I Feel You

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"I Feel You"
Single by Depeche Mode
from the album Songs of Faith and Devotion
B-side "One Caress"
Released 15 February 1993
Recorded 1992 Madrid, Hamburg, London[1]
Genre Synthrock[2]
Length 4:35 (Album Version)
4:27 (Intro Edit)
Label Mute
Songwriter(s) Martin Gore
Depeche Mode singles chronology
"World in My Eyes"
"I Feel You"
"Walking in My Shoes"
"World in My Eyes"
"I Feel You"
"Walking in My Shoes"
Songs of Faith and Devotion track listing
"I Feel You"
"Walking in My Shoes"

"I Feel You" is a song by Depeche Mode, released on 15 February 1993 as their 27th UK single and the first single from the album Songs of Faith and Devotion. The song peaked at number eight on the UK Singles Chart and also made number one and number three on the US Modern Rock Tracks and Hot Dance Club Play charts, respectively. It was the band's highest-charting single worldwide, the song is ostensibly about "connection" between two individuals.


"I Feel You" demonstrates a more rock-oriented sound, using more non-electronic instruments than ever before. For example, Alan Wilder plays drums, and Martin Gore plays the guitar, but with electronic sounds still included, like the synth screeching intro. "I Feel You" has a compound time signature of 6/8. The 7" version of "I Feel You" is the same as the album version, the "Throb Mix" is a 12" version, but with incomplete lyrics. A part of the "Swamp Mix" is used as an interlude on the Songs of Faith and Devotion album between "Get Right With Me" and "Rush"; this was also used in the intro for the live arrangements of "I Feel You" that were played during their Devotional/Summer tours.

On the cover of "I Feel You", there are four symbols, each representing a band member. To tell which member it is, there's a number on the right-corner of each symbol, which is that band member's birthdate, or you can match the symbols up with the symbols on the Songs of Faith and Devotion cover, which overlap a picture of that band member. Using the latter, the top left corner is Alan Wilder, the top right corner is Dave Gahan, the bottom left corner is Martin Gore, and the bottom right corner is Andy Fletcher.

The single release contained "One Caress", a track from Songs of Faith and Devotion sung by Martin Gore; in the USA, Sire/Reprise released "One Caress" as a promo-only single. One promo copy has the original version, and the other has the version from Songs of Faith and Devotion Live. There is no remix for the song.

The music video for "I Feel You" was directed by Anton Corbijn, the woman in the video was English actress Lysette Anthony. There is also a music video for "One Caress", directed by Kevin Kerslake, that was filmed during one of the off-days of the Devotional Tour in the US, it was a promo-only video that was later released on The Videos 86>98. Prior to its inclusion on The Videos 86>98, the music video for "One Caress" was frequently broadcast on MTV's Alternative Rock video block 120 Minutes and Sky-1.

On 2 September 1993, "I Feel You" was nominated in the MTV Video Music Awards.[3]

The song was also used in a scene in Fatih Akin's Turkish-German film Gegen die Wand.

Track listings[edit]



"I Feel You"
Placebo i feel you.gif
Promotional single by Placebo
Released 1999
Format Cassette
Length 6:26
  • Hut
  • Elevator Music
Songwriter(s) Martin Gore
  • Spanish band OBK did a cover using "I Feel You" lyrics and "Personal Jesus" music.
  • Placebo covered the song in 1999, and was released as a single-sided cassette only for members of their fan club Silver Rocket, and was sent out to people who re-subscribed after their 12-months of membership. It was later released on Sleeping with Ghosts for the 2 CD version, which included a covers album.
  • Polish death metal band Vader covered the song on their album, Future of the Past, which contained an assortment of covers. The song title on this album was shortened into the acronym "I.F.Y." and the lyrics were heavily altered. The song also appears on some editions of Vader's 1995 album De Profundis.
  • Swiss industrial metal band Samael covered the song on their On Earth EP.
  • The Argentinian rock band Catupecu Machu recorded a cover for the hidden track on their album Cuentos Decapitados.
  • Disciple covered the song as a new track for their special edition re-release Disciple.
  • Apollo 440 also recorded a cover on the tribute album For the Masses.
  • Former The Smiths songwriter and guitarist Johnny Marr released a cover of the song in support of Record Store Day 2015.[22]

Other uses[edit]

"One Caress" was used in the episode "Room 33" of American Horror Story Hotel.[23]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


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