34 years ago today, Depeche Mode released their seventh single, a non-LP track which was also the band’s first single to feature Alan Wilder as an official member.
Recorded in December 1982 at London’s Blackwing Studios, “Get the Balance Right!” was a Martin Gore composition, one which was sung by Dave Gahan. You wouldn’t know this from the song’s video, however, as the opening lines of the song are actually lip-synched by Wilder. If you’ve ever heard the rumor that the reason for this decision wasn’t an artistic one but, rather, simply because no one in the band could bring themselves to tell director Kevin Hewitt that Wilder wasn’t actually the lead singer, you’ll be pleased to know that this is completely true.
56 years ago today, Carla Thomas’s classic R&B single “Gee Whiz (Look at His Eyes)” first entered the Billboard Hot 100, which seems like a perfectly good excuse to pull together a Single Stories piece about it.
When Chicago released their second album, the appropriately-entitled CHICAGO II, they blew their fans’ minds with the musical amalgam that they’d constructed, one which incorporated everything from orchestral music to heavy rock. As such, many have hoped for decades that the band would deliver a mix of the album that would bring out the myriad of nuances hidden within the music.