New Life (song)

"New Life" is the second UK single by Depeche Mode recorded at Blackwing Studios, originally released on 29 May 1981. It was not commercially released in the United States.

"New Life"
Single by Depeche Mode
from the album Speak & Spell
Released13 June 1981
RecordedMay 1981 Blackwing Studios, London
Length3:43 (album version)
3:58 (12" remix)
Songwriter(s)Vince Clarke
Depeche Mode singles chronology
"Dreaming of Me"
"New Life"
"Just Can't Get Enough"

There were two versions of the song available. The 7" version would later become the "album version", as it would eventually appear on the UK version of Speak & Spell, released in October 1981, and a 12" "remix", which differs from the album version, in that it has a different intro, intensely percussive and harder, and an added synth part in the "solo" vocal section in the middle of the song, which is not present on the 7" mix. The "remix" would later appear on the US version of Speak & Spell.

The single became Depeche Mode's breakthrough hit in the UK, peaking at #11. On 25 June 1981, the band performed "New Life" during their debut on the BBC's Top of the Pops. The band would perform the song twice more on the show, on 16 July and 30 July 1981.

The B-side, "Shout!", is the first Depeche Mode song to get a 12" extended remix, called the "Rio Mix". This mix would later appear on the remix compilation Remixes 81–04, released in 2004. It is the earliest recorded song available on the compilation.

Formats and track listingsEdit

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "New Life":

7": Mute / 7Mute14 (UK)

  1. "New Life" – 3:43
  2. "Shout!" – 3:44

12": Mute / 12Mute14 (UK)

  1. "New Life" (Remix) – 3:58
  2. "Shout!" (Rio Mix) – 7:31

CD: Mute / CDMute14 (UK)1

  1. "New Life" (Remix) – 3:58
  2. "Shout!" – 3:44
  3. "Shout!" (Rio Mix) – 7:31

CD: Sire / 40290-2 (US)1

  1. "New Life" (Remix) – 3:58
  2. "Shout!" – 3:44
  3. "Shout!" (Rio Mix) – 7:31



  1. ^ Freeman, John (4 March 2011). "A Question Of Lust: Depeche Mode's Black Celebration Revisited". The Quietus. Retrieved 27 August 2015.

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