The song was written by Martin Lee Gore. “People Are People” is Depeche Mode‘s first single from their forth studio album “Some Great Reward” (September 24, 1984). The single was released on March 12, 1984 with “In Your Memory” (written by Allan Wilder) on the B-side. “People Are People” was the band’s first hit single in the United States, reaching #13 on the Billboard Hot 100. The single reached the top ten in many European countries, incl. #1 in Germany and #4 in the UK.
The song was used as the theme to West German TV’s coverage of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, and as the theme song of the 1990s BBC Children’s factual TV series, “It’ll Never Work?”.
In 2004, the song was covered by RuPaul (American drag queen, actor, model and singer) featuring Tom Trujillo reaching #10 on Billboard’s US Dance Club Songs chart.