Love, in Itself

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"Love, in Itself"
Single by Depeche Mode
from the album Construction Time Again
Released19 September 1983
FormatVinyl record (7" and 12"), CD (1991 boxed set)
Length4:00 (7"/single version)
7:18 (12" version)
4:29 (album version)
LabelMuteBONG 4
Songwriter(s)Martin Gore
Producer(s)Depeche Mode, Daniel Miller, and Gareth Jones
Depeche Mode singles chronology
"Everything Counts"
"Love, in Itself"
"People Are People"

"Love, in Itself" is Depeche Mode's ninth UK single (released on 19 September 1983),[1] and the final single from the album Construction Time Again. The song peaked at number 21 on the UK Singles Chart.

The "Love, In Itself" single contains three mixes of the song. "Love, In Itself • 2" is the single edit of "Love, In Itself". "Love, In Itself • 3" is the extended 12-inch mix. "Love, In Itself • 4" is a Lounge-inspired version of the song that features piano prominently. The B-side is "Fools," and "Fools (Bigger)" is the extended mix. "Fools" was written by Alan Wilder.

Music video[edit]

The video for "Love, In Itself" was directed by Clive Richardson, it also featured Martin Gore playing acoustic guitar.

Formats and track listings[edit]

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "Love, in Itself":

7": Mute/7Bong4 (UK)
  1. "Love, in Itself • 2" – 4:00
  2. "Fools" – 4:14
12": Mute/12Bong4 (UK)
  1. "Love, in Itself • 3" – 7:18
  2. "Fools (Bigger)" – 7:39
  3. "Love, in Itself • 4" – 4:38
L12": Mute/L12Bong4 (UK)
  1. "Love, in Itself • 2" (Original 7 Inch Mix) – 4:18
  2. "Just Can't Get Enough" (live)1 – 5:35
  3. "A Photograph of You" (live)1 – 3:21
  4. "Shout!" (live)1 – 4:39
  5. "Photographic" (live)1 – 3:56

Note: "Love, in Itself.2" (Original 7 Inch Mix) is a slightly longer version of "Love, in Itself.2".

CD: Mute/CDBong4 (UK)2
  1. "Love, in Itself • 2" (Single Version) – 4:00
  2. "Fools" – 4:14
  3. "Love, in Itself • 3 (12" Version)" – 7:18
  4. "Fools (Bigger)" – 7:39
  5. "Love, in Itself • 4 (The Lounge Version)" – 4:38


  • 1:Live tracks recorded 25 October 1982 at Hammersmith Odeon in London.
  • 2:The CD single was released in 1991 as part of the singles box set compilations.
  • "Love, in Itself" and "A Photograph of You" are by Martin Gore
  • "Fools" is by Alan Wilder
  • "Just Can't Get Enough", "Photographic", and "Shout!" are by Vince Clarke.
  • "Just Can't Get Enough" became a hit of its own in the Netherlands in early 1985. It wasn't released as a separate single, so it was the 12" single (L12Bong4) that entered the Dutch chart. Officially it wasn't allowed in the singles charts as the 12" had been sold (and priced) as a mini-LP in the weeks before that, but due to its popularity on the radio, "Just Can't Get Enough" was allowed to enter and duly became Depeche Mode's biggest Dutch hit of all time.


  1. ^ "Depeche Mode Discography".

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