Color Theory presents Depeche Mode

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A one-man tribute to Depeche Mode, complete with two new instrumental interludes. The album reinvents eleven of their most underappreciated songs, and also includes the track "Ponytail Girl", the Color Theory original that was mistakenly credited as a Depeche Mode track from their Exciter album. To this day, several European web sites sell alternate versions of Exciter with “Ponytail Girl” included as a so-called “bonus track”. Remastered 11/1/11.


released November 25, 2003

Color Theory is Brian Hazard

Ponytail Girl written by Brian Hazard (ASCAP) © 2001

All other songs written by Martin L. Gore © 1982-2001
Published by EMI Blackwood Music Inc. (BMI) o/b/o EMI Music Publishing Ltd./Grabbing Hands Music Ltd.

Art design: Thomas Hanewinkel and Loren Stevenson
Photography: Thomas Epping
Model: Daniela Neuhäuser
Mastered by Resonance Mastering

Thanks to Thomas, whose encouragement and vision made this album possible, to Michelle and Cole, who made it meaningful, to Todd, who made it practical, to Mark, who made it readable, and to you the listener, who made it worthwhile.



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Color Theory Huntington Beach, California

80's synthpop is in my blood, but I only listen to music less than two years old. My songs strike a healthy balance. Anyone who took music lessons as a kid calls themselves "classically trained," but I stuck with it, earning a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance. After graduation, I left Beethoven and Brahms behind to pursue my first musical inspiration, Depeche Mode. ... more

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Track Name: Ponytail Girl
At 2 p.m. she eats a late lunch by design
So that she’ll have some self-control at dinnertime
Not much at all gets done on Friday afternoon
So who would mind if she should leave a little soon?
The welcome breath of open air
The daily driving regimen
Talk radio to fill her head
Until the exit’s missed again

At 4 p.m. her second shower of the day
She shuts her eyes and lets the workweek wash away
Repaints her toes and fingernails
Sprays on three dollars of perfume
Brushes her teeth
And tries on clothes
Until they clutter up the room

At 6 p.m. she shows up at her friend’s house late
We have to eat before the concert starts at eight
She says hello to our mutual friends
Hugs me a little bit too tight
They told me she came just for me
And now I see that they were right

It does nothing for me
But make me sad
That you did all this
For nothing

You had to know that I never saw you
As a star in my life’s fairytale
Did you think that you’d really change that at all
By putting your hair in a ponytail?