Depeche Mode

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Depeche Mode /dˌpɛʃˈmd/ 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 chart; they 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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Year Title RatingReleases
1993 Walking in My Shoes 4.5 10
1993 Condemnation 10
1994 In Your Room 11
1997 Barrel of a Gun 12
1997 It's No Good 10
1997 Home 6
1997 Useless 7
1997 Home / Useless 2
1998 Only When I Lose Myself 15
2001 Dream On 3 14
2001 I Feel Loved 4 12
2001 Freelove 8
2002 Goodnight Lovers 3
2004 Enjoy the Silence 04 6
2004 Photographic 1
2005 Precious 14
2005 A Pain That I'm Used To 12
2006 Suffer Well 10
2006 John the Revelator / Lilian 10
2006 Martyr 6
2009 Wrong 6
2009 Peace 7
2009 Fragile Tension / Hole to Feed 5
2011 Personal Jesus 2011 7
2013 Heaven 5
2013 Soothe My Soul 4
2013 Should Be Higher 4

Single + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1992 Everything Counts: Live 4

Single + Remix

Year Title RatingReleases
1991 Megamix 2
2006 Remixes 1
2009 Depeche Mode Remix Contest Winners 1
2014 Delta Machine (Boys Noize + Djedjotronic Remixes) 1

Other + Interview

Year Title RatingReleases
Interview Disc 1
Speaking Only 1
Strangers Interview 1
The Interview (Andy Fletcher in conversation) 1

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