Song of the Day #1,570: ‘Enjoy the Silence’ – Depeche Mode

The latest Facebook obsession spreading among my friends is SongPop, basically an Internet version of Name That Tune.

What makes the game fun is the wide range of categories from which it culls the songs. You can play rounds centered on ’90s Alternative,’ ‘Love Songs,’ ‘Metal,’ ’80s Hair Bands,’ ‘Melancholy Tunes’ (a personal favorite), ‘Today’s Hits,’ ‘Punk,’ ’60s Collection’ and dozens more.

The category that has intrigued me the most is the ’80s Collection,’ which is made up of the usual fare — the songs you see on those late-night infomercials for Time-Life 10 CD sets (hosted by Jack Wagner, if memory serves).

Perhaps it’s nostalgia fueled by my upcoming 40th birthday, but these 80s songs sound better and better to me. For a decade that’s often treated as a pop culture joke, the 80s produced some excellent music. And more and more, I hear contemporary artists reaching back to these styles.

Back in 2009 (God, have I been writing this blog for that long?!) I did a countdown of 80s songs that had an impact on me. I focused primarily on songs that triggered specific memories or emotions, not necessarily the “best” songs.

Starting today, and lasting for a week or two, I’m going to feature 80s songs I really like as songs, associations be damned. Some of these songs I didn’t even discover until many years after their release.

First up is Depeche Mode’s ‘Enjoy the Silence,’ a truly excellent example of British New Wave in the 80s. I’ve never owned a Depeche Mode album and I don’t recall knowing this song very well when I was younger, but it’s brilliant.

(Note: A quick thanks to my sister, who suggested I look to SongPop for blog inspiration… great idea.)

Words like violence
Break the silence
Come crashing in
Into my little world
Painful to me
Pierce right through me
Can’t you understand
Oh my little girl

All I ever wanted
All I ever needed
Is here in my arms
Words are very unnecessary
They can only do harm

Vows are spoken
To be broken
Feelings are intense
Words are trivial
Pleasures remain
So does the pain
Words are meaningless
And forgettable

All I ever wanted
All I ever needed
Is here in my arms
Words are very unnecessary
They can only do harm

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3 thoughts on “Song of the Day #1,570: ‘Enjoy the Silence’ – Depeche Mode

  1. Dana says:

    Yes, we are all a bit obsessed with SongPop of late.:) I suppose I am to blame as a co-worker kept telling me I needed to try it as it was so addictive. She also said that her boss, David, was unstoppable in the game. She was right on both counts (though I have beaten David a respectable amount of the time)

    The 80′s category was an early favorite and remains a favorite still, unlike modern rap and House recently chosen by Heather. I just picked up One Hit Wonders, which I think will be fun, though I did poorly in my first match.

    Clay and Kerrie are definitely my most formidable opponents, and I am curious if they are playing each other and who is winning those matchups.

    As for today’s song, my soft spot for Duran Duran extends mostly to their hit “Rio.” For the most part, I find their other songs, including this one, just a bit too Euro for my personal taste.

  2. Clay says:

    You, sir, have confused Depeche Mode with Duran Duran.

  3. Amy says:

    Ha! This band should not be confused with Duran Duran, which does not have too “Euro” a sound (though I agree with Dana’s depiction of today’s SOTD). This one was not on my radar at all in the 80′s, though most of the Song Pop selections are as familiar as a favorite pair of jeans. As for your overall observation, I think with most art forms, some passage of time is required to recognize whether the song/film/book is just a fleeting enjoyment or will have a more lasting appeal. I look forward to seeing which of these gems you choose to feature over the next couple of weeks. And you’re welcome for the idea ;) (though please don’t feature songs from that Melancholy category!! I couldn’t believe they had created a category just for you :)

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