If certain members of the team had got their way - and they nearly did - we’d have put 15 Depeche Mode tracks in here. Everything Counts, New Life, Policy Of Truth… all great choices. But fortunately, saner voices prevailed and Stripped was the one that made the cut, for that soaring synth thunder at the end that still sends a tingle down your spine nearly a quarter of a century after the song was written.
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