101 is a live album and documentary by Depeche Mode released in 1989 chronicling the final leg of the band's Music for the Masses Tour and the final show at the Pasadena Rose Bowl.httphttp Group member Alan Wilder is credited with coming up with the name; the performance was the 101st and final performance of the tour (and coincidentally also a famous highway in the area). The film was directed and produced by D.A. Pennebaker.
The film covers several Depeche Mode fans, mainly Christopher Hardwick, Oliver Chesler (a.k.a. The Horrorist), and Jay Serken, and their respective girlfriends, who were picked out of a crowd at the Malibu Night Club in Lido Beach, Long Island, New York and allowed to tour with Depeche Mode through the last leg of their 1988 North American tour.
The film begins by showing a clip of Depeche Mode entering an empty Rose Bowl stadium in an old American car. This is where they announce their concert at the Rose Bowl during a live press conference there. The majority of the film revolves around the experiences of the fans traveling with Depeche Mode (in a separate bus and in separate hotel rooms). There are a few instances of band members fraternizing with the fans, but most of the film shows each group in separate situations. There is some footage of the band before various shows getting ready in the dressing room backstage.
The last part shows a live recording of Depeche Mode's sellout show at the Rose Bowl, where 60.000 people were in attendance. The film of the concert is not complete, however, as it does not present the entire concert from beginning to end; rather, it contains twelve of their greatest hits at the time, pieced together by Pennebaker.
In 2003 the film was released on a two-disc DVD with the main film on the first disc. The second disc had interviews with the three fans and their experiences with the band. There were also interviews with Dave Gahan, Martin Gore, and Andrew Fletcher talking about their solo projects which they were working on at the time (Gahan - Paper Monsters, Gore - Counterfeit e.p., Fletch - Client). All three interviews were conducted separately by Pennebaker and Hegedus. At the time, the commentary on the film was recorded at separate times and edited together later. Alan Wilder, who left the band almost seven years after 101 in 1995, chose not to be interviewed. Finally, there was an interview with Daniel Miller and on the state of Depeche Mode, and includes comments on Vince Clarke and the old Depeche Mode days, and manager Jonathan Kessler.
In addition to the interviews there was also isolated video footage of the concert, including new footage.
In 2003, Mute Records reissued 101 as a hybrid SACD. In essence, the two-disc set contained 101 in three formats - multi-channel SACD, stereo SACD and PCM stereo (CD audio). The multi-channel audio was presented in 5.1 and gave a better representation of the live experience. The SACD was not released in North America.
Due to pressing errors, however, the first run of the set was marred by a mis-encoded multi-channel SACD layer that skipped and was unlistenable on the first disc. The stereo SACD and CD audio layers were unaffected.
As a bonus hidden track, the multi-channel layer also included the full version of "Pimpf".
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