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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Single

Year Title Rating Releases
1990 Enjoy the Silence 4 17
1990 Policy of Truth 4 13
1990 World in My Eyes 4 17
1992 Everything Counts: Live 4
1993 I Feel You 4 15
1993 Walking in My Shoes 4 9
1993 Condemnation 10
1994 In Your Room 10
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 11
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 7
2006 John the Revelator 2
2006 Martyr 6
2009 Wrong 4
2009 Peace 5
2009 Fragile Tension / Hole to Feed 5
2011 Personal Jesus 2011 7
2013 Heaven 5
2013 Soothe My Soul 3
2013 Should Be Higher 3
2014 Delta Machine (Boys Noize + Djedjotronic Remixes) 1

Single + Remix

Year Title Rating Releases
2006 Remixes Remix 1

Other + Interview

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

Unspecified type

Year Title Rating Releases
Razormaid! The Customize Series II 1

Live

Year Title Rating Releases
1990 101 Live 1

Remix

Year Title Rating Releases
1991 Megamix Remix 2
2009 Depeche Mode Remix Contest Winners Remix 1
The Classic Techno Mixes, Volume I Remix 1

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