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Nine Inch Nails clever marketing

I just got back from a Nine Inch Nails concert in Stockholm. It was so great I started to cry. But even more interesting than the concert is the marketing hype surrounding this tour. It all started with letters in concert t-shirts from the current tour, spelling out a domain name: iamtryingtobelieve.com. A visit to this odd site introduces the mystical substance “parepin”, a fictional additive supposedly added to the water in the future.

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The last SAMA

The first SAMA was held in 1998. Ten years later, the time had come to close this chapter of music history and visit the very last SAMA. All in all, it felt like the last night with the gang. Alexander Hofman was conférencier, repeating his job from the first one in 1998. Covenant won the award for Best Artist of the year, just as they did in 1998. Anyone spotting a pattern here?

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Favorite cover songs

For every band there is a cover band. A lot of people hate cover versions of their beloved songs, since cover bands often manage to mess up a perfectly good song. However, there are some versions which bring forth new dimensions to a song. Here are some of my favorites.

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Reflections from another Depeche concert

Saying that you listen to Depeche Mode is like saying that you listen to Beatles. Even though I barely listen to Depeche these days, they’ve meant a great deal to me for over 20 years. My first experience of Depeche was the vinyl records of “Speak & Spell” and “Construction Time Again” in the early eighties. Their first collection “The Singles 81-85” was released in 1985 and I was hooked for good.

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Bon is dressed in black

The latest issue of Bon magazine features a homage to Depeche Mode, where 15 of the world’s leading creators have been asked to interpret a song by the band, resulting in 50 pages of black fashion. Even though the 200 pages in total mostly consists of commercial advertising it’s still quite entertaining.

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