|Single by Depeche Mode|
|from the album Playing the Angel|
|Released||27 March 2006|
|Format||CD, DVD, 7", 12", digital download|
|Recorded||January–July 2005, Sound Design
(Santa Barbara, California)
|Genre||Electronica, electronic rock, synthpop ("Suffer Well")
dance-rock, industrial rock ("Better Days")
|Writer(s)||Dave Gahan, Andrew Phillpott, Christian Eigner|
|Producer(s)||Ben Hillier, Depeche Mode|
|Depeche Mode singles chronology|
It is the first Depeche Mode single whose lyrics are written by Dave Gahan. It is also the first Depeche Mode single that's not written by Martin Gore since "Just Can't Get Enough" in 1981 which was written by Vince Clarke and the first Depeche Mode single ever to be co-written with non-Depeche Mode members (Andrew Phillpott and Christian Eigner wrote the music).
The B-side for the single is "Better Days", a short song with an industrial-punk feel to it.
The song "Suffer Well" was nominated in the category of "Best Dance Recording" at the 2007 Grammy Awards but lost to Justin Timberlake's "SexyBack". The single version of the song adds a drum track to the song, and is shorter.
The video was filmed by Anton Corbijn in mid-December 2005 in California, following DM's appearance at the KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas on 11 December 2005. It was his first music video for the band, excluding tour projections and promo videos, since "Useless" in 1997. The video started to air on TV in early February.
The video features a cameo appearance by Gahan's wife, Jennifer, once as the angel and once as herself. Another cameo is by the band's manager, Jonathan Kessler, who plays Gahan's limo driver. Other highlights include Gore as a bride and Fletcher as a groom. It also features the disco ball seen in the cover art of "Suffer Well".
In December 2005, Gahan recorded a special vocal track for the song; with help from EA Games, the lyrics were translated into "Simlish" (the language of the game The Sims 2) and later appeared in The Sims 2: Open For Business as one of the game's new songs. Other new wave songs were also remixed in Simlish, and added to the game, such as Howard Jones's "Things Can Only Get Better".
Charts and airplay
"Suffer Well" reached number 38 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart. It reached number 1 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, the band's seventh song to top this chart. "Suffer Well" was added to the playlist of Xfm London on 27 February 2006. However, it failed to make the playlist of any BBC Radio station. Despite this, it entered the UK charts at number 12, beating the position achieved by "A Pain That I'm Used To".
Formats and track listings
- "Suffer Well" is written by Dave Gahan/Andrew Phillpott/Christian Eigner.
- "Better Days" and "The Darkest Star" are written by Martin Gore.
|Austrian Singles Chart||67|
|Danish Singles Chart||1|
|Finnish Singles Chart||6|
|French Singles Chart||87|
|German Singles Chart||13|
|Hungarian Singles Chart||1|
|Italian Singles Chart||5|
|Polish Singles Chart||3|
|Spanish Singles Chart||2|
|Swedish Singles Chart||20|
|Swiss Singles Chart||66|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||12|
|US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play||1|
|US Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks||38|
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