Depeche Mode Back on Track

October 6 [16:00 EDT] -- Depeche Mode are getting back on track with a new single and video this month and plan on releasing new material and touring in 1998. Reports from the L.A. Times and the band's website say that the group will release an enhanced double CD single November 18 with remix and album versions of the songs "Useless" and "Home" from their album "Ultra," which was released last Spring. The CD-R will also feature the first two singles, "Barrel of a Gun" and "It's No Good."

"Home" was the third single released in Europe but it was never issued in North America. Remixes of the "Useless" single are courtesy of CJ Bolland, Barry Adamson, Kruder & Dorfmeister, and Cosmic Blues. A video of the song was shot in Wales in late August/early in September with famed filmster Anton Corbjin.

Mute Records via the Internet confirms that the band is working on new material for a "Best of" album, and are planning a world tour for 1998, Depeche Mode's first in five years.

The band did not tour to support "Ultra" to allow singer Dave Gahan to recover from drug addiction.