Depeche Mode

Profile:
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. 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, backing vocals
Alan Wilder (1982-95): keyboards, drums, backing vocals
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540016 Depeche Mode - Speak & Spell album art Depeche Mode Speak & Spell (Album) Mute 540016 France 1981 Sell This Version
92-37514, 92 37514 Depeche Mode - A Broken Frame album art Depeche Mode A Broken Frame (Album) Mute 92-37514, 92 37514 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
ORK 79210, STUMK 713 Depeche Mode - Construction Time Again album art Depeche Mode Construction Time Again (Album, Single) Mute ORK 79210, STUMK 713 Italy 1983 Sell This Version
CN 4303/S Depeche Mode - In Concert-320 album art Depeche Mode In Concert-320 BBC Transcription Services CN 4303/S UK 1984 Sell This Version
INT 446.812 Depeche Mode - Some Great Reward album art Depeche Mode Some Great Reward (Album) Mute INT 446.812 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
CN 4498/S Depeche Mode - In Concert - 345 album art Depeche Mode In Concert - 345(LP, Transcription) BBC Transcription Services CN 4498/S UK 1985 Sell This Version
WBMS 129 Depeche Mode - Live From Switzerland / Live From Scotland album art Depeche Mode / Aztec Camera Depeche Mode / Aztec Camera - Live From Switzerland / Live From Scotland(LP, Promo, Transcription) Sire, Warner Bros. Records WBMS 129 US 1985 Sell This Version
IC-85-17 Depeche Mode - In Concert album art Depeche Mode / Katrina And The Waves Depeche Mode / Katrina And The Waves - In Concert(2xLP, Transcription) Westwood One IC-85-17 US 1985 Sell This Version
C STUMM 26 Depeche Mode - Black Celebration album art Depeche Mode Black Celebration (Album) Mute C STUMM 26 Singapore, Malaysia & Hong Kong 1986 Sell This Version
92 56141 Depeche Mode - Music For The Masses album art Depeche Mode Music For The Masses (Album, Maxi, Single) Mute 92 56141 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
RL 44-7 Depeche Mode - Live In The Raw / Music For The Masses album art W.A.S.P. / Depeche Mode W.A.S.P. / Depeche Mode - Live In The Raw / Music For The Masses(LP, Transcription) AFRTS, United States Department Of Defense RL 44-7 US 1987 Sell This Version
Stumm 64 Depeche Mode - 101 album art Depeche Mode 101 (Album) Mute Stumm 64 UK 1988 Sell This Version
SA 4118 Depeche Mode - 101 (Les Cent Et Une Nuits) album art Depeche Mode 101 (Les Cent Et Une Nuits)(Cass, Promo, Dol) Mute Sonet France, Virgin SA 4118 France 1989 Sell This Version
C Stumm 64 Depeche Mode - Violator album art Depeche Mode Violator (Album, Maxi, Single) Mute C Stumm 64 Malaysia 1990 Sell This Version
PRO-C-4329 Depeche Mode - The Wherehouse 3/20/90 album art Depeche Mode The Wherehouse 3/20/90(Cass, Promo) Sire, Mute, Reprise Records PRO-C-4329 US 1990 Sell This Version
PRO-A-5242 Depeche Mode - PRO-CD-5242 Selections From The Commercially Available Limited Edition Boxed Set Three (Singles 13-18) album art Depeche Mode PRO-CD-5242 Selections From The Commercially Available Limited Edition Boxed Set Three (Singles 13-18) Sire PRO-A-5242 US 1991 Sell This Version
PRO-CD-5192 Depeche Mode - PRO-CD-5192 Selections From The Commercially Available Limited Edition Box Sets One And Two album art Depeche Mode PRO-CD-5192 Selections From The Commercially Available Limited Edition Box Sets One And Two Sire, Reprise Records, Mute PRO-CD-5192 US 1991 Sell This Version
MD STUMM 106, INT 746.888 Depeche Mode - Songs Of Faith And Devotion album art Depeche Mode Songs Of Faith And Devotion (Album) Mute MD STUMM 106, INT 746.888 Germany 1993 Sell This Version
LCSTUMM 106 Depeche Mode - Songs Of Faith And Devotion Live album art Depeche Mode Songs Of Faith And Devotion Live (Album) Mute LCSTUMM 106 Sweden 1993 Sell This Version
TCD 0520 Depeche Mode - Profile Depeche Mode 1 - 2 album art Depeche Mode Profile Depeche Mode 1 - 2(2xCD, Transcription) BBC Transcription TCD 0520 UK 1993 Sell This Version
SHOW# 97-19 Depeche Mode - In The Zone - Depeche Mode * 1984 album art Depeche Mode In The Zone - Depeche Mode * 1984 Westwood One SHOW# 97-19 US 1997 Sell This Version
PCDStumm 148, INT 893247 Depeche Mode - Ultra album art Depeche Mode Ultra (Album, Single) Mute, Mute PCDStumm 148, INT 893247 Germany 1997 Sell This Version
CD REPS 119 Depeche Mode - Album Sampler + Remixes Single Barrel Of A Gun album art Depeche Mode Album Sampler + Remixes Single Barrel Of A Gun(CD, Promo, Smplr) Labels CD REPS 119 France 1997 Sell This Version
none Depeche Mode - Spin Session:  album art Depeche Mode Spin Session: (CD, Promo, Transcription) Westwood One Entertainment none US 1997 Sell This Version
PRO-CD-9541 Depeche Mode - Interview album art Depeche Mode Interview Mute PRO-CD-9541 US 1998 Sell This Version

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maxal

maxal

July 30, 2020
. . . To continue the below, Heroes appears on the Spirits In The Forest (Cd/Bluray) live collection (out June 26, 2020). Yay!

You get alot for your money with this collection.
maxal

maxal

March 8, 2020
PS - DM's version of Heroes is listed as "unofficial" on Discogs. From what I read in NME it is an "official" release on clear vinyl.

AS QUOTED ON NME:
"Tomorrow marks 40 years since Bowie released the title track from “Heroes” – the second in his acclaimed and so-called ‘Berlin Trilogy’. Having made their rendition a staple highlight of their ‘immaculate’ recent live sets, now Depeche Mode have honoured the song with an official cover and video recorded from the ‘Highline Sessions’ and directed by Tim Saccenti."
maxal

maxal

March 8, 2020
Not many have the voice to do David Bowie's Heroes justice. Dave Gahan does have the voice. And he sings it (Depeche Mode - Heroes (Highline Sessions Version) released 2017).

I'd love a copy of this on vinyl (and the clear vinyl seems run out at the moment) or even on CD - is it on CD?

Hopefully this release will be made more widely available.
illicitpulse

illicitpulse

February 6, 2020
Alan Wilder back in the fold for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction and 30th anniversary Violator tour. Wait that was a dream.
trunky

trunky

February 6, 2020
Much better. Very glad this has been cleaned up. If you want the live stuff, one click and there they all are! Brilliant. Was a complete mess before.
bbark01

bbark01

January 24, 2020
Ugh, so we now have 50 different CD's under one title (against the rules, and this artist is the only artist that has the live album series done one like this on Discogs), while other releases that could easily be cleaned up and moved to another section (transcription discs, interview CD's, etc.) still there....I get the desire for these to have their own section but doing it the wrong way isn't the way it should be done (at least in my opinion).
Spatzo

Spatzo

September 9, 2019
edited about 1 year ago
Ha...they finally cleaned this page up. Looks like the stink worked.
adam01

adam01

June 20, 2019
Hear, hear! Bring back the dream team. Some of the musicality has been missing since his departure.
Jarren

Jarren

May 13, 2019
edited about 1 year ago
I'm gonna throw it out there...

Would Martin be open to allowing Alan back into the fold, as a key member of the group musically / production wise, just for one album?

I'm not sure of course, but I imagine Alan would love to be back in DM, at least just for a year or so. Dave's been clean for 20 years, Martin's relaxed, Fletch is comfortable. No more stress.

It would be amazing for us fans to see what results it could bring.

The guys aren't getting any younger, let's not kid ourselves. And it would be a damn shame if the dream team didn't come together at least one more time.

We need the real Depeche Mode.
devotown

devotown

March 20, 2019
DM is one group the "Tracks" sorting section REALLY pays off for collectors.

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