by Mark Nobes, chief editor

This video features the band performing on Top of the Pops on BBC1 (UK) in 1981. New Life was Depeche Mode's second single release and the first one from the electronic band's debut album Speak & Spell. It reached #11 in the UK singles chart.

Speak & Spell remains one of my all-time favourite eighties albums. It's not as dark and moody as later Depeche Mode albums, and was produced when the band were still in their teens. However, It is the genius that is Vince Clarke who is responsible for the energetic, uptempo and catchy tunes, which feature those wonderful early 80s electronica sounds that many artists would die for today. I've heard so many artists trying to emulate these sounds in recent times, but these tracks were created on the original synths and this album still sounds amazingly fresh!

A longer version of the B-side "Shout" entitled "Rio Mix" (7:31) featured on the 12" vinyl single, along with "New Life" (remix) (3:58).

"New Life" entered the UK singles chart at No.54 on 13th June 1981, reaching a peak position of No.11 for one week on 2nd August (while Shakin' Stevens was at No.1 with Green Door), spending a total of 15 weeks inside the Top 75.
Depeche Mode - New Life (Maxi Single)
Depeche Mode Speak And Spell LP