101 (album)

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101 - Depeche Mode.jpg
Live album by Depeche Mode
Released 13 March 1989 (1989-03-13)
Recorded Rose Bowl (Pasadena)
18 June 1988
Genre Synthpop, new wave
Length 95:45
Label Mute
Sire (US/Canada)
Producer Depeche Mode
Depeche Mode chronology
Music for the Masses
Singles from 101
  1. "Everything Counts (Live)"
    Released: 13 February 1989
101 (DM Video).jpg
Video by Depeche Mode
Released 1989/2003
Recorded 18 June 1988
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
Genre Synthpop, industrial
Length 117:00
Label Mute
Director D. A. Pennebaker
Depeche Mode chronology
Strange Too
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3.5/5 stars[3]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music2/5 stars[4]

101 is a live album and documentary by the English electronic band Depeche Mode released on 13 March 1989 chronicling the final leg of the band's 1987/1988 Music for the Masses Tour and the final show at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena which was held on 18 June, 1988.[5][6]

Band member Alan Wilder is credited with coming up with the name; the performance was the 101st and final performance of the tour (and coincidentally also the number of a famous highway in the area). The film was directed and produced by D.A. Pennebaker.

Film history and development[edit]

The band's original concept for the film was going to be about how Depeche Mode "fit into" the 1980s. After discussions with an "experienced director," they came to the conclusion that the (unnamed) choice was going to do something "too glossy" and that they wanted to present something more nuanced & interesting. At this point, they reached out to renowned documentary filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker. [7] He accepted, but discarded their initial concept, feeling that it was "impossible to examine in an entertainingly cinematic fashion"[7]

Ultimately, the film focused on what Depeche Mode considered to be their strongest selling point - their live performance - as well as capturing the spirit of their fan base.[8] Notably, the film prominently features a group of young fans travelling across America as winners of a "be-in-a-Depeche Mode-movie-contest," which culminates at the band's landmark concert at the Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena.[8]

Much to the chagrin of fans, the film does not depict the full Rose Bowl concert, but instead shows interspersed snippets of the band, the "bus kids" and live performances recorded throughout the tour. The 2003 DVD reissue included more concert footage, but as Pennebaker was "shooting a documentary, not a concert film," a complete record of the Rose Bowl concert does not exist.[9]

Pennebaker used his direct cinema approach, which he described as "letting the camera run as unobtrusively as possible, thereby encouraging events to unfold on their own. ... You edit more and the film changes every three days, but [the band] were very nice and patient about it."[7]

Pennebaker admitted there was a similarity between Depeche Mode and some of the other artists he'd filmed before (Bob Dylan and David Bowie): "I found the audience very rapt; they were there for that band. Not any band would do. I got the feeling that maybe there was no other band they'd ever go out for again in that assemblage, and it made me take that audience fairly seriously."[7]

Due to the prominence of the "bus kids" in the film, it is widely considered to be the impetus for the "reality" craze that swept MTV in the following years, including The Real World and Road Rules.[7][10][11][12]

In various interviews, DVD commentaries and on their own website, both Pennebaker and collaborator Chris Hegedus have cited 101 as "their favorite" and "the one that was the most fun to make" out of all their films to date.[13][14]

2003 audio reissue[edit]

In 2003, Mute Records reissued 101 as a hybrid SACD; in essence, the two-disc set contained 101 in three formats - multi-channel SACD, stereo SACD and PCM stereo (CD audio). The multi-channel audio was presented in 5.1 and gave a better representation of the live experience. The SACD was not released in North America.

Due to pressing errors, however, the first run of the set was marred by a mis-encoded multi-channel SACD layer that skipped and was unlistenable on the first disc, the stereo SACD and CD audio layers were unaffected.

As a bonus hidden track, the multi-channel layer also included the full version of "Pimpf".

2003 DVD reissue[edit]

In 2003, the film was released on a two-disc DVD with the feature film on the first disc, including a new commentary track with Pennebaker, Hegedus and the band.

The second disc contained all-new interviews with Dave Gahan, Martin Gore, and Andy Fletcher, with each interviewed about the solo projects they were working on at the time: (Gahan - Paper Monsters, Gore - Counterfeit², Fletcher - Client). All three interviews were conducted separately by Pennebaker & Hegedus. Interviews with Daniel Miller, band manager Jonathan Kessler, and three of the "bus kids" were also included. Special bonus features included isolated video footage of the Rose Bowl concert, including previously unreleased footage.

Alan Wilder left the band in 1995, and declined to be involved with the re-release.

Track listing[edit]

LP: Mute / Stumm 101[edit]

Disc one[edit]

CD: Mute / CDStumm 101[edit]

SACD: Mute / LCDStumm 101[edit]

  • Audio available in three formats: 2-channel CD, 2-channel SACD, multi-channel SACD

VHS: Mute Film / MF007 (UK)[edit]

  1. "101 – The Movie" – 117:00

DVD: Mute Film / DMDVD3 (UK)[edit]

Disc One

  1. 101 – The Movie (includes optional audio commentary)

Disc Two All songs are isolated live video footage, uninterrupted by documentary footage. Songs with a * are exclusive to the DVD and were not in the VHS film. Footage of "Sacred", "Something To Do", "Things You Said", "Shake The Disease", "Nothing", "People Are People", "A Question of Time" and "A Question of Lust" are lost and were not able to be recovered for the DVD.


  • David Gahan – lead vocals
  • Martin Gore – keyboards, guitar, melodica, percussion pads, backing vocals, lead vocals
  • Alan Wilder – keyboards, piano, percussion pads, backing vocals
  • Andrew Fletcher – keyboards, percussion pads, backing vocals


Chart (1989) Peak
Australian Albums Chart[15] 71
Austrian Albums Chart[16] 13
Canadian RPM Albums Chart[17] 16
Dutch Albums Chart[18] 43
French Albums Chart[19] 4
German Albums Chart[20] 3
Spanish Albums Chart[21] 8
Swedish Albums Chart[22] 14
Swiss Albums Chart[23] 11
UK Albums Chart[24] 5
US Billboard 200[25] 45


External links[edit]


  1. ^ Raggett, Ned. Depeche Mode: 101 > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 14 June 2011.
  2. ^ "Review: 101". Rolling Stone. 1989. Archived from the original on 17 January 2010. 
  3. ^ Sheffield, Rob (2004). "Depeche Mode". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 229–30. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  4. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. 
  5. ^ "101 Home Video release information at DM Discography". DepecheMode.com. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "101 Album release information at DM Discography". DepecheMode.com. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
  7. ^ a b c d e Doole, Kerry (July 1989), "The Class of 101", Music Express magazine, 13 (138): 40–44 
  8. ^ a b Giles, Jeff (12–26 July 1990), "Depeche Mode Interview (Sidebar)", Rolling Stone (582/583): 60–65 
  9. ^ depechemode.com: 101 DVD Press Release
  10. ^ DA Pennebaker: No Spinal Tap jokes, please...
  11. ^ "The Story Of 101". YouTube. 1989. Retrieved 11 March 2017. 
  12. ^ This 80s Depeche Mode Doc Starring Teen Fans Was the First True Reality Show
  13. ^ Pennebaker/Hegedus Films: Depeche Mode 101
  14. ^ depechemode.com: 101 DVD Press Release
  15. ^ "Response from ARIA re: chart inquiry, received 17 February 2016". Imgur. Retrieved 17 February 2016. 
  16. ^ "Depeche Mode – 101 – Live" (in German). Austriancharts.at. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 
  17. ^ "100 Albums". RPM. 50 (3). 15 May 1989. ISSN 0033-7064. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 
  18. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Depeche Mode – 101 – Live". GfK Dutch Charts (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 
  19. ^ "InfoDisc: Tous les "Chart Runs" des Albums Classés Depuis 1985 Dans le Top Albums Officiel". InfoDisc (in French). Archived from the original on 18 February 2010. Retrieved 3 March 2013.  Under the drop-down menu, search for DEPECHE MODE and click OK.
  20. ^ "Top 100 Longplay" (in German). Charts.de. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 
  21. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959-2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  22. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Depeche Mode – 101 – Live". Swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 
  23. ^ "Depeche Mode – 101 – Live" (in German). Hitparade.ch. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 
  24. ^ "1989-03-25 Top 40 Official UK Albums Archive | Official Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 
  25. ^ "101 – Depeche Mode: Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 
  26. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Depeche Mode – 101". Music Canada. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 
  27. ^ "French album certifications – Depeche Mode – 101" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. 
  28. ^ "Les Albums Double Or :" (in French). Infodisc.fr. Archived from the original on 20 December 2013. Retrieved 8 April 2013. 
  29. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Depeche Mode; '101')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
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  31. ^ "French video certifications – Depeche Mode – 101" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 
  32. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Depeche Mode; '101')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 
  33. ^ "Polish video certifications – Depeche Mode – 101" (in Polish). Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 
  34. ^ "Lista de DVDs Musicales" (PDF). PROMUSICAE (in Spanish). Media Control. Retrieved 3 March 2013. [permanent dead link]
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