Only When I Lose Myself

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"Only When I Lose Myself"
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Single by Depeche Mode
from the album The Singles 86>98
B-side
  • "Surrender"
  • "Headstar"
  • Remixes
Released7 September 1998 (1998-09-07)
Genre
Length
  • 4:41 (album version)
  • 4:34 (single version)
  • 3:52 (radio edit)
Label
Songwriter(s)Martin Gore
Producer(s)Tim Simenon
Depeche Mode singles chronology
"Useless"
(1997)
"Only When I Lose Myself"
(1998)
"Dream On"
(2001)

"Only When I Lose Myself" is a song by English electronic music band Depeche Mode. It was made exclusively for their 1998 compilation The Singles 86>98 and released as a single on 7 September 1998. It is the first non-album studio single since "It's Called a Heart" in 1985 and is also one of the rare singles to have two limited editions ("L" and "XL" – the others being "Enjoy the Silence", "In Your Room" and "Suffer Well").

Release[edit]

There are two B-sides – "Surrender" was the first exclusive vocal B-side since "My Joy" in 1993 from the "Walking in My Shoes" single, and the other is an instrumental titled "Headstar". A rare remix of "Painkiller" from 1997 was re-released as a B-side on some versions. The release also includes a new remix of World in My Eyes.

The music video for "Only When I Lose Myself" was directed by Brian Griffin, who had previously worked with Depeche Mode as a photographer, and did the cover art for Depeche Mode's first five albums. The soundtrack to the video is a unique version of the song, fading out at the last chorus and omitting the instrumental outro (like the radio version), but including the instrumental intro (which is missing from the radio version).

Track listings[edit]

All songs were written by Martin L. Gore

12-inch: Mute / 12Bong29 (UK)

  1. "Only When I Lose Myself (Subsonic Legacy Remix)" (7:00) (remixed by Danny Briottet)
  2. "Only When I Lose Myself (Dan the Automator Remix)" (4:45)
  3. "Headstar (Luke Slater Remix)" (5:47)

12-inch: Mute / L12Bong29 (UK)

  1. "Only When I Lose Myself (Gus Gus Long Play Mix)" (11:21)
  2. "Painkiller (Kill the Pain Mix - DJ Shadow vs Depeche Mode)" (6:34)
  3. "Surrender (Catalan FC Out of Reach Mix)" (6:55)

CD: Mute / CDBong29 (UK)

  1. "Only When I Lose Myself" (4:35)
  2. "Surrender" (6:19)
  3. "Headstar" (4:23)

CD: Mute / LCDBong29 (UK)

  1. "Only When I Lose Myself (Subsonic Legacy Remix)" (7:00)
  2. "Only When I Lose Myself (Dan the Automator Remix)" (4:47)
  3. "Headstar (Luke Slater Remix)" (5:47)

CD: Mute / XLCDBong29 (UK)

  1. "Only When I Lose Myself (Gus Gus Long Play Mix)" (11:21)
  2. "Painkiller (Kill the Pain Mix - DJ Shadow vs Depeche Mode)" (6:34)
  3. "Surrender (Catalan FC Out of Reach Mix)" (6:55)
  4. "Only When I Lose Myself (Gus Gus Short Play Mix)" (5:06)
  5. "World in My Eyes (Safar Mix)" (8:30)

CD: Mute / CDBong29X (EU)

  1. "Only When I Lose Myself" (4:35)
  2. "Surrender" (6:19)
  3. "Headstar" (4:23)
  4. "Only When I Lose Myself (Subsonic Legacy Remix)" (7:00)
  5. "Only When I Lose Myself (Dan the Automator Remix)" (4:45)
  6. "Headstar (Luke Slater Remix)" (5:47)
  7. "Only When I Lose Myself (Gus Gus Long Play Mix)" (11:21)
  8. "Painkiller (Kill the Pain Mix - DJ Shadow vs Depeche Mode)" (6:34)
  9. "Surrender (Catalan FC Out of Reach Mix)" (6:55)
  10. "Only When I Lose Myself (Gus Gus Short Play Mix)" (5:06)
  11. "World in My Eyes (Safar Mix)" (8:30)
  • This CD is the 2004 re-release

2×12-inch: Reprise / 44562-0 (US)

  1. "Only When I Lose Myself (Dan the Automator Remix)" (4:45)
  2. "Painkiller (Kill the Pain Mix - DJ Shadow vs Depeche Mode)" (6:34)
  3. "Headstar (Luke Slater Remix)" (5:47)
  4. "Surrender (Catalan FC Out of Reach Mix)" (6:55)
  5. "Only When I Lose Myself (Gus Gus Long Play Mix)" (11:21)
  6. "Headstar" (4:23)
  7. "Only When I Lose Myself (Subsonic Legacy Remix)" (7:00)
  8. "Surrender" (6:19)

CD: Reprise / 44546-2 (US)

  1. "Only When I Lose Myself (Dan the Automator Remix)" (4:45)
  2. "Headstar" (4:23)
  3. "Surrender" (6:19)
  4. "Only When I Lose Myself (Subsonic Legacy Remix)" (7:00)
  5. "Headstar (Luke Slater Remix)" (5:47)

CD: Reprise / 44562-2 (US)

  1. "Only When I Lose Myself (Gus Gus Long Play Mix)" (11:21)
  2. "Painkiller (Kill the Pain Mix - DJ Shadow vs Depeche Mode)" (6:34)
  3. "Surrender (Catalan FC Out of Reach Mix)" (6:55)
  4. "Only When I Lose Myself (Gus Gus Short Play Mix)" (5:06)
  5. "World in My Eyes (Safar Mix)" (8:30)

Charts[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format(s) Label(s) Ref.
United Kingdom 7 September 1998 (1998-09-07)
  • 12-inch vinyl
  • CD
Mute [27]
United States 15 September 1998 (1998-09-15) CD [28]

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