It's No Good

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"It's No Good"
Single by Depeche Mode
from the album Ultra
B-side "Slowblow"
Released 31 March 1997
Format Vinyl record 7", 12", Cassette, CD
Recorded January 1996–February 1997
Abbey Road, Eastcote, Westside, Strongroom, RAK, London
Electric Lady, New York
Larrabee West, Los Angeles
Genre Synthpop[1]
Length 5:58 (album version)
4:06 (radio edit)
Label Mute Records
Writer(s) Martin Gore
Producer(s) Tim Simenon
Depeche Mode singles chronology
"Barrel of a Gun"
(1997)
"It's No Good"
(1997)
"Home"
(1997)


Music sample
Ultra track listing
"Home"
(3)
"It's No Good"
(4)
"Uselink"
(5)

"It's No Good" is Depeche Mode's 32nd UK single, released on 31 March 1997 (15 April in the US), and the second single for the then upcoming album Ultra. It reached no. 5 in the UK Singles Chart.[2]

Description[edit]

"It's No Good" is a moodily rhythmic, perhaps even "sexy" song with a distinct lyrical hook in the chorus:

Don't say you want me
Don't say you need me
Don't say you love me
It's understood

It played well on American radio and MTV, and is a favorite live.[citation needed] The "Speedy J Mix" made it onto Remixes 81–04 in 2004, as did the "Club 69 Future Mix" (Remix Peter Rauhofer), which was previously promo only.

The B-side is another instrumental, called "Slowblow". It was the last actual B-side from the Ultra era, making the album the only one by Depeche Mode to not have a non-remix/non-live vocal B-side track (Although if you exclude non-exclusive songs, Black Celebration can count as well). The instrumental itself is slow and moody.

On 15 May 1997, the band went on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and performed the song, a recording made available at the official Depeche Mode website.[3] It was the first time they performed a song on an American TV show since 1988, when they performed "Strangelove". The "Hardfloor Mix" of the song was featured briefly in the Friends episode "The One with Joey's Dirty Day". "It's No Good" was also used in an episode of Nash Bridges.

Electronic musician Brian Transeau created a remix for the song. That remix, though, was never released publicly.

Chevelle covered "It's No Good" on 2002's "Wonder What's Next Deluxe Version". The Dreaming also covered the song on their 2011 album Puppet.

Music video[edit]

The music video for "It's No Good" was directed by Anton Corbijn, depicting the band as a low-rent lounge act at a number of sleazy gigs. An alternate video was recorded for "It's No Good" in 2001 as a screen projection for the Exciter Tour.

Track listings[edit]

All songs written by Martin L. Gore.

12": Mute / 12Bong26 (UK)[edit]

  1. "It's No Good (Hardfloor Mix)" (6:44)
  2. "It's No Good (Speedy J Mix)" (5:01)
  3. "It's No Good (Motor Bass Mix)" (3:53) (Philippe Zdar (later of Cassius) and Étienne de Crécy)
  4. "It's No Good (Andrea Parker Mix)" (6:12)
  5. "It's No Good (Bass Bounce Mix)" (7:14) (remixed by Dom T)
  • The "Motor Bass Mix" is a vinyl edit, and not the same as the ones on the CDs.

CD: Mute / CDBong26 (UK)[edit]

  1. "It's No Good" (6:00)
  2. "Slowblow (Darren Price Mix)" (6:29)
  3. "It's No Good (Bass Bounce Mix)" (7:14)
  4. "It's No Good (Speedy J Mix)" (5:01)

CD: Mute / LCDBong26 (UK)[edit]

  1. "It's No Good (Hardfloor Mix)" (6:44)
  2. "Slowblow" (5:27)
  3. "It's No Good (Andrea Parker Mix)" (6:12)
  4. "It's No Good (Motor Bass Mix)" (3:47)

CD: Mute / CDBong26X (EU)[edit]

  1. "It's No Good" (5:59)
  2. "Slowblow" (5:27)
  3. "It's No Good (Bass Bounce Mix)" (7:14)
  4. "It's No Good (Speedy J Mix)" (5:01)
  5. "It's No Good (Hardfloor Mix)" (6:44)
  6. "Slowblow (Darren Price Mix)" (6:29)
  7. "It's No Good (Andrea Parker Mix)" (6:12)
  8. "It's No Good (Motor Bass Mix)" (3:47)
  • This CD is the 2004 re-release

Promo 12": Mute / PL12Bong26 (UK)[edit]

  1. "It's No Good (Club 69 Future Mix)" (8:35)
  2. "It's No Good (Club 69 Future Dub)" (7:06)
  3. "It's No Good (Club 69 Funk Dub)" (5:06)

Radio Promo CD: Mute / RCDBong26 (UK)[edit]

  1. "It's No Good (Radio Edit)" (4:06)
  2. "It's No Good (Album Version)" (5:58)

Promo CD: Mute / XLCDBong26 (UK)[edit]

  1. "It's No Good (Live)" (4:07)

7": Reprise / 17390-7 (US)[edit]

  1. "It's No Good" (5:58)
  2. "Slowblow" (5:25)

CD: Reprise / 17390-2 (US)[edit]

  1. "It's No Good" (5:58)
  2. "Slowblow (Darren Price Mix)" (6:29)
  3. "It's No Good (Bass Bounce Mix)" (7:14)

CD: Reprise / 9 43845-2 (US)[edit]

  1. "It's No Good" (5:58)
  2. "It's No Good (Hardfloor Mix)" (6:43)
  3. "Slowblow" (5:24)
  4. "It's No Good (Speedy J Mix)" (5:05)
  5. "It's No Good (Bass Bounce Mix)" (7:15)

Promo 12": Reprise / PRO-A-8662-A (US)[edit]

  1. "It's No Good (Speedy J Mix)" (5:04)
  2. "It's No Good (Hardfloor Mix)" (6:44)
  3. "It's No Good (Club 69 Future Mix)" (8:05)
  4. "It's No Good (Club 69 Future Dub)" (7:06)
  5. "It's No Good (Club 69 Funk Dub)" (5:06)
  • "Club 69 Future Mix" on the US promo is shorter than the UK's, despite the label falsely saying they have the same length.

Promo CD: Reprise / PRO-CD-8662 (US)[edit]

  1. "It's No Good (Radio Edit)" (4:01)
  2. "It's No Good" (5:59)

CD-R: Reprise / n/a (US)[edit]

Several versions of these exist, with different tracklists, each with one or two of the following:

  1. "It's No Good (Club 69 Mix/BRAT Radio Edit)" (4:08)
  2. "It's No Good (Dom T Mix/BRAT Radio Edit)" (3:52)
  3. "It's No Good (Hardfloor Mix/BRAT Radio Edit)" (3:18)

Chart performance[edit]

References[edit]

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