Endless Loop: Never Let Me Down Again

depechemodeHave you ever had one of those songs that gets stuck in your head for days…weeks…years? Sure you have. These are the songs that always make the cut. The songs on repeat. We all have them. I have a ton. Welcome back to Endless Loop.

“Never Let Me Down Again” by Depeche Mode

Remember that one time when noted white supremacist, neo-Nazi shithead Richard Spencer mentioned that Depeche Mode was his favorite band, and that he considered them the “official band of the alt-right” or some such nonsense?  That was a nightmare, right?  I love Depeche Mode (certainly in my top 10), and I hate to think of something I enjoy being thoroughly corrupted by a bunch of gutless, brainless wretches.  Thankfully the band themselves provided some saving grace by rightly telling Spencer to go fuck himself, and also some hero on the internet gave us this video (which I probably watch once a week or so):

Never forget.

Anyway, there are any and all number of Depeche Mode songs that could easily make their way onto the Endless Loop, but I like to try and branch out with theses entries, attempting not to repeat artists too often, a much more difficult endeavor than I would have ever thought…depending on the band.  But there was just no way I was going to continue writing this column and not bring up “Never Let Me Down Again,” the opening track from the 1987 masterpiece Music for the Masses.

Depeche Mode were really on a roll from the mid 80’s through the early 90’s, a string of excellent albums that raked in both critical and commercial applause, and I’d posit that “Never Let Me Down Again” makes a perfect centerpiece for this stretch of music.  Every aspect of the single finds the band firing on every cylinder, from Martin Gore’s peak era songwriting skill to Alan Wilder’s pulsing synthesizer work to Andy Fletcher’s grooving bass to Dave Gahan’s haunting and powerful baritone.  It really is a singular piece of work, something that sticks in your brain for days, from a band with an uncanny ability to create singular pieces of work.  Listen below and let it propel you.

And then we should all watch this again:

Fuck off Nazis.


Thomas H Williams

Thomas H Williams

From a bunker somewhere in Central Texas, Thomas H. Williams spends most of his time with his wife, his two sons, and his increasingly neurotic dog. He listens to a lot of music, drinks a lot of excellent beers, and gets out from time to time. For even more shenanigans, visit heavenisanincubator.blogspot.com.

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