Policy of Truth

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"Policy of Truth"
Single by Depeche Mode
from the album Violator
B-side "Kaleid"
Released 7 May 1990
Format Vinyl record 7", 12", Cassette, CD
Recorded May 1989–January 1990
Puk Studios, Denmark
Logic Studios, Milan[1]
Length 4:55
Label Mute Records
Writer(s) Martin Gore
Producer(s) Depeche Mode and Flood
Depeche Mode singles chronology
"Enjoy the Silence"
"Policy of Truth"
"World in My Eyes"
Cover for "Policy of Truth" 12" Limited Edition
Violator track listing
"Enjoy the Silence"
"Policy of Truth"
"Blue Dress"
The Singles 86>98 (CD1) track listing
"Enjoy the Silence"
"Policy of Truth"
"World in My Eyes"

"Policy of Truth" is a song by English band Depeche Mode, released in 1990 as the third single from their seventh studio album Violator.

The cover art for "Policy of Truth" has the blurred image of a nude woman. The camera angles and poses differ on the 7" Vinyl, the 12" Vinyl, the CD and Cassette. Usually each one has more than one. On the L12, there is a picture of a different woman.

Despite its success as a single, "Policy of Truth" was not included on the band's Best of, Volume 1 hits collection of 2006. It is considered by many people as one of Depeche Mode's signature songs.

Song information[edit]

Although the song was less successful than the first two singles before, it is the only Depeche Mode single to chart higher on the Billboard Hot 100 (#15) than on the UK Singles Chart (#16), as well as peaking at number two on the American dance charts.[2] It also became the band's second chart-topper on the Modern Rock Tracks chart.

François Kevorkian mixed a new single version for the release, extending it slightly while lowering the tempo, and also making Dave Gahan's vocals more prominent. He also mixed the Beat Box Mix (the 12" version of the single mix) and the Pavlov's Dub.

The B-side is "Kaleid" (short from kaleidoscope, not from "collide" as it sometimes mentioned), which has an extended version called "When Worlds Mix". Unlike many of the prior instrumentals that were piano compositions, this one is a rough techno instrumental. "Kaleid" was produced by Depeche Mode.


The Trancentral Mix is by The KLF, a popular Acid House band at that time and one of only 3 occasions they did remix work for other artists (the other being So Hard and its B-side "It Must Be Obvious" by the Pet Shop Boys and "What Is Dub?" by Moody Boys).

The "Capitol Mix" uses the sample "I want to tell you my side of the case" from the Checkers speech by Richard Nixon.

A version of "Kaleid" was used as intro music for Depeche Mode's World Violation Tour in 1990.

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Policy of Truth" is directed by Anton Corbijn and appears on the VHS collection Strange Too.

Cover versions[edit]

"Policy of Truth" has been covered by the following bands:

  • The Ohio Industrial band Disown,on their 2005 release "Requiem of One".
  • German rock band Terry Hoax, in 1992.
  • Melodious Thunk, on their 2000 release Ye Olde Thunke CDe.
  • Dishwalla, on the Depeche Mode cover album For the Masses.
  • South African band 16Stitch, on their album "The Collapse Of Air".
  • New York-based rock band Black N Blues, on their album "Volume One".
  • Uruguayan band Rey Toro, on their first album "Reytoro".
  • The Latvian band Mary Jane, covered live extensively from 2000 through 2002.
  • Sylvain Chauveau, for "Down to the Bone - An Acoustic Tribute to Depeche Mode" with Ensemble Nocturne.
  • American Rock band Trapt.

Track listings[edit]

7", Cassette: Mute / Bong19, CBong19 (UK)[edit]

  1. "Policy of Truth" (5:10)
  2. "Kaleid" (4:17)

12": Mute / 12Bong19 (UK)[edit]

  1. "Policy of Truth [Beat Box Mix]" (7:13) (remixed by François Kevorkian)
  2. "Policy of Truth [Capitol Mix]" (8:00) (remixed by François Kevorkian)
  3. "Kaleid [When Worlds Mix]" (5:22) (remixed by Daniel Miller and George Holt)

12": Mute / L12Bong19 (UK)[edit]

  1. "Policy of Truth [Trancentral Mix]" (5:55) (remixed by The KLF)
  2. "Kaleid [Remix]" (4:36) (remixed by Bruce Smith and Sean Oliver)
  3. "Policy of Truth [Pavlov's Dub]" (6:02) (remixed by François Kevorkian)

CD: Mute / CDBong19 (UK)[edit]

  1. "Policy of Truth [Beat Box Mix Edit]" (6:31)
  2. "Policy of Truth [Capitol Mix]" (8:00)
  3. "Kaleid [Remix]" (4:36)

CD: Mute / LCDBong19 (UK)[edit]

  1. "Policy Of Truth" [Trancentral Mix] (6:00)
  2. "Kaleid" [When Worlds Mix] (5:22)
  3. "Policy Of Truth" [Pavlov's Dub] (5:51)
  4. "Policy Of Truth" [7" Version] (5:08)
  5. "Kaleid [7" Version] (4:16)

CD: Mute / CDBong19X (EU)[edit]

  1. "Policy of Truth" (5:10)
  2. "Kaleid" (4:17)
  3. "Policy of Truth [Beat Box Mix]" (7:13)
  4. "Policy of Truth [Capitol Mix]" (8:00)
  5. "Kaleid [When Worlds Mix]" (5:22)
  6. "Policy of Truth [Trancentral Mix]" (5:55)
  7. "Kaleid [Remix]" (4:36)
  8. "Policy of Truth [Pavlov's Dub]" (6:02)

This CD is the 2004 re-release

CD: Sire/Reprise / 9 21534-2 (US)[edit]

  1. "Policy of Truth" (5:10)
  2. "Policy of Truth [Capitol Mix]" (8:00)
  3. "Policy of Truth [Beat Box Mix]" (7:13)
  4. "Kaleid [Remix]" (4:36)
  5. "Policy of Truth [Pavlov's Dub]" (6:02)
  • "Pavlov's Dub" is mislabeled on the Sire/Reprise version's cover art as the "Trancentral Mix"

Released 22 May 1990

All songs written by Martin L. Gore


Chart (1990) Peak
Dutch Singles Chart[3] 37
Finnish Singles Chart[4] 2
French Singles Chart[5] 31
German Singles Chart[6] 7
Irish Singles Chart[7] 11
Italian Singles Chart[8] 5
Polish Singles Chart[9] 1
Spain (AFYVE)[10] 7
Swedish Singles Chart[11] 20
Swiss Singles Chart[12] 12
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[13] 16
US Billboard Hot 100[14] 15
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play[14] 2
US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks[14] 1

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Cranna, Ian (April 1990), Insidious, Q magazine: 77 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 76. 
  3. ^ "Discografie Depeche Mode". DutchCharts.nl. Retrieved 5 May 2009.
  4. ^ "Discography Depeche Mode". FinnishCharts.com. Retrieved 5 May 2009.
  5. ^ "Discographie Depeche Mode". LesCharts.com. Retrieved 5 May 2009.
  6. ^ "Chartverfolgung / Depeche Mode / Single". MusicLine.de. Retrieved 5 May 2009.
  7. ^ [1]. Irishcharts.ie. Retrieved 28 March 2011.
  8. ^ "Depeche Mode - Policy of Truth (Song)". ItalianCharts.com. Retrieved 5 May 2009.
  9. ^ "Polish Singles Chart |". 
  10. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  11. ^ "Discography Depeche Mode". SwedishCharts.com. Retrieved 5 May 2009.
  12. ^ "Discography Depeche Mode". SwissCharts.com. Retrieved 5 May 2009.
  13. ^ "Archive Chart: 1990-05-26" UK Singles Chart.
  14. ^ a b c "Depeche Mode > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved 5 May 2009.

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