World in My Eyes

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"World in My Eyes"
Single by Depeche Mode
from the album Violator
B-side "Happiest Girl", "Sea of Sin"
Released 2 September 1990 (Promo) 17 September 1990 (Retail)
Format Vinyl record 7", 12", Cassette, CD
Recorded January 1990
Puk Studios, Denmark
Logic Studios, Milan[1]
Genre
Length 4:26
Label Mute Records
Writer(s) Martin Gore
Producer(s) Depeche Mode and Flood
Depeche Mode singles chronology
"Policy of Truth"
(1990)
"World in My Eyes"
(1990)
"I Feel You"
(1993)

"World in My Eyes" is Depeche Mode's twenty-sixth UK single, released on 17 September 1990, and the fourth and final single for the album Violator.

"Martin did the demo on his own," recalled Andy Fletcher. "I don't remember it standing out when we heard it then. But somehow, in the studio, it all came together brilliantly… Whenever I'm asked which of our tracks is my favourite, I always say 'World In My Eyes'."[2]

The cover art for "World in My Eyes" has a photo of one of the band members making a shape similar to that of glasses with their hands. On the Limited 12", there are pictures of all four members.

"World in My Eyes" has two exclusive B-sides, making Violator the only Depeche Mode album with all four singles having at least one exclusive B-Side, including instrumentals. The B-sides for "World in My Eyes" are "Happiest Girl" and "Sea of Sin".

"Happiest Girl (Jack Mix)" and "Sea of Sin (Tonal Mix)" are the main 7" versions. "Original" versions were never released, or rather, these mixes are the regular versions, according to interviews and the official website.

Reaching No.17 in UK, and only No.52 on the Hot 100, it is the least successful single from Violator.

The 2004 re-release of the EU single includes a longer-intro version of "World in My Eyes (Oil Tank Mix)".

Music video[edit]

The music video for "World in My Eyes" is directed by Anton Corbijn. There are two versions; the original version was not originally released to the public until The Videos 86-98. The original music video features some footage from the World Violation Tour, while David Gahan and a girl he's with watch it from a drive-in cinema. The alternate version on Strange Too features the band in the car instead, more live footage, and the silent ending with Gahan is longer.

Track listings[edit]

7", Cassette: Mute / Bong20, CBong20 (UK)[edit]

  1. "World in My Eyes" – 3:58
  2. "Happiest Girl (Jack Mix)" – 4:57 (remixed by François Kevorkian)
  3. "Sea of Sin (Tonal Mix)" – 4:43 (remixed by François Kevorkian)

12": Mute / 12Bong20 (UK)[edit]

  1. "World in My Eyes (Oil Tank Mix)" – 7:29 (remixed by François Kevorkian)
  2. "Happiest Girl (Kiss-A-Mix)" – 6:15 (remixed by François Kevorkian)
  3. "Sea of Sin (Sensoria)" – 6:06 (remixed by François Kevorkian)

12": Mute / L12Bong20 (UK)[edit]

  1. "World in My Eyes (Dub in My Eyes)" – 6:55 (remixed by François Kevorkian)
  2. "World in My Eyes (Mode to Joy)" – 6:32 (remixed by Jon Marsh)
  3. "Happiest Girl (The Pulsating Orbital Mix)" – 6:28 (remixed by Dr. Alex Paterson and Thrash)

CD: Mute / CDBong20 (UK)[edit]

  1. "World in My Eyes" – 4:00
  2. "World in My Eyes (Oil Tank Mix)" – 6:53
  3. "Happiest Girl (Kiss-A-Mix)" – 5:24
  4. "Sea of Sin (Tonal Mix)" – 3:37
  • The reason why the three mixes are shorter is because the CD single was planned to be a 3" CD and the songs were edited down to fit. However, even after the 3" plans were scrapped in favour of a regular CD, the edits were used anyway for the UK release. The German release (Mute INT 826.945), although displaying the same tracklist, used the longer versions of these three mixes, like on the US release (see below) and the Japanese release (Alfa Records ALCB-159).

CD: Mute / LCDBong20 (UK)[edit]

  1. "World in My Eyes (Dub in My Eyes)" – 6:57
  2. "World in My Eyes (Mode to Joy)" – 6:31
  3. "Happiest Girl (The Pulsating Orbital Vocal Mix)" – 8:01 (remixed by Dr. Alex Paterson and Thrash)
  4. "Sea of Sin (Sensoria)" – 6:07
  5. "World in My Eyes (Mayhem Mode)" – 4:58 (remixed by Jon Marsh)
  6. "Happiest Girl (Jack Mix)" – 4:57

CD: Mute / CDBong20X (EU)[edit]

  1. "World in My Eyes" – 3:58
  2. "Happiest Girl (Jack Mix)" – 4:57
  3. "Sea of Sin (Tonal Mix)" – 4:43
  4. "World in My Eyes (Oil Tank Mix)" – 7:47
  5. "Happiest Girl (Kiss-A-Mix)" – 6:15
  6. "Sea of Sin (Sensoria)" – 6:06
  7. "World in My Eyes (Dub in My Eyes)" – 6:55
  8. "World in My Eyes (Mode to Joy)" – 6:32
  9. "Happiest Girl (The Pulsating Orbital Mix)" – 6:28
  10. "World in My Eyes (Mayhem Mode)" – 4:56
  11. "Happiest Girl (The Pulsating Orbital Vocal Mix)" – 8:01
  • The third CD is the 2004 re-release
  • The "Oil Tank Mix" in this CD has a longer intro

CD: Sire/Reprise / 9 21735-2 (US)[edit]

  1. "World in My Eyes" – 3:59
  2. "World in My Eyes (Oil Tank Mix)" – 7:29
  3. "Happiest Girl (The Pulsating Orbital Mix)" – 6:28
  4. "Sea of Sin (Tonal Mix)" – 4:44
  5. "World in My Eyes (Mode to Joy)" – 6:32
  6. "Happiest Girl (Jack Mix)" – 4:58
  7. "Sea of Sin (Sensoria)" – 6:07

Released 16 October 1990

All songs written by Martin L. Gore

Charts[edit]

Chart (1990) Peak
position
Dutch Singles Chart[3] 49
French Singles Chart[4] 30
German Singles Chart[5] 7
Irish Singles Chart[6] 7
Polish Singles Chart[7] 7
Spain (AFYVE)[8] 2
Swiss Singles Chart[9] 5
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[10] 17
US Billboard Hot 100[11] 52
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play[11] 6
US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks[11] 17

Covers[edit]

"World in My Eyes" has been covered by the following bands:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cranna, Ian (April 1990), Insidious, Q magazine: 77 
  2. ^ Q, May 2001
  3. ^ "Discografie Depeche Mode". DutchCharts.nl. Retrieved 5 May 2009.
  4. ^ "Discographie Depeche Mode". LesCharts.com. Retrieved 5 May 2009.
  5. ^ "Chartverfolgung / Depeche Mode / Single". MusicLine.de. Retrieved 4 March 2009.
  6. ^ [1]. Irishcharts.ie. Retrieved 28 March 2011.
  7. ^ "Polish Singles Chart |". 
  8. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  9. ^ "Discography Depeche Mode". SwissCharts.com. Retrieved 5 May 2009.
  10. ^ "Archive Chart: 1990-10-13" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
  11. ^ a b c "Depeche Mode > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved 5 May 2009.

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