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 100 million records 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 + Live

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

Album + Remix

Year Title Rating Releases
2000 Cosmic Blues Remix 1
2005 Playing the Angel Remixes, Volume 2 Remix 1
Classic Beats Vol.1 (Classic Remixes) Remix 1
Classic Techno Niagara Mixes, Volume 2 Remix 1
Dance Remixes '99 Remix 1
DJ Mix, Volume 3 Remix 1
Fast Fashion, Volume 5 Remix 1
New Life Remix 1
Nine Killers on Highway 28 (28th Strike) Remix 1
Personal Devotion Volume One Remix 1
Playing the Angel Remixes Remix 1
Refractions Remix 1
Ultra Hot Art Remix 1
Ultra: Remixes by Ml. Gee Remix 1


Year Title Rating Releases
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 10
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

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