Nov 062020

‘The Best Covers Ever’ series counts down our favorite covers of great artists.

depeche mode covers

Way back in January, we polled our Patreon supporters to see which 2020 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee they wanted to see get the “Best Covers Ever” treatment. Depeche Mode won, so we started planning our schedule to get it ready in advance of the big induction ceremony on March 24.

Then…you know.

Tomorrow, many months later, the Rock Hall is finally hosting some sort of ceremony – remotely, of course – and we’ve been honoring each artist all week with covers features: Whitney Houston, Notorious B.I.G., The Doobie Brothers, T. Rex, and Nine Inch Nails. Now, many months after we expected to post it, the grand finale: The 25 Best Depeche Mode Covers Ever.

We had a bit of apprehension about this one. Was it just going to be endless covers of “Enjoy the Silence” and “Personal Jesus”? The Cover Me inbox seems to get a new version of one of those two every other day. I needn’t have worried; the Depeche Mode catalog runs far deeper than their two most ubiquitous songs, and many artists have mined the riches. Dive in below.

25. Nouvelle Vague – Just Can’t Get Enough

Nouvelle Vague’s first release was a head-turner for all the right reasons, making easy listening jams out of post-punk classics. The fact that the name “Nouvelle Vague” translates into both new wave and bossa nova puts them right up there with the Beatles for band-name wordplay. The critical consensus was that this project made for a good album, but the critics couldn’t agree on what the best or worst songs were, and some songs were nominated for both. One was “Just Can’t Get Enough,” whose samba sound was too kitschy for some and sounded like a smile to others. In the end, it gets a solid new stamp, and in the cover song game, that’s what makes a real winner. – Patrick Robbins

24. Daroc ft. Dhalia Di Sandro – Behind the Wheel

This one’s an extremely deep cut. Daroc is a French electronic producer with 500 Facebook likes and Dhalia Di Sandro seems to have no online presence beyond her appearance on this one cover, which appeared on an covers compilation from defunct website Buffet Libre in 2008. Nevertheless, it stands among the best Depeche covers out there, updating the electronics for a more modern club context. – Ray Padgett

23. DMK – Everything Counts

Dicken Schrader and his kids, Milah and Korben, recorded a few Depeche Mode covers for the benefit of their family and friends. It was good fun, so they recorded another one, “Everything Counts,” for that same audience. Little did they dream that the video would go viral, getting them millions of views and Depeche Mode themselves as fans. Deservedly so, too – the kids, aged 8 and 5, and their dad use toy instruments, kitchen gadgets, and earnest vocals that convey the joys of fandom and creativity like nothing else. Whether the moniker DMK stands for Dicken Milah & Korben or Depeche Mode Kids, there’s no question these guys are Definitely Major Kickass. – Patrick Robbins

22. Charlotte Martin – Judas

1993’s Songs of Faith and Devotion introduced to the world to the sonic behemoth that was ROCK Depeche Mode, replete with axe shredding, soul-flaying anthems, and the glorious transformation of Dave Gahan into gothic savior lizard king. The album features several of the band’s absolute finest songs, including the ethereal “Judas.” Martin Gore describes the track as “…an arrogant love song. We are not condoning unsafe sex. It is about wanting one hundred percent of someone in a relationship – the ultimate arrogance.”

Since the late ’90s, singer-songwriter-pianist cult hero Charlotte Martin has released a dozen albums and multiple EPs. Her best known foray into the world of covers was 2007’s Reproductions, which featured an eclectic and cool mix of classic alt-rock, evergreen Anglophile faves and recent indie delights. While it’s a damn fine record, “Judas,” one of Martin’s absolute finest covers, was actually recorded two years prior for a tour EP. The first line of the song asks “is simplicity best?” and the answer Martin offers on her take is an emphatic hell yes. The synthesized swooshes and ominous chords of the original are replaced with solo piano and forthright vocalizing from Martin. The result is exquisite. – Hope Silverman

21. Trapt – Policy of Truth

Trapt of “Headstrong” fame starts with a faithful rendition of this song. However, there is some extra escalation in intensity when they start to sing about the policy of truth itself. Heavier electric guitar moments, including the occasional burst of feedback, contrast with the more chipper synth-pop original. – Sara Stoudt

The list continues on Page 2.

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  11 Responses to “The Best Depeche Mode Covers Ever”

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  1. These are the best DM covers:

    Lady Fanny – Never Let Me Down Again
    Friendly Fires – Strangelove
    Penelope Austin – Heaven
    World In My Eyes – Lotte Kestner
    Groove Messangers – I Feel You
    Comatose – Comatose (Comatose Version)
    Herra Terra – Enjoy the Silence
    Agente Naranja – A Pain That I’m Used To
    Blasphemous Rumours
    Cranial Screwtop – New Life
    Eyes Lips Eyes – Halo
    CJ – Policy of truth
    Stevie Ann – Personal Jesus
    Big Nurse – Lie to me
    3 Minute Solution – Personal Jesus
    Charlotte Martin – Judas
    Official Version – Now This Is Fun
    Astyplaz – Walking In My Shoes
    Challenger In Pieces – Personal_Jesus
    Diefenbach – Policy Of Truth
    Gotye – Just Can’t Get Enough (Mothloop Mix)
    Kristy Thirsk – Behind The Wheel
    Marie Frank – It’s No Good
    Moi Caprice – Any Second Now
    Track72 Feat Mark Linn – Monument
    Janita – Enjoy the Silence
    Scala & Kolacny Brothers – Dream On
    Sofian – People Are People

  2. one more:

    Twintapes – Blasphemous Rumours

  3. Monster Magnet-black celebration, super version.

  4. And Marsheaux???

    Marsheaux – My Secret Garden

  5. Vader – I feel you

  6. This list is incomplete without representation from the recently re-released classic, STRANGE LOVE: PM Does DM.

    They’re all terrific but pat’s version of Policy of Truth is my favorite of the record. I think I even prefer it to the original.

  7. Former Human Beings : It’s No Good

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