World in My Eyes

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"World in My Eyes"
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Single by Depeche Mode
from the album Violator
B-side
  • "Happiest Girl"
  • "Sea of Sin"
Released17 September 1990[1]
Studio
  • Puk (Denmark)
  • Logic (Milan, Italy)[2]
GenreSynth-pop[3]
Length
  • 4:26 (album version)
  • 4:00 (edit)
LabelMute
Songwriter(s)Martin Gore
Producer(s)
Depeche Mode singles chronology
"Policy of Truth"
(1990)
"World in My Eyes"
(1990)
"I Feel You"
(1993)

"World in My Eyes" is a song by English electronic music band Depeche Mode. It was released on 17 September 1990 as the fourth and final single from their seventh studio album, Violator (1990). The song peaked at number two in Denmark and Spain, number 17 on the UK Singles Chart, and number 52 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

Background[edit]

"Martin did the demo on his own," recalled Andy Fletcher. "I don't remember it standing out when we heard it then. But somehow, in the studio, it all came together brilliantly… Whenever I'm asked which of our tracks is my favourite, I always say 'World in My Eyes'."[4] Martin Gore also stated that the song is a very positive song. "It's saying that love and sex and pleasure are positive things."[5]

Release[edit]

The "World in My Eyes" single release includes two exclusive B-sides, "Happiest Girl" and "Sea of Sin", which were mixed by François Kevorkian and feature additional production by Alan Friedman. The Jack Mix and Tonal Mix are the main 7" versions respectively, while the 12" versions are Kiss-A-Mix and Sensoria. No "original" versions of either tracks were released, or rather, both mixes serve as the finished versions of the tracks.[citation needed] The cover art for "World in My Eyes" has a photo of one of the band members making a shape similar to that of glasses with their hands.

The 12" mix of "World in My Eyes" is the Oil Tank Mix, which was also mixed by Kevorkian, although it features a large amount of added synth overdubs by Friedman and does not include the chorus or third verse. The 2004 re-release of the EU single includes a longer intro for this mix. On the Limited 12", there are pictures of all four members on the back of the sleeve. This includes two remixes of "World in My Eyes" and one of "Happiest Girl".

Music video[edit]

The music video for "World in My Eyes" was directed by Anton Corbijn. There are two versions; the original version was not originally released to the public until The Videos 86-98. The original music video features some footage from the World Violation Tour, while Dave Gahan and a girl he's with watch it from a drive-in cinema. The alternate version on Strange Too features the band in the car instead, more live footage, and the silent ending with Gahan is longer.

Track listings[edit]

All songs were written by Martin L. Gore.

7-inch, cassette: Mute / Bong20, CBong20 (UK)

  1. "World in My Eyes" – 3:58
  2. "Happiest Girl (Jack Mix)" – 4:57 (remixed by François Kevorkian and Alan Friedman)
  3. "Sea of Sin (Tonal Mix)" – 4:43 (remixed by François Kevorkian and Alan Friedman)

12-inch: Mute / 12Bong20 (UK)

  1. "World in My Eyes (Oil Tank Mix)" – 7:29 (remixed by François Kevorkian and Alan Friedman)
  2. "Happiest Girl (Kiss-A-Mix)" – 6:15 (remixed by François Kevorkian and Alan Friedman)
  3. "Sea of Sin (Sensoria)" – 6:06 (remixed by François Kevorkian and Alan Friedman)

12-inch: Mute / L12Bong20 (UK)

  1. "World in My Eyes (Dub in My Eyes)" – 6:55 (remixed by François Kevorkian and Alan Friedman)
  2. "World in My Eyes (Mode to Joy)" – 6:32 (remixed by Jon Marsh)
  3. "Happiest Girl (The Pulsating Orbital Mix)" – 6:28 (remixed by Dr. Alex Paterson and Thrash)

CD: Mute / CDBong20 (UK)

  1. "World in My Eyes" – 4:00
  2. "World in My Eyes (Oil Tank Mix)" – 6:53
  3. "Happiest Girl (Kiss-A-Mix)" – 5:24
  4. "Sea of Sin (Tonal Mix)" – 3:37
  • The three mixes are shorter because the CD single was planned to be a 3-inch CD and the songs were edited down to fit. However, even after the 3-inch plans were scrapped in favour of a regular CD, the edits were used anyway for the UK release. The German release (Mute INT 826.945), although displaying the same track list, uses the longer versions of these three mixes.

CD: Mute / LCDBong20 (UK)

  1. "World in My Eyes (Dub in My Eyes)" – 6:57
  2. "World in My Eyes (Mode to Joy)" – 6:31
  3. "Happiest Girl (The Pulsating Orbital Vocal Mix)" – 8:01 (remixed by Dr. Alex Paterson and Thrash)
  4. "Sea of Sin (Sensoria)" – 6:07
  5. "World in My Eyes (Mayhem Mode)" – 4:58 (remixed by Jon Marsh)
  6. "Happiest Girl (Jack Mix)" – 4:57

CD: Mute / CDBong20X (EU; 2004)

  1. "World in My Eyes" – 3:58
  2. "Happiest Girl (Jack Mix)" – 4:57
  3. "Sea of Sin (Tonal Mix)" – 4:43
  4. "World in My Eyes (Oil Tank Mix)" – 7:47
  5. "Happiest Girl (Kiss-A-Mix)" – 6:15
  6. "Sea of Sin (Sensoria)" – 6:06
  7. "World in My Eyes (Dub in My Eyes)" – 6:55
  8. "World in My Eyes (Mode to Joy)" – 6:32
  9. "Happiest Girl (The Pulsating Orbital Mix)" – 6:28
  10. "World in My Eyes (Mayhem Mode)" – 4:56
  11. "Happiest Girl (The Pulsating Orbital Vocal Mix)" – 8:01
  • The "Oil Tank Mix" on this CD has a longer intro

CD: Sire/Reprise / 9 21735-2 (US)

  1. "World in My Eyes" – 3:59
  2. "World in My Eyes (Oil Tank Mix)" – 7:29
  3. "Happiest Girl (The Pulsating Orbital Mix)" – 6:28
  4. "Sea of Sin (Tonal Mix)" – 4:44
  5. "World in My Eyes (Mode to Joy)" – 6:32
  6. "Happiest Girl (Jack Mix)" – 4:58
  7. "Sea of Sin (Sensoria)" – 6:07

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1990) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[6] 153
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[7] 46
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[8] 74
Denmark (IFPI)[9] 2
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[10] 15
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[11] 4
France (SNEP)[12] 30
Germany (Official German Charts)[13] 7
Hungary (Single Top 40)[14] 30
Ireland (IRMA)[15] 7
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[16] 49
Spain (AFYVE)[17] 2
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[18] 5
UK Singles (OCC)[19] 17
US Billboard Hot 100[20] 52
US Alternative Airplay (Billboard)[21] 17
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[22] 6
US Dance Singles Sales (Billboard)[23] 3

Notable cover versions[edit]

The Cure covered the song for the 1998 tribute album For the Masses.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Smith, Robin (8 September 1990). "This Week: The Next Seven Days in View - Releases". Record Mirror. p. 32. ISSN 0144-5804.
  2. ^ Cranna, Ian (April 1990), "Insidious", Q Magazine: 77
  3. ^ "500 Greatest Albums of All Time; Depeche Mode, 'Violator'". Rolling Stone. 31 May 2012. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  4. ^ Q, May 2001
  5. ^ "World In My Eyes - Depeche Mode Live Wiki". dmlive.wiki. Retrieved 18 September 2022.
  6. ^ "Response from ARIA re: chart inquiry, received 9 November 2015". Archived from the original on 9 November 2015. Retrieved 9 November 2015 – via Imgur.
  7. ^ "Depeche Mode – World in My Eyes" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 7 April 2020.
  8. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 9136." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 7 April 2020.
  9. ^ "Top 3 Singles in Europe" (PDF). Music & Media. Vol. 7, no. 45. 10 November 1990. p. 17. Retrieved 7 April 2020.
  10. ^ "Eurochart Hot 100 Singles" (PDF). Music & Media. Vol. 7, no. 45. 10 November 1990. p. 16. Retrieved 7 April 2020.
  11. ^ Pennanen, Timo (2006). Sisältää hitin – levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla vuodesta 1972 (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Tammi. ISBN 978-951-1-21053-5.
  12. ^ "Depeche Mode – World in My Eyes" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 7 April 2020.
  13. ^ "Depeche Mode – World in My Eyes" (in German). GfK Entertainment charts. Retrieved 7 April 2020.
  14. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Single (track) Top 40 lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége. Retrieved 21 May 2021.
  15. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – World in My Eyes". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 7 April 2020.
  16. ^ "Depeche Mode – World in My Eyes" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 7 April 2020.
  17. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 978-84-8048-639-2.
  18. ^ "Depeche Mode – World in My Eyes". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 7 April 2020.
  19. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
  20. ^ "Depeche Mode Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 7 April 2020.
  21. ^ "Depeche Mode Chart History (Alternative Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved 7 April 2020.
  22. ^ "Depeche Mode Chart History (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 7 April 2020.
  23. ^ "Depeche Mode Chart History (Dance Singles Sales)". Billboard. Retrieved 22 August 2021.

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