Win Nick’s Esteem [Extended]


Thank Fletch it’s Friday.

All of us here at chateau Broadsheet was gutted to hear of the untimely death of founding Depeche Mode synth guru Andy Fletcher.

An enduring icon of the 1980s and a huge influence on the subsequent electro-pop genre, Fletcher’s contribution to music will never be forgotten.

So this week I want to know: what’s your favourite Depeche Mode song and why?

Here’s mine.

Please include video links if possible.

Lines close on Saturday at Midnight.

Last week, thanks to a suggestion by Andy Pipkin, I asked for your least favourite song. You answered in your tens. But there could only be one winner.

Unmutual won my boundless ‘lack of esteem’ with this horror:

Celine Dion • My Heart Will Go On

Unmutual writes:

“Somewhere in the icy depths of the North Atlantic lies the wreck of the Titanic… and if I’m honest and had my way… it’s where this watery dose of sentimental Sonic-Cystitis would be placed for the rest of all time…”

Nick says: Congrats Unmutual and thanks to all who entered.

Last week: Win Nick’s Esteem

Pic: Bunker Vinyl, Cork

43 thoughts on “Win Nick’s Esteem [Extended]

        1. U N M U T U A L

          Cheers Galaxiapolizia.

          Funnily enough, I have pyjamas just like that!

          Bodger and Nick clean up well in fairness… :-)

      1. Slightly Bemused

        A fantastic song, and one of my favourites.

        There was a mildly amusing parody version by DJ Grand Theft, Enjoy the Icehouse, trying to emulate Weird Al Yankovic’s style. Apparently, the lads i Depeche Mode enjoyed it, so I present it as a slightly askew tribute:

  1. Kin

    I used to do a job as a part time DJ in two clubs
    One joys on Baggot street and the other shoestrings on harcourt street both in Dublin
    The joys one was for older customers the other younger but both these wine joints 5 in the morning
    I got so sick of the following ones
    Wind under your wings Bette middler and celine Dion and that one by Jim diamond
    When the punters came up and asked for any of the above 3 I would start crying
    They would say oh my god are you all right
    Then I would say have you been listening to the news
    If they said no I told them I just am too upset to play this song because he or she was just killed in a motorway pile up and I cannot bear to play them
    They then went away
    Mind you bet the next morning they were raging as they scoured the news papers regarding their idols
    These songs were just played to death then some more

  2. Micko

    Congrats Unmutual – bloody Celine (shudder).

    On DM.

    Obv I love the big tunes. But if I had to pick one, it’s probably the song that got me into the band in the first place in the late 90’s. (They totally passed me by in my teens and I had to gleefully revisit their earlier catalogue)

    The video for this one was all over MTV at the time and worked it’s way into my noggin.

    Barrel of a gun…

  3. CapernosityandFunction

    Just Can’t get Enough

    This has been adopted by Nottingham Forest fans as a post-match anthem this year. I hope it will be ringing around Wembley stadium after the Championship play-off final this Sunday. As a Nottingham-born lad I hope Andrew Fletcher would have appreciated it.

  4. Slightly Bemused

    Congratulations, Unmutual. A very unworthy winner, indeed :-)

    Really sorry to hear of the loss of Andy, and indeed Ray Liotta. These things come in threes, they say, so I was also sad to learn of the passing of Miss Tic, the artist who inspired Banksty. One musical, one thespian and one visual artist, muses all.

    I too was going to say Personal Jesus, but I see I was beaten to it, and by The Man in Black’s great version. Testament to a great song, and a great band. So, feeling a little disappointed at not getting there first, I am going to go with what I think is an underrated one of theirs – Never Let Me Down Again

  5. Cú Chulainn

    I’d headed camping to Ballinasloe for the weekend.. I was 16 and went to the disco, met a gorgeous girl, we hit it off straight away, had a great laugh together and when I just can’t get enough came on she snogged me. I had never been snogged like that before. It was amazing. And then she led me outside and beside an old iron farm gate she gave me my first blow job. Expertly. And when she finished she just said, with a glint in her eyes, have you had enough and then, I suppose you’ll buy me a bag of chips so. I just can’t get enough is burned into my soul.

    1. ce

      winner right there… although these days the seagulls would nick the chips, how times have changed…

    2. Fergalito

      Damn you and your stupid sexy teenage high-jinks CC.

      Where was my 16-years of age expertly crafted small town teenage blow job with chips?

      Where, I ask you. Where?

      *pounds fist on table*

      *becomes wistful*

      *maybe sobs, maybe*

      1. Cú Chulainn

        Well, as I was writing that the thought that I should make a point of visiting Galway more often did occur to me. But, events like that were few and far between making it such a memorable experience.

  6. Big Lad

    Every song I know of by Depeche Mode has been entered already.
    I doubt that I’m the only one.

    1. Bodger

      I think Nick allows the same song if chosen for personal reasons. I’ll ask him when he comes back. He’s at the fridge. Imbibing I trust from the carton I purchased earlier.

      1. Nick Kelly

        That was the last of the bainne. Yes, you can choose the same song no problem!

    2. benblack

      You could whip it out and play ‘Reach Out And Touch Me’ on the piano.

      Do your bit for Ukraine.

  7. goldenbrown

    seen them nine times, twice on their last tour

    one of the very best live acts, never disappointing

    song? when it boils down to it has to be….
    “Just Can’t Get Enough [insert obligatory extra naughty word at the 80’s disco]”

    a perfect pop song

    and one of a handful, Lionel, that everyone can name that tune in one for

    RIP Andy Fletcher

  8. Kin

    We have our differences but just listen to this one
    Beethovens victory sympathy by the Berlin philharmonic orchestra with headphones under Herbert Von Karajan
    As a child me granny and me got on like a house on fire regarding music
    This was one of her favourites
    Close your eyes and you are there
    An orchestra that is more visual than a real battle
    Incredible stuff
    You might just like it as you enjoy a glass of whatever mellows you

  9. U N M U T U A L

    Huzzah! You sunk my battleship!

    Thanks Nick for the Esteem, I shall treasure it always…;-) Also Andy for suggesting the theme.

    Thanks too for the congrats.

  10. Mad

    Thanks for a great competition but as all the good songs are picked already I am sitting this one out

      1. Daisy Chainsaw

        Aw bother. I definitely won’t be winning then! Gorgeous song though. You have excellent taste, I must say!!

  11. fluffybiscuits

    I Feel Loved

    I liked their earlier albums but this from Exciter is little played. Stroll into a club and listen to that thumping bass line. Only reached number 12 in the UK Charts. Was said to read of Fletchers passing. There are remixes of this all over the gaff but this stands out

  12. CapernosityandFunction


    This song from the wonderful Violator either describes an aspiration or a fact. Dave Gahan and Martin Gore’s addictions were no secret yet they found it within themselves to shed light on their troubles in this brooding track.

  13. Ben Madigan

    As I’m only a young pup, my introduction to Depeche Mode was the dark driving guitar of the lead single from “Songs of Faith and Devotion” and its accompanying black and white Anton Corbijn video, I was surprised to afterwards discover their electronic 1980s origins.

    I Feel You

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