Depeche Mode about the album's songs
Martin Gore: "Do I feel any affection for things like 'See You'? Not really, no. It was the first song I wrote after Vince left, and I think I was just trying to copy his style. It was a nightmare recording because we still lived in Basildon and caught the last train back from London. It was always a dodgy train, full of drunkards, and we always got into fights, sometimes because we were recognised, but usually it was just pure Essex violence!"
"Shouldn't Have Done That"
In the middle of the song, some chatter can be heard that seems to have been reversed. When this audio is reversed again, it reveals Martin Gore telling a children's story: The big bird is pecking / The little bird is pecking as well / But the big bird has got more worms than the little bird / So the little bird doesn't like this / He's after the worms that are really owned by the big bird / He flies over to the big bird's worms / Oh and what joy it was when he got those worms / And he flew away / He flew onto the top of the mountain (Martin starts laughing) / And the big bird was too fat / He couldn't fly (Martin laughs some more)
Someone, likely Andrew Fletcher, can also be heard shouting "Left! Right!" at the beginning of the audio above, as if he were conducting the march. This originally reversed audio is heard directly before the marching audio begins in the song.
"The Sun And The Rainfall"
Andy Fletcher can be heard singing backing vocals during the end of this song, the lines "All that I'm saying, a game's not worth playing, over and over again". Audio from the rear channels of the 5.1 multichannel version of the song where Fletcher's vocals are clearly heard is below. Other than Interlude No. 2 - Crucified, this is the only Depeche Mode song where Fletcher's vocals can be clearly heard.
"Now, This Is Fun"
Andy Fletcher: "On the new B-side, 'Reason To Be' (working title 'Now, This Is Fun'), we tried to sound… really… mean! Didn't work though."
"Oberkorn (It's A Small Town)"
Martin Gore: "We rarely bother to look at our touring schedules, and so naturally thought we'd be playing in Brussels. But instead we found ourselves pulling into a tiny village called Oberkorn. It was a curious kind of village with a population that would hardly fill the first few rows of any ordinary theatre, so it was quite a fascination for us to find out just what would happen. Instead of our gig being to a handful of people, the place was packed as the audience came from all around and even from across the borders. But there was an interesting twist to this concert. When we got back to our hotel our record company told us that whilst the A-side of our single was all set, they needed a title rapidly for the B-side. We're never all that good with names and the first thing that sprang to mind was the name of this village, Oberkorn. So that's the title we used!"