“Enjoy the Silence” is Depeche Mode’s twenty-fourth UK single, released on 5 February 1990, and the second single from the then upcoming album Violator.
As it is one of Depeche Mode’s most well-known songs to date, it has been recorded as a cover version by many other artists, including Breaking Benjamin, Keane, Tori Amos, Lacuna Coil, Nada Surf, scala, Entwine, Failure, It Dies Today, Evergreen Terrace, Tanghetto, The Academy Is… with Cobra Starship, Anberlin, HIM, Matthew Good, Bell X1, Apoptygma Berzerk, and No Use for a Name. Today, many people consider this as Depeche Mode’s signature song.
“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”. The “Reinterpreted” version was remixed by Mike Shinoda, the rapper and producer for the American band Linkin Park.
The single is Gold certificated in the US and Germany.
The song won Best British Single at the 1991 BRIT Awards.
When “Enjoy the Silence” was written by Martin Gore, it was intended to be a slow-paced ballad in C minor; the demo featured a harmonium with Gore singing. Alan Wilder saw hit potential in the track, and composed an upbeat tempo and structure for the song. Despite initial resistance from songwriter Gore, who felt the spirit of the song was not suited to an upbeat track, the rest of the group liked it. After some self-described “sulking”, Gore came around and added more to the embryonic fast version together with producer Mark “Flood” Ellis, notably the guitar riff heard throughout. Depeche Mode lead singer David Gahan contributed his distinctive lead vocals to the track and within hours the band was convinced they had a hit single on their hands. At Gore’s insistence, the demo would later be remade into the “Harmonium” version (available on the limited edition 12″ vinyl and Maxi CD releases), featuring Gore on vocals.


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