Playlist: Personal Jesus

“Personal Jesus” is Depeche Mode’s 23rd UK single, released on 29 August 1989, and the first single from the album Violator. The single reached No. 13 on the UK Singles Chart and No. 28 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was the first single to make the US Top 40 for the band since their 1984 single “People Are People” and was their first gold-certified single in the US (quickly followed by the band’s subsequent single, “Enjoy the Silence”).

Since its release, the song has been covered by numerous artists including Gravity Kills, Marilyn Manson, Jerry Williams, Lollipop Lust Kill, Nina Hagen, and Johnny Cash. [Wikipedia]

Depeche Mode – Personal Jesus

“Personal Jesus” is Depeche Mode’s 23rd UK single, released on 29 August 1989, and the first single from the album Violator. The single reached No. 13 on the UK Singles Chart and No. 28 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was the first single to make the US Top 40 for the band since their 1984 single “People Are People” and was their first gold-certified single in the US (quickly followed by the band’s subsequent single, “Enjoy the Silence”).

The song was inspired by the book Elvis and Me by Priscilla Presley. According to songwriter Martin Gore:
“It’s a song about being a Jesus for somebody else, someone to give you hope and care. It’s about how Elvis was her man and her mentor and how often that happens in love relationships; how everybody’s heart is like a god in some way, and that’s not a very balanced view of someone, is it?” More