Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin


I strongly believe that the saying “Good things come to those who wait”, praising the virtue of patience, should be promptly modified to “Good things come to those who browse”. Skip patience, go get!

I could wait for another 60 years (although I do not think I should count on such longevity) and never find out that Depeche Mode filmed more than one video during their Berlin years at Hansa Studios in Kreuzberg.

It was also through sheer coincidence I discovered that the video for Everything Counts was filmed in Skalitzer and Gitschiner Strasse (you could read about my ecstatic reaction in the following post).

I wanted to listen to something old from Depeche Mode. I went for the knee-melting Stripped – A.D. 1986. And there it was again!

Stripped from Depeche Mode´s 5th studio album Black Celebration, produced at Hansa Studios in Köthener Strasse in Kreuzberg (please, click the link) and voted one of THE most influential albums of the 80´s, is not only a song in which some pretty wicked sampling was used (as a little curiosity: the underlying beat is in fact the sound of a motorcycle engine running). It was also the last Depeche Mode video directed by Peter Care who made their It´s Called a Heart and Shake The Disease videos (both 1985).

And it was filmed almost right outside Hansa Studios in Berlin-Kreuzberg.

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