Little 15

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"Little 15"
Single by Depeche Mode
from the album Music for the Masses
Released16 May 1988
FormatVinyl record (7" and 12"), CD (1991 box set)
RecordedFebruary–July 1987
StudioStudio Guillaume Tell, Paris[1]
Konk, London
Puk Studios, Denmark
GenreSynth pop
LabelMute Records
Songwriter(s)Martin Gore
Producer(s)Depeche Mode, Daniel Miller, Dave Bascombe
Depeche Mode singles chronology
"Behind the Wheel"
"Little 15"
"Everything Counts (Live)"

"Little 15" is a song by English electronic group Depeche Mode. It was released on 16 May 1988 as the fourth single from the album Music for the Masses (1987);[2] the song was never intended to be a single; in fact, it barely made it onto the album, but a French record label wanted to release the song as a single, which became a popular import and a minor hit in the UK, reaching #60 on the UK Singles Chart.[3]


The song's title, as well as its status as a minor release, contributed to its special catalog number "LITTLE15". In this vein, it can be seen as a "little" release between BONG15 ("Behind the Wheel") and BONG16 ("Everything Counts [Live]"). "Little 15" didn't chart in France, but finally was also released as a single in other countries becoming a success: in West Germany, where it hit #16, in Austria where it reached #25 and in Switzerland where it entered the Top 20 at #18.[4]

There was no remix of the song at the time of release (the 12" and 7" versions were the same); however, there are two piano instrumental B-sides, both performed by Alan Wilder; the first is "Stjärna" (Swedish for 'star') (mislabelled "St. Jarna"), written by Martin Gore; the 12" B-side also contains a performance of Ludwig van Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata #14." According to his website, Wilder did not intend for it to be a B-side, as he was merely performing it for fun, but Gore stealthily recorded it. Wilder did not perform the song perfectly (his error occurs near the end of the song).[5]

The music video for "Little 15" was directed by Martyn Atkins, who had done previous design work for the band;[6] the music video was filmed in the Trellick Tower in London.[citation needed]


In a positive review for AllMusic, Ned Raggett highlighted the song's "subtle orchestrations" and "David Gahan's subtly impassioned performance".[7]

Track listing[edit]

1."Little 15"Martin L. Gore4:15
2."Stjärna"Martin L. Gore4:28


  1. ^ Studios Guillaume Tell
  2. ^ "Little 15". Retrieved 27 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Depeche Mode UK Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 7 September 2013.
  4. ^ "Depeche Mode Little 15". Retrieved 25 October 2018.
  5. ^ Miller, Jonathan (2004). Stripped: A True Story of Depeche Mode. Omnibus Press. pp. 257–258. ISBN 1-84449-415-2.
  6. ^ "Martyn Atkins". IMDB. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  7. ^ Allmusic review

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