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Depeche Mode’s Dave Gahan Performs ‘Chains’: Look + Listen

Depeche Mode front man, Dave Gahan delivers a dark version of the Raveonettes’ “Chains.”

Gahan created the cover with frequent Depeche Mode collaborator, Kurt Uenala, and while the Raveonettes’ original combined buzzsaw guitars and clattering percussion, Dave gives the song an electronic and industrial edge without sacrificing the song’s sense of high anxiety.

Taking to Facebook, the Raveonettes’ Sune Rose Wagner celebrated the new rendition by writing:

“People always measure success in terms of album sales, chart positions, etc but for me success was always about dreaming BIG and believing in yourself and what you do and stand for. and stand up to that. Having Dave interpret one of our songs is success to me! It’s an honor and it shows that daydreaming as a kid is a good and creative thing to do even though people might call you an introvert or diagnose you with ADHD or whatever, fuck that! DREAM BIG!”

The Gahan and Uenala remake of “Chains” will appear on Rip It Off, the Raveonettes’ forthcoming mini LP, featuring other artist versions of their songs from the Danish duo’s 2002 debut EP, Whip It On. A full track list hasn’t been released yet, though prior to sharing “Chains,” the Raveonettes did share a rendition of “Cops on Our Tail” by the Danish artist Trentemøller.

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Author: Saul Goode

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