Barrel of a Gun (Depeche Mode song)

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"Barrel of a Gun"
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Single by Depeche Mode
from the album Ultra
B-side"Painkiller"
Released3 February 1997
FormatVinyl record 7", 12", CD
Recorded1996
Abbey Road, Eastcote, Westside, Strongroom, RAK, London
Electric Lady, New York
Larrabee West, Los Angeles
GenreDance-rock,[1] industrial rock
Length5:35 (album version)
5:29 (single version)
4:00 (radio edit)
LabelMute
Songwriter(s)Martin Gore
Producer(s)Tim Simenon
Depeche Mode singles chronology
"In Your Room"
(1994)
"Barrel of a Gun"
(1997)
"It's No Good"
(1997)

"Barrel of a Gun" is Depeche Mode's 31st UK single, released on 3 February 1997 (28 January in the US), and the first single from the band's ninth studio album Ultra. The song reached number one in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Spain and Sweden while reaching the top 10 in several other countries, including Finland, Germany, Norway and the United Kingdom. In North America, the song reached number 47 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number five on the Canadian RPM Alternative 30.


Song meaning[edit]

"It's about understanding what you're about and realising that you don't necessarily fit into somebody else's scheme of things," said keyboardist Martin Gore.[2] Singer Dave Gahan, who was weakened from his battle with substance abuse at the time, added, "The song sums up the way I was treating myself and everybody around me. That's what life had in store for me every day. It's a really powerful statement; when you're in that kind of row, the last thing on your mind is dying."[3]

Music video[edit]

The music video features Gahan with long hair singing with his eyes closed, with eyeballs drawn on his eyelids to make it seem like they are open, it was shot in Morocco by Anton Corbijn.[4]

Track listings[edit]

12": Mute / 12Bong25 (UK)

  1. "Barrel of a Gun" (5:29)
  2. "Barrel of a Gun (Underworld Hard Mix)" (9:37)
  3. "Barrel of a Gun (3 Phase Mix)" (5:23) (remixed by Sven Röhrig)
  4. "Barrel of a Gun (One Inch Punch Mix V2)" (5:28) (remixed by One Inch Punch)
  5. "Barrel of a Gun (Underworld Soft Mix)" (6:29)

12": Mute / L12Bong25 (UK)

  1. "Painkiller (Plastikman Mix)" (8:39)
  2. "Painkiller" (7:29)
  3. "Barrel of a Gun (One Inch Punch Mix)" (5:25)
  4. "Barrel of a Gun (United Mix)" (6:36) (remixed by United - Marc Waterman and Paul Freegard)

CD: Mute / CDBong25 (UK)

  1. "Barrel of a Gun" (5:29)
  2. "Painkiller" (7:29)
  3. "Barrel of a Gun (Underworld Soft Mix)" (6:29)
  4. "Barrel of a Gun (One Inch Punch Mix)" (5:25)

CD: Mute / LCDBong25 (UK)

  1. "Barrel of a Gun (Underworld Hard Mix)" (9:37)
  2. "Barrel of a Gun (United Mix)" (6:36)
  3. "Painkiller (Plastikman Mix)" (8:39)

CD: Mute / CDBong25X (EU)

  1. "Barrel of a Gun" (5:29)
  2. "Painkiller" (7:29)
  3. "Barrel of a Gun (Underworld Soft Mix)" (6:29)
  4. "Barrel of a Gun (One Inch Punch Mix)" (5:25)
  5. "Barrel of a Gun (Underworld Hard Mix)" (9:37)
  6. "Barrel of a Gun (United Mix)" (6:36)
  7. "Painkiller (Plastikman Mix)" (8:39)
  8. "Barrel of a Gun (3 Phase Mix)" (5:23)
  9. "Barrel of a Gun (One Inch Punch Mix V2)" (5:28)
  • This CD is the 2004 re-release

Promo 12": Mute / P12Bong25 (UK)

  1. "Barrel of a Gun (Underworld Hard Mix)" (9:37)
  2. "Painkiller (Plastikman Mix)" (8:39)
  3. "Barrel of a Gun" (5:29)
  4. "Barrel of a Gun (Underworld Hard Instrumental)" (9:13)

Promo 12": Mute / PL12Bong25 (UK)

  1. "Barrel of a Gun (One Inch Punch Mix V2)" (5:25)
  2. "Painkiller (Original Mix)" (5:26)
  3. "Barrel of a Gun (3 Phase Mix)" (5:29)
  4. "Barrel of a Gun (Original Mix)" (5:35)

Promo CD: Mute / RCDBong25 (UK)

  1. "Barrel of a Gun (Radio Edit)" (4:01)
  2. "Barrel of a Gun (Album Version)" (5:29)

7": Reprise / 17390-7 (US)

  1. "Barrel Of A Gun" (5:30)
  2. "Painkiller" (7:28)

CD: Sire/Reprise / 2-17409 (US)

  1. "Barrel of a Gun" (5:29)
  2. "Barrel of a Gun (United Mix)" (6:36)
  3. "Painkiller" (7:29)

CD: Sire/Reprise / 43828-2 (US)

  1. "Barrel of a Gun" (5:29)
  2. "Painkiller (Plastikman Mix)" (8:39)
  3. "Barrel of a Gun (Underworld Soft Mix)" (6:27)
  4. "Barrel of a Gun (One Inch Punch Mix V2)" (5:25)
  5. "Barrel of a Gun (Underworld Hard Mix)" (9:36)
  • "One Inch Punch Mix V2" was falsely mistaken for the regular "One Inch Punch Mix". The latter was not released in the US till the 2004 re-release.

Promo CD: Sire/Reprise / PRO-CD-8600 (US)

  1. "Barrel of a Gun (Radio Edit)" (4:01)
  2. "Barrel of a Gun" (5:29)

Charts and certifications[edit]

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