“People Are People” is Depeche Mode‘s tenth UK single (released on March 12, 1984) it was their first hit single in the US and the first single for the Some Great Reward album.
“People Are People” was written by Martin Gore, but the dancy poppy feel of the song may actually be credited to Alan Wilder.
Despite “People Are People”‘s success, Martin Gore considers it to be one of his least favourite songs. He prefers his songs to have subtle meanings so that people can find their own meanings to it, and feels “People Are People” does not fit that description . It was not played again live after 1988.
The US got a compilation called People Are People with various songs not available in the US prior to it. The single itself was released in the USA on July 11, 1984 (though it did not reach the Billboard Hot 100 chart until May 1985, and initially was played only on modern rock and college radio). The single would eventually peak at #13. In the UK, the single reached #4, which was at the time the band’s highest singles chart position in their homeland. Since then, “Barrel of a Gun” (1997) and “Precious” (2005) have also reached #4 in the UK. In West Germany the song was a #1 hit and was used as the theme to West German TV’s coverage of the 1984 Olympics, alluding to East Germany’s participation in the Soviet-led boycott of the Games. It was also used as the theme tune of the 1990s BBC Children’s factual TV series, It’ll Never Work.
“(If There Was) Any Other Way” is a song from Céline Dion‘s English debut album Unison. It was released as the first single in Canada (March 19, 1990) and second in the United States (March 18, 1991) and the rest of the world (June 6, 1991). In the United Kingdom it became a promotional release only.The song reached number 24 in Canada and number 35 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 (number 56 on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay). “(If There Was) Any Other Way” was more successful on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart peaking at number 8.
“Fashion” is a track from David Bowie‘s 1980 album Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps). It was released as the second single from the album and was accompanied, like its predecessor “Ashes to Ashes“, by a highly-regarded music video.
“Fashion” was the second single from Scary Monsters and the first issued after the album’s September 1980 release. The edited 7″ cut reached #5 in the UK, and by hitting #70 in America gave Bowie his first chart single there for four years. The song has since been performed on several tours. It was featured in the movie Clueless.
The third single from Howard Jones‘ 1985 album Dream Into Action, “Life in One Day” was another uptempo number, which lyrically warned against wishing one’s life away. It reached number 14 in the UK Singles Chart, and number 19 on the United States Billboard Hot 100.