Very early incarnations of Dreaming Of Me/New Life

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Very early incarnations of Dreaming Of Me/New Life

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Dreaming Of Me

Here is a recording of my former Malicieux Garde bandmate Adam Spector jamming with his cousin Vince Clarke (Depeche Mode, Yazoo, Erasure). Vince is playing drums and singing whilst Adam plays the synths. This was recorded before Composition Of Sound changed their name to Depeche Mode.

The Song "Do I Know You" was written by Adam and was later performed by Malicieux Garde and became a fixture of our live set. You can watch a performance of it here -

You can find another early recording of Vince Clarke and Adam Spector working on what was to become the Depeche Mode hit New Life here -

New Life

Was 'New Life' written by Vince Clarke?

Info from DMlive wiki:

In May/June 2020, one of Vince Clarke's cousins, named Adam Spector, claimed the following on Facebook:(

"My brother Paul Spector wrote the lyrics to this song. He didn't want any or got any credit for it. I remember quite clearly Vince "borrowing" them from him. It's about a Chinese Philosopher. I read a whole page about it in a Depeche Mode book and every word about it was true except who wrote it. Vince's highest qualification is in Woodwork and my brother has a Masters Degree in Philosophy from King's College, London. Vince wouldn't be able to explain what it was about other than what he was told by Paul. I did ask Vince for the original, written lyrics back but he said he'd lost them."

In July 2020, Adam Spector uploaded a version of 'New Life' on YouTube (see the original video for the song here: claiming in the description that his brother Paul wrote the lyrics, with Vince Clarke having written the music. Adam later clarified to DM Live that he was singing vocals in this clip, with Vince playing keyboards. Susan Ryder Paget, who was in the band No Romance In China along with Vince Clarke, posted a comment on Facebook in which she recognizes Vince speaking at the beginning of the recording (seen in the screenshot to the right), and further feels that the ending of the song is characteristic of Vince Clarke's keyboard playing style of the time.

In the 1982-01-22 issue of Smash Hits:

Andy Fletcher: "Words were never Vince [Clarke]'s strong point. As a matter of fact, we were sometimes quite embarrassed by his stuff! We didn't understand a lot of his songs. He’d never tell us what they were about!"

Dave Gahan: "I remember walking through town in Basildon one night and I saw these two girls following along behind me. I knew they'd recognised me. And they start singing, [high-pitched squeak] 'I stand still stepping on a shady street'. And I start walking a bit faster, turns me collar up like this! And then... [wails] 'And I watch that man to a stranger.' And I'm thinking: 'Oh no, this is embarrassing! Do they understand these lyrics?! Perhaps they do and we don't!"

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Re: Very early incarnations of Dreaming Of Me/New Life

Post by mrblue »

This is simply fascinating stuff, thanks for sharing it. The DM Live Wiki site has done a great job of researching and cataloging early DM stuff, and it's amazing that there is still new info and buried tracks coming out after all this time!

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