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Depeche Mode

Originally a product of Britain's new romantic movement, Depeche Mode went on to become the quintessential electropop 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 2006 video release Touring the Angel: Live in Milan captured one of the band's greatest shows.

Sounds of the Universe, also made with the assistance of Ben 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. The concert film and album Live in Berlin (directed by Anton Corbijn from a late-2013 show) followed in November 2014. ~ Jason Ankeny & Andy Kellman
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: Delta Machine

1. Welcome To My World

2. Angel

3. Heaven

4. Secret To The End

5. My Little Universe

6. Slow

7. Broken

8. The Child Inside

9. Soft Touch/Raw Nerve

10. Should Be Higher

11. Alone

12. Soothe My Soul

13. Goodbye

14. Long Time Lie

15. Happens All The Time

16. Always

17. All That's Mine

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Track List: Remixes 2: 81-11

Disc 1

1. Dream On (Bushwacka Tough Guy Mix)

2. Suffer Well (M83 Remix)

3. John The Revelator (Unkle Reconstruction)

4. In Chains (Tigerskin's No Sleep Remix)

5. Peace (Sixtoes Remix)

6. Lilian (Chab Vocal Remix Edit)

7. Never Let Me Down Again (Digitalism Remix)

8. Corrupt (Efdemin Remix)

9. Everything Counts (Oliver Huntemann & Stephan Bodzin Dub)

10. Happiest Girl (The Pulsating Orbital Vocal Mix)

11. Walking In My Shoes (Anandamidic Mix)

12. Personal Jesus (The Stargate Mix)

13. Slowblow (Darren Price Mix)

Disc 2

2. World In My Eyes (Dub In My Eyes)

3. Fragile Tension (Peter Bjorn & John Remix)

4. Strangelove (Tim Simenon/Mark Saunders Remix)

5. A Pain That I'm Used To (Jacques Lu Cont Remix)

6. The Darkest Star (Monolake Remix)

7. I Feel You (Helmet At The Helm Mix)

8. Higher Love (Adrenaline Mix Edit)

9. Fly On The Windscreen (Death Mix)

10. Barrel Of A Gun (United Mix)

11. Only When I Lose Myself (Dan The Automator Mix)

12. Ghost (Le Weekend Remix)

Disc 3

1. Personal Jesus (Alex Metric Remix Edit)

2. Never Let Me Down Again (Eric Prydz Remix)

3. Behind The Wheel (Vince Clarke Remix)

4. Leave In Silence (Claro Intelecto 'The Last Time' Remix)

5. In Chains (Alan Wilder Remix)

6. When The Body Speaks (Karlsson & Winnberg Remix)

7. Puppets (Royksopp Remix)

9. Freestate (Clark Remix)

10. I Want It All (Roland M. Dill Remix)

11. A Question Of Time (Joebot Presents 'Radio Face' Remix)

12. Personal Jesus (Sie Medway-Smith Remix)

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Track List: Sounds Of The Universe

1. In Chains

2. Hole To Feed

3. Wrong

4. Fragile Tension

5. Little Soul

6. In Sympathy

7. Peace

8. Come Back

9. Spacewalker

10. Perfect

12. Jezebel

13. Corrupt

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Track List: The Best Of Depeche Mode Volume 1

1. Personal Jesus

2. Just Can't Get Enough

3. Everything Counts

4. Enjoy The Silence

5. Shake The Disease

6. See You

7. It's No Good

8. Strangelove

9. Suffer Well

10. Dream On

11. People Are People

12. Martyr

13. Walking In My Shoes

14. I Feel You

15. Precious

16. Master And Servant

17. New Life

18. Never Let Me Down Again

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Track List: Playing The Angel

1. A Pain That I'm Used To

2. John The Revelator

3. Suffer Well

4. The Sinner In Me

5. Precious

6. Macro

7. I Want It All

8. Nothing's Impossible

9. Introspectre

10. Damaged People

11. Lilian

12. The Darkest Star

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Track List: Remixes 81...04

Disc 1
Disc 2
Disc 3
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Track List: Remixes 81 - 04

1. Never Let Me Down Again (Split Mix) (remixed by Dave Bascombe)

2. Personal Jesus (Pump Mix) (remixed by Francois Kevorkian)

3. Barrel Of A Gun (Underworld Hard Mix) (remixed by Underworld)

4. Route 66 (Beatmasters Mix)

5. Useless (The Kruder & Dorfmeister Session) (remixed by Kruder & Dorfmeister)

6. In Your Room (The Jeep Rock Mix) (remixed by Johnny Dollar feat. Portishead)

7. Home (Air 'Around The Golf' Remix) (remixed by Air)

8. Strangelove (Blind Mix) (remixed by Daniel Miller & Rico Conning)

9. I Feel You [Renegade Soundwave Afghan Surgery Mix) (remixed by Renegade Soundwave)

10. Just Can't Get Enough (Schizo Mix) (remixed by Depeche Mode & Daniel Miller)

11. Halo (Goldfrapp Remix) (remixed by Goldfrapp)

12. Enjoy The Silence (Reinterpreted) (remixed by Mike Shinoda)

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Track List: I Feel Loved [Maxi-Single]

1. I Feel Loved [Danny Tenaglia's Labor Of Love Edit]

2. I Feel Loved [Thomas Brinkmann Mix]

3. I Feel Loved [Chamber's Remix]

4. I Feel Loved [Extended Instrumental]

5. Dirt

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Track List: Exciter

1. Dream On

2. Shine

3. The Sweetest Condition

4. When The Body Speaks

5. The Dead Of Night

6. Lovetheme

7. Freelove

8. Comatose

9. I Feel Loved

10. Breathe

11. Easy Tiger

12. I Am You

13. Goodnight Lovers

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Track List: Ultra

1. Barrel Of A Gun

2. The Love Thieves

3. Home

4. It's No Good

5. Uselink

6. Useless

7. Sister Of Night

8. Jazz Thieves

9. Freestate

10. The Bottom Line

11. Insight

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Track List: Songs Of Faith And Devotion

1. I Feel You

2. Walking In My Shoes

3. Condemnation

4. Mercy In You

5. Judas

6. In Your Room

8. Rush

9. One Caress

10. Higher Love

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Track List: Violator

1. World In My Eyes

2. Sweetest Perfection

3. Personal Jesus

4. Halo

5. Waiting For The Night

6. Enjoy The Silence

7. Policy Of Truth

8. Blue Dress

9. Clean

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Track List: Black Celebration

1. Black Celebration

2. Fly On The Windscreen - Final

3. A Question Of Lust

4. Sometimes

5. It Doesn't Matter Two

6. A Question Of Time

7. Stripped

8. Here Is The House

9. World Full Of Nothing

10. Dressed In Black

11. New Dress

12. But Not Tonight

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Track List: Catching Up With Depeche Mode

1. Dreaming Of Me

2. New Life

3. Just Can't Get Enough

4. See You

5. The Meaning Of Love

6. Love In Itself

7. Master And Servant

8. Blasphemous Rumors

9. Somebody

10. Shake The Disease

11. Flexible

12. It's Called A Heart

13. Fly On The Windscreen

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Track List: Some Great Reward

1. Something To Do

2. Lie To Me

3. People Are People

4. It Doesn't Matter

5. Stories Of Old

6. Somebody

7. Master And Servant

8. If You Want

9. Blasphemous Rumours

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Track List: People Are People

1. People Are People

2. Now This Is Fun

3. Love In Itself

4. Work Hard

5. Told You So

6. Get The Balance Right

7. Leave In Silence

8. Pipeline

9. Everything Counts

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Track List: Blasphemous Rumours / Told You So

1. Blasphemous Rumours

2. Told You So (Live)

3. Somebody (Remix)

4. Everything Counts (Live)

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Track List: Construction Time Again

1. Love, In Itself

2. More Than A Party

3. Pipeline

4. Everything Counts

5. Two Minute Warning

6. Shame

7. The Landscape Is Changing

8. Told You So

9. And Then...

10. Everything Counts (Long Version)

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Track List: A Broken Frame

1. Leave In Silence

2. My Secret Garden

3. Monument

4. Nothing To Fear

5. See You

6. Satellite

7. The Meaning Of Love

9. A Photograph Of You

10. Shouldn't Have Done That

11. The Sun & The Rainfall

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Track List: Speak & Spell

1. New Life

2. Puppets

3. Dreaming Of Me

4. Boys Say Go!

5. Nodisco

6. What's Your Name?

7. Photographic

8. Tora! Tora! Tora!

9. Big Muff

10. Any Second Now

11. Just Can't Get Enough

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Track List: Music For The Masses

1. Never Let Me Down Again

2. The Things You Said

3. Strangelove

4. Sacred

5. Little 15

6. Behind The Wheel

9. Nothing

10. Pimpf

11. Agent Orange

12. Never Let Me Down Again (Aggro Mix)

13. To Have And To Hold (Spanish Taster)

14. Pleasure, Little Treasure

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Track List: Soothe My Soul (Remixes)

1. Soothe My Soul (Steve Angello Vs. Jacques Lu Cont Remix)

2. Soothe My Soul (Tom Furse - The Horrors Remix)

3. Soothe My Soul (Billy F Gibbons And Joe Hardy Remix)

4. Soothe My Soul (Joris Delacroix Remix)

5. Soothe My Soul (Black Asteroid Remix)

6. Soothe My Soul (Gregor Tresher Soothed Remix)

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Track List: Soothe My Soul (Single)

1. Soothe My Soul (Radio Edit)

2. Soothe My Soul

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I really think this is where emo started.
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I'd really like to see these guys before they call it quits.
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F**k ofr
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Always THUMBS UP for Depeche Mode...Viola t o r is the perfectly executed album...no note, no lyric, no sound...is out of place on the entire album. Perfection. All involved should be proud. ...//JBP//
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Wasn't even born yet but I flove love this song I just stop sit back close my eyes light a j and just let the lyrics take me away
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Bad a** song back in times with this one like the rythum of the song and also like to dance to this one in the club lol from Jose in los Angeles.
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TEXAS ROCKS DEPECHE MODE
EVERY OTHER SONG IS CLASSIC.
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Look they have a
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Heard them for the first time in the early 90's, love their music!
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You can hear DM in Tamaryn's latest album Cranekiss. Martin Gore is one of Tamaryn's heroes <3
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the 80's...
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one of the best bands from
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I like Depeche Mode and their music says it all. They rock! Their music tells a story.
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I wish alan would come back
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The distillers ⚡️ city of angels
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Echo ? Needed ? No
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Ultimate
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Just can't get enough got me into this band .
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Ok I give in.
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@Abby Why are you spamming? That is the worst part of Pandora, all the spam in comments.
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Music for the Masses & Violator are my favorite albums. They're all Great but these two touch me.
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:3i like this song:3 ps.his doter
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Some DM man they were the band really really there when you wanted to get away from it all. 1986
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All time fave band
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El mejor the best
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My favorite group from the 80s, 90s and still rocking!
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I love listening to Morrissey's and the Smith's music!������
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Can u dig it !!!!!
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I really dig the 80s some of the best music. It will be always there to groove on forever. Peace. Clyde fall river mass
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Awesome music. Love these guys;-)
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So sweet!
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My dad hears home then he thinks how God made everything
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Love there music is the best music ever.
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Great band. Their music is still as relevant and popular now days too.
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I seen depeche mode in concert 4 times I love Dave Gahan when he's n his leather vest looking sexy as ever
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Back in school this was the jam on the weekends riding around town, ****** Ice Man
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Love it man!!
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