Talk:Speak & Spell (album)

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name of the album[edit]

Was it named after the "Speak & Spell"-toy? 84.149.246.74 03:01, 13 December 2006 (UTC)

cover art[edit]

What is the cover shown in the article from exactly? I have the CD re-release (seems to be from 1988) and it only has a small cut-out of that picture, with the title left of it - like this: link --194.125.106.109 20:51, 16 February 2007 (UTC)

UK release date[edit]

Wasn't this album released in the UK on October 5th?

The album was probably released on November 6, 1981. Speak & Spell didn't actually chart on the UK album chart until the week ending November 14th. They had just had two big hits with "New Life" (#11) and "Just Can't Get Enough" (#8), so it's safe to presume that anticipation for a full-length release was whetted by then. So, for it to have come out on October 5th and just sit there in the shops for 6 weeks seems VERY unlikely. Had it entered in mid-October 1981 and had a slow rise up the charts, that would be one thing, but it even entered at its peak of #10 - this implies a significant interest in the album from its release, so a 6-week delay from supposed release to actual chart date is just not very logical. (Link redirected to OCC website) BGC (talk) 00:55, 12 October 2012 (UTC)
I don't think the 6 Nov date is acceptable, because it is just a guess based on chart performance. It appears that the 5 October, 1981 date isn't correct either. The official Depeche website and the separate discography sections in both major band biographies (Steve Malins: Depeche Mode - A Biography and Johnathan Miller: Stripped) all give the 5 Oct date. However, in both books, in chapters about the early days, it is something different. Malins p. 41: "In November Mute released the band's debut LP." Miller p. 96 (2003 ed.): "As predicted, when Speak & Spell (possibly titled in an unknowing nod to Kraftwerk's Computer World album) was finally released on October 29, not a guitar was to be heard." From the Simon Spence book Just Can't Get Enough - The Making of Depeche Mode p. 183: "Within a week of its late October release, Speak & Spell was in the UK Top Ten on the strength of advance orders of 80,000." The band embarked on a 14-date UK Speak&Spell tour on 31 October to promote the new album. Paul Colbert of Melody Maker joined them for a couple of days and in his article subtitled "Depeche Mode in Birmingham" (Depeche played Birmingham 4 Nov 1981) "third date of the long tour" and "recent release of the album" are mentioned in the same sentence ("Learning the Highway Mode", MM 14 November, 1981). To conclude, the 29 October date seems to be the actual date we're looking for. --Sk4170 (talk) 21:04, 12 October 2012 (UTC)
Also Johnny Black writes about "end of October" release in his article "Essential Albums: Depeche Mode - Speak & Spell" for Q magazine (January 2005). Until anybody else comes with better dates (no guesses, please) and sources, I'm changing the album release date to 29 Oct (ref. Miller p.96). --Sk4170 (talk) 22:58, 1 March 2013 (UTC)

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