2 for the price of 1 this time — I found these gigs and couldn’t resist trying to restore them. Depeche Mode just before they hit the big time. The 1981 gig is a real gem — a gig 2 weeks after New Life, their first single to breach the charts, was released. Guessing this was a soundboard recording, its polished up really well — an exciting, raw performance with nothing but a reel to reel tape recorder and analogue synths. And if you ever wondered how Just Can’t Get Enough would sound, starting with a bossa nova rhythm…well, you came to the right place!

Its rather short so I broadcast it along with an even earlier gig I found, one of their gigs from the Bridgehouse in London from October 1980 — several months before the release of their first single, «Dreaming of Me». This one is an audience recording and had been «restored» by someone already to remove tape hiss — not too well. So while I was able to make it pretty listenable, its not the same audio standard as the main show, hence it being a bonus here and not the main show. Even so, its fascinating and still entertaining to hear DM play several unreleased tracks and early versions of other songs which would become well known later.

Playlists
Croc’s, Rayleigh, Essex, 27 June 1981
Television Set
Dreaming of Me
Big Muff
New Life
Boys Say Go!
Tora! Tora! Tora!
The Price of Love
Just Can’t Get Enough
Photographic

Bridgehouse, London, 30 October 1980
Big Muff
Ice Machine
The Price of Love
Dreaming of Me
New Life
Television Set
Tomorrow’s Dance
Reason Man
Photographic

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