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Enjoy the Silence

"Enjoy the Silence" is a song by English electronic music band Depeche Mode. Recorded in 1989, it was released as the second single from their seventh studio album, Violator (1990), on 5 February 1990.[4] The single is Gold certificated in the US and Germany.[5] The song won Best British Single at the 1991 BRIT Awards.[6] "Enjoy the Silence" was re-released as a single in 2004 for the Depeche Mode remix project Remixes 81–04, and was titled "Enjoy the Silence (Reinterpreted)" or, more simply, "Enjoy the Silence 04".

"Enjoy the Silence"
DepecheModeEnjoyTheSilence.jpg
Single by Depeche Mode
from the album Violator
B-side
  • "Memphisto"
  • "Sibeling"
Released5 February 1990[1]
Format
Recorded1989
StudioPuk (Gjerlev, Denmark) and Logic (Milan)[2]
Genre
Length6:12 (album version)
LabelMute
Songwriter(s)Martin Gore
Producer(s)
Depeche Mode singles chronology
"Personal Jesus"
(1989)
"Enjoy the Silence"
(1990)
"Policy of Truth"
(1990)
Music video
"Enjoy the Silence" on YouTube

BackgroundEdit

Songwriter Martin Gore created a ballad-like first version of the song, which the band took into the studio in 1989. At band member Alan Wilder's insistence, the song was re-worked into the up-tempo version released on the album.[7]

Music videosEdit

Original versionsEdit

The Anton Corbijn-directed music video for "Enjoy the Silence" references the themes and storyline of the philosophical children's book The Little Prince from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Footage of Dave Gahan dressed as a stereotypical king wandering the hillsides of the Scottish Highlands, the coast of Algarve in Portugal and finally the Swiss Alps with a deck chair is intercut with black-and-white footage of the band posing. Brief flashes of a single rose (which is also on the album cover of Violator) appear throughout the scenes.

When Corbijn presented the concept of the video to the band, which at the time was simply "Dave dressed up as a king, walking around with a deck chair", they initially rejected it. They changed their minds, when he explained that the idea was that the King (Dave) represented "a man with everything in the world, just looking for a quiet place to sit"; a king of no kingdom. Andy Fletcher jokes that he favoured the video because "[he] only had to do about an hour's worth of work".

The video uses a slightly different mix of the album version of the song (the most notable difference being a new and extended introduction) that has not been released in any audio format. The final long shots of the king walking through the snow are not Gahan but rather the video's producer, Richard Bell. Gahan had left the set, tired of the cold in Switzerland (recounted by Gahan in the intro to The Videos (86-98) and to the DVD of The Best of Depeche Mode Volume 1).

There are two edited versions of the Corbijn-directed video. One version begins with Andy Fletcher looking towards his right as the song begins. Shots of Dave Gahan dressed as a king singing directly to the camera are intercut with scenes of his walking through the Scottish Highlands, the coast of Portugal and the Swiss Alps. The video ends with Gahan singing the last line, "Enjoy the silence", then putting his finger in front of his lips as if to quiet the viewer.[8] This video is blocked in Japan, Mexico, United States.[9] The second version begins with Martin Gore looking to his right as the song begins. This version omits the shots of Gahan singing directly to the camera. In this version, the only lines Gahan is shown singing are "Words are very unnecessary/They can only do harm." The video ends with Gahan sitting on a deck chair in the snow while the last line, "Enjoy the silence", is sung.[10] There are also differences in the group shots of the band standing together between the two versions.

Promotional videoEdit

On 2 December 1989, "Enjoy the Silence" was performed on live by DEPECHE MODE in the German Peter's Pop Show [11]

On the 19th December 1989, a promotional single for "Enjoy the Silence" was pressed.[12]

In 1990, a promotional video for "Enjoy the Silence" was shot by French TV (for the TV Show "Champs-Élysées" with Michel Drucker) featuring Depeche Mode lip-synching the song while standing on the observation deck atop the South Tower of the original World Trade Center.[13]

Release and receptionEdit

"Enjoy the Silence" was released as a single on 16 January 1990.[14] It was released as a 7-inch and 12-inch vinyl single as well as a cassette and CD single. There are two instrumental B-sides to "Enjoy the Silence". "Sibeling" (the 12" B-side) is a soft piano-tune while "Memphisto" (the 7" B-side) is a darker, eerier track. The title of "Sibeling" refers to Finnish classical composer Jean Sibelius. According to Martin Gore, "Memphisto is the name of an imaginary film about Elvis as a Devil, that I created in my mind", and is a portmanteau of "Memphis" (where Elvis lived at Graceland) and "Mephisto".[15]

Pitchfork Media included the song at number 15 on their Top 200 Tracks of the 90s.[16] In a review, Tim Di Gravina wrote that Enjoy the Silence is one of Depeche Mode's "greatest songs" with a "pristine and lush yet punishing musical environment" and "lyrics of violence and darkness".[17] Di Gravina wrote the song is a "love song" as the narrator seems unable to form loving relationships with anyone, and demands silence from the world as "words are meaningless and forgettable", clashing into his world.[17] The very act of communication where "words are meaningless and forgettable" causes the narrator so much pain, thus leading him to seek silence and to hide himself away as the only form of happiness he can find.[17] Another reviewer, Stephen Gore, noted the juxtaposition on Violator between "Enjoy the Silence" – where the narrator wants silence from the world as words are "like violence" – and the next song "Policy of Truth", which argues that a successful relationship can only be based on lies.[18]

Track listingEdit

7": Cassette: Mute / Bong18, CBong18 (UK)

  1. "Enjoy the Silence" – 4:15
  2. "Memphisto" – 4:02

12": Mute / 12Bong18 (UK)

  1. "Enjoy the Silence (7“ Version)“ – 4:15
  2. "Enjoy the Silence (Hands and Feet Mix/12“ Version)" – 7:18
  3. "Enjoy the Silence (Ecstatic Dub)" – 5:54
  4. "Sibeling" – 3:14

12": Mute / L12Bong18 (UK)

  1. "Enjoy the Silence (Bass Line)" – 7:40
  2. "Enjoy the Silence (Harmonium)" – 2:41
  3. "Enjoy the Silence (Ricki Tik Tik Mix)" – 5:27
  4. "Memphisto" – 4:05

12": Mute / XL12Bong18 (UK)

  1. "Enjoy the Silence (The Quad: Final Mix)" – 15:30

CD: Mute / CDBong18 (UK)

  1. "Enjoy the Silence" – 4:16
  2. "Enjoy the Silence (Hands and Feet Mix 3" Edit)" – 6:41
  3. "Enjoy the Silence (Ecstatic Dub Edit)" – 5:45
  4. "Sibeling" – 3:15
  • released as 3" CD, rereleases as 5" CD

CD: Mute / LCDBong18 (UK)

  1. "Enjoy the Silence (Bass Line)" – 7:40
  2. "Enjoy the Silence (Harmonium)" – 2:41
  3. "Enjoy the Silence (Ricki Tik Tik Mix)" – 5:27
  4. "Memphisto" – 4:05
  • released as 3" CD

CD: Mute / XLCDBong18 (UK)

  1. "Enjoy the Silence (The Quad: Final Mix)" – 15:27

Promo CD: Sire/Reprise / PRO-CD-3976 (US)

  1. "Enjoy the Silence" – 4:18
  2. "Enjoy the Silence (Hands and Feet Mix)" – 7:20
  3. "Enjoy the Silence (Bass Line)" – 7:40

CD: Mute / CDBong18X (EU)

  1. "Enjoy the Silence" – 4:15
  2. "Memphisto" – 4:02
  3. "Enjoy the Silence (Hands and Feet Mix 3" Edit)" – 6:41
  4. "Enjoy the Silence (Ecstatic Dub Edit)" – 5:45
  5. "Sibeling" – 3:15
  6. "Enjoy the Silence (Bass Line)" – 7:42
  7. "Enjoy the Silence (Harmonium)" – 2:41
  8. "Enjoy the Silence (Ricki Tik Tik Mix [Promo Version])" – 5:59
  9. "Enjoy the Silence (The Quad: Final Mix)" – 15:30
  • This CD is the 2004 box set re-release

Promo 12": Mute / P12Bong18 (UK)

  1. "Enjoy the Silence (Bass Line)" – 7:40
  2. "Enjoy the Silence (Ricki Tik Tik Mix [Promo Version])" – 6:41
  3. "Enjoy the Silence" – 4:15

Promo CD: Mute / CDBong18R (UK)

  1. "Enjoy the Silence" – 4:15
  2. "Memphisto" – 4:02

12"/Cassette: Sire/Reprise / 0-21490 / 4-21490 (US)

  1. "Enjoy the Silence (The Quad: Final Mix)" – 15:27
  2. "Enjoy the Silence (Ecstatic Dub)" – 5:54
  3. "Enjoy the Silence (Bass Line)" – 7:40
  4. "Enjoy the Silence (Hands and Feet Mix)" – 7:20
  5. "Memphisto" – 4:05

CD: Sire/Reprise / 21490-2 (US)

  1. "Enjoy the Silence" – 4:15
  2. "Enjoy the Silence (Hands and Feet Mix)" – 7:18
  3. "Sibeling" – 3:15
  4. "Enjoy the Silence (Bass Line)" – 7:40
  5. "Enjoy the Silence (Ecstatic Dub)" – 5:54
  6. "Memphisto" – 4:02
  7. "Enjoy the Silence (Ricki Tik Tik Mix)" – 5:27
  8. "Enjoy the Silence (Harmonium)" – 2:41

Charts and certificationsEdit

Notable cover versionsEdit

Lacuna Coil versionEdit

"Enjoy the Silence"
 
Single by Lacuna Coil
from the album Karmacode
B-side"Virtual Environment"
Released11 July 2006
Format
Recorded2005
GenreGothic metal
LabelCentury Media
Songwriter(s)Martin Gore
Producer(s)Waldemar Sorychta
Lacuna Coil singles chronology
"Our Truth"
(2006)
"Enjoy the Silence"
(2006)
"Within Me"
(2007)
Audio sample
"Enjoy the Silence" from Karmacode

"Enjoy the Silence" is the second single by Lacuna Coil from their album Karmacode. It made the New York Post's Top 100 Cover Songs list.[50]

Music videoEdit

There is a UK version of the video and an international one. Both videos, shot with "Closer" music video on 12 March 2006, came out on June 2006, include the band performing in a dark room, but aside from that the UK version shows live clips of the London Forum show, while the international one shows scenes of a city (Portland, Oregon), the countryside, and a bay.

ChartsEdit

Chart (2006) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart[51] 41
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100)[52] 13
Italian Year-end Singles Charts[53] 1

Track listingsEdit

There are three "volumes" of the single.

Other cover versionsEdit

The only other version to be a hit single in the UK was by Mike Koglin. Slightly re-titled as "The Silence" it reached number 20 in 1998.[54]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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