“But Not Tonight” by Depeche Mode is the last Track on the US release of their 1986 Album Black Celebration. The Song was also featured in the Film, and on the Soundtrack, of Modern Girls, also released in 1986. It was the B-Side of the Single “Stripped” initially, and then after its inclusion in Modern Girls, it was decided to add it to the US version of the album. It was also decided to flip it to the A-Side, with “Stripped” on the B. This decision, made by the band’s label, Sire, was done to help promote Modern Girls. Scenes from the Movie are featured in the Song’s Music Video (see below).
“But Not Tonight” by Depeche Mode
from the Album, Black Celebration (1986, US Only)
and the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Modern Girls (1986)
The decision by Sire Records to release “But Not Tonight” as the A-Side Single did not please the band. The saw the Song as a useless pop track recorded in less than a day. (from Wikipedia) The Single did not chart.
Oddly, though, the Song was often played during Depeche Mode’s 2014 tour, even though the Band seemed to dislike it. Martin Gore Sang lead during the tour, instead of Dave Gahan, who is the lead vocal on the Single.
I thought about this Song today as I was putting together my Top 10 Depeche Mode Songs for tomorrow’s requested list. I won’t spoil anything on the list, except to say that this Song is among the 10. Maybe its because I love the Film Modern Girls so much, and that the Movie meant so much to me in the late 80’s. But, to me, this Song is one of the best or at least one of my all-time Favorites.
It reminds me of times spent in Hollywood in the late 80’s, of driving in my old Honda hatchback in the city at night with Music playing loud, and friends along for the adventure. It brings to mind endless nights, the kind that didn’t end until far into the next morning, and of how alive I felt. How much I was breaking out of my shell.
“But Not Tonight” (live) by Depeche Mode