Policy of Truth (5:13)

Cover of Violator

From Violator and 79 other releases

Policy of Truth is Depeche Mode’s twenty-fifth UK single, released on May 7, 1990, and the third single for the album Violator.

The cover art for “Policy of Truth” has the blurred image of a nude woman. The camera angles and poses differ on the 7” Vinyl, the 12” Vinyl, the CD and Cassette. Usually each one has more than one. On the L12, there is a picture of a different woman.

It is the only Depeche Mode single to chart higher on the Billboard Hot 100 (#15) than on the UK Singles Chart (#16). It also became the band’s second chart-topper on the Modern Rock Tracks chart.

The B-side is “Kaleid” (pronounced “collide”), which has an extended version called When Worlds Mix. Unlike many of the prior instrumentals which were piano compositions, this one is a rough techno instrumental. “Kaleid” is not produced by Depeche Mode and Flood, but just Depeche Mode.

The Trancentral Mix is by The KLF, a very popular techno band at that time and one of only 3 occasions that they did remix work for other artists, the other being So Hard and its B-side “It must be obvious” by the Pet Shop Boys and “What Is Dub?” by Moody Boys.

Capitol Mix uses the sample “I want to tell you my side of the case” from the Checkers speech by Richard Nixon.

A version of “Kaleid” was used as intro music for Depeche Mode’s world tour in 1990.

The music video for “Policy of Truth” is directed by Anton Corbijn and appears on the VHS collection Strange Too.

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