The Great Commandment (song)

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"The Great Commandment"
Camouflage – The Great Commandment.jpg
Single by Camouflage
from the album Voices & Images
B-side "Pompeji"
Released September 1987
Format Vinyl record (7" and 12"), CD
Genre Synthpop, new wave
Length 4:17 (album version)
3:12 (7" remix)
Label Metronome Records
Writer(s) Heiko Maile, Marcus Meyn and Oliver Kreyssig
Camouflage singles chronology
"The Great Commandment"
"Strangers' Thoughts"

"The Great Commandment" is the debut single from German synthpop band Camouflage, taken from their debut album Voices & Images. The single had originally been recorded three years prior and was re-recorded in 1987,[citation needed] giving Camouflage their only number one dance hit. "The Great Commandment" stayed at the top spot for three non-consecutive weeks.[1] The single became popular on independent stations and crossed over to the mainstream American pop charts, peaking at number fifty-nine in 1988. In their native Germany, "The Great Commandment" went to number fourteen, and reached the top ten in over twenty countries.

Music video[edit]

The music video depicts the band members amongst a crowd of children, who appear to be protesting against a spokesperson of some kind. One of the children discovers a control panel underneath the stage, and proves that the spokesperson is in fact a robot controlled by the mechanism.

Track listings[edit]

The Great Commandment 2.0[edit]

"The Great Commandment 2.0"
Camouflage - The Great Commandment 2.0.jpg
Single by Camouflage
Released 9 April 2001
Format Vinyl record (12"), CD
Recorded 2001
Genre Synthpop
Length 3:55 (radio edit)
Label Polydor
Writer(s) Heiko Maile, Marcus Meyn and Oliver Kreyssig
Camouflage singles chronology
"The Great Commandment 2.0"
"Me and You"

In 2001, Camouflage re-recorded their debut single "The Great Commandment" and released it that year as a comeback attempt at their label's suggestion. Vocals were also re-recorded. The single was produced by London trio "Toy" and drums were provided by Christian Eigner, former tourmate of Depeche Mode. It reached #85 on the charts.

Track listing[edit]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 49. 

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Preceded by
"I Don't Want Your Love" by Duran Duran
"Hustle! (To the Music...)" by The Funky Worm
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
December 10, 1988
December 24-31, 1988
Succeeded by
"Hustle! (To the Music...)" by The Funky Worm
"Get on the Dance Floor" by Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock