Behind the Wheel/Route 66

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
On its own, "Behind the Wheel" was and is a prime Depeche Mode single. It's a massive building surge of a song that just gets more intense as it goes, translating the freeway/driving metaphor of the title into an appropriately propulsive song that is something like the arena version of Kraftwerk's own meditations on same. Remixed slightly for its single appearance, with a quicker running time and a more prominent, cleaner main percussion, it's still fine stuff, with Martin Gore's tale of emotional control and direction still all in one piece. Shep Pettibone's extended remix is a good effort -- clean and clinical and perfect for the dancefloor -- while the Beatmasters ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
On its own, "Behind the Wheel" was and is a prime Depeche Mode single. It's a massive building surge of a song that just gets more intense as it goes, translating the freeway/driving metaphor of the title into an appropriately propulsive song that is something like the arena version of Kraftwerk's own meditations on same. Remixed slightly for its single appearance, with a quicker running time and a more prominent, cleaner main percussion, it's still fine stuff, with Martin Gore's tale of emotional control and direction still all in one piece. Shep Pettibone's extended remix is a good effort -- clean and clinical and perfect for the dancefloor -- while the Beatmasters ratchet up the drama of the track with phone calls samples, rougher beats, and a new, nervous string-synth line. What makes this single and the song itself even more notable in its own right is due to the B-side -- a take on the old mid-century standard "Route 66." While the choice of inspiration may seem odd, the band's arrangement and delivery of same works surprisingly well, with a rough drum-machine rhythm underpinning Gore's work on both vocals and snarling guitar riffs. It feels like something thrown together to see what would stick, but works all the better for it, a retooling of the past for the future, with a brief snippet of music from "Behind the Wheel" thrown in the middle on top of everything else. This in turn led to a separate mix of both tracks combined that won the band mainstream American radio airplay. That specific mix isn't here, but two others are -- the Beatmasters take a spin with it while throwing in tons of car racing and game show samples along the way, while the "casualty" mix kicks up some more reasonable noise and groove.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/18/1992
  • Label: Warner Bros Mod Afw
  • UPC: 093624033028
  • Catalog Number: 40330

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Behind the Wheel (4:04)
  2. 2 Route 66 (4:11)
  3. 3 Behind the Wheel (5:57)
  4. 4 Route 66 (6:21)
  5. 5 Behind the Wheel (8:01)
  6. 6 Route 66 (10:42)
  7. 7 Behind the Wheel (5:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Depeche Mode Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Depeche Mode Producer
Bobby Troup Composer
Dave Bascombe Producer, Engineer
Martin Gore Composer
Dave Allen Remixing
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Route 66 is a great song

    This is an excellent single. It has the album version which is my favorite, but the beatmasters' mix is also quite enjoyable. The reason I bought it was for Route 66, which is not on any other Depeche Mode album that I could find. This time the B-side outshines the A-side. If you like DM then you'll like this hidden gem.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Behind the Wheel/Route 66

    It`s great!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Behind the Wheel/Route 66

    Dm`s rock n` roll singel...

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    Posted May 13, 2009

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