Tuesday, January 31, 2012


The thriving metropolis of Oberkorn, Luxembourg
I'm having a bit of an early Depeche Mode phase - currently listening to Construction Time Again (1983) and Music for the Masses (1987). I was talking with my new colleague Dave Huxtable, a proud Essex man, and turns out he knew them quite well when they were starting out. Indeed, he tells me that it was he who titled the atmospheric instrumental flipside of their fifth single, The Meaning of Love. They were on tour in Europe at the time and Dave had gone along with them. Apparently, Mute were pressing for a title of the B-side track and it was Dave who came up with Oberkorn, the tiny Luxembourgian town they were playing in at the time. Fascinating, huh?

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