady Studios, Sony Music Studios (New York City)
Genre Synthpop
Length 3:48
Label Mute Records
Writer(s) Martin Gore
Producer(s) Mark Bell
Depeche Mode singles chronology
"Goodnight Lovers"
"Enjoy the Silence '04"

"Goodnight Lovers" is Depeche Mode's thirty-ninth UK single, released on 11 February 2002. It is the fourth and final single for the album Exciter.

"Goodnight Lovers" is a lullaby of sorts, a strange choice for a single that surprised many fans who were expecting "The Dead of Night" or "The Sweetest Condition". It was also surprising as the song was not played live during the Exciter Tour, making it the first single that wasn't played live at its album's tour since "Little 15" (It was later featured in the encore of Touring the Angel). The single version is the same as the album closer from Exciter.

The single did not qualify for the UK Singles Chart because it had excess songs. Singles with more than one unique track need no more than three tracks, while this single had four. The B-sides are remixes of "When the Body Speaks", "The Dead of Night", and "Goodnight Lovers". However, it did qualify for the Budget Albums Chart and went straight to Number One before falling rapidly, the first Depeche Mode single to reach Number One in an official UK chart.

The UK only had a CD release, but there were other European countries that got a 12" release, their tracklists are all the same. The single was not released in the USA.

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Goodnight Lovers" was directed by John Hillcoat, filmed in Germany following the final Exciter Tour concert in Mannheim. It is not available on a public release. The video features the band situated in a dark room with screens showing still images of the band members and the backup singers, who also feature in the video. It also shows Dave Gahan with long hair.

Track listing[edit]

12": Mute / 12Bong33 (EU)[edit]

  1. "Goodnight Lovers" - 3:48
  2. "When the Body Speaks" (Acoustic) - 6:00
  3. "The Dead of Night" (Electronicat Remix) - 7:38
  4. "Goodnight Lovers" (isan Falling Leaf Mix) - 5:53
  • The 12" exist as black & red vinyl.

CD: Mute / CDBong33 (UK)[edit]

  1. "Goodnight Lovers" - 3:48
  2. "When the Body Speaks" (Acoustic) - 6:00
  3. "The Dead of Night" (Electronicat Remix) - 7:38
  4. "Goodnight Lovers" (isan Falling Leaf Mix) - 5:53

Radio Promo CD: Mute / RCDBong33 (UK)[edit]

  1. "Goodnight Lovers" - 3:48


Chart (2002) Peak
Denmark (Tracklisten)[1] 7
France (SNEP)[2] 64
Germany (Media Control AG)[3] 15
Italy (FIMI)[4] 16
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[5] 4
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[6] 33
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[7] 69


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