Black Celebration

By Majbrit Weidemann

Black Celebration was Depeche Mode´s fifth studio album released on 17 March 1986. The album further cemented their darkening sound and Dave Gahan explained in an interview that Black Celebration was “a pretty heavy title,” dismissing rumors that it was anything to do with black magic and clarifying, “It’s actually about how most people in life don’t have anything to celebrate. They go to work every day and then go down the pub and drown their sorrows. That’s what it’s about: celebrating the end of another black day.”

I was introduced to Depeche Mode by my older brother back in the 80ies and Black Celebration was my formal introduction to the band. I immediately found Dave Gahan the embodiment of cool with his emotive voice and tight black jeans, but the music was so much more than just dark lyrics with the mix motorcycle and car engine sounds, it has moments of hope and romance throughout and examines the complexities of vulnerability and trust in navigating matters of the heart.

Depeche Mode remains the most listened to on any playlist I have ever made…

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Dressed in Black

The lyrics of an overlooked favourite….. 

She’s dressed in black again
And I’m falling down again
Down to the floor again
I’m begging for more again
But oh what can you do
When she’s dressed in black

My mind wanders endlessly
On paths where she’s leading me
With games that she likes to play
And words that she doesn’t say
Not when we’re alone
And she’s dressed in black

As a picture of herself
She’s a picture of the world
A reflection of you
A reflection of me
And it’s all there to see
If you only give in
To the fire within

Dressed in black again

Shadows fall onto me
And she stands there over me
And waits to encompass me
I lay here helplessly
But oh what can you do
When she’s dressed in black

Dressed in black again