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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-f ...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

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    LPs
    Spirit
    2017

    3.3
    173 Votes
    Delta Machine
    03/26/2013

    3.5
    293 Votes
    Sounds Of The Universe
    2009

    3.2
    331 Votes
    Playing The Angel
    2005

    3.8
    537 Votes
    Exciter
    2001

    3.1
    360 Votes
    Ultra
    1997

    3.8
    431 Votes
    Songs of Faith and Devotion
    1993

    4.2
    621 Votes
    Violator
    1990

    4.4
    1,401 Votes
    Music for the Masses
    1987

    4.1
    666 Votes
    Black Celebration
    1986

    4.1
    581 Votes
    Some Great Reward
    1984

    3.8
    379 Votes
    Construction Time Again
    1983

    3.4
    263 Votes
    A Broken Frame
    1982

    3
    234 Votes
    Speak And Spell
    1981

    3.1
    275 Votes
    EPs
    Policy of Truth
    1990

    3.8
    8 Votes
    Enjoy the Silence
    1990

    4.5
    13 Votes
    Live Albums
    Live in Berlin
    2014

    4.5
    12 Votes
    Tour of the Universe: Barcelona (Deluxe Edition)
    2010

    3.5
    11 Votes
    Touring the Angel: Live in Milan
    2006

    4.1
    10 Votes
    Songs Of Faith And Devotion Live
    1993

    3.7
    46 Votes
    101
    1989

    4.2
    92 Votes
    Compilations
    Remixes 2: 81-11
    2011

    3.8
    19 Votes
    The Best Of - Volume I
    2006

    4.1
    79 Votes
    Remixes 81–04
    2004

    3.4
    27 Votes
    The Singles 86–98
    1998

    4.4
    68 Votes
    Catching Up with Depeche Mode
    1985

    4
    26 Votes
    The Singles 81→85
    1985

    4.3
    50 Votes
    People are People
    1984

    3.5
    22 Votes

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