Depeche Mode founding member and keyboardist Vince Clarke wrote this song. It was inspired by "To Cut a Long Story Short" by Spandau Ballet, which was released earlier in 1980.
Early Depeche Mode, under the direction of Clarke, had a more upbeat sound. In our interview with Vince Clarke
, he explained: "Martin Gore writes in a different way than I do, so that's obviously the main difference. And they've developed this kind of a rock feel to their music. I'm more a fan of pop music, or I'm more of a fan of writing pop music, that's the most difference, I guess."