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Welcome to SeeDarkly Sunday DisCOVERies:
a weekly exploration of goth, industrial, & dark alternative cover songs!
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It's the fifth Sunday of the month, and time for Fifth Sunday A La Mode, featuring another in an endless array of Depeche Mode covers! This one is by a self-described "dark pop-noir" duo recreating the tale of a life lived making regrettable choices. :

Black Nail Cabaret - Shouldn't Have Done That (Depeche Mode)

Depeche Mode's second album, A Broken Frame, was released in September 1982. It was their first album after Vince Clark left the band to form Yazoo with Alison Moyet, leaving its song writing in the hands of Martin Gore. The penultimate track of the LP, Shouldn't Have Done That, was not released as a single in the U.K. or U.S.. However it appears there was an unofficial five-inch record release of the track made in Russian for its Polish market which misspelled the title as "Shouldn't Have Done Yet."
The song itself was critically noted as the most different in style from everything else on this and their previous album. It also marks the first duet between Gore and David Gahan.
One of the most unusual aspects of the song is the incoherent monologue near the end of the track which was recorded in reverse. The backmasking disguises an ersatz children's story that Gore came up with about a little bird, a big bird, and the worms they eat, which isn't much more intelligible when played in the opposite direction. One theory about its meaning stems from Gore's answer to fan mail questions regarding etchings on some of their singles. (For e.g. some editions of the Leave In Silence single are said to have etchings that read, "LITTLE BIRDS PECKING! / LITTLE BIRD’S TAKEN THE WURM!") Gore's response explains, "These are our studio nicknames and sayings. Little Bird is the two track machine and big Bird is the 16 track machine. Little bird's pecking means that the two track is running and LB's taken the worm means that a signal has shown that it is recording from the 16 track (Big Bird). Very stupid isn’t it (Andy's idea)."
Only a cover by Systema The Affliction seems to have something passingly similar to that detail of the song in their version. Other covers of the track include one from a Greek tribute compilation by Raining Pleasure and one by the Greek synthpop duo Marsheaux from their complete rerecording of A Broken Frame released in January 2015. (When in Greece?)

As it turns out, Black Nail Cabaret, a synth-pop/darkwave duo from Hungary, may have just beaten Marsheaux to the punch. Having performed Shouldn't Have Done That in concerts, they decided to record and release their version for free on Soundcloud as a gift to fans just ten days before Christmas in 2014. They later included it on a seven-track collection named appropriately, The Covers, released in July 2015. Other covers on the EP include songs by Talk Talk, Rammstein, Brittney Spheres, & Rihanna.

The original is a bit like a horseback saunter, clopping along through some surreal mindscape of guilt or prophecy. Though still as vocally somber, BNC's version has a bit more bounce to it and is much more danceable than the original. It's also a little rough around the edges, less produced and of lower quality, (due in part to a loss of their master recording files), giving it a sort of radio-centric atmosphere.

The Cover:

The Original:

Next week:
I was planning a nod to the birthday of a favorite fallen artist, but last week yet another artist broke and fell so we'll offer tribute.

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Previous DisCOVERies

Jul 23 - 4X4: HEALTH/Orkestra Obsolete/The Stitchlings/Bela Goosy - Blue Monday (New Order)
Jul 16 - Renegade Soundwave - Biting My Nails (Geneviève Waïte)
Jul 09 - You Shriek - Invisible Sun (The Police)
Jul 02 - Urgess - Spider-Man Theme (Paul Francis Webster and Robert "Bob" Harris)
Jun 25 - Sirus - My Own Summer (Deftones)

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