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"Stripped" is a song by British electronic music band Depeche Mode. It was released as the lead single from their fifth studio album, Black Celebration (1986), on 10 February 1986, through Mute Records. Written by the band's lead songwriter Martin Gore, "Stripped" has been described as an "ominous and intriguing pop song". It incorporates different samples into its instrumental; most notably, the sound of an idling Porsche engine was taken, altered slightly, then used as a percussive element. It was the band's sixth consecutive single to enter the UK Top 20, peaking at number 15. Elsewhere, it peaked at number 4 in Germany and reached the top 10 in Finland, Sweden, and Switzerland. German metal band Rammstein later covered the song for the 1998 Depeche Mode tribute album For the Masses. Despite having a controversial music video, it would go on to peak at number 14 in Germany and receive praise from Depeche Mode band members. 


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Depeche Mode

Depeche Mode ( /dɨˈpɛʃ/) are an English electronic music band formed in 1980 in Basildon, Essex. The group's original line-up consisted of Dave Gahan (lead vocals, occasional songwriter since 2005), Martin Gore (keyboards, guitar, vocals, chief songwriter after 1981), Andy Fletcher (keyboards) and Vince Clarke (keyboards, chief songwriter 1980–81). Clarke left the band after the release of their 1981 debut album, Speak & Spell, and was replaced by Alan Wilder (keyboards, drums, occasional songwriter) with Gore taking over songwriting. Wilder left the band in 1995; Gahan, Gore, and Fletcher have since continued as a trio. more »

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Song Creation
"Stripped" was created in 1986 and is one of the most known songs of the iconic British band Depeche Mode.
Album History
The song is part of the band's fifth studio album called "Black Celebration," widely seen as a pioneering album within the synth-pop genre.
Song Meaning
The lyrics of "Stripped" speak of a desire to break through the superficial and explore the unmapped territories of one's nature, effectively "stripping" down to the essence of a person.
Single Release
"Stripped" was released as the album's lead single on 10 February 1986. It became Depeche Mode's 15th UK single.
Chart Performances
The song peaked at number 15 in the UK singles chart. It was successful in several other countries, including West Germany, where it reached number 4.
Cover Versions
German rock band Rammstein, well-known for their love of Depeche Mode, has covered the song "Stripped" — their version also garnered significant success in the mid-'90s.
Unique Sound Elements
The song includes some unique sound elements, such as the sound of an idling motorcycle engine, which was sampled and incorporated by the band to add a robust and industrial feel to the song.
Song Composition
"Stripped" is written by the band's primary songwriter, Martin Gore, whose lyricism has been praised for its probing depth and existential themes.
Music Video
The music video for "Stripped" was directed by Peter Care and depicts the band members playing with various burning objects in what appears to be an auto salvage yard. It has since become one of their most iconic visuals.
Vocal Style
The song features the band's characteristic use of Dave Gahan's baritone vocals, mixed with Martin Gore's higher pitched vocal sections. The band's creative use of harmony and counterpoint has helped make the song a fan favorite.
Live Performances
"Stripped" has been performed in most Depeche Mode tours since its release, proving its enduring popularity with fans and the band itself.
Song Interpretation
Interpretations of the song conclude that "Stripped" represents a shift in style for the band, as they began to preference darker, more complex themes and instrumentation over their earlier, poppier sound.

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