It's Called a Heart

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"It's Called a Heart"
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Single by Depeche Mode
from the album The Singles 81→85
B-side"Fly on the Windscreen"
Released16 September 1985
FormatVinyl record (7" and 12"), CD (1991 box set)
RecordedJuly 1985 Genetic Studios
GenreSynthpop, industrial, darkwave
Length3:48 (7"/single/album version)
7:19 (12" version)
LabelMute Records
Songwriter(s)Martin Gore
Producer(s)Depeche Mode, and Daniel Miller
Depeche Mode singles chronology
"Shake the Disease"
(1985)
"It's Called a Heart"
(1985)
"Stripped"
(1986)

"It's Called a Heart" is Depeche Mode's fourteenth UK single recorded at Genetic Studios (released on 16 September 1985). It was included as one of two new songs on the compilation The Singles 81→85 the same year, along with "Shake the Disease". It reached number 18 in the UK singles chart. The American version of The Singles 81→85, Catching Up with Depeche Mode, also includes the B-side, "Fly on the Windscreen", which reappeared in a slightly different mix on the band's 1986 album Black Celebration.

There is no limited edition ("L12 Bong") version of this single in the way that most other Depeche Mode singles have been. Instead there was a "D12 Bong", a double 12", that featured both the standard 12" and the remix 12".

Former member Alan Wilder has said this song is his least favorite track he worked on during his time in Depeche Mode.

Track listings[edit]

7": Mute / 7Bong9 (UK)[edit]

  1. "It's Called a Heart" – 3:48
  2. "Fly on the Windscreen" – 5:03

12": Mute / 12Bong9 (UK)[edit]

  1. "It's Called a Heart (Extended)" – 7:19
  2. "Fly on the Windscreen (Extended)" – 7:47

12": Mute / D12Bong9 (UK)[edit]

  1. "It's Called a Heart (Extended)" – 7:19
  2. "Fly on the Windscreen (Extended)" – 7:47
  3. "It's Called a Heart (Slow Mix)" – 4:49 (remixed by Gareth Jones)
  4. "Fly on the Windscreen (Death Mix)" – 5:06 (remixed by Gareth Jones)

Double discs with the cover reading "Special Limited Edition Twin Set Costing No More Than Two Pounds & Ninety Nine Pence" with tracks 1 & 2 on the first record and tracks 3 & 4 on the second record, tracks 3 & 4 being exclusive to the limited edition.

12": Sire / 0-20402 (US)[edit]

  1. "It's Called a Heart (Emotion Remix)" – 6:48 (remixed by Joseph Watt)
  2. "It's Called a Heart (Emotion Dub)" – 5:33 (remixed by Joseph Watt)
  3. "Flexible (Deportation Mix)" – 4:38 (remixed by Bert Bevans)
  4. "It's Called a Heart" – 3:48

CD: Mute / CDBong9 (UK)[edit]

  1. "It's Called a Heart" – 3:48
  2. "Fly on the Windscreen" – 5:03
  3. "It's Called a Heart (Extended)" – 7:19
  4. "Fly on the Windscreen (Extended)" – 7:47
  5. "Fly on the Windscreen (Death Mix)" – 5:06

The UK CD single was released in 1991 as part of the singles box set compilations

CD: Intercord/Virgin / INT 826.832/30303 (Germany/France)[edit]

  1. "It's Called a Heart (Extended)" – 7:19
  2. "Fly on the Windscreen (Extended)" – 7:47
  3. "It's Called a Heart (Slow Mix)" – 4:49 (remixed by Gareth Jones)
  4. "Fly on the Windscreen (Death Mix)" – 5:06 (remixed by Gareth Jones)

The German and French CD singles were released in 1990.

All songs written by Martin Gore.

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