Depeche Mode

Depeche Mode

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Depeche Mode are an English alternative band, founded in 1980, originally from the town of Basildon, Essex, United Kingdom. They are one of the most enduring and successful bands to have emerged during the 80s, and particularly from the new wave/new romantic era. The band name is derived from a French fashion magazine, Dépêche mode, which means "fashion dispatch." The band have been highly influential in the electronic dance music scene, especially synthpop, techno and trance, in part due to their innovative work, recording techniques and use of sampling. More Info »

Top Albums

  • Violator
    Violator
  • Playing the Angel
    Playing the Angel
  • The Best of Depeche Mode - Volume One
    The Best of Depeche Mode - Volume One
  • Sounds of the Universe
    Sounds of the Universe
  • The Singles 86>98
    The Singles 86>98
  • Ultra
    Ultra
  • Songs of Faith and Devotion
    Songs of Faith and Devotion
  • Music for the Masses
    Music for the Masses
  • Exciter
    Exciter
  • Black Celebration
    Black Celebration
  • Speak & Spell
    Speak & Spell
  • The Best of Depeche Mode Volume 1
    The Best of Depeche Mode Volume 1
  • Some Great Reward
    Some Great Reward
  • The Singles 81-85
    The Singles 81-85
  • The Best Of Depeche Mode Volume One
    The Best Of Depeche Mode Volume One
  • Construction Time Again
    Construction Time Again
  • A Broken Frame
    A Broken Frame
  • The Singles 86-98
    The Singles 86-98
  • Catching Up With Depeche Mode
    Catching Up With Depeche Mode
  • Remixes 2: 81-11
    Remixes 2: 81-11
  • 101
    101
  • People Are People
    People Are People
  • The Singles 81>85
    The Singles 81>85
  • Violator [digital version]
    Violator [digital version]
  • Remixes 81-04
    Remixes 81-04
  • Violator + Dvd
    Violator + Dvd
  • The Best Of Depeche Mode
    The Best Of Depeche Mode
  • Speak And Spell
    Speak And Spell
  • 2001-09-23: Wonderful Copenhagen Parken, Copenhagen, Denmark, Part 1
    2001-09-23: Wonderful Copenhagen Parken, Copenhagen, Denmark, Part 1
  • Songs Of Faith And Devotion Live
    Songs Of Faith And Devotion Live
  • Remixes 81>04
    Remixes 81>04
  • Enjoy The Silence
    Enjoy The Silence
  • The Singles 86>98 (disc 2)
    The Singles 86>98 (disc 2)
  • Personal Jesus 2011
    Personal Jesus 2011
  • Music For The Masses [digital version]
    Music For The Masses [digital version]
  • Enjoy the Silence 04
    Enjoy the Silence 04
  • Remixes 2: 81-11 (Deluxe)
    Remixes 2: 81-11 (Deluxe)
  • Personal Jesus
    Personal Jesus
  • Best
    Best
  • Wrong
    Wrong
  • Behind the Wheel
    Behind the Wheel
  • Singles 1986-1998 (Disc 1)
    Singles 1986-1998 (Disc 1)
  • Never Let Me Down Again
    Never Let Me Down Again
  • Mansfield 2001
    Mansfield 2001
  • Touring The Angel: Live In Milan
    Touring The Angel: Live In Milan
  • Strangelove
    Strangelove
  • Precious
    Precious
  • Only When I Lose Myself
    Only When I Lose Myself

Depeche Mode. Artist Bio

Depeche Mode are an English alternative band, founded in 1980, originally from the town of Basildon, Essex, United Kingdom. They are one of the most enduring and successful bands to have emerged during the 80s, and particularly from the new wave/new romantic era. The band name is derived from a French fashion magazine, Dépêche mode, which means "fashion dispatch."

The band have been highly influential in the electronic dance music scene, especially synthpop, techno and trance, in part due to their innovative work, recording techniques and use of sampling. Their most successful album is arguably 1990's Violator, which reached the #2 position in the UK, #7 in the US, and sold over 8 million copies worldwide. The band has released a long series of high-charting singles over their three-decades long career. Enjoy the Silence is their most recognized song and is one of the most covered songs in history.

The original line-up was Dave Gahan, Martin L. Gore, Andy Fletcher and Vince Clarke. In December 1981, Clarke left the band and later went on to form Yazoo, The Assembly and Erasure. Alan Wilder joined the group initially in January 1982 as a live keyboardist but became an official member in December 1982. He left mid-1995 to fully concentrate on his Recoil project and the band continued as a trio. In 2010 Wilder re-joined Depeche Mode on stage after 16 years, for a performance of Somebody during a show at London's Royal Albert Hall in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Depeche Mode's origins date back to 1977, when Vince Clarke and Andrew Fletcher formed a band called No Romance in China, with Clarke on vocals and guitar and Fletcher on bass. In March 1980, Clarke, Gore and Fletcher formed a band called Composition of Sound, with Clarke on vocals/guitar, Gore on keyboards and Fletcher on bass. Soon after the formation of Composition of Sound, Clarke and Fletcher switched to synthesizers. Dave Gahan joined the band in 1980 after Clarke heard him perform at a local scout hut jam session, singing to a rendition of David Bowie's "Heroes", and Depeche Mode were born.

While playing a live gig at the Bridge House in Canning Town, the band were approached by Daniel Miller, the founder of Mute Records, who proposed them a verbal contract. The result was their first single Dreaming of Me, recorded in December 1980 and released in February 1981, reaching number 57 in the UK charts and followed soon by a real contract with Mute.

As of 2006, it was estimated that Depeche Mode had sold over 100 million records (60 million albums / 40 million singles) worldwide and have had 48 songs in the UK singles chart. They are the best selling band to have never had a UK number 1 single. According to Q Magazine, Depeche Mode is "the most popular electronic band the world has ever known."


To date, Depeche Mode have released:

  • 12 studio albums: Speak & Spell (1981), A Broken Frame (1982), Construction Time Again (1983), Some Great Reward (1984), Black Celebration (1986), Music for the Masses (1987), Violator (1990), Songs of Faith and Devotion (1993), Ultra (1997), Exciter (2001), Playing the Angel (2005), and Sounds of the Universe (2009);

  • 8 compilations: People Are People (1984), The Singles 81-85 (1985), Catching Up With Depeche Mode (1985), Greatest Hits (1987), The Singles 86>98 (1998), Remixes 81-04 (2004), The Best of Depeche Mode Volume 1 (2006), The Complete Depeche Mode (2006);

  • 4 live albums: 101 (1989), Songs Of Faith And Devotion Live (1993), Recording the Angel (a series of live recordings; 2006), Recording the Universe (a series of live recordings; 2009);

  • 49 singles: including Just Can't Get Enough, Everything Counts, People Are People, Master and Servant, Shake the Disease, Stripped, A Question of Time, Strangelove, Never Let Me Down Again, Personal Jesus, Enjoy the Silence, World in My Eyes, Policy of Truth, I Feel You, Walking in My Shoes, In Your Room, Barrel of a Gun, It's No Good, Home, Dream On, Freelove, Precious and Wrong;

  • 11 video materials (VHS/DVD): The World We Live In and Live in Hamburg (1985), Some Great Videos (1985), Strange (1988), 101 (1989), Strange Too (1990), Devotional (1993), The Videos 86>98 (1998), Some Great Videos 81>85 (1998), One Night in Paris (2002), The Videos 86>98 + (2002), Touring the Angel: Live in Milan (2006), The Best of - Volume 1 (2006)



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