Little 15

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"Little 15"
Single by Depeche Mode
from the album Music for the Masses
B-side "Stjärna"
Released 16 May 1988
Format Vinyl record (7" and 12"), CD (1991 box set)
Recorded February–July 1987
Studio Guillaume Tell,[1] Paris
Konk, London
Puk Studios, Denmark
Length 4:15
Label Mute Records
Writer(s) Martin Gore
Producer(s) Depeche Mode, Daniel Miller, Dave Bascombe
Depeche Mode singles chronology
"Behind the Wheel"
"Little 15"
"Everything Counts" (live)

"Little 15" is a Depeche Mode single, released on 16 May 1988[citation needed], and the fourth single from the album Music for the Masses.

The song was never intended to be a single; in fact, it barely made it onto the album, but a French record label wanted to release the song as a single, which became a popular import and a minor hit in the UK, reaching #60 on the UK Singles Chart (to date the second lowest UK singles placing for the band).[2]

The song's title, as well as its status as a minor release, contributed to its special catalog number "LITTLE15". In this vein, it can be seen as a "little" release between BONG15 ("Behind the Wheel") and BONG16 ("Everything Counts [Live]"). Ironically, "Little 15" didn't chart in France, but finally was also released as a single in other countries becoming a success: in West Germany, where it hit #16, in Austria where it reached #25 and in Switzerland where it entered the Top 20 at #18.[3]

There was no remix of the song at the time of release (the 12" and 7" versions were the same); however, there are two piano instrumental B-sides, both performed by Alan Wilder. The first is "Stjärna" (mislabelled "St. Jarna"), which is Swedish for 'star', written by Martin Gore. The 12" B-side also contains a performance of Ludwig van Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata #14." According to his website, Wilder did not intend for it to be a B-side, as he was merely performing it for fun, but Gore stealthily recorded it. Wilder did not perform the song perfectly (his error occurs near the end of the song).[4]

The music video for "Little 15" was directed by Martyn Atkins, who had done previous design work for the band.[5] The music video was filmed in the Trellick Tower in London.[citation needed]

Track listings[edit]

7": Mute / Little15 (UK)[edit]

  1. "Little 15" – 4:15
  2. "Stjarna" – 4:28

12": Mute / 12Little15 (UK)[edit]

  1. "Little 15" – 4:15
  2. "Stjarna" – 4:28
  3. "Moonlight Sonata No. 14" – 5:37

CD: Mute / CDLittle15 (UK)[edit]

  1. "Little 15" – 4:15
  2. "Stjarna" – 4:28
  3. "Moonlight Sonata No. 14" – 5:37

"Little 15" and "Stjarna" are written by Martin L. Gore. "Moonlight Sonata" was written by Beethoven.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Studios Guillaume Tell
  2. ^ "Depeche Mode UK Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 7 Sep 2013. 
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Miller, Jonathan (2004). Stripped: A True Story of Depeche Mode. Omnibus Press. pp. 257–258. ISBN 1-84449-415-2. 
  5. ^ "Martyn Atkins". IMDB. Retrieved 14 Jan 2016.