Wrong (Depeche Mode song)

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"Wrong"
Single by Depeche Mode
from the album Sounds of the Universe
Released 6 April 2009
Format 7", 12", CD, LCD, Digital Download
Recorded May–December 2008;
Sound Design
(Santa Barbara, California)
Chung King Studios
(New York City, New York)
Genre Synthpop[1]
Length 3:13
Label Mute - BONG 40
Writer(s) Martin Gore
Producer(s) Ben Hillier
Depeche Mode singles chronology
"Martyr"
(2006)
"Wrong"
(2009)
"Peace"
(2009)
Music video
"Wrong" on YouTube

"Wrong" is Depeche Mode's first single from their twelfth studio album, the Grammy-nominated Sounds of the Universe, and their 46th UK single overall. It hit the radio in February 2009, and became available for purchase online on 24 February 2009. The single was physically released on 6 April 2009.[2] The 12" of the single was released on 11 May 2009.

The single officially debuted on 21 February 2009, when the band performed at the Echo Awards in Germany.[3]

"Wrong" has received a positive response on United States alternative rock radio, becoming one of the 30 most-played songs in its first week of release.[4]

"Wrong" was added to the BBC Radio 6 "B-List" playlist for the week starting 7 March 2009.[5] However, a week after physical release in April 2009, it charted at #24, the lowest UK chart position for the initial single from a Depeche Mode studio album ("Dreaming of Me", while charting at #57 in 1981, was not an "official" track from the Speak & Spell album). By contrast, Sounds of the Universe itself reached #2 in the UK upon release in late April, Depeche Mode's highest album chart position there since 1997.

The B-side "Oh Well" (which also appears on the Sounds of the Universe deluxe box set edition) is the first collaboration between Martin Gore (music) and Dave Gahan (lyrics).

"Wrong" was featured in a trailer for the 2013 video game Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, with the tagline, "make it right."[6]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Wrong" was filmed in December 2008 and directed by Patrick Daughters.[7] It debuted on the band's MySpace page on 20 February 2009. The video depicts a Ford Crown Victoria rolling backwards down a Los Angeles downtown street, seemingly with no driver at the wheel. A shot inside the car reveals a man in a latex mask lying unconscious in the front seat, played by Liars drummer Julian Gross.[7] When the car bumps another car (but keeps rolling), the man is jolted awake. As he tries in desperation to stop the car, it becomes apparent that he is bound and gagged. The car rolls past the band (watching from a sidewalk) and hits a pedestrian, trash cans, shopping carts, and traffic cones. A police vehicle begins pursuing the car. When the man finally manages to free his wrists and remove the mask, a white pickup truck crashes into the side of the car, bringing it to a halt.

On 3 December 2009, it was nominated for a Grammy Award for "Best Short Form Video." On the same day, Sounds Of The Universe, the album of which the single appears on, was nominated for Best Alternative Music Album.

The "Wrong" video is 2nd in Time (magazine) in the "Five best videos of 2009" and was one of "the 20 best videos of 2009" according to Spin Magazine, the position in the list is 10.[8]

Track listing[edit]

7": Mute / BONG 40[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Wrong"   Martin L. Gore 3:13
2. "Oh Well (7" Edit)"   Martin L. Gore / Dave Gahan 4:25

CD: Mute / CDBONG 40[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Wrong"   Martin L. Gore 3:13
2. "Oh Well (Black Light Odyssey Remix)"   Martin L. Gore / Dave Gahan 5:54

CD: Mute / LCDBONG 40[edit]

All songs written and composed by Martin L. Gore

No. Title Length
1. "Wrong"   3:13
2. "Wrong (Trentemøller Club Remix)"   6:57
3. "Wrong (Thin White Duke Remix)"   7:43
4. "Wrong (Magda's Scallop Funk Mix)"   6:25
5. "Wrong (D.I.M. vs Boys Noize Remix)"   5:12

12": Mute / 12BONG 40[edit]

All songs written and composed by Martin L. Gore

No. Title Length
1. "Wrong"   3:13
2. "Wrong (Thin White Duke Remix)"   7:43
3. "Wrong (Trentemøller Club Remix)"   6:57
4. "Wrong (Caspa Remix)"   5:08

CD: Mute / PCDBONG 40 (Club Promo)[edit]

All songs written and composed by Martin L. Gore

No. Title Length
1. "Wrong (Original)"   3:07
2. "Wrong (Thin White Duke Remix)"   7:43
3. "Wrong (Thin White Duke Dub)"   6:06
4. "Wrong (Frankie's Bromantic Club Mix)"   8:27
5. "Wrong (D.I.M. vs Boys Noize Remix)"   5:12
6. "Wrong (Magda's Scallop Funk Mix)"   6:25
7. "Wrong (Caspa Remix)"   5:08
8. "Wrong (Trentemøller Club Remix)"   6:57
9. "Wrong (Trentemøller Club Dub)"   6:42

CD: Mute / RCDBONG 40[edit]

All songs written and composed by Martin L. Gore

No. Title Length
1. "Wrong (Radio Version)"   3:13

CD: Mute / LCDBONG 40 (Promo)[edit]

All songs written and composed by Martin L. Gore

No. Title Length
1. "Wrong (Radio Version)"   3:13
2. "Wrong (Trentemøller Club Remix)"   6:57
3. "Wrong (Thin White Duke Remix)"   7:43
4. "Wrong (Thin White Duke Dub)"   6:06
5. "Wrong (Frankie's Bromantic Club Mix)"   8:27
6. "Wrong (D.I.M. vs Boys Noize Remix)"   5:12
7. "Wrong (Magda's Scallop Funk Mix)"   6:25
8. "Oh Well (Black Light Odyssey Dub)"   5:02

CD: Capitol / USRCDBONG 40[edit]

All songs written and composed by Martin L. Gore

No. Title Length
1. "Wrong (Album Version)"   3:13
2. "Wrong (Radio Version Edit)"   3:01

CD: Capitol / PCDBONG40[edit]

All songs written and composed by Martin L. Gore

No. Title Length
1. "Wrong (Peter Rauhofer Vocal Mix)"   8:17
2. "Wrong (Peter Rauhofer Dub)"   7:34
3. "Wrong (Peter Rauhofer Radio Edit)"   4:10

Charts and Year-end Charts[edit]

Preceded by
"Halo" by Beyoncé
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
30 May 2009
Succeeded by
"Beautiful U R" by Deborah Cox

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