Depeche Mode “See You (Extended Version)” 1982…

Depeche Mode “See You (Extended Version)” 1982. Mute Records. Today, July 8th, is DM original member, one-time bassist (back when they went by the name No Romance in China), keyboardist and sort-of manager Andrew Fletcher’s birthday (b. 1961). “See You” in its non-extended variant was Depeche Mode’s fourth single (which went to #6 on the UK charts) and they released it prior to its album version inclusion on their second LP A Broken Frame. “See You” was the first single DM released written by Martin Gore, post-Vince Clarke’s departure from the band. It mixes Gore’s predilection for a gothy synth sound with the band’s Clarke era bright synthpop sound. This 12″ single is quite literally a British import: we just returned from a 10-day trip to London where we hit pretty much every single used record store still in business. I think we got this at one of the Reckless Records locations but I’m not sure. The b-side is the non-album track “Now, This is Fun (Extended Version)” which is also tinged with darkness while still employing a light synthpop dance beat.