Biography of Depeche Mode
Depeche Mode
Born:
01 January 1980
Country:
GB
Genres:
Pop/Rock, Electronic
Releases:
110
Biography:

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 major commercial force. After the superb single "Strangelove," Depeche Mode issued 1987's Music for the Masses; a subsequent sold-out tour yielded the 1989 double live set 101 as well as a concert film directed by the legendary D.A. Pennebaker. Still, despite an enormous fan base, the group was considered very much an underground cult phenomenon prior to the release of 1990's Violator, a Top Ten smash that spawned the hits "Enjoy the Silence," "Policy of Truth," and "Personal Jesus."

With the alternative music boom of the early '90s, Depeche Mode emerged as one of the world's most successful acts, and their 1993 LP Songs of Faith and Devotion entered the charts in the number one slot. However, at the peak of its success, the group began to unravel; first Wilder exited in 1995, and then Gahan was the subject of a failed suicide attempt. (He 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.

Heaven (Maxi-Single)
Heaven (Maxi-Single)
Tracks: 5
Year: 2013
It's No Good
It's No Good
Tracks: 8
Year: 2004
Shake The Disease
Shake The Disease
Tracks: 6
Year: 1991
A Question Of Time
A Question Of Time
Tracks: 8
Year: 1991
Stripped
Stripped
Tracks: 7
Year: 1991
Little 15
Little 15
Tracks: 3
Year: 1991
It's Called A Heart
It's Called A Heart
Tracks: 5
Year: 1991
A Question Of Lust
A Question Of Lust
Tracks: 6
Year: 1991
Never Let Me Down Again
Never Let Me Down Again
Tracks: 8
Year: 2004
Everything Counts Live
Everything Counts Live
Tracks: 11
Year: 2004
Violator
Violator
Tracks: 9
Year: 1990
The Singles 81 > 85
The Singles 81 > 85
Tracks: 17
Year: 0
Music For The Masses
Music For The Masses
Tracks: 14
Year: 1994
Catching Up With Depeche Mode
Catching Up With Depeche Mode
Tracks: 13
Year: 1985
Exciter
Exciter
Tracks: 13
Year: 2001
Delta Machine
Delta Machine
Tracks: 18
Year: 2013
Some Great Reward
Some Great Reward
Tracks: 9
Year: 0
People Are People
People Are People
Tracks: 9
Year: 1984
Enjoy The Silence····04
Enjoy The Silence····04
Tracks: 4
Year: 2004
Enjoy The Silence··04
Enjoy The Silence··04
Tracks: 3
Year: 2004
Ultra
Ultra
Tracks: 12
Year: 1997
Strangelove
Strangelove
Tracks: 8
Year: 2004
Behind The Wheel (Remix)
Behind The Wheel (Remix)
Tracks: 7
Year: 2004
Enjoy The Silence
Enjoy The Silence
Tracks: 9
Year: 2004
Home
Home
Tracks: 8
Year: 2004
Everything Counts
Everything Counts
Tracks: 4
Year: 1991
Love In Itself
Love In Itself
Tracks: 5
Year: 1991
Walking In My Shoes
Walking In My Shoes
Tracks: 8
Year: 2004
Master And Servant
Master And Servant
Tracks: 5
Year: 1991
Get The Balance Right!
Get The Balance Right!
Tracks: 4
Year: 1991
Martyr
Martyr
Tracks: 10
Year: 2006
Should Be Higher
Should Be Higher
Tracks: 2
Year: 2013
Delta Machine Remixes
Delta Machine Remixes
Tracks: 2
Year: 2014
Dream On
Dream On
Tracks: 9
Year: 2004
Barrel Of A Gun
Barrel Of A Gun
Tracks: 9
Year: 2004
Only When I Lose Myself
Only When I Lose Myself
Tracks: 11
Year: 2004
Condemnation
Condemnation
Tracks: 9
Year: 2004
I Feel You
I Feel You
Tracks: 8
Year: 2004
Policy Of Truth
Policy Of Truth
Tracks: 8
Year: 2004
In Your Room
In Your Room
Tracks: 12
Year: 2004
New Life
New Life
Tracks: 3
Year: 1991
Leave In Silence
Leave In Silence
Tracks: 5
Year: 1991
See You
See You
Tracks: 3
Year: 1991
Dreaming Of Me
Dreaming Of Me
Tracks: 2
Year: 1991
Just Can't Get Enough
Just Can't Get Enough
Tracks: 4
Year: 1991
The Meaning Of Love
The Meaning Of Love
Tracks: 4
Year: 1991
Spirit (Deluxe Edition)
Spirit (Deluxe Edition)
Tracks: 17
Year: 2017
A Broken Frame
A Broken Frame
Tracks: 11
Year: 2013
Black Celebration
Black Celebration
Tracks: 14
Year: 0
Songs Of Faith And Devotion
Songs Of Faith And Devotion
Tracks: 10
Year: 1993
101 (Disc A)
101 (Disc A)
Tracks: 9
Year: 1988
101 (Disc B)
101 (Disc B)
Tracks: 11
Year: 1989
101 Volúmen dos
101 Volúmen dos
Tracks: 11
Year: 1988
Personal Jesus
Personal Jesus
Tracks: 8
Year: 1989
The Best Of, Volume 1
The Best Of, Volume 1
Tracks: 18
Year: 2006
Spirit
Spirit
Tracks: 12
Year: 2017
101 (cat #: Sire 9.25853-2)
101 (cat #: Sire 9.25853-2)
Tracks: 20
Year: 1989
The Best Of Depeche Mode
The Best Of Depeche Mode
Tracks: 18
Year: 2006
Sounds Of The Universe
Sounds Of The Universe
Tracks: 13
Year: 2014
Construction Time Again
Construction Time Again
Tracks: 10
Year: 2007
Playing The Angel
Playing The Angel
Tracks: 12
Year: 2014
Speak & Spell
Speak & Spell
Tracks: 16
Year: 1988
Heaven
Heaven
Tracks: 2
Year: 2013

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