Let's face it, DM's music videos did not become truly artful and wondrous until a certain man by the name of Mr. Anton Corbijn took over as director. It all started with A Question Of Time and took off from there, with Anton shooting everything in Black & White (a B&W Mode). "Strange" is a short 30 minute film comprising 5 songs, beginning with AQOT, and continuing thru all the music videos from DM's 1989 album, Music For The Masses (although "Little 15" is strangely missing).
A Question Of Time-I look at the song as simply a tale of misguided youth and the time you have to steer them in the right direction before it's too late. The video takes that idea and gives us a visual look, showing a man on a motorcycle riding along with a baby beside him in the connected passenger car. By the end, he has brought the baby to the members of DM and they all pose with the little tyke who even pulls on Martin's curly blond hair. One could say the message is "follow Depeche Mode and your life will turn out fine", but I think it's a tad more complicated than that.
Strangelove-first single from MFTM, the video takes its time mostly photographing some very beautiful women who walk to and from the camera, as depeche mode, crouching overhead, look on. The woman walking the dog, by the way, is a knockout! See if you can get the symbalism of Dave kicking a vase full of flowers and a woman kicking a giant ball!
Never Let Me Down Again-Musically, Lyrically & Visually Stunning! This is actually the Split Mix verson which incorporates the normal song with a long instrumental ending. Debate all you like about what Martin is writing about here (drugs? homosexuality? or just taking a plane ride with a friend?) the music video will offer you no clues. It instead focuses on Dave, who's looking rather burntout, drinking coffee with an old man, then taking a drive in a little car. Leaving the other DM members behind running around in wheat fields, Dave gets out of the little car and walks along to the point of collapsing to the ground with the other band members picking him up and dragging him away (perhaps an indication of real future events to come), while at the same time leaving his shoes behind. This was the cool part for me (and no, this part is not on the Videos 86>98)..the shoes come to life and start walking around on their own until a man sees the shoes, puts them on, and procedes to enter a small dance club. It's wild! One of my favorites.
Behind The Wheel-this music video is somewhat a continuation of the last, with Dave (now on crutches) walking along a road until he's picked up by a beautiful woman on a scooter, who then takes them both for a drive, with her..behind the wheel, then out for dinner (and more). Dave's little mustache that he wears later in the video makes him look rather French-like. The version on this tape is the album version (which I like much better) and not the single remix version which is on the Videos 86>98.
Pimpf-Martin, inside a little shack, plays this song on the piano as the rest of the band chant outside, attempting to break the shack apart. In a word, strange, but that's why the title of this film is called "Strange".
This is the only Depeche Mode film that is unavailable on VHS. The laserdisc, by the way, was never issued anywhere in the world except Japan, making it the most sought after DM LD. But the question remains, when will Warner Brothers quit fooling around and start releasing more of DMs films on DVD?! I guess it's just "a question of time".
VHS Tape Music videos
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