Favorite "Color" Songs - "Black Celebration"
Colorado Springs, Colorado
August 4, 2017 9:47pm CST
"I want to take you in my arms, forgetting all I couldn't do today." That's my favorite lyric from #2 in my Favorite "Color" Songs series: "Black Celebration" by Depeche Mode. The title track from their 1986 gold (US) album, "Black Celebration" is one of those "written for the fans" songs, in this case, because Depeche Mode fans tended to wear black at their concerts (Guilty! I wore black the first time I saw them.) Although Black Celebration spawned four singles, the title track was not among them (don't worry. Neither was the classic" "Fly on the Windscreen." For some reason. ) It's a perfect example of the darker direction Depeche Mode had hinted at prior to this album. They started as a synth pop band. After Black Celebration, there was no turning back. They shed that synth pop skin in favor of the dark side. And it worked. Black Celebration is my favorite Depeche Mode album. Considering that they have been at it since 1980, and have never released a bad album, that says a lot. There are some great songs on that record: "Fly on the Windscreen," "Stripped," and "A Question of Lust" come to mind. Those are all classic Depeche Mode songs. But so is "Black Celebration." I've seen them twice, 11 years between shows. There's a reason they were still doing "Black Celebration" the second time around. It wasn't a hit, but it's an important song within their catalog. (Info verified by Wikipedia)
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