People Are People

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"People Are People"
Single by Depeche Mode
from the album Some Great Reward
B-side"In Your Memory"
Released12 March 1984
FormatVinyl record (7" and 12")
CD (1991 box set)
RecordedJanuary 1984
Hansa Mischraum, Berlin
GenreSynthpop,[1] industrial music,[2] new wave
Length3:43 (7"/single version)
3:52 (album version)
7:11 (12" version)
LabelMute Records
Writer(s)Martin Gore
ProducerDepeche Mode, Daniel Miller, and Gareth Jones
CertificationGold (RIAA)[3]
Silver (BPI)[4]
Depeche Mode singles chronology
"Love, in Itself"
(1983)
"People Are People"
(1984)
"Master and Servant"
(1984)
 
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"People Are People"
Single by Depeche Mode
from the album Some Great Reward
B-side"In Your Memory"
Released12 March 1984
FormatVinyl record (7" and 12")
CD (1991 box set)
RecordedJanuary 1984
Hansa Mischraum, Berlin
GenreSynthpop,[1] industrial music,[2] new wave
Length3:43 (7"/single version)
3:52 (album version)
7:11 (12" version)
LabelMute Records
Writer(s)Martin Gore
ProducerDepeche Mode, Daniel Miller, and Gareth Jones
CertificationGold (RIAA)[3]
Silver (BPI)[4]
Depeche Mode singles chronology
"Love, in Itself"
(1983)
"People Are People"
(1984)
"Master and Servant"
(1984)

"People Are People" is Depeche Mode's 10th UK single recorded at Hansa Mischraum in Berlin, and released on 12 March 1984. It was their first hit single in the US and the first single from the Some Great Reward album.

About[edit]

"People Are People" was written by Martin Gore, but the dancy, pop feel of the song may be credited to Alan Wilder. Wilder wrote the B-side, "In Your Memory". Each song has an extended remix, the "Different Mix" and the "Slik Mix" respectively (although the "In Your Memory" mix is often incorrectly called the "Slick Mix").

The Clive Richardson-directed "People Are People" video was released in 2 versions. The original video was made for the single version, but an alternate video was made with the "Different Mix". The music video featured footage of various war scenes, mixed with footage of the band aboard the HMS Belfast. The "Different Mix" video appears on Some Great Videos.

Despite "People Are People"'s success, Martin Gore considers it as one of his least favourite songs. He prefers his songs to have subtle metaphors to allow people to find their own meanings to his songs, and feels "People Are People" does not fit that description[citation needed]. It has not been played live since 1988.[5]

Album release[edit]

A compilation album titled People Are People was released in the US, featuring several songs not previously available. The single itself was released in the USA on 11 July 1984, though it did not reach the Billboard Hot 100 chart until May 1985, and initially was played only on modern rock and college radio. The single would eventually peak at #13. In the UK, the single reached #4, which was at the time the band's highest singles chart position in their homeland. Since then, "Barrel of a Gun" (1997) and "Precious" (2005) have also reached #4 in the UK.

In West Germany the song was a #1 hit and was used as the theme to West German TV's coverage of the 1984 Olympics, alluding to East Germany's participation in the Soviet-led boycott of the games. It was also used as the theme song of the 1990s BBC Children's factual TV series, It'll Never Work.

In 2011 the song was included on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's list of the "500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll".[6]

Track listings[edit]

Depeche Mode version[edit]

7": Mute / 7Bong5 (UK) & Sire / 7-29221 (US)[edit]

  1. "People Are People" – 3:43
  2. "In Your Memory" – 4:01

12": Mute / 12Bong5 (UK)[edit]

  1. "People Are People (Different Mix)" – 7:11
  2. "In Your Memory (Slik Mix)" – 8:12

12": Mute / L12Bong5 (UK)[edit]

  1. "People Are People (On-USound Mix)" – 7:30 (remixed by Adrian Sherwood)
  2. "People Are People" – 3:43
  3. "In Your Memory" – 4:01

12": Sire / 0-20214 (US)[edit]

  1. "People Are People (Different Mix)" – 7:11
  2. "People Are People (On-USound Mix)" – 7:30
  3. "In Your Memory" – 4:01

"In Your Memory" is falsely labeled as the "Slik Mix Edit"

CD: Mute / CDBong5 (UK)[edit]

  1. "People Are People" – 3:43
  2. "In Your Memory" – 4:01
  3. "People Are People (Different Mix)" – 7:11
  4. "In Your Memory (Slik Mix)" – 8:12

Charts[edit]

Chart (1984–1985)Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[7]25
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[8]6
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[9]3
Belgium (VRT Top 30 Flanders)[10]3
Canada (RPM 100 Singles)[11]15
France (SNEP)[12]48
Germany (Media Control AG)[13]1
Ireland (IRMA)[14]2
Italy (FIMI)[15]21
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[16]10
Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100)[17]8
Norway (VG-lista)[18]10
Poland (Polish Singles Chart)[19]2
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[20]15
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[21]4
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[22]4
US Billboard Hot 100[23]13
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play[23]44
US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales[23]44
Chart (2013)Peak
position
France (SNEP)[24]155
Preceded by
"Big in Japan" by Alphaville
German Media Control Charts number-one single (Depeche Mode version)
27 April 1984 – 11 May 1984
Succeeded by
"Send Me an Angel" by Real Life

Cover versions[edit]

"People Are People" was first covered by the German artist Götz Alsmann in 1985, by A Perfect Circle on their anti-war album eMOTIVe, Dope on their 2005 album American Apathy, and by RuPaul on his 2004 album Red Hot. RuPaul's version, which features Tom Trujillo, was released as a retail single on 26 January 2006, peaking at #10 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart. Christian techno/alternative band Code of Ethics also remade the single in 2008 on their "Lost in Egypt" disc. German industrial gothic metal band Atrocity also recorded a cover version of the song for their 2008 covers album Werk 80 II, a collection of 1980s tracks recorded in their style. Recently, Jason Derulo sampled the song for his debut album on the song "After Midnight." Independent Memphis rapper Cities Aviv also has also sampled "People are People" on the song "Die Young" from his 2011 album Digital Lows.

RuPaul version[edit]

"People Are People (The RuMixes)"
Single by RuPaul
from the album ReWorked
Released26 January 2006
FormatCD
Recorded2004
GenreDance
LabelRuCo
ProducerRuPaul and Tom Trujillo
RuPaul singles chronology
"Workout"
(2005)
"People Are People (The RuMixes)"
(2006)
"Call Me Starrbooty" (2007)
Music video
"People Are People" on YouTube

CD: RuCo / 001-5 (US)[edit]

  1. "People Are People (Craig C. Radio)" – 4:42
  2. "People Are People (Giuseppe D's Rutroactive Club) – 8:20
  3. "The Price of One (Craig C. Ru Edit)" – 6:43
  4. "People Are People (Craig C. Main Vocal)" – 8:01
  5. "The Price of One (Craig C.'s Mo' Trippin' Dub)" – 10:02
  6. "People Are People (Goodandevil)" – 3:42
  7. "People Are People (DJ Record Player's SSSnakin' Breakin')" – 7:11
  8. "The Price of One (Craig C.'s Mo' Trippin' Beats)" – 2:41
  9. "People Are People (Craig C. Dub)" – 8:01
  10. "I Just Can't Wait (Till Christmas)" – 2:42

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2004)Peak
position
US Hot Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[25]10

References[edit]

  1. ^ Danyel Smith, ed. (2001). Billboard 19 may 2001. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. ISSN 0006-2510.  "Although the band is wisely continuing to mine the searing synth-pop sound that sparked a string of hits ("Just Can't Get Enough," "People Are People,...")"
  2. ^ Stewart Mason. "People are people review on Allmusic". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 23 June 2013.  ""People Are People" was the single that introduced Depeche Mode's next-level sound as the group that made industrial music (à la Einsturzende Neubauten or Test Dept.)"
  3. ^ "RIAA - Gold & Platinum Searchable Database". RIAA. RIAA.com. Retrieved 26 August 2010. 
  4. ^ BPI Website. BPI.co.uk. Retrieved 26 August 2010
  5. ^ http://www.setlist.fm/stats/songs/depeche-mode-73d6b235.html?song=People+Are+People&artist=73d6b235
  6. ^ "Experience The Music: One Hit Wonders and The Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll - The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum". The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. Rockhall.com. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  7. ^ BeansterBarnes. "Forum - ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts - CHART POSITIONS PRE 1989". ARIA. Australian-charts.com. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "Depeche Mode – People Are People – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 22 July 2013.
  9. ^ "Ultratop.be – Depeche Mode – People Are People" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 22 July 2013.
  10. ^ "People Are People - DEPECHE MODE". VRT (in Dutch). Top30-2.radio2.be. Retrieved 25 July 2013.  Hoogste notering in de top 30 : 3
  11. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 43, No. 2, September 21, 1985". Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  12. ^ "InfoDisc : Tous les Titres par Artiste". Dominic DURAND / InfoDisc (in French). InfoDisc.fr. 22 July 2013. Retrieved 22 July 2013.  You have to use the index at the top of the page and search "Depeche Mode"
  13. ^ "Depeche Mode - People Are People". Charts.de. Media Control. Retrieved 22 July 2013.
  14. ^ "The Irish Charts - All there is to know". IRMA. Retrieved 22 July 2013.  Only result of the 2nd page when searching "People are people"
  15. ^ "Indice per Interprete: D". HitParadeItalia (in Italian). Creative Commons. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  16. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Depeche Mode - People Are People search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 22 July 2013.
  17. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Depeche Mode – People Are People" (in Dutch). Mega Single Top 100. Retrieved 22 July 2013.
  18. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Depeche Mode – People Are People". VG-lista. Retrieved 22 July 2013.
  19. ^ "PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE - Depeche Mode". Nowe Media, Polskie Radio S.A. LP3.polskieradio.pl. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  20. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Depeche Mode – People Are People". Singles Top 60. Retrieved 22 July 2013.
  21. ^ "Depeche Mode – People Are People – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 22 July 2013.
  22. ^ "Archive Chart" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 22 July 2013.
  23. ^ a b c "Depeche Mode awards on Allmusic". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  24. ^ "Lescharts.com – Depeche Mode – People Are People" (in French). Les classement single.
  25. ^ "RuPaul Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play for RuPaul. Retrieved 29 January 2011.

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