As the old saying goes, heavy is the head that wears the crown.
The video for Depeche Mode’s Enjoy the Silence is simplicity in itself. Dave Gahan plays a king who searches the world, deck chair in hand, for a little silence. His quest takes him to the Scottish Highlands, the beaches of Portugal, and even the Swiss Alps.
This video was directed by Anton Corbijn, who has directed many videos for both Depeche Mode and U2 but who is probably destined to be forever remembered for directing the video for Nirvana’s Heart Shaped Box. Corbijn has also directed a handful of films, including the Ian Curtis biopic, Control, and Life, which was about the friendship between James Dean and Life photographer Dennis Stock.
As for Enjoy the Silence, it was Depeche Mode’s highest charting song in the U.S. It was also later covered by the former First Lady of France, Carla Bruni.