101 (album)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
101 - Depeche Mode.jpg
Live album by Depeche Mode
Released 13 March 1989 (1989-03-13)
Recorded Pasadena Rose Bowl
18 June 1988
Genre Synthpop, alternative dance, new wave, electronic rock
Length 95:45
Label Mute
Sire (US/Canada)
Producer Depeche Mode
Depeche Mode live albums chronology
Songs of Faith and Devotion Live
Singles from 101
  1. "Everything Counts (Live)"
    Released: 13 February 1989
101 (DM Video).jpg
Video by Depeche Mode
Released 1989/2003
Recorded 18 June 1988
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
Genre Synthpop, industrial
Length 117:00
Label Mute
Director D. A. Pennebaker
Depeche Mode chronology
Strange Too
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic (album) 4/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone (1989) 4/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone (2003) (video) favorable[3]

101 is a live album and documentary by English electronic band Depeche Mode released in 1989 chronicling the final leg of the band's 1987/1988 Music for the Masses Tour and the final show at the Pasadena Rose Bowl which was held on 18 June, 1988.[4][5]

Group member Alan Wilder is credited with coming up with the name; the performance was the 101st and final performance of the tour (and coincidentally also the number of a famous highway in the area). The film was directed and produced by D.A. Pennebaker.

History and development[edit]

The band's original concept for the film "101" was going to be about how Depeche Mode fit into The 1980s. The band had considered shooting the documentary with an "experienced director," but felt that the (unnamed) choice was going to do something too "glossy," and they wanted something more interesting, so they agreed to use D.A. Pennebaker.[6]

Pennebaker discarded the band's initial concept for the film, feeling that it was "impossible to examine in an entertainingly cinematic fashion."[6] Instead, the movie follows a group of fans who are travelling across America as winners of a "be-in-a-Depeche-Mode-movie-contest,"[6] culminating in a live recording of Depeche Mode's show at the Rose Bowl, where in excess of 60,000 people were in attendance.[7] Ultimately, the film focused on what they considered to be their strongest selling point - their live performance - as well as capturing the spirit of their fan base.[8] However the movie does not depict the full Rose Bowl concert, instead only showing incomplete snippets of the band, fans and the concert. A 2003 reissue included more of the concert footage, but as Pennebaker "was shooting a documentary, not a concert film," a complete video record of the concert does not exist.[4]

Pennebaker used his direct cinema approach, which he described as "letting the camera run as unobtrusively as possible, thereby encouraging events to unfold on their own. ... You edit more and the film changes every three days, but [the band] were very nice and patient about it."[6]

Pennebaker admitted there was a similarity between Depeche Mode and some of the other artists he'd filmed before (Bob Dylan and David Bowie): "I found the audience very rapt; they were there for that band. Not any band would do. I got the feeling that maybe there was no other band they'd ever go out for again in that assemblage, and it made me take that audience fairly seriously."[6]

2003 audio reissue[edit]

In 2003, Mute Records reissued 101 as a hybrid SACD. In essence, the two-disc set contained 101 in three formats - multi-channel SACD, stereo SACD and PCM stereo (CD audio). The multi-channel audio was presented in 5.1 and gave a better representation of the live experience. The SACD was not released in North America.

Due to pressing errors, however, the first run of the set was marred by a mis-encoded multi-channel SACD layer that skipped and was unlistenable on the first disc. The stereo SACD and CD audio layers were unaffected.

As a bonus hidden track, the multi-channel layer also included the full version of "Pimpf".

2003 video reissue[edit]

In 2003 the film was released on a two-disc DVD with the main film on the first disc. The second disc had interviews with the three fans and their experiences with the band. There were also interviews with Dave Gahan, Martin Gore, and Andrew Fletcher talking about their solo projects which they were working on at the time (Gahan - Paper Monsters, Gore - Counterfeit², Fletch - Client). All three interviews were conducted separately by Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus. At the time, the commentary on the film was recorded at separate times and edited together later. Alan Wilder, who left the band almost seven years after 101 in 1995, chose not to be interviewed. Additionally, there was an interview with Daniel Miller and on the state of Depeche Mode, and includes comments on Vince Clarke and the old Depeche Mode days. There were also interviews with manager Jonathan Kessler and three of the fans on the fan bus.

In addition to the interviews there was also isolated video footage of the concert, including previously unreleased footage.

Track listing[edit]

LP: Mute / Stumm 101[edit]

Disc one[edit]

CD: Mute / CDStumm 101[edit]

SACD: Mute / LCDStumm 101[edit]

  • Audio available in three formats: 2-channel CD, 2-channel SACD, multi-channel SACD

VHS: Mute Film / MF007 (UK)[edit]

  1. "101 – The Movie" – 117:00

DVD: Mute Film / DMDVD3 (UK)[edit]

Disc One

  1. 101 – The Movie (includes optional audio commentary)

Disc Two All songs are isolated live video footage, uninterrupted by documentary footage. Songs with a * are exclusive to the DVD and were not in the VHS film. Footage of "Sacred", "Something To Do", "Things You Said", "Shake The Disease", "Nothing", "People Are People", "A Question of Time" and "A Question of Lust" are lost and were not able to be recovered for the DVD.


  • David Gahan – lead vocals
  • Martin Gore – keyboards, guitar, melodica, percussion pads, backing vocals, lead vocals
  • Alan Wilder – keyboards, piano, percussion pads, backing vocals
  • Andrew Fletcher – keyboards, percussion pads, backing vocals


Chart (1989) Peak
Austrian Albums Chart[9] 13
Canadian RPM Albums Chart[10] 16
Dutch Albums Chart[11] 43
French Albums Chart[12] 4
German Albums Chart[13] 3
Swedish Albums Chart[14] 14
Swiss Albums Chart[15] 11
UK Albums Chart[16] 5
US Billboard 200[17] 45



  1. ^ Raggett, Ned. Depeche Mode: 101 > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 14 June 2011.
  2. ^ "Review: 101". Rolling Stone. 1989. Archived from the original on 16 January 2010. 
  3. ^ Caramanica, Jon (3 November 2003). "Review: 101". Rolling Stone. 
  4. ^ a b "101 Home Video release information at DM Discography". DepecheMode.com. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "101 Album release information at DM Discography". DepecheMode.com. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
  6. ^ a b c d e Doole, Kerry (July 1989), "The Class of 101", Music Express magazine 13 (138): 40–44 
  7. ^ Jonathan Kessler, band manager, speaking in the film
  8. ^ Giles, Jeff (12–26 July 1990), "Depeche Mode Interview (Sidebar)", Rolling Stone (582/583): 60–65 
  9. ^ "Depeche Mode – 101 – Live" (in German). Austriancharts.at. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 
  10. ^ "100 Albums". RPM 50 (3). 15 May 1989. ISSN 0033-7064. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 
  11. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Depeche Mode – 101 – Live". GfK Dutch Charts (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 
  12. ^ "InfoDisc: Tous les "Chart Runs" des Albums Classés Depuis 1985 Dans le Top Albums Officiel". InfoDisc (in French). Retrieved 3 March 2013.  Under the drop-down menu, search for DEPECHE MODE and click OK.
  13. ^ "Top 100 Longplay" (in German). Charts.de. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 
  14. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Depeche Mode – 101 – Live". Swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 
  15. ^ "Depeche Mode – 101 – Live" (in German). Hitparade.ch. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 
  16. ^ "1989-03-25 Top 40 Official UK Albums Archive | Official Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 
  17. ^ "101 – Depeche Mode: Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 
  18. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Depeche Mode – 101". Music Canada. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 
  19. ^ "French album certifications – Depeche Mode – 101" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. 
  20. ^ "Les Albums Double Or :" (in French). Infodisc.fr. Retrieved 8 April 2013. 
  21. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Depeche Mode; '101')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  22. ^ "American album certifications – Depeche Mode – 101". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 3 March 2013.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  23. ^ "French video certifications – Depeche Mode – 101" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 
  24. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Depeche Mode; '101')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 
  25. ^ "Polish video certifications – Depeche Mode – 101" (in Polish). Polish Producers of Audio and Video (ZPAV). Retrieved 3 March 2013. 
  26. ^ "Lista de DVDs Musicales" (PDF). PROMUSICAE (in Spanish). Media Control. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 
  27. ^ "American video certifications – Depeche Mode – 101". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 3 March 2013.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Video Longform, then click SEARCH

External links[edit]