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Depeche Mode

Originally a product of Britain's new romantic movement, Depeche Mode went on to become the quintessential electro-pop band of the 1980s. One of the first acts to establish a musical identity based completely around the use of synthesizers, they began their existence as a bouncy dance-pop outfit but gradually developed a darker, more dramatic sound that ultimately positioned them as one of the most successful alternative bands of their era.

The roots of Depeche Mode date to 1976, when Basildon, England-based keyboardists Vince Clarke and Andrew Fletcher first teamed to form the group No Romance in China. The band proved short-lived, and by 1979 Clarke had formed French Look, another duo featuring guitarist/keyboardist Martin Gore; Fletcher soon signed on, and the group rechristened itself Composition of Sound. Initially, Clarke handled vocal chores, but in 1980 singer David Gahan was brought in to complete the lineup. After one final name change to Depeche Mode, the quartet members jettisoned all instruments excluding their synthesizers, honing a slick, techno-based sound to showcase Clarke's catchy melodies.

After building a following on the London club scene, Depeche Mode debuted in 1980 with "Photographic," a track included on the Some Bizzare Album label compilation. After signing to Mute Records, they issued "Dreaming of Me" in early 1981; while neither the single nor its follow-up, "New Life," caused much of a stir, their third effort, "Just Can't Get Enough," became a Top Ten U.K. hit, and their 1981 debut LP, Speak and Spell, was also a success. Just as Depeche Mode appeared poised for a major commercial breakthrough, however, principal songwriter Clarke abruptly exited to form Yazoo with singer Alison Moyet, leaving the group's future in grave doubt.

As Gore grabbed the band's songwriting reins, the remaining trio recruited keyboardist Alan Wilder to fill the technological void created by Clarke's departure. While 1982's A Broken Frame deviated only slightly from Depeche Mode's earlier work, Gore's ominous songs grew more assured and sophisticated by the time of 1983's Construction Time Again. Some Great Reward, issued the following year, was their artistic and commercial breakthrough, as Gore's dark, kinky preoccupations with spiritual doubt ("Blasphemous Rumours") and psychosexual manipulation ("Master and Servant") came to the fore; the egalitarian single "People Are People" was a major hit on both sides of the Atlantic and typified the music's turn toward more industrial textures.

Released in 1986, the atmospheric Black Celebration continued the trend toward grim melancholy and further established the group as a commercial force; it eventually sold over 500,000 copies in the U.S., which earned it gold status. Released in 1987, Music for the Masses, featuring three Hot 100 singles in "Strangelove," "Never Let Me Down Again," and "Behind the Wheel," propelled the group into the mainstream. The album would sell over a million copies in the U.S. alone. A subsequent sold-out tour yielded the 1989 double live set 101. Recorded at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, it was accompanied by a concert film directed by the legendary D.A. Pennebaker.

With the alternative music boom of the early '90s, Depeche Mode emerged as one of the world's most successful acts. The triple-platinum Violator, released in 1990, was a Top Ten smash that spawned the hits "Personal Jesus" (a number eight single), "Enjoy the Silence," "Policy of Truth," and "World in My Eyes." Their 1993 LP Songs of Faith and Devotion -- featuring a significant change in its heavy use of electric guitars -- entered the charts in the number one slot. However, at the peak of its success, the group began to unravel, beginning with Wilder's 1995 exit. Gahan attempted to take his own life and later entered a drug rehabilitation clinic to battle an addiction to heroin.

After a four-year layoff, Depeche Mode continued onward as a trio and released 1997's Ultra, which featured the hits "Barrel of a Gun" and "It's No Good." A year later, the band embarked on a tour in support of its newly released hits album, The Singles 86>98. Depeche Mode played 64 shows in 18 countries for over one million fans. Each member took some considerable time off after the tour's completion, and Depeche Mode would not regroup for another three years.

Exciter, the band's follow-up to Ultra, was released in 2001, with the singles "Dream On" and "I Feel Loved" finding moderate success on international radio outlets. Two years later, Gahan issued his debut solo album, the dark and sultry Paper Monsters. Gore also followed suit by issuing the all-covers Counterfeit², a full-length sequel to his similarly themed 1989 EP. Each member supported his work with respective tours of the U.S. and Europe; however, the bandmembers soon resumed working together, and Playing the Angel, their 11th studio album, became a Top Ten hit upon its release in October 2005. Produced by Ben Hillier (Doves, Blur, U2, Elbow) and studded with singles like "Precious" and "John (The Revelator)," it topped the album charts in 18 countries and went multi-platinum and/or gold in 20 countries. Depeche Mode went on to play for more than two and a half million fans worldwide, and the DVD release Touring the Angel: Live in Milan (2006) captured one of the band's greatest shows. Sounds of the Universe, also made with the assistance of Hillier, arrived in early 2009 and debuted at number three in the U.S. The 2013 release of Delta Machine made for a trilogy of Hillier albums, while the album was mixed by longtime Depeche associate Flood. ~ Jason Ankeny & Andy Kellman, Rovi
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Best band ever! I was in love with Davyd, I even sent him a letter once ;)
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My teens
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rhino.searls
my secret garden is not so secret anymore
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In school at embry riddle
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josephbrisbo i s 7
Memories :-)
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�� DM ��
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noreen900
Timeless yet I hear something different every new time... Love and still live it... Lol
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Seen them 8 times they never dissapoint
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Precious is killer good, and...what's it about? Talk amongst yourselves
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Bill.j.guill a u m e
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Doesn't get any better than this...love them
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Love it Thursdays suck this helps!!!!
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Trying to get back to the 80's right now.
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bringing back memories. Sweet summers..
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Sweet days,bring it on.As i get older this music just keeps on getting better!
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Employ the Silencer...P e r s o n a l i z e d Jeezus...Pol i t i c a l i z e d Truth...defi n i t e l y like six weeks on the bus with a monkee at the wheel, the 80's.
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well Gahan had a drug/alcohol problem, anyone know how that turned out
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Best band ever. Besides Gary Numan. Seen them 20 some times.
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I lived in London in the 80's what a time!!!
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80's music rocks
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I can not believe they did not mention the songSuffer Well A lot of us can relate to it. And great music video as well. Byron(714)
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BALLS
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Enjoy the silence tonight
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Love Depeche Mode...the best ;-)
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A LOVE THE 80.S THIS IS MAY YEARS A LOVE PANDORA THENK.S
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I love this music forever 80's ��
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So miss the 80's LOL
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Depeche mode and the cure I have good memories
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Love it! Thanks Pandora!!
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dino5199
BRINGS BACK WONDERFUL MEMORIES. THIS WAS MEANINGFUL MUSIC.B-)
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How could I have neglected this group for so long? I chalk it up to being hypnotized by New Order & Simple Minds, among others.
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This Is such a rad mix. I saw them a couple years ago. Phenomenal of course. Love my DM
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I saw them live back in 2006 and its by far the best concert i have seen
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Policy of truth...best album
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Saw them play@ Irvine meadows back in the late 80s
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Alright I admit it the D.M,Cure and Duran Duran are mine not my chicks... Ps im keeping the cat. Blackie Lawless
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I love this song
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rojichivas
Love them soooooo much their music is awesome the first song that I heard from them was Angel from the game Injustice Gods Among Us and the other songs are the best too I want them to make more music please Depeche mode please love you guys ����❤️✌️��
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It the best thing about being able too see my friends
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havnfunhere
Classic High School band of the 80's. The Depeche Mode, The Cure, Duran Duran etc. All kicked serious ÁŚŚ!
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Hi
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Cool
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nurseprinces s 1
By far the best band to see live!! Incredible!
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Their concert for the masses at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena was nothing short of amazing. Probably the best concert I've ever attended.
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gavilanesalv a r o
Wow !!! One of the greatest !!
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Best band to listen to. I have most all of the albums, Policy of Truth is #1
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megan1490
Love their music so much
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Love them in "86" live, baby
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Great lyrics, Martin Gore❤️
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garammasala1 9 6 8
Best concert I ever saw was their Black Celebration tour. Will never forget it.

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