Today when we were at Amoeba Music (K, S and I were there looking for an old, out-of-print album for somebody), I was wandering along and spotted a fair chunk of Depeche Mode. On impulse, I poked through the selection and, as hoped, found a copy of Music For The Masses. Back when I was a wee lad, my older brother (the one that was hardcore into punk, interestingly) had this, Speak & Spell and I think another album in vinyl. Kathy, Linda, Danny and I were all into the band back then, and I still have a soft spot for them. I never owned a real copy of this particular album myself, though I did have an audiocasette that we dubbed off the record.
This same audiocasette ended up pretty much living in my best friend Drew’s truck and we’d listen to it anytime we went driving someplace together that took more than a couple minutes to get to. It is no accident that the first song on the album is Never Let Me Down Again, with its signature line “I’m taking a ride with my best friend.” Maaaan, that’s an incredibly cheesy thing but it meant a lot to me back then and, thinking back on it, it still does.
I know that you can never go home again, but putting this album in helps me feel that, just for a few moments, I have.
Drew, here’s to you. I miss you, man.