Policy of Truth

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"Policy of Truth"
Single by Depeche Mode
from the album Violator
B-side "Kaleid"
Released 7 May 1990
Recorded May 1989–January 1990;
(Puk Studios, Denmark)
(Logic Studios, Milan)[1]
Length 4:55
Label Mute
Writer(s) Martin Gore
Depeche Mode singles chronology
"Enjoy the Silence"
"Policy of Truth"
"World in My Eyes"
Cover for "Policy of Truth" 12" Limited Edition
Violator track listing
"Enjoy the Silence"
"Policy of Truth"
"Blue Dress"
The Singles 86>98 (CD1) track listing
"Enjoy the Silence"
"Policy of Truth"
"World in My Eyes"

"Policy of Truth" is a song by English electronic band Depeche Mode, released in May 1990 as the third single from their seventh studio album Violator (1990). Although the song was less successful than the first two singles before, it is the only Depeche Mode single to chart higher on the Billboard Hot 100 (#15) than on the UK Singles Chart (#16), as well as peaking at number two on the American dance charts.[2] It also became the band's second chart-topper on the Modern Rock Tracks chart.


François Kevorkian mixed a new single version for the release, extending it slightly while lowering the tempo, and also making Dave Gahan's vocals more prominent. He also mixed the Beat Box Mix (the 12" version of the single mix) and the Pavlov's Dub.

The Trancentral Mix is by The KLF, a popular Acid House band at that time and one of only 3 occasions they did remix work for other artists (the other being So Hard and its B-side "It Must Be Obvious" by the Pet Shop Boys and "What Is Dub?" by Moody Boys).

The "Capitol Mix" uses the sample "I want to tell you my side of the case" from the Checkers speech by Richard Nixon.

A version of "Kaleid" was used as intro music for Depeche Mode's World Violation Tour in 1990.

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Policy of Truth" is directed by Anton Corbijn and appears on the VHS collection Strange Too.

Cover versions[edit]

"Policy of Truth" has been covered by the following bands:

  • The Ohio Industrial band Disown,on their 2005 release "Requiem of One".
  • German rock band Terry Hoax, in 1992.
  • Melodious Thunk, on their 2000 release Ye Olde Thunke CDe.
  • Dishwalla, on the Depeche Mode cover album For the Masses.
  • South African band 16Stitch, on their album "The Collapse Of Air".
  • New York-based rock band Black N Blues, on their album "Volume One".
  • Uruguayan band Rey Toro, on their first album "Reytoro".
  • The Latvian band Mary Jane, covered live extensively from 2000 through 2002.
  • Sylvain Chauveau, for "Down to the Bone - An Acoustic Tribute to Depeche Mode" with Ensemble Nocturne.
  • American Rock band Trapt.
  • Italian Industrial metal band Rublood, on their first album "Star Vampire" in 2013.

Track listings[edit]

7", Cassette: Mute / Bong19, CBong19 (UK)[edit]

  1. "Policy of Truth" (5:10)
  2. "Kaleid" (4:17)

12": Mute / 12Bong19 (UK)[edit]

  1. "Policy of Truth [Beat Box Mix]" (7:13) (remixed by François Kevorkian)
  2. "Policy of Truth [Capitol Mix]" (8:00) (remixed by François Kevorkian)
  3. "Kaleid [When Worlds Mix]" (5:22) (remixed by Daniel Miller and George Holt)

12": Mute / L12Bong19 (UK)[edit]

  1. "Policy of Truth [Trancentral Mix]" (5:55) (remixed by The KLF)
  2. "Kaleid [Remix]" (4:36) (remixed by Bruce Smith and Sean Oliver)
  3. "Policy of Truth [Pavlov's Dub]" (6:02) (remixed by François Kevorkian)

CD: Mute / CDBong19 (UK)[edit]

  1. "Policy of Truth [Beat Box Mix Edit]" (6:31)
  2. "Policy of Truth [Capitol Mix]" (8:00)
  3. "Kaleid [Remix]" (4:36)

CD: Mute / LCDBong19 (UK)[edit]

  1. "Policy Of Truth" [Trancentral Mix] (6:00)
  2. "Kaleid" [When Worlds Mix] (5:22)
  3. "Policy Of Truth" [Pavlov's Dub] (5:51)
  4. "Policy Of Truth" [7" Version] (5:08)
  5. "Kaleid [7" Version] (4:16)

CD: Mute / CDBong19X (EU)[edit]

  1. "Policy of Truth" (5:10)
  2. "Kaleid" (4:17)
  3. "Policy of Truth [Beat Box Mix]" (7:13)
  4. "Policy of Truth [Capitol Mix]" (8:00)
  5. "Kaleid [When Worlds Mix]" (5:22)
  6. "Policy of Truth [Trancentral Mix]" (5:55)
  7. "Kaleid [Remix]" (4:36)
  8. "Policy of Truth [Pavlov's Dub]" (6:02)

This CD is the 2004 re-release

CD: Sire/Reprise / 9 21534-2 (US)[edit]

  1. "Policy of Truth" (5:10)
  2. "Policy of Truth [Capitol Mix]" (8:00)
  3. "Policy of Truth [Beat Box Mix]" (7:13)
  4. "Kaleid [Remix]" (4:36)
  5. "Policy of Truth [Pavlov's Dub]" (6:02)
  • "Pavlov's Dub" is mislabeled on the Sire/Reprise version's cover art as the "Trancentral Mix"

Released 22 May 1990

All songs written by Martin L. Gore


Chart (1990) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[3] 143
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[4] 21
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[5] 11
France (SNEP)[6] 31
Germany (Official German Charts)[7] 7
Ireland (IRMA)[8] 11
Italy (FIMI)[9] 5
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[10] 37
Polish Singles Chart[11] 1
Spain (AFYVE)[12] 7
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[13] 20
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[14] 12
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[15] 16
US Billboard Hot 100[16] 15
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play[16] 2
US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks[16] 1

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Cranna, Ian (April 1990), "Insidious", Q magazine: 77 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 76. 
  3. ^ "Australian (ARIA) chart positions outside the top 100 provided by ARIA, through response to chart inquiry (submitted to charts.mail@aria.com.au) received 5 June 2015". imgur.com. Retrieved 29 July 2015. 
  4. ^ "Ultratop.be – Depeche Mode – Policy of Truth" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  5. ^ Pennanen, Timo (2006). Sisältää hitin - levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla vuodesta 1972 (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Tammi. ISBN 978-951-1-21053-5. 
  6. ^ "Lescharts.com – Depeche Mode – Policy of Truth" (in French). Les classement single.
  7. ^ "Musicline.de – Depeche Mode Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 23 February 2015. . Irishcharts.ie. Retrieved 28 March 2011.
  9. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Depeche Mode – Policy of Truth". Top Digital Download.
  10. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Depeche Mode search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  11. ^ "Polish Singles Chart |". 
  12. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  13. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Depeche Mode – Policy of Truth". Singles Top 100.
  14. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Depeche Mode – Policy of Truth". Swiss Singles Chart.
  15. ^ "Archive Chart: 1990-05-26" UK Singles Chart.
  16. ^ a b c "Depeche Mode > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved 5 May 2009.

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