Saturday, 15 November 2008

Cover Stories Vol. 1: Never Let Me Down Again


Original version: Depeche Mode
Album: Music for the Masses (1987)

The Music Video
Rare Music Video - Depeche on the Beach
Live Version on You Tube
More Info about the song
The Song Meanings

About the original version:

Mixing beautifully synthetized electric guitars, luminous piano, electronic effects and rich melodies, Never Let Me Down Again close the door of Depeche Mode's teenager's obsessive bedroom. This song is thrilling, intense, romantic, fresh and opened to the world without making lose a bit of the contained darkness of the band.


  • Once a Strawberry Switchblader,now a soloartist. Her version of "Never let me down again" is a straightforward version with a bit more pop-feeling than the original. And she ends the song in a personal way. Nice and easy to the ear.
From the Album: Goth Electro Tribute To Depeche Mode (2005)
  • A gothic rock band formed in 1986 from the splinters of the freshly-dissolved rock band The Sisters of Mercy. It was started by frontman Wayne Hussey and Craig Adams. Aside from Hussey, the line-up has changed several times during the years, and the band has been dusted up from a state of dormancy once or twice. There a many who thinks that their version of "Never Let Me Down Again" is the definitive cover-version of the DM-song. It's a real rocker, dark and moody in a way that reflects the lyric excellent. A killer version, no doubt!
From the album: Aural Delight (2002)
Live Version from You Tube

  • A nu metal band from Stuttgart, Germany. They reached their peak of popularity with their album The World Is Ours, released in 2000; the videos for singles "Here Comes The Pain" and "If You Ever Leave Me Standing" were put into heavy rotation by German alternative music channels. Their version of "Never let me down again" is a twee bit on the heavy side, but there is some nice vocals by Anneke van Giersbergen from The Gathering. That kind of saves the song a bit.
From the Album: Countrified (1995)
IMPRUDENCE "Never Let Me Down Again"
  • I don't know anything about these guys except that this version is from their first, and as far as I know, only album "Road to Nowhere" and thet they are from Minsk in Belarus. A strange version mostly because the arrangement not very far from the original, but the vocal is pure Death metal, with a touch of a soft angel backing at the end of the song.
From the Album: Road to Nowhere (2003)
BLAZED UP "Never Let Me Down Again"
  • Got even less information on Blazed Up. Some info tells me they are from Germany, and was making a cover of the DM-song back in 1995. A kind of post-punk version. But when they come to the bridge, the vocalist tends to forget that he is in a punk-band and he sound for a little while like a bad heavy metal-vocalist. A bit fun, and a bit boring, depending on your taste.
From the Album: Punk Chartbusters, Vol. 1 (1995)



1 comment:

Lanark said...

When I saw that there was a cover version by The Farmers Boys, I thought you meant the band from Norfolk who recorded 'Muck It Out', 'With These Hands' and "More Than a Dream". Do you know that none of their albums have ever been released on CD? Criminal, I know.