Music Video Monday: Depeche Mode: See You

Today we’re looking at See You, which is one of my favourite Depeche Mode songs. Yes, there’s a classic red phone box in the video, along with a lot of other gloriously 20th century tech. I promise I loved the song before I knew that!

Depeche Mode - See You

The video opens in a dark and deserted Hounslow train station, which is a good start. ‘London by night’ is one of my favourite settings. ‘London by night in the ’80s’ is even better.

Depeche Mode - See You

In a world before phone cameras, people actually used photo booths for purposes other than getting a terrible mugshot that will be immortalised on one’s passport/driving licence for ten years! The vague sort-of-plot of this video begins here, with these photos of a girl whom Dave Gahan is seeking, or something.

Depeche Mode - See You

I don’t remember ever seeing a photo booth on a train station platform! At first I assumed that the ‘Isle of Wight’ poster was for the music festival, but the festival wasn’t running in the ’80s, so it must just be a pretty tourism poster.

Depeche Mode - See You

The red phone box, which is the centre of a slightly odd scene where Dave stares at Martin Gore while he’s making a phone call, is obviously the very best bit of the video. Obviously.

Depeche Mode - See You

We suddenly cut to a Homebase-type store, which is full of the kind of chintzy-looking pink/peach lampshades that were absolutely everywhere when I was little.

Depeche Mode - See You

Conveniently, the store also has a photo booth in it, with more photos of the mysterious girl lying around. It’s interesting that photos from booths already had to be ‘passport approved’ in the early ’80s, as I thought that HM Passport Office only started to get really pernickety about rules for photos in the ’00s. It’d be nice if you still only had to pay 40p!

Depeche Mode - See You

It wouldn’t be a home improvement store without a TV department, and those are some super ’80s TVs.

Depeche Mode - See You

The music section actually looks very similar to a 2019 music section, as physical media has come full circle! I went into HMV the other day and popped up to the music floor out of sheer interest. It was all classic albums on vinyl as far as the eye could see, with the CDs relegated to a couple of racks at the back – because who buys CDs anymore? I didn’t spot any singles though.

Depeche Mode - See You

The girl in the photos turns out to be the cashier at the store, which (finally) explains why the setting randomly switched about two minutes previously. Dave buys a copy of the See You single, which is like an extra-specially dorky version of the dorky thing where bands wear their own band merch in public.

Depeche Mode - See You

The video ends with a slightly sinister CCTV monitoring scene, though I do like all the pretty computer keyboards. I remember when keyboard buttons were all orange and grey like that!

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22 thoughts to “Music Video Monday: Depeche Mode: See You”

  1. I think the store is Woolworths. Back in the early 80s many Woolworth stores had excellent record departments.

    1. Yep it was definitely the record dept I’m woollies I , worked there too at that time and recognise the uniform and the old fashioned tills ?

    1. I don’t know what her name is – there’s nothing about her online as far as I can see. Sorry!

    2. The girl is julia gale,she was in hot gossip the dance group who appeared on the kenny everett video show, her brother is peter duncan who used to be on blue peter in the 70s and 80s.
      Im her cousin so thats how i know her.
      Hope this helps.

      1. Did she appear in music videos for groups also? I remember her in one for Depeche Mode (“See You”) and also I think she did others (Cool for Cats by Squeeze?)

  2. Love this tune…The store is Woolworths in Hounslow, West London, it closed down about 10 years ago, and the rest of Houslow High street has sadly gone to the dogs

    1. So it is the one in Hounslow and this was posted in 2021. I used use the café in the late 2000’s. Woolies went bust in the great crash of 2008

  3. It was a British Home Store shop!!!! 2:38 secs in you can see Dave walk across the cafe that was present in all their stores.

    1. Is it Woolies or BHS? There seems to be a little debate emerging. The consensus appears to be in favour of Woolies but it doesn’t mean that you are wrong

      1. Yeah it’s interesting, I’ve no idea myself as I don’t know Hounslow well but it’s good to hear from people who knew it back then!

    2. On the Depeche Mode youtube channel, in the comments for the ‘See You’ video, someone claims to have walked into the store when this was being filmed. They said it was Woolworths in Hounslow. Of course, they could have misremembered, it was a long time ago.

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