Depeche Mode

Depeche Mode

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English electronic music band formed March 1980 in Basildon, Essex, and named after a popular French fashion magazine. The group's original line-up consisted of Dave Gahan (lead vocals, occasional songwriter since 2005), Martin Gore (keyboards, guitar, vocals, chief songwriter after 1981), Andy Fletcher (keyboards), and Vince Clarke (keyboards, chief songwriter from 1980 until 1981). Depeche Mode released their debut record in 1981, Speak & Spell, bringing the band onto the British new wave scene. Clarke left the band after the release of the album, leaving the band as a trio to record A Broken Frame, released the following year. Gore took over lead songwriting duties and, later in 1982, Alan Wilder (keyboards, drums, occasional songwriter) officially joined the band to fill Clarke's spot, establishing a line up that would continue for the next thirteen years.

The band's last albums of the 1980s, Black Celebration and Music for the Masses, established them as a dominant force on the mainstream electronic music scene. A highlight of this era was the band's concert at the Pasadena Rose Bowl, where they drew a crowd in excess of 60,000 people. In the new decade, Depeche Mode released Violator, a mainstream success. The subsequent album, Songs of Faith and Devotion, and the supporting Devotional Tour exacerbated tensions within the band to the point where Alan Wilder quit in 1995, leading to intense media and fan speculation that the band would split. Now a trio once again, the band released Ultra in 1997, recorded at the height of Gahan's near-fatal drug abuse, Gore's alcoholism and seizures and Fletcher's depression. The release of Exciter confirmed Depeche Mode's willingness to remain together, the subsequent, and very successful, Exciter Tour being their first tour in support of an original album in eight years since the Devotional Tour, although the band had toured in 1998 to support The Singles 86–98 compilation album.

Depeche Mode have had fifty songs in the UK Singles Chart and thirteen top 10 albums in the UK charts, two of which debuted at No. 1. Depeche Mode have to this day sold over 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the most commercially successful electronic bands and one of the world's best-selling music artists in the world. Q magazine calls Depeche Mode "the most popular electronic band the world has ever known" and included the band in the list of the "50 Bands That Changed the World!". Depeche Mode also rank number 98 on VH1's "100 Greatest Artists Of All Time.

Current lineup:
Martin L. Gore: keyboards, guitar, vocals
Dave Gahan: lead vocals
Andrew Fletcher: keyboards

Former members:
Vince Clarke (1980-81): keyboards
Alan Wilder (1982-95): keyboards, drums
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Depeche Mode Discography

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Depeche Mode Speak & Spell (Album) Mute France 1981 Sell This Version
Depeche Mode A Broken Frame (Album) Mute Italy 1982 Sell This Version
Depeche Mode Construction Time Again (Album) Mute Japan 1983 Sell This Version
Depeche Mode In Concert-320 BBC Transcription Services UK 1984 Sell This Version
Depeche Mode Some Great Reward (Album) Mute Canada 1984 Sell This Version
Depeche Mode Black Celebration (Album) Mute Australia 1986 Sell This Version
Depeche Mode Music For The Masses (Album, Maxi, Single) Mute US 1987 Sell This Version
Depeche Mode 101 (Album) Mute Philippines 1988 Sell This Version
SA 4118 Depeche Mode 101 (Les Cent Et Une Nuits)(Cass, Promo) Mute Sonet France, Virgin SA 4118 France 1989 Sell This Version
Depeche Mode Violator (Album, Maxi, Single) Mute Israel 1990 Sell This Version
Depeche Mode Songs Of Faith And Devotion Live (Album) Mute South Korea 1993 Sell This Version
Depeche Mode Songs Of Faith And Devotion (Album) Mute Malaysia 1993 Sell This Version
TCD 0520 Depeche Mode Profile: Depeche Mode 1 - 2(2xCD, Transcription) BBC Transcription TCD 0520 UK 1993 Sell This Version
Depeche Mode Ultra (Album, Single) Mute UK 1997 Sell This Version
Depeche Mode Interview Mute US 1998 Sell This Version
Depeche Mode Exciter (Album) Mute US 2001 Sell This Version
IPKCDSTUMM190 Depeche Mode Exciter (Multimedia & Interview CD)(CD-ROM + CD + Promo) Mute IPKCDSTUMM190 UK 2001 Sell This Version
Depeche Mode Playing The Angel (Album) Mute, Mute South Africa 2005 Sell This Version
Depeche Mode Touring The Angel - Waldbühne, Berlin, Germany - 120706 (Album) Live Here Now UK 2006 Sell This Version
Depeche Mode Touring The Angel - Waldbühne, Berlin, Germany - 280606 (Album) Live Here Now UK 2006 Sell This Version
Depeche Mode Touring The Angel - Waldbuhne, Berlin, Germany - 130706 (Album) Live Here Now UK 2006 Sell This Version
Depeche Mode Touring The Angel - Rock Am Ring Festival, Nuerburgring, Germany - 040606 (Album) Live Here Now UK 2006 Sell This Version
Depeche Mode Touring The Angel - Warsaw, Legia Stadium, Poland - 090606 (Album) Live Here Now UK 2006 Sell This Version
Depeche Mode Touring The Angel - Wireless Festival, London, UK - 250606 (Album) Live Here Now UK 2006 Sell This Version
Depeche Mode Touring The Angel - Festwiese Leipzig, Germany - 150706 (Album) Live Here Now UK 2006 Sell This Version

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dneaeade

dneaeade

August 22, 2016
I started being a fan from "A Question Of Time"/"Strangelove" to being a hardcore fan up until the end of the Violator era. SOFAD was not the direction I was expecting them to take at all (I was expecting more moody tracks like "Happiest Girl" or "Sea Of Sin" but I was really against them taking the "rock" and distorted guitars route), so they kinda lost me a little bit since 1993. I loved "Precious" and the "Playing The Angel" album and I still buy their albums but I won't be collecting everything like I use to in the 80's. Their golden age was 1981-1992 to me. Period.
mormexx

mormexx

May 21, 2016
edited 4 months ago
My favourite band of all time!!!
They where a groundbreaking band early 80's the 90's and still going strong.
They inspired so many bands, their legacy will live forever.
hobnob55

hobnob55

February 26, 2016
was the BT mix of no good every released ?
Halo-rez

Halo-rez

September 30, 2015
Never the same after Alan left. My favorite albums since then are "Ultra" and "Playing The Angel", I can barely listen to Sounds and Delta. So sad. As often as I think "I wish John Lennon and Dwayne Goettel hadn't died", I think " I wish Alan hadn't left Depeche".
disco2

disco2

March 28, 2015
the best groupe newwave always Depeche Mode i like very much best song and music it s more difficult for choise a single or albums .
donfuggen

donfuggen

December 17, 2014
I liked them better before they turned into some half-assed blues band.
OapTao

OapTao

December 16, 2014
I've been fanatised with Depeche Mode when I've discovered them with the mega-hits "People are people" and "Master and Servant". I followed them religiously until "Songs of Faith and Devotion" without any doubt. My doubts began to awake when Alan Wilder left the band and when their songs became more tortured. I continue to buy their albums anyway, with criticism but still religiously. They're no more the core of my electro addiction (the place is taken by Juno Reactor now), but I'm still in infinite respect and esteem for their integrity. They've been the greatest electro/synthpop band in the whole world without any concession to any "mode"!
xymoxis

xymoxis

October 27, 2014
It was Depeche Mode that turned me to the 'other side' (new wave) in 1983/84. I still have all my 12" singles - at least 30 including some rare collectibles. I never stopped from that point. Saw them them live in 1985 in Detroit at a small venue, then 5 more shows - 88', 90', 93', 99', and 2009. I have the entire SACD collection - one is not even opened. My wife is even more of a Mode freak to say the least, so i bought her an RIAA award from Songs of Devotion for an anniversary. I guess we'll always be in the 'Mode'!
nmoney

nmoney

March 8, 2014
all the time doing good music
orac101

orac101

December 7, 2013
A sobering thought to think that I've been a Mode addict ever since I bought 'New Life' on 7" back in the Summer of 1981 - fast forward by a good few decades and the current album 'Delta Machine' has rarely left my turntable. I recently sold my huge CD collection of Mode singles and I'm currently snapping up all the old Mute releases on gorgeous vinyl having always loved the vast majority of remixes. It's a slow (and expensive) job tracking down these gems but you really have to hear cutting edge mixes such as Kruder & Dormeister take on 'Useless' and the epic 11 minute Gus Gus remix of 'Only When I lose Myself'.
Depeche will always be mighty in my eyes and to see them play to a packed 02 Arena in London in November 2013 was an astonishing experience to think they can still pull off such a show. Electronic legends indeed and everyone should have a Mode collection on vinyl :)

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