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, and chief songwriter from 1980 until 1981).

Depeche Mode released their debut record "Speak & Spell," in 1981, bringing them into the British new-wave scene. Soon after the release of the album, Clarke decided to quit the band, leaving them to record their next album, 1982's "A Broken Frame," as a trio. 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, thus establishing a line-up that would continue for the next thirteen years.

1983's groundbreaking "Construction Time Again," and 1984's "Some Great Reward," gained the band extensive popularity in the US. The subsequent releases of 1986's "Black Celebration," and 1987's "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, titled "101," where they drew a crowd in excess of 60,000 people. The latter end of the US tour was recorded and released on VHS video, and was titled "101." The show itself was recorded and released as a double live album, and carried the same title.

In the new decade, Depeche Mode released 1990's "Violator," which was a massive mainstream success. The subsequent album, 1993's "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. This album was recorded during the height of Dave Gahan's near-fatal drug abuse, Martin Gore's alcoholism and seizures, along with Andrew Fletcher's bout with serious depression. For these reasons, their no worldwide tour for this album. In 1998, the band released "The Singles 81 > 85," which was a re-issue of 1985's "The Singles 81 → 85." The latter release contained "Photographic (Some Bizarre Version) & "Just Can't Get Enough (Schizo Remix)."

They also released "The Singles 86>98," and there was a subsequent world tour, titled "The Singles Tour."

The release of 2001's "Exciter," confirmed Depeche Mode's willingness to remain together, the subsequent, and very successful. The "Exciter Tour," was their first tour in support of an original album since 1993. Again, the band did tour in 1998 to support the aforementioned "The Singles 86–98," compilation albums.

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

Former members:
Vince Clarke (1980-81): keyboards, backing vocals
Alan Wilder (1982-95): keyboards, drums, backing vocals
Andrew Fletcher†: (1980-2022) keyboards
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XM5S 3642, XM5S-3642 Speak & Spell — Depeche Mode Depeche Mode Speak & Spell (Album) Mute XM5S 3642, XM5S-3642 Canada 1981 Sell This Version
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9 23751-4, 4-23751 A Broken Frame — Depeche Mode Depeche Mode A Broken Frame (Album) Mute 9 23751-4, 4-23751 US 1982 Sell This Version
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92-39004, 92 39004 Construction Time Again — Depeche Mode Depeche Mode Construction Time Again (Album, Single) Mute 92-39004, 92 39004 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
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CN 4303/S In Concert-320 — Depeche Mode Depeche Mode In Concert-320 BBC Transcription Services CN 4303/S UK 1984 Sell This Version
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INT 446.812 Some Great Reward — Depeche Mode Depeche Mode Some Great Reward (Album) Mute INT 446.812 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
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CN 4498/S In Concert - 345 — Depeche Mode Depeche Mode In Concert - 345(LP, Transcription) BBC Transcription Services CN 4498/S UK 1985 Sell This Version
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WBMS 129 Live From Switzerland / Live From Scotland — Depeche Mode 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
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OFPC 13 In Concert — Depeche Mode Depeche Mode In Concert(LP, Promo, Transcription) Westwood One OFPC 13 France 1985 Sell This Version
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IC-85-17 Westwood One In Concert — Depeche Mode Depeche Mode / Katrina And The Waves Depeche Mode / Katrina And The Waves - Westwood One In Concert(2xLP, Transcription) Westwood One IC-85-17 US 1985 Sell This Version
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C STUMM 26 Black Celebration — Depeche Mode Depeche Mode Black Celebration (Album) Mute C STUMM 26 Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong & Thailand 1986 Sell This Version
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STUMM 47, STUMM 46047 Music For The Masses — Depeche Mode Depeche Mode Music For The Masses (Album, Maxi, Single) Mute STUMM 47, STUMM 46047 Belgium 1987 Sell This Version
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RL 44-7 Live In The Raw / Music For The Masses — Depeche Mode 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
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Stumm 64 101 — Depeche Mode Depeche Mode 101 (Album) Mute Stumm 64 UK 1988 Sell This Version
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SA 4118 101 (Les Cent Et Une Nuits) — Depeche Mode Depeche Mode 101 (Les Cent Et Une Nuits)(Cass, Promo, Dol) Mute Sonet France, Virgin SA 4118 France 1989 Sell This Version
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PRO-C-4329 ... The Wherehouse 3/20/90 — Depeche Mode Depeche Mode ... The Wherehouse 3/20/90 Sire, Mute, Reprise Records PRO-C-4329 US 1990 Sell This Version
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C Stumm 64 Violator — Depeche Mode Depeche Mode Violator (Album, Maxi, Single) Mute C Stumm 64 Malaysia 1990 Sell This Version
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PRO-A-5242 PRO-CD-5242 Selections From The Commercially Available Limited Edition Boxed Set Three (Singles 13-18) — Depeche Mode 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
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PRO-CD-5192 PRO-CD-5192 Selections From The Commercially Available Limited Edition Box Sets One And Two — Depeche Mode 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
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C STUMM 106, 920 668-4 Songs Of Faith And Devotion — Depeche Mode Depeche Mode Songs Of Faith And Devotion (Album) Mute C STUMM 106, 920 668-4 Turkey 1993 Sell This Version
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LCSTUMM 106 Songs Of Faith And Devotion / Live... — Depeche Mode Depeche Mode Songs Of Faith And Devotion / Live... (Album) Mute LCSTUMM 106 Sweden 1993 Sell This Version
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TCD 0520 Profile Depeche Mode 1 - 2 — Depeche Mode Depeche Mode Profile Depeche Mode 1 - 2(2xCD, Transcription) BBC Transcription TCD 0520 UK 1993 Sell This Version
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93-47 On The Edge — Depeche Mode Depeche Mode On The Edge(CD, Promo, Transcription) Westwood One 93-47 US 1993 Sell This Version
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93-33 Just Can't Get Enough — Depeche Mode Depeche Mode Just Can't Get Enough(2xCD, Promo, Transcription) Westwood One 93-33 US 1993 Sell This Version
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97-19 In The Zone — Depeche Mode Depeche Mode In The Zone Westwood One 97-19 US 1997 Sell This Version
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none Ultra — Depeche Mode Depeche Mode Ultra (Album, MiniAlbum, Single) Mute none US 1996 Sell This Version

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unusualchannels

unusualchannels

September 4, 2022
Wilder was the unsung hero of the outfit. DM’s music since his departure has been terrible, diminishing their legacy.
Jasjeet

Jasjeet

August 1, 2022
Gore + Wilder better than Lennon + McCartney...prove me wrong...
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Musicland24

Musicland24

July 22, 2022
Rip Andrew! And if for a new album it could be a new line-up of 4 members??? Dave Gahan, Martin L. Gore, Alan Wilder and... Vince Clarke!!!! It would be so huge!
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tribalmixes

tribalmixes

June 11, 2022
DM has one of the biggest lists of lists on the bottom of this page... that is the real appreciation of the band's input in world's electronic music legacy
depecheduran87

depecheduran87

May 28, 2022
Thank You Fletch for being part of the band that has been an influence on my life for decades. I know that you are in good hands where you are now. You are playing with Bowie. You are playing with Freddie. You are playing with Ian. And enjoying a pint. You will be missed here on earth but you will live on in our hearts and in the music of all that you have inspired.
AGE-Trading-Germany

AGE-Trading-Germany

May 28, 2022
Thank you Fletch,
you and your band mates wrote the soundtrack to my life.
Will carry you in my heart forever!

Escapist

Escapist

May 27, 2022
Depeche Mode has been with me for as long as I've had music in my soul. For as long as music has been my constant for thought and reflection and booty shakin'. Sure, my music tastes have changed every decade or so but DM's always been there. Aside from Vince Clarke leaving after the first album and Alan Wilder leaving after Songs of Faith and Devotion the mainstays David Gahan, Martin Gore and the late Andrew Fletcher have been churning out some great stuff. Losing Fletch is a big deal. He was the instrumentalist. He was the "straight man" of the band that rarely took the spotlight and even less: praise for his work. For me, he was an essential part of the group and I can't see DM existing without him. It would be great if Wilder or even Clarke came back into the fold but that is highly unlikely. After a long career I'd like to see the boys retire and enjoy their lives. They don't owe the public anything. Fletch passing is a hint that they should realize that life is fleeting and stepping out of the business now might be the right thing to do.
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Spinecrawler

Spinecrawler

May 26, 2022
edited 4 months ago
do hope with such sad news a reunion of sorts for remaining members to reform and make the album that should have been (Vince Clarke) (Alan Wilder)
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MonoInTheMoon

MonoInTheMoon

May 26, 2022
May you rest in peace dear Fletch. I will miss your handclapping.
My thoughts goes out to friends and family.
Spatzo

Spatzo

May 26, 2022
Rest easy Fletch. Glad I got to see you live many times. Wonder if they're done
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