Little 15

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"Little 15"
Single by Depeche Mode
from the album Music for the Masses
B-side "Stjärna"
Released 16 May 1988
Format Vinyl record (7" and 12"), CD (1991 box set)
Recorded February–July 1987
Studio Guillaume Tell,[1] Paris
Konk, London
Puk Studios, Denmark
Genre Dark wave
Length 4:16
Label Mute Records
Writer(s) Martin Gore
Depeche Mode singles chronology
"Behind the Wheel"
"Little 15"
"Everything Counts" (live)
Music for the Masses track listing
"Little 15"
"Behind the Wheel"
The Singles 86>98 (CD2) track listing
"Only When I Lose Myself"
"Little 15"
"Everything Counts" (live)

"Little 15" is a Depeche Mode single, released on 16 May 1988, and the fourth single from the album Music for the Masses.

The song was never intended to be a single; in fact, it barely made it onto the album, but a French record label wanted to release the song as a single. The single became a very popular import and became a minor hit in the UK, reaching #60 on the UK Singles Chart (to date the second lowest UK singles placing for the band).[2]

The song's title, as well as its status as a minor release, contributed to its special catalog number "LITTLE15". In this vein, it can be seen as a "little" release between BONG15 ("Behind the Wheel") and BONG16 ("Everything Counts [Live]"). Ironically, "Little 15" didn't chart in France, but finally it was also released as a single in other countries becoming a success : in West Germany, where it hit #16, in Austria where it reached #25 and in Switzerland where it entered the Top 20 at #18.[3]

There was no remix of the song at the time of release (the 12" and 7" versions were the same); however, there are two piano instrumental B-sides, both performed by Alan Wilder. The first is "Stjärna" (mislabelled "St. Jarna"), which is Swedish for 'star', written by Martin Gore. The 12" B-side also contains a performance of Ludwig van Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata #14." According to his website, Wilder did not intend for it to be a B-side, as he was merely performing it for fun, but Gore stealthily recorded it. Wilder did not perform the song perfectly (his error occurs near the end of the song).[4]

The music video for "Little 15" was directed by Martyn Atkins, who had done previous design work for the band. The music video has been filmed in the Trellick Tower in London.

Track listings[edit]

7": Mute / Little15 (UK)[edit]

  1. "Little 15" – 4:16
  2. "Stjarna" – 4:25

12": Mute / 12Little15 (UK)[edit]

  1. "Little 15" – 4:16
  2. "Stjarna" – 4:25
  3. "Moonlight Sonata No. 14" – 5:36

CD: Mute / CDLittle15 (UK)[edit]

  1. "Little 15" – 4:16
  2. "Stjarna" – 4:25
  3. "Moonlight Sonata No. 14" – 5:36

"Little 15" and "Stjarna" are written by Martin L. Gore. "Moonlight Sonata" is written by Beethoven.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Studios Guillaume Tell
  2. ^ "Depeche Mode UK Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 7 Sep 2013. 
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Miller, Jonathan (2004). Stripped: A True Story of Depeche Mode. Omnibus Press. pp. 257–258. ISBN 1-84449-415-2.