Dreaming of Me

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"Dreaming of Me"
Single by Depeche Mode
from the album Speak & Spell
B-side "Ice Machine"
Released 20 February 1981
Format Vinyl record (7"), CD (1991 box set)
Recorded December 1980 Blackwing Studios, London
Genre Synthpop, new wave
Length 4:03 (cold end version)
3:46 (fade-out version)
Label Mute Records
Songwriter(s) Vince Clarke
Producer(s) Depeche Mode, Daniel Miller
Depeche Mode singles chronology
"Dreaming of Me"
"New Life"

"Dreaming of Me"
"New Life"

"Dreaming of Me" is the debut single by Depeche Mode recorded at Blackwing Studios, originally released on 20 February 1981 in the UK.[1] The single was not commercially released in the United States.

Two mixes of the song have been released, one which fades out, and one which does not (cold end). The cold end version is on the original 7" and on the 1988 CD re-release of Speak and Spell in Europe, while the American Speak and Spell (and all singles compilations containing the song) has the fade-out version. The re-release of Speak and Spell in 2006 also features the cold end version, and was released in all regions.

The B-side, "Ice Machine", is similarly available in a fading version, and one with a cold end. The 1988 and 2006 CD re-releases of Speak and Spell (where the song is a bonus track) use the cold end version. A live version of "Ice Machine" (recorded during the Some Great Reward tour) is available on the 12" version of the 1984 single "Blasphemous Rumours".

Due to a poor chart placement in the UK (No. 57), "Dreaming of Me" did not originally appear on Speak and Spell,[2] but did show up in the CD re-release as a bonus track.[3] However, in the United States, "Dreaming of Me" was on the original pressing of the album, replacing "I Sometimes Wish I Was Dead".[4] On the 2006 re-release of Speak and Spell it was placed at the end of the album, with the original UK track list preceding it.

Exactly 30 years after "Dreaming of Me" was first released in the UK, a flash mob action tried to push the track back into the charts by downloading it online. The action failed except in Germany, where the track entered the singles charts for the very first time at number 45 giving the band its 47th chart entry.[5][6]

Track listing[edit]

7": Mute / 7Mute13 (UK)

  1. "Dreaming Of Me" (Cold End Version) – 4:03
  2. "Ice Machine" (Cold End Version) – 4:06

CD: Mute / CDMute131

  1. "Dreaming Of Me" (Fade Out Version) – 3:46
  2. "Ice Machine" (Fade Out Version) – 3:54


External links[edit]


  1. ^ Release page at discogs
  2. ^ release page at Discogs (original release 1981)
  3. ^ release page at discogs (UK re-release 1988)
  4. ^ release page at discogs (American first release in 1981)
  5. ^ press information by chart compiling institute media control (German)
  6. ^ German chart blog (English)