Martyr (song)

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This article is about the Depeche Mode song. For the song by Fear Factory, see Soul of a New Machine.
"Martyr"
Single by Depeche Mode
from the album
The Best Of, Volume 1
Released 30 October 2006 (2006-10-30)
Format CD, Maxi-CD, DVD, Digital download
Recorded 2005
Genre Synthrock[1]
Length 3:23 (Album/Single Version)
3:07 (Radio Version)
Label MuteBONG39
Writer(s) Martin Gore
Producer(s) Ben Hillier
Depeche Mode singles chronology
"John the Revelator" / "Lilian"
(2006)
"Martyr"
(2006)
"Wrong"
(2009)

"Martyr" is the 45th UK single by Depeche Mode. It was released as a non-album single intended to promote the new compilation, The Best Of, Volume 1, that was released on 13 November 2006.[2] The single was released on 30 October 2006 in three formats: CD single, CD maxi and DVD single. There was also a limited edition double-12" single (L12BONG39) featuring four remixes of previous Depeche Mode tracks.

The song, originally titled "Martyr for Love", is a well-known missing track from the Playing the Angel sessions. The song was mentioned on one of the FletchCam videos[3] (where it can faintly be heard playing in the background), and was mentioned in interviews. Playing the Angel programmer Dave McCracken has said that it was considered by the band as the first single from Playing the Angel but it did not make the album due to its poppier sound, when compared with other album tracks.[4]

There are no other new songs on the single; the B-sides are remixes of Martyr and previous releases.

The single became Depeche Mode's 35th to hit the UK Top 20.

A video was being directed by Andreas Nilsson, who was reportedly hired because Dave Gahan was impressed by his video for The Knife's "Silent Shout".[5] The video was made in Gothenburg, Sweden, and members of the group do not appear in it.[6] The band subsequently rejected this video, which was replaced with a video montage released on 8 October 2006 and directed by Robert Chandler, in which Dave Gahan seemingly sings the song, this being achieved by the succession of short clips of Depeche Mode's videos in which Dave either says the words featured in the lyrics of "Martyr", or he lip-syncs the lyrics, meaning that his lips move in a similar fashion of that when the words in the lyrics are being said. It does not appear on their Best Of DVD compilation.

Formats and track listings[edit]

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "Martyr"

7"
Mute / Bong39 (EU)
  1. "Martyr" — 3.23
  2. "Never Let Me Down Again (Digitalism Remix)" — 4.36
12"
Mute / 12Bong39 (EU)
  1. "Martyr (Booka Shade Dub)" — 8.17
  2. "Martyr (Dreher & S.M. Art B.N. Reload Remix)" — 5.17
  3. "Martyr (Alex Smoke Gravel Remix)" — 6.39

Charts[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[7] 31
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[8] 48
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders Dance)[9] 21
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[10] 4
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia Dance)[11] 21
Denmark (Tracklisten)[12] 3
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[13] 18
France (SNEP)[14] 64
Germany (Media Control Charts)[15] 2
Hungary (Single Top 20 lista)[16] 2
Italy (FIMI)[17] 1
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[18] 74
Poland (LP3)[19] 1
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[20] 1
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[21] 10
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[22] 17
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[23] 13
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play[24] 22

References[edit]

  1. ^ Martyr by Depeche Mode on The Best Of Depeche Mode Volume 1 at the Wayback Machine (archived 4 July 2013). "synth rock arranging". Pandora. Retrieved 19 October 2013.
  2. ^ Depeche Mode releases for the rest of the year! at the Wayback Machine (archived 27 August 2006). Depeche-mode.com. 2 August 2006. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
  3. ^ FletchCam™ (2005) at the Wayback Machine (archived 4 October 2006). Archives.depechemode.com. 4 October 2006. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
  4. ^ Exclusive Interview: Dave McCracken at the Wayback Machine (archived 18 June 2006). Depechemode.com. 2 August 2006. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
  5. ^ DEPECHE MODE – Martyr single & video at the Wayback Machine (archived 11 March 2007). Energylab.de. 3 September 2006. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
  6. ^ (Swedish) Claeson, Daniel. Depeche gör video i Göteborg at the Wayback Machine (archived 17 January 2007). Göteborgs-Posten. 3 September 2006. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
  7. ^ "Depeche Mode – Martyr – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
  8. ^ "Ultratop.be – Depeche Mode – Martyr" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
  9. ^ (Dutch) "Ultratop 50 Dance – 30/12/2006". Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved 12 January 2014. 
  10. ^ "Ultratop.be – Depeche Mode – Martyr" (in French). Ultratip. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
  11. ^ (French) "Ultratop 50 Dance – 30/12/2006". Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved 11 January 2014. 
  12. ^ "Danishcharts.com – Depeche Mode – Martyr". Tracklisten. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
  13. ^ "Depeche Mode: Martyr" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
  14. ^ "Lescharts.com – Depeche Mode – Martyr" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
  15. ^ "Depeche Mode – Martyr". Officialcharts.de. GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
  16. ^ (Hungarian) "Archívum › Kereső – lista és dátum szerint 2006. 45. hét – 2006. 11. 06. - 2006. 11. 12.". Mahasz. Choose "Single (track) Top 20 lista" then "2006" then "45" and then click "Keresés". Retrieved 12 January 2014. 
  17. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Depeche Mode – Martyr". Top Digital Download. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
  18. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Depeche Mode – Martyr" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
  19. ^ (Polish) "MARTYR – Depeche Mode". LP3. Retrieved 12 January 2014. 
  20. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – Depeche Mode – Martyr" Canciones Top 50. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
  21. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Depeche Mode – Martyr". Singles Top 60. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
  22. ^ "Depeche Mode – Martyr – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
  23. ^ "Archive Chart" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 3 July 2013.
  24. ^ "Depeche Mode – Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 12 January 2014. 
Preceded by
"Primo appuntamento" by Gigi D'Alessio
Italian number-one single
2 November 2006 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Jump" by Madonna
Preceded by
"It's Only Pain" by Katie Melua
Polish number-one single
13 October 2006 – 27 October 2006 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Nocnym pociągiem aż do końca świata" by Myslovitz
Preceded by
"Por la noche" by Mala Rodríguez
Spanish number-one single
5 November 2006 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"The Saints Are Coming" by U2 and Green Day

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