Depeche Mode

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Depeche Mode /dɨˌpɛʃˈmoʊd/ are an English electronic band formed in 1980 in Basildon, Essex. The group's original line-up consisted of Dave Gahan (lead vocals, occasional songwriter since 2005), Martin Gore (keyboards, guitar, vocals, chief songwriter after 1981), Andy Fletcher (keyboards), and Vince Clarke (keyboards, chief songwriter 1980–81). Depeche Mode released their debut record in 1981, Speak & Spell, bringing the band onto the British new wave scene. Clarke left the band after the release of the album, leaving the band as a trio to record A Broken Frame, released the following year. Alan Wilder (keyboards, drums, occasional songwriter) officially joined the band in late-1982, replacing Clarke, while Gore took over lead songwriting duties, establishing a line up that would continue for the next thirteen years.

The band's last albums of the 1980s; Black Celebration and Music for the Masses established them as a dominant force on the mainstream electronic music scene. A highlight of this era was the band's concert at the Pasadena Rose Bowl where they drew a crowd in excess of 60,000 people. In the new decade, Depeche Mode released Violator, catapulting them to massive mainstream success. The subsequent album, Songs of Faith and Devotion and the supporting Devotional Tour exacerbated tensions within the band to the point where Alan Wilder quit in 1995, leading to intense media and fan speculation that the band would split. Now a trio once again, the band released Ultra in 1997, recorded at the height of Gahan's near-fatal drug abuse, Gore's alcoholism and Fletcher's depression. The release of Exciter confirmed Depeche Mode's willingness to remain together, the subsequent, and very successful, Exciter Tour being their first tour in support of an original album in eight years since the Devotional Tour although the band had toured in 1998 to support The Singles 86>98 compilation album.

Depeche Mode have had 50 songs in the UK Singles Chart and thirteen top 10 albums in the UK charts, two of which debuted at No. 1. Depeche Mode have sold over 150 million albums and singles worldwide, making them the most commercially successful electronic band and one of the world's best-selling bands in music history. Q magazine calls Depeche Mode "The most popular electronic band the world has ever known" and included the band in the list of the "50 Bands That Changed the World!".

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Album

Year Title Rating Releases
1981 Speak & Spell 3.7 14
1982 A Broken Frame 4.35 14
1983 Construction Time Again 4 13
1984 Some Great Reward 4 12
1986 Black Celebration 4 18
1987 Music for the Masses 4.15 17
1990 Violator 4.35 20
1993 Songs of Faith and Devotion 4.45 12
1997 Ultra 4.25 13
2001 Exciter 4 14
2005 Playing the Angel 4 8
2009 Sounds of the Universe 4.2 13
2013 Delta Machine 4.5 7

Album + Compilation

Year Title Rating Releases
1984 People Are People Compilation 3 2
1985 The Singles 81>85 Compilation 4 12
1985 Catching Up With Depeche Mode Compilation 2
1991 Compilation 1
1991 Compilation 1
1991 Singles 1-6 Compilation 3
1991 Singles 7-12 Compilation 1
1991 Singles 13-18 Compilation 1
1994 The Special 8th Strike Compilation 2
1998 The Singles 86>98 Compilation 3.5 7
2001 The Singles 81>98 Compilation 1
2004 Singles 19-24 Compilation 1
2004 Singles 25-30 Compilation 1
2004 Singles 31-36 Compilation 1
2006 The Best of Depeche Mode, Volume 1 Compilation 6
The Remixes, Volume 3 Compilation 1

Album + Compilation + Live

Year Title Rating Releases
2006 The Complete Depeche Mode Compilation Live 1

Album + Live

Year Title Rating Releases
1989 101 Live 5 6
1993 Songs of Faith and Devotion: Live Live 4
2004 Devotional Live 1
2006 2006-08-01: Terra Vibe, Athens, Greece Live 1
2006 2006-07-02: Touring the Angel: Werchter Festival, Werchter, Belgium Live 1
2006 2006-07-07: Stadion, Stockholm, Sweden Live 1
2006 2006-07-13: Waldbühne, Berlin, Germany Live 1
2006 2006-07-15: Festwiese, Leipzig, Germany Live 1
2006 2006-07-20: Antic Arena, Nimes, France Live 1
2006 2006-07-22: Touring the Angel: Live at the Anoeta Stadium, San Sebastian, Spain Live 1
2006 Touring the Angel: Live in Milan Live 3
2006 2006-04-27: Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountainview, CA, USA Live 1
2006 2006-04-29: Empire Polo Field, Indio, CA, USA Live 1
2006 2006-04-30: Las Vegas, NV, USA Live 1
2006 2006-05-04: Foro Sol Stadium, Mexico City, Mexico Live 1
2006 2006-05-05: Foro Sol Stadium, Mexico City, Mexico Live 1
2006 2006-05-07: Arena, Monterrey, Mexico Live 1
2006 2006-05-21: Nissan Pavillion, Washington, DC, USA Live 1
2006 2006-06-07: Touring the Angel: NRGi Park Stadium, Aarhus, Denmark Live 1
2006 2006-06-21: Lokomotiv Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria Live 1

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