Enjoy the Silence
|"Enjoy the Silence"|
|Single by Depeche Mode|
|from the album Violator|
|Released||16 January 1990|
|Recorded||1989 at Puk Studios (Denmark) and Logic Studios (Milan, Italy)|
|Depeche Mode singles chronology|
"Enjoy the Silence" is a song by the English electronic band Depeche Mode, taken from their seventh studio album, Violator (1990). The song was recorded in 1989 and released on 16 January 1990 as the album's second single.
- 1 B-sides
- 2 Music videos
- 3 Personnel
- 4 Track listing
- 5 Charts and certifications
- 6 Cover versions
- 7 External links
- 8 References
There are two instrumental B-sides to "Enjoy the Silence". "Sibeling" (the 12" B-side) is a soft piano-tune while "Memphisto" (the 7" B-side) is a darker, eerier track. The title of "Sibeling" refers to Finnish classical composer Jean Sibelius. According to Martin Gore, "Memphisto is the name of an imaginary film about Elvis as a Devil, that I created in my mind".
The Anton Corbijn-directed music video for "Enjoy the Silence" references the themes and storyline of the philosophical children's book The Little Prince. Footage of Gahan dressed as a stereotypical king wandering the hillsides of the Scottish Highlands, the coast of Algarve in Portugal and finally the Swiss Alps with a deck chair is intercut with black-and-white footage of the band posing. Brief flashes of a single rose (which is also on the album cover of Violator) appear throughout the scenes.
When Corbijn presented the concept of the video to the band, which at the time was simply "Dave dressed up as a king, walking around with a deck chair", they initially rejected it. They changed their minds, when he explained that the idea was that the King (Dave) represented "a man with everything in the world, just looking for a quiet place to sit"; a king of no kingdom. Andy Fletcher jokes that he favoured the video because "[he] only had to do about an hour's worth of work".
The video uses a slightly different mix of the album version of the song (the most notable difference being a new and extended introduction) that has not been released in any audio format. The final long shots of the king walking through the snow are not Gahan but rather the video's producer, Richard Bell. Gahan had left the set, tired of the cold in Switzerland (recounted by Gahan in the intro to The Videos (86-98) and to the DVD of The Best of Depeche Mode Volume 1).
There are in fact two edited versions of the Corbijn-directed video. One version - which appears to be the earlier version - begins with Andy Fletcher looking towards his right as the song begins. Shots of Dave Gahan dressed as a king singing directly to the camera are intercut with scenes of his walking through the Scottish Highlands, the coast of Portugal and the Swiss Alps. The video ends with Gahan singing the last line, "Enjoy the silence.", then putting his finger in front of his lips as if to quiet the viewer. The other version begins with Martin Gore looking to his right as the song begins. This version omits the shots of Gahan singing directly to the camera. The video ends with Gahan sitting on a deck chair in the snow while the last line, "Enjoy the silence.", is sung. There are also differences in the group shots of the band standing together between the two versions.
In 1990, a promotional video for "Enjoy the Silence" was shot by French TV (for the TV Show "Champs-Élysées" with Michel Drucker) featuring Depeche Mode lip-synching the song while standing atop the World Trade Center at the WTC rooftop World observatory, south Tower #2.
- David Gahan - lead vocals
- Martin Gore - electric guitar, backing vocals
- Alan Wilder - keyboard, drum machine
- Andrew Fletcher - keyboard
7", Cassette: Mute / Bong18, CBong18 (UK)
12": Mute / 12Bong18 (UK)
12": Mute / L12Bong18 (UK)
12": Mute / XL12Bong18 (UK)
CD: Mute / CDBong18 (UK)
CD: Mute / LCDBong18 (UK)
CD: Mute / XLCDBong18 (UK)
CD: Mute / CDBong18X (EU)
Promo 12": Mute / P12Bong18 (UK)
Promo CD: Mute / CDBong18R (UK)
12"/Cassette: Sire/Reprise / 0-21490 / 4-21490 (US)
CD: Sire/Reprise / 21490-2 (US)
Promo CD: Sire/Reprise / PRO-CD-3976 (US)
Charts and certifications
End of year charts
Sales and certifications
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- In 1998, Failure covered the song for the Depeche Mode tribute album For the Masses.
- A cover version of this song was on the Matthew Good Band EP Lo-Fi B-Sides in 1998 and subsequently on In a Coma in 2002.
- Gothic metal band Entwine covered this song in 1999 for their album The Treasure Within Hearts.
- In 2001 Tori Amos released a version, reinterpreted from a woman's perspective, on her concept album Strange Little Girls.
- In November 2005, Sylvain Chauveau & Ensemble Nocturne released the album Down to the Bone, an acoustic tribute to Depeche Mode, which includes a cover of this song.
- Keane released a cover of this song as a B side to their single "A Bad Dream" in 2007.
- Alternative rock band Anberlin released a cover of this song on their 2007 album Lost Songs.
- Gregorian chant group Gregorian covered this song for their album Masters of Chant Chapter VII in 2009.
- Indie rock band Maritime performed a version of the song in April 2010 for The A.V. Club's A.V. Undercover series.
- Hardcore psychobilly band the Brains covered this song for their 2010 album Undead Nation.
- Susan Boyle covered the song for her album Someone to Watch Over Me.
- Hybrid covered the song for their 2012 compilation album Classics.
- Ki Theory released a cover of the song in 2016. The cover was featured in a trailer for the 2017 film Ghost in the Shell.
- Trevor Something, a synthwave artist from Miami, covered the song on his mixtape Trevor Something Does Not Exist in 2014, and later commercially released the song as a single in 2016.
Lacuna Coil version
|"Enjoy the Silence"|
|Single by Lacuna Coil|
|from the album Karmacode|
|Format||CD, digital download, vinyl|
|Lacuna Coil singles chronology|
There is a UK version of the video and an International one. Both videos, shot with Closer music video on 12 March 2006, came out on June 2006, include the band performing in a dark room, but aside from that the UK version shows live clips of the London Forum show, while the International one shows scenes of a city (Portland, Oregon), the countryside, and a bay.
|UK Singles Chart||41|
|Italian Year-end Singles Charts||1|
There are three "volumes" of the single.
- Single information from the official Depeche Mode web site
- Allmusic review
- Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
- Enjoy the Silence arranged by Eric Whitacre for SATB
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- NO certyear WAS PROVIDED for SWEDISH CERTIFICATION.
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- "Italian single certifications – Depeche Mode – Enjoy the Silence" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Select Online in the field Sezione. Enter Depeche Mode in the field Filtra. The certification will load automatically
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