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Depeche Mode

Taking elements from post-punk and applying them to the post-Kraftwerk synth music of the 80s, Depeche Mode were the quintessential alternative act of the late 80s. From rather touch-and-go electropop beginnings with Vince Clarke (who would later go on to form Yazoo with Alison Moyet and Erasure with Andy Bell) to the mid-80s gothic stylings of such albums as Black Celebration and Music For The Masses (which would cement their position as kings of alternative electronica in Europe and beyond), Depeche Mode transformed effortlessly from avant-garde Euro-goths to stadium-filli ...read more

Taking elements from post-punk and applying them to the post-Kraftwerk synth music of the 80s, Depeche Mode were the quintessential alternative act of the late 80s. From rather touch-and-go electropop beginnings with Vince Clarke (who would later go on to form Yazoo with Alison Moyet and Erasure with Andy Bell) to the mid-80s gothic stylings of such albums as Black Celebration and Music For The Masses (which would cement their position as kings of alternative electronica in Europe and beyond), Depeche Mode transformed effortlessly from avant-garde Euro-goths to stadium-filling alternative synth-meisters, highlighted by the infamous 101 film, charting their success with clips from the 70,000 capacity Rosebowl concert in Pasadena.

Their most successful and acclaimed effort was 1990's Violator, which spawned the massive hits 'Personal Jesus' and 'Enjoy The Silence'. The next effort, Songs Of Faith And Devotion, proved to be literally divisive; multi-instrumentalist Alan Wilder left, while lead singer Dave Gahan sank deeper into drug addiction.

Later, with Gahan getting clean and the band regaining focus, they delivered the trip-hop influencedUltra (1997) and the chilled-out Exciter (2001), and both Dave Gahan and Martin Gore released solo albums, before regrouping with Andy 'Fletch' Fletcher as Depeche Mode and going back to their roots in 2005, when they released Playing the Angel which involved Ben Hillier as producer and included the hit singles 'Precious' and 'John The Revelator'. Plans for a new album were announced in 2007, and following another Gahan solo effort (Hourglass), Sounds Of The Universe was completed in late 2008. Ben Hillier, who had stayed to produce SOTU, returned for a third time with Depeche's as-yet untitled new album in 2012. « hide

Similar Bands: New Order, Clan of Xymox, Erasure, Tears For Fears, Martin Gore

LPs
Delta Machine
03/26/2013

3.5
155 Votes
Sounds Of The Universe
2009

3.3
222 Votes
Playing The Angel
2005

3.9
362 Votes
Exciter
2001

3.2
240 Votes
Ultra
1997

3.7
281 Votes
Songs of Faith and Devotion
1993

4.2
366 Votes
Violator
1990

4.4
867 Votes
Music for the Masses
1987

4.1
390 Votes
Black Celebration
1986

4.1
317 Votes
Some Great Reward
1984

3.8
217 Votes
Construction Time Again
1983

3.4
148 Votes
A Broken Frame
1982

3
128 Votes
Speak And Spell
1981

3.1
158 Votes
EPs
Policy of Truth
1990

3
1 Votes
Enjoy the Silence
1990

3.8
3 Votes
Live Albums
Tour of the Universe: Barcelona (Deluxe Edition)
2010

3.1
5 Votes
Touring the Angel: Live in Milan
2006

3.8
2 Votes
Songs Of Faith And Devotion Live
1993

3.6
37 Votes
101
1989

4.1
61 Votes
Compilations
Remixes 2: 81-11
2011

3.7
14 Votes
The Best Of - Volume I
2006

4
63 Votes
Remixes 81–04
2004

3.3
20 Votes
The Singles 86–98
1998

4.4
46 Votes
Catching Up with Depeche Mode
1985

3.9
19 Votes
The Singles 81→85
1985

4.3
26 Votes
People are People
1984

3.2
13 Votes

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