As you probably know by now, The Analog Kid lives for b-sides and non-album cuts. In this continuing series, I will share some of my favorite EPs and 12″ singles from over the years in their entirety. And since it’s digital, you don’t have to worry about correctly setting the turntable speed to  or 33⅓ or 45!

“World In My Eyes” was the fourth and final single from Depeche Mode’s Violator album. Every single from Violator contained non-album tracks, and the band may have saved the best for last with the b-sides from “World In My Eyes.” Both “Happiest Girl” and “Sea Of Sin” would have fit beautifully on the Violator album, but were likely excluded due to time constraints.

[Begin rant] Remember when records used to be 40 minutes long and kicked ass from top-to-bottom? All killer. No filler. If you had a few songs left over, you would simply release them as b-sides and fans would cherish them for their uniqueness and collectability. And if a band was really on a creative roll, you could put out a double-album and add some really cool gatefold artwork and it would be considered your artistic masterpiece. Those days are long gone. Thanks to the CD, everybody now feels like they have to make every album 75 minutes long even if half of it is absolute crap. Van Halen’s Diver Down was only 30 minutes long, for crissakes– and half of it was made up of covers. And it still kicked ten thousand times more ass than anything the Red Hot Chilli Peppers have released since 1989. Arrrrrgggghhhhh! Arrrrrgggghhhhh! [End rant]

“World In My Eyes” may have been the lowest-charting single from Violator, but its b-sides (and abundant remixes) made the release a collector’s dream. I have included a few of these rarities as bonus tracks, including the super-rare Daniel Miller remix. Let me take you on a trip…

 

World In My Eyes [U.K. 7_]

Depeche Mode: World In My Eyes [U.K. 7″]

Mute Records, 1990

1. “World In My Eyes [7″ Version]” (Gore)

World In My Eyes [7″ Version]

2. “Happiest Girl [Jack Mix]” (Gore)

Happiest Girl [Jack Mix]

3. “Sea Of Sin [Tonal Mix]” (Gore)

Sea Of Sin [Tonal Mix]

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Bonus Tracks!

The first rule of The Analog Kid blog is that if you write about a song on the Analog Kid blog, you share the song on the Analog Kid blog.

world

Depeche Mode: “World In My Eyes [Daniel Miller Mix]” (Gore)

From a Mute Records promo cassette, 1990

Officially released in 2004 on Disc 3 of Remixes 81-04

World In My Eyes [Daniel Miller Remix]

sensoria

Depeche Mode: “Sea Of Sin [Sensoria Mix]” (Gore)

From the U.K. 12″ World In My Eyes

Mute Records, 1990

Sea Of Sin [Sensoria Mix]

world limited

Depeche Mode: “World In My Eyes [Mode To Joy]” (Gore)

World In My Eyes [Mode To Joy]

Depeche Mode:  “Happiest Girl [Pulsating Orbital Mix]” (Gore)

Happiest Girl [Pulsating Orbital Mix]

Both taken from the U.K. Ltd. Edition 12″ World In My Eyes

Mute Records, 1990

 

Diver Down

Van Halen: “Where Have All The Good Times Gone!” (Davies)

From the album Diver Down

Warner Brothers Records, 1982

Where Have All The Good Times Gone?

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One response »

  1. WTF Pancakes says:

    For the most part, I’m with you on the rant: Make the album the length it needs to be. Over-indulgence makes a great release into a mediocre one with some great moments (almost every 70’s “concept album”, I’m looking at you!).

    That said, if you haven’t already, I implore you to go find the Ambulance, LTD. album and listen to it all the way through. Not the E.P., but the whole thing. Seriously, great songs, start to finish. Money back if you don’t love it.

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