Depeche Mode (Depeche Mode) - Personal Jesus (1989)

“With this song, I wanted to show what it’s like to be someone’s personal Jesus!”

History of the song "Personal Jesus" (1989)

In the mid-1980s, Priscilla Presley, ex-wife of The King of Rock and Roll, released a biography, Elvis and Me. In the book, one of the main beauties of the 70s talks about how their first date happened, about their life together, and also about the reasons for their divorce ... What does Personal Jesus have to do with it? It's simple: it was the biography that inspired Depeche Mode to write a song about "Personal Jesus".

Depeche Mode
Depeche Mode

What did Depeche Mode sing about in their legendary Personal Jesus?

The author of the dynamic hit, Martin Gore, told reporters about the meaning of his poetry as follows:

“With this song, I wanted to show what it's like to be someone's personal Jesus! Those who give hope, faith, care... Personal Jesus is a kind of musical biography about how Elvis was everything for Priscilla... He was her man, her support... He was her personal Jesus"

Martin Gore
Martin Gore

Recording and release

The recording of Personal Jesus took place in Milan. The dawn of the 1990s was approaching ... At that time, Depeche Mode was working with producer Mark Ellis. The new track was significantly different from everything the band had done before... Today the song about "Personal Jesus" is the most famous and most chic (with the exception of Enjoy the Silence) work in the band's repertoire.

Song Success

In many ways, the creative advertising campaign contributed to the popularity of the track! Even before the release of the single, the yellow press was full of catchy headlines: "Your personal Jesus." And by calling the phone number indicated in the advertisement, a person could enjoy Personal Jesus ...

Single cover
Single cover

So, the track took the third position of the British Billboard Hot 100, and the 377th line in the legendary list of the Rolling Stone magazine "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time"!

Cover versions

The song about Jesus is still very popular among other musicians! A very decent version was recorded by Johnny Cash.

No less popular cover by Marilyn Manson.

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