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 Tracks

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Depeche Mode - Speak & Spell album art Depeche Mode Speak & Spell (Album) Mute Scandinavia 1981 Sell This Version
Depeche Mode - A Broken Frame album art Depeche Mode A Broken Frame (Album) Mute Spain 1982 Sell This Version
Depeche Mode - Construction Time Again album art Depeche Mode Construction Time Again (Album) Mute Japan 1983 Sell This Version
Depeche Mode - In Concert-320 album art Depeche Mode In Concert-320 BBC Transcription Services UK 1984 Sell This Version
Depeche Mode - Some Great Reward album art Depeche Mode Some Great Reward (Album) Mute Canada 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
Depeche Mode - In The Zone - Depeche Mode * 1984 album art Depeche Mode / Katrina And The Waves Depeche Mode / Katrina And The Waves - In The Zone - Depeche Mode * 1984 Westwood One US 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
Depeche Mode - Black Celebration album art Depeche Mode Black Celebration (Album) Mute US 1986 Sell This Version
Depeche Mode - Music For The Masses album art Depeche Mode Music For The Masses (Album, Maxi, Single) Mute Australia 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
Depeche Mode - 101 album art Depeche Mode 101 (Album) Mute 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) Mute Sonet France, Virgin SA 4118 France 1989 Sell This Version
Depeche Mode - Violator album art Depeche Mode Violator (Album, Maxi, Single) Mute Greece 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
Depeche Mode - Songs Of Faith And Devotion Live album art Depeche Mode Songs Of Faith And Devotion Live (Album) Mute South Korea 1993 Sell This Version
Depeche Mode - Songs Of Faith And Devotion album art Depeche Mode Songs Of Faith And Devotion (Album) Mute Germany 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
Depeche Mode - Ultra album art Depeche Mode Ultra (Album, Single, Comp) Mute, Mute UK 1997 Sell This Version
none Depeche Mode - Spin Session:  album art Depeche Mode Spin Session: (CD, Promo) Westwood One Radio Network none US 1997 Sell This Version
Depeche Mode - Interview album art Depeche Mode Interview Mute US 1998 Sell This Version
Depeche Mode - Exciter album art Depeche Mode Exciter (Album) Mute US 2001 Sell This Version
IPKCDSTUMM190 Depeche Mode - Exciter (Multimedia & Interview CD) album art Depeche Mode Exciter (Multimedia & Interview CD)(CD-ROM + CD + Promo) Mute IPKCDSTUMM190 UK 2001 Sell This Version
Depeche Mode - Playing The Angel album art Depeche Mode Playing The Angel (Album) Mute, Mute Ukraine 2005 Sell This Version
Depeche Mode - Touring The Angel - 4th June 2006 - Rock Am Ring, Nurburgring, Germany album art Depeche Mode Touring The Angel - 4th June 2006 - Rock Am Ring, Nurburgring, Germany Live Here Now, Live Here Now, Mute, Mute UK 2006 Sell This Version

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Jarren

Jarren

September 17, 2018
Look, I get it that Depeche is Martin's band. But is there ANY way he can ask Alan back?

Even for just one album, see how it pans out. Just let Alan do what he does, like the old times.

All the fans want it Martin, it won't hit your credibility. You're a fantastic songwriter, but we need Alan too.
Lonestarcub

Lonestarcub

September 15, 2018
Unfortunately most of those live recordings aren't bootlegs. They are sold at the live shows so they are in a way legit.
Mike650

Mike650

August 21, 2018
some administrator up to do some "cleaning" on this page? just asking...
You know what I mean already, don´t you?
Jarren

Jarren

August 12, 2018
edited about 1 month ago
I have an idea to get rid of all these live recordings, bootlegs etc. from the album discography:

Add a "Canon" tickbox to the submission form. It can be added in the Format "Description" field.

Once all proper albums are marked as such, and it would only need one make the list (no need to go though 250 versions of Violator for example), the "canon" albums are displayed first.

All those live recordings, bootlegs etc. could be displayed at the end (after Compilations and before Videos), under something like "Non-Canon Albums".

Hey, it's an idea. I'm not saying it's a good one. But like everyone else, and not just Depeche Mode fans (look at Metallica's page!!!), I am sick of seeing major artists with over 100 "Albums" listed.
respectvinyl

respectvinyl

July 13, 2018
I totally agree with you, Mike650. It's simply annoying, that most listed entries here (and also not forget other groups, too) are tolerated by the responsible administrators.
Discogs degeneretes to a waste dump.
Mike650

Mike650

December 30, 2017
I can´t understand how this page got this fuxxxx up. a single with Depeche Mode and a different artist on the other side should be filed under : "Apperances, singles & EPs", sholudn´t it?
Richter-Scale

Richter-Scale

December 18, 2017
Does anyone know what the tracklisting was for the free tape DM gave away to fans in the L.A. area as an apology for the near riot and cancellation of their record signing event. It was distributed through radio station KROQ. Also has anyone ever seen this tape?
mond102

mond102

April 8, 2017
One of their greatest Albums!!!
Sensationel,marveiious,excellent sound,was a great fan ever!!!
Pheel

Pheel

April 3, 2017
My favourite group from early era. I'm really sick to observe that remixer continue to be selected without considering different geners (does not exist only maximal electro and too many years have passed from a decent deep house/techno remix). Support new artist is appreciable, but "new" doesn't mean necessarirly high quality; with all due respet I do not remember exceptional remixes in the last 10 years. A new DM single should be handle with care and respect as little and rare gem, and may be that old skool remixers, not necessarirly "young and new", could be a useful to produce more conscious and durable result. Please consider that most of your fan are experienced listeners older than 20 year. Reach out and touch perfection. Meanwhile where's vinyl for 12 inch singles?
bewildered.

bewildered.

January 23, 2017
I can't wait to see them live! The greatest band of all times!

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