People Are People (album)

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People Are People
Depeche mode people are people 1984.jpg
Compilation album by
Released2 July 1984
LabelSire, Mute
Depeche Mode chronology
Construction Time Again
People Are People
Some Great Reward

People Are People is a Depeche Mode compilation album released in North America by Sire Records on 2 July 1984.[1][2] Sire sensed it needed a new approach in its release policy since the band's 1983 effort Construction Time Again had failed to chart in the US.

Two of the nine tracks were new to the American audience: the latest single "People Are People" and "Now, This Is Fun", the B-side of the non-American 7" "See You". It was also the first time that the 7" versions of "Leave in Silence" and "Get the Balance Right!" were released in the United States. The album version of "Love, in Itself" was selected for this compilation, but with a "clean" ending, since on Construction Time Again the track fades into "More Than a Party".

The album was released in July 1984 to relatively little notice. It re-entered the charts and sold better, when the title track became a summer hit in 1985.[3] The album later was certified Gold by the RIAA for shipments of half a million copies.[4] Its success led to the release of yet another compilation album in late 1985: Catching Up with Depeche Mode.

The album was originally released on LP and CD with the band name and album name missing from the album cover. These names were then added to the covers for later re-releases.

A poster for the album appears on the bedroom wall toward the end of John Hughes's Weird Science (1985).

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2.5/5 stars[5]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music3/5 stars[6]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide2/5 stars[7]

Allmusic were mixed in their reception to the album, rating the album two and a half stars out of five.[5]

Track listing[edit]

1."People Are People"Some Great Reward3:45
2."Now This Is Fun"See You 7" B-Side3:23
3."Love, in Itself"Construction Time Again4:21
4."Work Hard"Everything Counts 7" B-Side4:21
5."Told You So"Construction Time Again4:27
6."Get The Balance Right!"Non-album single3:13
7."Leave In Silence"A Broken Frame4:00
8."Pipeline"Construction Time Again6:10
9."Everything Counts (In Larger Amounts)"Everything Counts 12"7:20

Release history[edit]

Country Release date
Canada 2 July 1984
United States

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "depeche mode dot com". 1984-07-02. Retrieved 2012-01-11.
  2. ^ "DEPMOD · People Are People · Depeche Mode Discography". 2011-03-24. Retrieved 2012-01-11.
  3. ^ "Billboard Hot 100 - August 3, 1985". Retrieved August 18, 2017.
  4. ^ "RIAA – Searchable Database". Retrieved August 18, 2017.
  5. ^ a b Raggett, Ned. Depeche Mode: People Are People > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 14 June 2011.
  6. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press.
  7. ^ Sheffield, Rob (2004). "Depeche Mode". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 229–30. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.