Useless (song)

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This article is about the Depeche Mode song. For other songs with the same title, see Useless (disambiguation).
"Useless"
Single by Depeche Mode
from the album Ultra
B-side Various remixes
Released 20 October 1997
Format Vinyl record 12", CD
Recorded January 1996–February 1997
Abbey Road, Eastcote, Westside, Strongroom, RAK, London
Electric Lady, New York
Larrabee West, Los Angeles
Length 5:12 (Album Version)
4:53 (Single Remix)
4:44 (Album Edit)
Label Mute Records
Writer(s) Martin Gore
Producer(s) Tim Simenon
Depeche Mode singles chronology
"Home"
(1997)
"Useless"
(1997)
"Only When I Lose Myself"
(1998)

"Useless" is Depeche Mode's thirty-fourth UK single, released on 20 October 1997, and the fourth and final single for the album Ultra. It was released with "Home" as a double A-side in the US due to "Useless" getting airplay on US radio stations before "Home" was announced.

"Useless" is an industrial rock track in the vein of "Barrel of a Gun", with more of a pop twist. The single remix, by Alan Moulder, changes the intro and has an updated beat (similar to the changes done to the 7" versions of "Walking In My Shoes" and "Condemnation"), and adds some extra synth during the chorus. It also contains more grainy vocals. The "The Kruder + Dorfmeister Session" is a very prominent remix by the DJ duo of the same name. On the US single, the single remix is replaced by the CJ Bolland Ultrasonar Edit.

There are no actual B-sides for "Useless", except for remixes and live versions of the song. Some versions of the CD single feature the videos for "Barrel of a Gun" and "It's No Good", accessible when the disc is inserted into a PC.

The 1997 music video for "Useless" was the last Depeche Mode video to be directed by Anton Corbijn for more than eight years. Though he still did some work for Depeche Mode on album/single covers and tour projections/designs, the band decided to experiment with new directors for music videos. Corbijn's next project with Depeche Mode was the video for "Suffer Well".

Depeche Mode licensed the Kruder And Dorfmeister remix of "Useless" to Victoria's Secret, for use in their "Natural Miracle Bra" ad campaign. It aired on US television for a few weeks.[1]

Track listings[edit]

12": Mute / 12Bong28 (UK)[edit]

  1. "Useless (The Kruder + Dorfmeister Session ™)" (9:10)
  2. "Useless (CJ Bolland Funky Sub Mix)" (5:38)
  3. "Useless (Air 20 Mix)" (7:56) (Remixed by Carl Craig)

CD: Mute / CDBong28 (UK)[edit]

  1. "Useless (Remix)" (4:53) (remixed by Alan Moulder)
  2. "Useless (Escape from Wherever: Parts 1 & 2!)" (7:17) (remixed by Barry Adamson)
  3. "Useless (Cosmic Blues Mix)" (6:57)
  • Includes a bonus "Barrel of a Gun" video.

CD: Mute / LCDBong28 (UK)[edit]

  1. "Useless (CJ Bolland Ultrasonar Mix)" (6:03)
  2. "Useless (The Kruder + Dorfmeister Session ™)" (9:10)
  3. "Useless (Live)" (5:21)
  • Includes a bonus "It's No Good" video.

CD: Mute / CDBong28X (EU)[edit]

  1. "Useless (Remix)" (4:55)
  2. "Useless (Escape from Wherever: Parts 1 & 2!)" (7:17)
  3. "Useless (Cosmic Blues Mix)" (6:57)
  4. "Useless (CJ Bolland Ultrasonar Mix)" (6:03)
  5. "Useless (The Kruder + Dorfmeister Session ™)" (9:10)
  6. "Useless (CJ Bolland Funky Sub Mix)" (5:38)
  7. "Useless (Air 20 Mix)" (7:56)
  8. "Useless (Live)" (5:21)
  • This CD is the 2004 re-release
  • Includes both "Barrel of a Gun" and "It's No Good" videos.

Promo 12": Mute / P12Bong28 (UK)[edit]

  1. "Useless (CJ Bolland Funky Sub Mix)" (5:38)
  2. "Useless (The Kruder + Dorfmeister Session ™)" (9:10)

Radio Promo CD: Mute / RCDBong28 (UK)[edit]

  1. "Useless (Remix)" (4:53) (remixed by Alan Moulder)
  2. "Useless (Escape from Wherever: Parts 1 & 2!)" (7:17) (remixed by Barry Adamson)
  3. "Useless (Cosmic Blues Mix)" (6:57)

Promo CD: Reprise / n/a (US)[edit]

  1. "Useless (Album Edit)" (4:44)
  2. "Useless" (5:12)

"Home"/"Useless"[edit]

In November 1997, "Home" and "Useless" were released as a double A-side single in the US and Canada. The front cover art has the "Home" cover on the front, with the "Home" tracklist, and the back cover art has the "Useless" cover art, with the "Useless" tracklist.

7": Reprise / 7-17314 (US)[edit]

  1. "Home" (5:46)
  2. "Useless (CJ Bolland Ultrasonar Edit)" (4:06)

CD: Reprise / 9 17314-2 (US)[edit]

  1. "Home" (5:46)
  2. "Home (Air "Around the Golf" Remix)" (3:58)
  3. "Useless (CJ Bolland Ultrasonar Edit)" (4:06)
  • Above released ((18 November))

CD: Reprise / 9 43906-2 (US)[edit]

  1. "Home" (5:46)
  2. "Home (Grantby Mix)" (4:38)
  3. "Home (LFO Meant to Be)" (4:26)
  4. "Home (The Noodles and The Damage Done)" (6:22)
  5. "Useless (CJ Bolland Ultrasonar Mix)" (6:00)
  6. "Useless (CJ Bolland Funky Sub Mix)" (5:38)
  7. "Useless (Kruder + Dorfmeister Session ™)" (9:10)
  8. "Useless (Escape from Wherever: Parts 1 & 2)" (7:15)
  • Released 11 November
  • The CD can be put into a PC that met requirements and you can watch the videos for "Barrel of a Gun", "It's No Good", "Home", and "Useless".
  • Packaged in a clear plastic case with sliding pull-out disc tray.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1997) Peak
position
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[2] 28
Finnish Singles Chart[3] 17
German Singles Chart 16
Polish Singles Chart[4] 25
Swedish Singles Chart[5] 16

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