Depeche Mode

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Depeche Mode /dɨˌpɛʃˈmd/ 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 from 1980 until 1981). 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. Gore took over lead songwriting duties and, later in 1982, Alan Wilder (keyboards, drums, occasional songwriter) officially joined the band to fill Clarke's spot, 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, a 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 seizures 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 fifty 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 100 million records worldwide. 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!". Depeche Mode also rank number 98 on VH1's "100 Greatest Artists Of All Time".

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Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
2006 2006-06-21: Lokomotiv Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria 1
2006 2006-06-26: The Point, Dublin, Ireland 1
2006 2006-07-01: Eurockeennes, Belfort, France 1
2009 2009-06-16: Tour of the Universe: Rome, Italy 1
2009 2009-06-30: Tour of the Universe: Copenhagen, Denmark 1
2010 2009-08-25: Tour of the Universe: Salt Lake City, UT, USA 1
2010 Tour of the Universe: Barcelona 20/21.11.09 4
2014 Live in Berlin 2
2006-01-18: Velodrom, Berlin, Germany 1
2006-01-20: LTU Arena, Duesseldorf, Germany 2
Hysterika (1984-03-06: Orfeo Music Hall, Milan, Italy) 1
Master & Servant - Live 1

Album + Remix

Year Title RatingReleases
2000 Cosmic Blues 1
2000 Ultra Hot Art, Disc Three 1
2005 Playing the Angel Remixes, Volume 2 1
Classic Beats Vol.1 (Classic Remixes) 1
Classic Techno Niagara Mixes, Volume 2 1
Dance Remixes '99 1
DJ Mix, Volume 3 1
Fast Fashion, Volume 5 1
Nine Killers on Highway 28 (28th Strike) 1
Personal Devotion Volume One 1
Playing the Angel Remixes 1
Refractions 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1981 Dreaming of Me 7
1981 New Life 8
1981 Just Can’t Get Enough 10
1982 See You 8
1982 The Meaning of Love 8
1982 Leave in Silence 10
1983 Get the Balance Right! 10
1983 Everything Counts 13
1983 Love in Itself 10
1984 People Are People 10
1984 Master and Servant 10
1984 Blasphemous Rumours 12
1985 Shake the Disease 10
1985 It's Called a Heart 11
1986 Stripped 11
1986 A Question of Lust 11
1986 A Question of Time 11
1986 But Not Tonight 1
1987 Strangelove 14
1987 Never Let Me Down Again 13
1987 Behind the Wheel 4 15
1988 Little 15 4 9
1989 Everything Counts / Nothing / Sacred / A Question of Lust 2
1989 Personal Jesus 5 11
1990 Enjoy the Silence 4 19
1990 Policy of Truth 4 12

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