“Strangelove” is a song by the British electronic band Depeche Mode, written by Martin L. Gore. It was released on April 27, 1987 with “Pimpf” and “Agent Orange” on the B-side. In September, it was included their sixth studio album “Music for the Masses.” The track showcases Depeche Mode’s evolving sound, blending elements of synth-pop with darker and more atmospheric tones.
“Strangelove” is characterized by its pulsating beat, catchy melody, and frontman Dave Gahan’s emotive vocals. Lyrically, the song delves into themes of desire, obsession, and the complexities of love. It describes the intensity and longing that come with infatuation, portraying a sense of both attraction and unease.
The music video for “Strangelove” was directed by Anton Corbijn and appears on the Strange video and The Videos 86>98. It was filmed in Paris
“Strangelove” was remixed by production team Bomb the Bass and released again as a single in the United States, known as “Strangelove ’88”. The video was directed by Martyn Atkins.
The song was well-received by critics and became a success for Depeche Mode, reaching the top ten on various music charts. It further solidified the band’s reputation as pioneers in the electronic music genre and became a fan favorite, often performed in their live shows. Its memorable hooks and electronic sound continue to make it a staple in Depeche Mode’s catalog.