Many of my SAPper friends are Depeche Mode fans. As am I. I often wonder whether the song lyrics are a subliminal way for my friends to express exasperation about delivering technology that customers want. Try this for size:
@dahowlett you could also try the customer angle with “Walking in my shoes”
— Michael Koch (@pixelbase) July 12, 2013
But then such analysis would be far too superficial.
Depeche Mode was formed in 1980. They made a string of stonking albums in the 1980s through the early 90s that cemented their position as a world class act. In the process and like many acts beforehand, they lost key creative members and ended up looking fragile. Somehow they survived and continue apace into the 21st century. They have a great front man in Dave Gahan, ably supported by Martin Gore. Both are looking slightly grizzled these days. But who wouldn’t after 30 plus years of striding the world, stoking the creative juices leading the rock and roll life style. What may not be so well known is that Andy ‘Fletch’ Fletcher has done a solid job keeping the books and keeping them afloat.
The last 15 years, DM have successfully traded off past glory. They’ve tried to re-invent themselves with new material which has largely proven unsuccessful – at least to my ears. With the possible exception of In Chains. But…they still anticipate filling stadia. They still enjoy a loyal following that love to hear the 1980′s material. Some say they are gaining a new generation audience. Maybe that’s down tho the fact the band doesn’t worry about others remixing its stuff or finding numerous copies of concerts on YouTube.
Whatever happens, one day that audience will start to fade away.
I leave it to others to figure out where there may be interesting similarities…or not.
In the meantime – play that 24 year old tune again…I’m on for the next live gig.
PS – as to the title? Everything counts…in large amounts
Disclosure: SAP is a premier partner