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[April, 1986] Everything Counts in Large Amounts

April 28th 1986

Dear Diary

a girl named Fay is coming for the second to the last days of Passover. I am so happy because She is my best frend.

Teusday April 24 1986

Dear Diary

Today is my frends Fay birthday. I went to her and today is still passover. I am so excited to go there. I got her a present and she loved it.

Just can't get...?

Just can't get...?

Fay was the granddaughter of our downstairs neighbors, an elderly Jewish couple who took us in as family when my parents and I immigrated in 1982. Fay lived in Ohio, so I only saw her once or twice a year, but those visits were easily some of the happiest moments of my childhood.  

She had an older sister, Jade, who also came to visit that Passover. Jade was 16 and talked mostly about make-up and music. She wanted to be a model and I found her sophisticated and intimidating. She was obsessed with Depeche Mode and made me listen to one of their songs on her Walkman. The electronic sounds and Dave Gahan’s deep voice was a dark and strange sonic experience for me, one that I found jarring and did not want to repeat.

It would be over a decade until I rediscovered Depeche Mode and grew to love their music, especially their work from the ’80s, which I was too young to appreciate back then. 

But I still remember hearing their music for the first time and I still remember Jade teaching me the correct way to apply eyeliner. I wish I could send my teenage self back in time to be friends with her.

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  1. August 22, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    Depeche Mode ’80s kind of still rocks my soxs!

    • damiella
      August 22, 2009 at 7:00 pm

      I think they did a lot of good music after the ’80’s too, a lot of it just got really played out (like the songs off Violator). I just saw them live a couple of weeks ago and they sounded great!

  2. September 1, 2016 at 11:14 pm

    Wow, I remember hearing Depeche Mode as a kid and being creeped out by them, too. It was very unsettling. It wasn’t until my mid-teens when I heard them again and I actually liked the music then. People Are People and Blasphemous Rumors are two of my favourites.

    • September 2, 2016 at 11:23 am

      Yeah, I’m a huge fan of theirs now. But it’s clearly a sign Depeche Mode should never do an album for kids.

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