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  • Black Sheep Hit: "Just Can't Get Enough" stands as this by the standards of Depeche Mode's later work, though even in the context of its parent album, it's unusually poppy and upbeat even compared to the other poppy and upbeat songs that precede it. Even today, "Just Can't Get Enough" remains one of Depeche Mode's best-known songs despite it being nowhere near similar to their usual oeuvre.
  • Creator Backlash: The members of Depeche Mode went on to hold Speak & Spell in poor regard, largely because it was more of a Vince Clarke solo album for the most part and didn't reflect what the band would ultimately turn out to be. Martin Gore and Andy Fletcher are particularly sour about "What's Your Name?", considering it their least favorite Depeche Mode song.
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  • Refitted for Sequel: Vince Clarke would later rework a number of songs on the album in his later careers with Yazoo and Erasure. In particular, "Nodisco" would be reworked as Yazoo's "Don't Go", and "Boys Say Go" would become Erasure's debut single "Who Needs Love (Like That)".
  • What Could Have Been: The band's debut single "Dreaming of Me" was considered for inclusion on the album, but was cut from the UK release due to it nowhere near as successful as "New Life" and "Just Can't Get Enough". The single was, however, added to the US release by Sire Records, albeit in exchange for cutting "I Sometimes Wish I Was Dead", and an alternate mix was included as a bonus track on Mute's initial CD release.
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