I Feel You
|"I Feel You"|
|Single by Depeche Mode|
|from the album Songs of Faith and Devotion|
|Released||15 February 1993|
|Format||Vinyl record 7", 12", Cassette, CD|
|Recorded||1992 Madrid, Hamburg, London|
|Length||4:35 (Album Version)
4:27 (Intro Edit)
|Producer(s)||Depeche Mode and Flood|
|Depeche Mode singles chronology|
"I Feel You" is a song by Depeche Mode, released on 15 February 1993 as their 27th UK single and the first single from the album Songs of Faith and Devotion. The song peaked at number eight on the UK Singles Chart and also made number one and number three on the US Modern Rock Tracks and Hot Dance Club Play charts, respectively. It was the band's highest-charting single worldwide. The song is ostensibly about "connection" between two individuals.
"I Feel You" demonstrates a more rock-oriented sound, using more non-electronic instruments than ever before. For example, Alan Wilder plays drums, and Martin Gore plays the guitar, but with electronic sounds still included, like the synth screeching intro. "I Feel You" has a compound time signature of 6/8. The 7" version of "I Feel You" is the same as the album version. The "Throb Mix" is a 12" version, but with incomplete lyrics. A part of the "Swamp Mix" is used as an interlude on the Songs of Faith and Devotion album between "Get Right With Me" and "Rush"; this was also used in the intro for the live arrangements of "I Feel You" that were played during their Devotional/Summer tours.
On the cover of "I Feel You", there are four symbols, each representing a member. To tell which member it is, there's a number on the right-corner of each symbol, which is that band member's birthdate, or you can match the symbols up with the symbols on the Songs of Faith and Devotion cover, which overlap a picture of that band member. Using the latter, the top left corner is Alan Wilder, the top right corner is Dave Gahan, the bottom left corner is Martin Gore, and the bottom right corner is Andy Fletcher.
The B-side is "One Caress", which is a Martin vocal track from Songs of Faith and Devotion. In the USA, Sire / Reprise released "One Caress" as a promo-only single. One promo copy has the original version, and the other has the version from Songs of Faith and Devotion Live. There is no remix for the song.
The music video for "I Feel You" was directed by Anton Corbijn. The woman in the video was English actress Lysette Anthony. There is also a music video for "One Caress", directed by Kevin Kerslake, that was filmed during one of the off-days of the Devotional Tour in the US. It was a promo-only video that was later released on The Videos 86>98. Prior to its inclusion on The Videos 86>98, the music video for "One Caress" was frequently broadcast on MTV's Alternative Rock video block 120 Minutes and Sky-1.
The song was also used in a scene in Fatih Akin's Turkish-German film Gegen die Wand.
In the US, Sire/Reprise released a special "Intro Edit" of "I Feel You" exclusively to this promo disc. The difference is that the screeching noise at the beginning, which annoyed some radio stations, was removed.
|Order of precedence|
"Feed the Tree" by Belly
|US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks number-one single
27 March 1993 – 24 April 1993 (5 weeks)
"Regret" by New Order
"I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston
|Spanish number-one single (first run)
27 February 1993 (1 week)
"No Limit" by 2 Unlimited
"No Limit" by 2 Unlimited
|Spanish number-one single (second run)
27 March 1993 – 1 May 1993 (6 weeks)
"Tribal Dance" by 2 Unlimited
|Finnish number-one single
18 February 1993 (2 weeks)
"Sad but True" by Metallica
"Ostatni Pocałunek" by De Mono
|Polish number-one single
7 May 1993 (1 week)
"Ostatni Pocałunek" by De Mono
|"I Feel You"|
|Promotional single by Placebo|
|Label||Hut, Elevator Music|
- Placebo covered the song in 1999, and was released as a single-sided cassette only for members of their fan club Silver Rocket, and was sent out to people who re-subscribed after their 12-months of membership. It was later released on Sleeping with Ghosts for the 2 CD version, which included a covers album.
- Polish death metal band Vader covered the song on their album, Future of the Past, which contained an assortment of covers. The song title on this album was shortened into the acronym "I.F.Y." and the lyrics were heavily altered. The song also appears on some editions of Vader's 1995 album De Profundis.
- Swiss industrial metal band Samael covered the song on their On Earth EP.
- The Argentinian rock band Catupecu Machu recorded a cover for the hidden track on their album Cuentos Decapitados.
- Disciple covered the song as a new track for their special edition re-release Disciple.
- Apollo 440 also recorded a cover on the tribute album For the Masses.
- Former The Smiths songwriter and guitarist Johnny Marr released a cover of the song in support of Record Store Day 2015.
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