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Depeche Mode – But Not Tonight (US 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on March 18th, 2016


A. Front

“But Not Tonight” is a single released in the United States by synth-pop band Depeche Mode. In the UK the single was flipped and “Stripped” was the A-side released as the first single from Black celebration. The band’s U.S. label Sire Records, however, decided to use the B-side “But Not Tonight” on the soundtrack to the movie Modern Girls and included the song on US editions of Black Celebration. As a result, the single was flipped, and released as “But Not Tonight” in the United States to help promote the movie. The band was not happy with this decision, seeing “But Not Tonight” as a useless pop track recorded in less than a day. The single did not chart. Surprisingly, despite previous criticism of the song by the band, an acoustic version of “But Not Tonight” was sometimes performed by Martin Gore on Depeche Mode’s Delta Machine Tour and is included in the 2014 album “Live in Berlin.

The two B-Sides are “Breathing in Fumes” and “Black Day”. “Breathing in Fumes” was a new song using samples from “Stripped”, mixed by the band and Thomas Stiehler. “Black Day” is an acoustic, alternate version of “Black Celebration” sung by Martin Gore, and is co-written by him, Alan Wilder, and producer Daniel Miller – the only Depeche Mode song where Miller receives a writing credit.

The 7″ and 12″ versions on the US “But Not Tonight” single are different versions than used on the UK singles – they were remixed by Robert Margouleff.

But Not Tonight (Extended Mix) 6:17
Producer [Remix], Engineer [Remix] – Robert Margouleff

Breathing In Fumes 6:04
Edited By [Assistant] – Thomas Stiehler

Stripped (Highland Mix) 6:42
Remix – Flood

Black Day 2:37
Lyrics By [Words By] – M.L. Gore*
Music By – Alan Wilder, D. Miller*, M.L. Gore*

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

Label: Sire ‎– 0-20578, Mute ‎– 9 20578-0 A, Sire ‎– 9 20578-0 A, Mute ‎– 0-20578
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM, Maxi-Single
Country: US
Released: 1986
Genre: Electronic
Style: Synth-pop

Producer – Daniel Miller, Depeche Mode, Gareth Jones
Written-By – M.L. Gore* (tracks: A1 to B1)

A1 recorded & mixed at Hansa Tonstudio, Kreuzberg.
A2 to B2 recorded & mixed at Westside Studios, Shepherds Bush

“But Not Tonight” also featured on the Warner Bros. Original Motion Picture Soundtrack “Modern Girls”

Find the 12″ on DISCOGS

B. Back

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28 Responses to “Depeche Mode – But Not Tonight (US 12″)”

  1. SimonP Says:

    Interesting story about the single being flipped and getting a unique remix. I’m a big DM fan and never knew that happened until I read this post.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Enjoy SimonP 🙂


  2. Jeff Says:

    Paul, I love how you cobble together the descriptions of the songs you post as it gives nice background information to the tracks themselves. I never knew of the track’s history, on how the band was less than enthused about the song. However, I love this tune quite a lot. The lyrics and the feel….EVERYTHING. Now, I’m a HUGE fan of “Stripped” and especially the industrial sounding “Breathing In Fumes.” Whoa, thanks a ton for presenting us with all this goodness.

    Again, many thanks for so much freaking phenomenal music in and out all the weeks. You are so worship-able with all the tremendous talent and taste. Have a fantastic weekend Paul!!



    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Jeff. Have a great weekend 🙂


  3. Song_And_Dance Says:

    I am a huge DEVOTEE so nothing new for me for a change. The story of BNT is very similar to that of the trite, awful single “It´s Called A Heart”, according to Martin L. Gore “maybe the worst track I ever wrote, and certainly our worst single.” The band wanted to release the fabulous “Fly On The Windscreen” as a single but on a preview the BBC announced they would give the song no airplay as the lyrics start with the word “death”. Unbelievably ridiculous nowadays, isn´t it….


  4. Omar Says:

    Thanks Paul. The Stripped (Highland Mix) is a favorite.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Omar 🙂


  5. Steveasian Says:

    I never knew that this single was released as the “A” side of the single, let alone the mix. Good choice. Thanks.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Steveasian 🙂


  6. Joey Says:

    Nice post. This is a true oddity in the Depeche discography, despite having my own copy of this, I will look forward to hearing your work here. I always liked this song, it is a bit more light that their usual work of that era, much more like a song like See You or The Meaning Of Love. Do you have the 7″ mix of this one a well?


    DjPaulT Reply:

    I never bought the 7″ Joey but I will try to locate a copy 🙂


    Osc Reply:

    I have the Canadian Sire large-hole 7″ bought second hand, or more likely fifty-second hand, unfortunately its condition is not even VG – doesnt have any visible scratches, but it has been played to death on a unknown but probably large number of unknown setups. I’ve tried to digitize it a couple times using all the tricks in the book, but never been able to get something satisfactory (meaning better than something off a torrent site). I’d ship it to Paul to let him give it a go, but only as a last resort.
    I have two copies of the 12″, one in shinkwrap, that one was never a problem. But the 7″ is rare as hell here in The Grim North.


  7. MillCity9 Says:

    Wow. What a fun week of posts. I’ve been starving for some Depeche Mode singles as they are always interesting and they have great B-sides. Can’t wait for next week are you going to continue these rare singles or will you do something complete different? Either way I’m hooked!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    I have not decided yet MillCity9. You just never know what I will get up too 🙂


  8. Rafael Cova Says:

    Thanks Paul, I’m DM lover, ‘But not tonight’ is my favourite song of Depeche Mode


  9. VanceMan Says:

    I totally missed this single back in the day. Glad to catch up with it now. Thank you (as always), Paul.


  10. Conner Says:

    Ah, excellent. I love this track and didn’t know the US mixes were different. Thanks!


  11. Kent H. Says:

    Thanks Paul. I didn’t have this track. 🙂



  12. Davos Via 45 Says:

    Many, many, many years ago I walked into a record store, they were spinning Depeches 1st album Speak & Spell, I was hooked! There always were treasures to be discovered on a DM 12″ B-side. Around here, when a DM 12″ was released, it got huge airplay, everything was running, A-side, B-side, all the mixes, all the songs!


  13. Junior Says:

    Another pleasant surprise from you.

    Thanks Paul 🙂


  14. Josh Says:

    “But Not Tonight” has always been one of my favorite Depeche Mode tracks, and I always thought it served as a perfect upbeat ending to Black Celebration. Of course, being an American in the pre-Internet days, I had know idea that the song was actually tacked on to the end of the album against the band’s wishes. Still, to my ears, it seemed to fit.

    I also should comment that this particular remix was reconned by Mute into the “Margouleff Dance Mix” back in 2004.

    Whatever the name, great post!


    Song_And_Dance Reply:

    Hi Josh

    It didn´t even make it on the original album. It was (and is) a bonus track on the cd.


  15. Cory Says:

    One of my favourite DM tracks! Appreciate this upload – thanks Paul!


  16. finkyjd Says:

    I remember my joy at picking this 12″ up back in the day – what I hadn’t realised was there was a different mix on the US 7″ to the one on the Bside of the UK Stripped (so even though SIRE thought it would make a better single, they must have still thought it needed work). I’ve not come across the 7″ Remix version listed here & on Discogs before (3.54), the version on the Video (singles ’86+) sounds just like the one on the UK single, so now there’s something I need to hunt down. You learn something new every day!
    Thanks for sharing


  17. Edward Says:


    The US 7″ version (Robert Margouleff 7″ version) can be found on the second DVD of Singles 86>98. You just need to extract the audio.


    Szymi Reply:

    There are 3 different Robert Margouleff remixes:
    – 7″ Version (3:54) available on US and Canadians 7″ singles
    – Extended Mix (6:17) available on US 12″ single
    – Soundtrack Version (4:27) available on Modern Girls soundtrack LP and this is the version used on video (available on Videos 86>98+)


  18. Synthpopper Says:

    DEPECHE MODE are still the greatest Synthpop band of all time. I wish they would go back to this sound!


  19. Alberto Says:

    I had a frantic time when I was searching for this single. One of my friends lent me his copy, then I recorded it on metal tape. Still sounds brilliant.

    Thank you for this upload.


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