Enjoy The Silence (Reinterpreted)

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"Enjoy The Silence (Reinterpreted)"
Single by Depeche Mode
from the album Remixes 81-04
Recorded 2004
Released October 18, 2004
Format Digital, Cassette, CD, Vinyl
Length 3:30
Writer(s) Martin Gore
Producer(s) Mike Shinoda
Label Mute Records

Remixes 81·04 track listing
  1. Never Let Me Down Again (Split Mix)
  2. Personal Jesus (Pump Mix)
  3. Barrel Of A Gun (Underworld Hard Mix)
  4. Route 66 (Beatmasters Mix)
  5. Useless (The Kruder + Dorfmeister Session ™)
  6. In Your Room (The Jeep Rock Mix)
  7. Home (Air 'Around The Golf' Remix)
  8. Strangelove (Blind Mix)
  9. I Feel You (Renegade Soundwave Afghan Surgery Mix)
  10. Just Can't Get Enough (Schizo Mix)
  11. Halo (Goldfrapp Remix)
  12. Enjoy The Silence (Reinterpreted)

"Enjoy The Silence" is a song by the English electronic band Depeche Mode, taken from their seventh studio album, Violator. The song was recorded in 1989 and released on 16 January 1990 as the album's second single.

It was re-released as a single in 2004 for the band's remix project Remixes 81–04. On the standard edition of the album (with 1 dot on the title), Mike Shinoda's remix is track 12, but on the Limited Edition (3-CD edition with 3 dots on the title) it is track 13 on disc 3. The remix isn't found on the 2-CD edition (with 2 dots) of the album.

Singles were released for 3 remixes of "Enjoy The Silence", each of which can be differentiated by the number of dots on the title: Mike's remix has either 1 or none while "Timo Maas Extended Remix" has 2 or 3 and "Richard X Extended Mix" has 4. Promo releases are titled "Enjoy The Silence (Reinterpreted)" while singles are titled "Enjoy The Silence 04".


Martin Gore explained how the song came together on issue 37 of Bong Magazine (the official Depeche Mode fan club magazine): "This was the only time ever in the studio when we thought we had a hit single. When I finished the demo of this song it was more of a ballad and sounded a bit like the harmonium version that came out on one of the formats. Alan had this idea to speed it up and make it a bit more disco which I was really averse to at first, because I thought ‘the song is called 'Enjoy The Silence' and it’s supposed to be about serenity, and serenity doesn’t go with the disco beat’. So I was sulking for about two days but after he sped it up, I got used to it and added the guitar part, which adds to the whole atmosphere. We could really hear that it had a crossover potential. I have to say that I was sulking for two days for no reason."[1]

As for the meaning of the song, he said, "It's just about a feeling of not wanting anything else, feeling totally satisfied, and even the words and everything seem an intrusion. You don't need anything else, you're totally happy. It's a nice song, it's nice, that's a way to put it, it's nice."[2]

On Depeche Mode's 2004 album Remixes 81-04, "Enjoy The Silence" was reimagined by Mike Shinoda[3] as a distortion guitar-driven version of the song, in which he imprinted what, at the time, was Linkin Park's distinctive nu-metal sound. His bandmate Rob Bourdon contributed with drums to the remix.

Linkin Park wrote about the impact Depeche Mode's music had on them: "We grew up on the band. They were one of our earliest influences--from the sounds they used to the ways they put a song together."[4]


CD Single

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1 Enjoy The Silence (Reinterpreted) Martin Gore 3:32
2 Halo (Goldfrapp Remix) Martin Gore 4:22
3 Enjoy The Silence (Video) Martin Gore 3:25

Promo Single

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1 Enjoy The Silence (Reinterpreted By Mike Shinoda) Martin Gore 3:32
2 Enjoy The Silence (Richard X Mix) Martin Gore 3:30
3 Enjoy The Silence (Ewan Pearson Remix Radio Edit) Martin Gore 3:33

Promo Vinyl Single 1

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1 Enjoy The Silence (Reinterpreted By Mike Shinoda) Martin Gore 3:32
2 Nothing (Headcleanr Rock Mix) Martin Gore 3:30
3 Halo (Goldfrapp Remix) Martin Gore 4:22

Promo Vinyl Single 2

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1 Enjoy The Silence (Reinterpreted By Mike Shinoda) Martin Gore 3:32
2 Enjoy The Silence (Ewan Pearson Extended Remix) Martin Gore 8:39
3 Enjoy The Silence (Richard X Extended Mix) Martin Gore 8:22
4 Enjoy The Silence (Timo Maas Extended Remix) Martin Gore 8:41
5 Enjoy The Silence (Cicada Remix) Martin Gore 6:18
6 Something To Do (Black Strobe Remix) Martin Gore 7:11

Music Video

An animated music video was directed by Uwe Flade. Monitors in the animation show performances of "Enjoy the Silence" excerpted from Devotional and One Night in Paris, as well as footage from a concert from The Singles Tour filmed in Cologne in 1998 for MTV.


Note: Only the date of the very first release of each version is listed.

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Enjoy The Silence (Reinterpreted) Enjoy The Silence 04

Remixes 81-04

3:30 2004 October 18, 2004
  • Remix by Mike Shinoda.
  • Features guitar, bass, piano and keyboards by Mike Shinoda and drums by Rob Bourdon.
Enjoy The Silence (Mike Shinoda Mix) Remixes 81-04 (Unmastered) 3:33 2004
  • Different mix.
  • The CD dates from August 14, 2004.[5]
  • Released on LPLive for free download on August 6, 2018.



  • Drums – Rob Bourdon
  • Guitar, Bass, Piano, Keyboards – Mike Shinoda
  • Vocals - David Gahan


  • Mixed By – Mark "Spike" Stent
  • Mixed By [Assistant] – David Treahearn
  • Mixed By [2nd Assistant] – Rob Haggett
  • Remix [Reinterpreted By] – Mike Shinoda
  • Producer – Depeche Mode
  • Co-producer – Flood
  • Written-By – Martin L. Gore
  • Mastered By – Mike Marsh



External Links

  • Enjoy The Silence (Reinterpreted) (Music Video): WBR | WBR2