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Behind the Wheel

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B-side  "Route 66"
Format  7", 12"
Released  28 December 1987
Recorded  1987
Genre  Dance-rock, electronic rock, alternative rock
Length  5:19 (album version) 4:03 (7" single version) 5:56 (12" single version)

"Behind the Wheel" is Depeche Mode's twentieth UK single, released on 28 December 1987, and the third single for the album Music for the Masses. Peaking at #21 in the UK charts, it hit #6 in West Germany.

Contents

In 1989, the single was ranked #30 on Spin magazine's list of the "The 100 Greatest Singles Of All Time".

Track listings

"Behind the Wheel" was written by Martin Gore. "Route 66" was written by Robert William Troup Jr..

7": Mute / 7Bong15 (UK)

  1. "Behind the Wheel" (remix) – 4:03
  2. "Route 66" – 4:11

12": Mute / 12Bong15 (UK)

  1. "Behind the Wheel" (Shep Pettibone mix) – 5:56
  2. "Route 66" (Beatmasters mix) – 6:19

12": Mute / L12Bong15 (UK)

  1. "Behind the Wheel" (Beatmasters mix) – 8:00
  2. "Route 66" (Casualty mix) – 10:40 (remixed by Dave Allen)

CD: Mute / CDBong15 (UK)

  1. "Behind the Wheel" (7" remix) – 4:03
  2. "Route 66" – 4:11
  3. "Behind the Wheel" (Shep Pettibone mix) – 5:56
  4. "Behind the Wheel" (LP mix) – 5:19

CD: Mute / CDBong15 (UK)

  1. "Behind the Wheel" (remix) – 4:03
  2. "Route 66" – 4:11
  3. "Behind the Wheel" (Shep Pettibone mix) – 5:56
  4. "Route 66" (Beatmasters mix) – 6:19
  5. "Behind the Wheel" (Beatmasters mix) – 8:00
  6. "Route 66" (Casualty mix) – 10:40
  7. "Behind the Wheel" (LP mix) – 5:19
  • The second CD is the 1992 re-release.
  • Cassette maxi-single: Mute / CBong15 (UK)

    1. "Behind the Wheel" (Shep Pettibone mix) – 5:56
    2. "Route 66" (Beatmasters mix) – 6:19
    3. "Behind the Wheel" (LP mix) – 5:19

    7": Sire / 7-27991 (US)

    1. "Behind the Wheel" (remix) – 4:03
    2. "Route 66/Behind the Wheel" (mega-single mix) – 4:13 (remixed by Ivan Ivan)

    12": Sire / 0-20858 (US)

    1. "Behind the Wheel/Route 66" (megamix) – 7:48 (remixed by Ivan Ivan)
    2. "Behind the Wheel/Route 66" (megadub) – 6:10 (remixed by Ivan Ivan)
    3. "Behind the Wheel" (extended remix) – 5:56
    4. "Behind the Wheel" (Beatmasters mix) – 8:00

    12": Sire / PRO-A-2952 (US promo)

    1. "Behind the Wheel" (extended remix) – 5:56
    2. "Behind the Wheel" (dub) – 5:53
    3. "Behind the Wheel" (Beatmasters mix) – 8:00
    4. "Behind the Wheel" (7" DJ remix) – 3:48

    CD: Sire / PRO-CD-2953 (US promo)

    1. "Behind the Wheel" (remix) – 4:03
    2. "Behind the Wheel/Route 66" (mega-single mix) – 4:29 (remixed by Ivan Ivan)
    3. "Route 66/Behind the Wheel" (mega-single mix) – 4:12
    4. "Behind the Wheel/Route 66" (Megamix) – 7:48 (remixed by Ivan Ivan)
    5. "Behind the Wheel" (Beatmasters mix) – 8:00
    6. "Behind the Wheel" (extended remix) – 5:56

    Music video

    The music video was directed by Anton Corbijn and included on the Strange compilation. Shot entirely in black and white, the video depicts Dave Gahan's car being towed away while he waits on crutches, only to discard those crutches as he rides on the back of a Vespa SS180 driven by a female companion to a local southwestern village.

    The video features a remix of the song, although an alternative video also exists set to the original album version.

    Behind the Wheel 2011

    "Behind the Wheel 2011" (Reprise / Rhino / Mute PRCD-400205) is a US-only promotional CD single, released 2011. The title track is a remix made by former Depeche Mode member Vince Clarke for the band's Remixes 2: 81-11 album. The single was promotional only, and not for sale. It reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart in 2011.

    Track list:

    1. Behind The Wheel 2011 (Vince Clarke extended vocal) – 6:42
    2. Behind The Wheel 2011 (Mark Picchiotti re–edited Vince Clarke dub) – 6:44
    3. Behind The Wheel 2011 (Mark Picchiotti re-edited Vince Clarke radio mix) – 3:36

    References

    Behind the Wheel Wikipedia


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