Depeche Mode

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Depeche Mode /dˌpɛʃˈmd/ are an English electronic band that 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, main songwriter after 1981), Andy Fletcher (keyboards), and Vince Clarke (keyboards, main songwriter from 1980 to 1981). Depeche Mode released their debut album 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. 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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Discography

Album

Year Title RatingReleases
1981 Speak & Spell 3.7 17
1982 A Broken Frame 4.25 14
1983 Construction Time Again 4 14
1984 Some Great Reward 4 15
1986 Black Celebration 3.85 19
1987 Music for the Masses 4.15 21
1990 Violator 4.35 24
1993 Songs of Faith and Devotion 4.45 13
1997 Ultra 4.35 13
2001 Exciter 4 14
2001 Exciter Remixes 1
2001 The Modetrix: Elixir II: Reality Bending Remixes by Matty & Senator Scratch 1
2004 Speak & Spell Remixes 1
2005 Playing the Angel 4 6
2009 Sounds of the Universe 4.2 15
2013 Delta Machine 4.5 8
The Songs From the Past, Present & Future 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1984 People Are People 2
1985 The Singles 81>85 4 15
1985 Catching Up With Depeche Mode 3
1991 1
1991 1
1991 Singles 1–6 4
1991 Selections From the Commercially Available Limited Edition Box Sets One and Two 1
1991 Singles 7–12 3
1991 Singles 13–18 2
1992 See the Stars 1
1992 Ultra Rare Trax, Volume 1 1
1992 Ultra Rare Trax, Volume 2 1
1992 Ultra Rare Trax, Volume 3 1
1992 Ultra Rare Trax, Volume 4 1
1998 The Singles 86>98 3.5 10
1998 A Strange Collection, Part 1 1
1998 Abstract, Volume 1 1
1999 Elixir: The Senator Scratch & milliByte Mixes 1
2001 The Singles 81>98 2
2001 Rarities, B-Sides & Instrumentals 1
2002 Depeche Mode Exclusive Enhanced Sampler 1
2002 The Art of Best Remixed Mode 81>02 1
2003 Shame 1
2004 Singles 19–24 1
2004 Singles 25–30 2
2004 Singles 31–36 1
2005 Enjoy the Silence... 1
2006 The Best of Depeche Mode, Volume 1 9
2007 There's More Besides, Volume 1 1
2008 Greatest Hits 1
2011 Studio Sessions & Bare Tracks 1
2016 Video Singles Collection 1
B-sides 1
B-Sides Collected 1
Fast Fashion, Volume 2 1
Millennium 33 1
Singles Collection 1
The Greatest Hits 5 1
The Singles 86>90 1
Ultra Rare Trax, Volume 5 1

Album + Compilation + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
2006 The Complete Depeche Mode 1

Album + Compilation + Remix

Year Title RatingReleases
1993 The 6th Strike 1
1993 The 7th Strike 1
1994 The Special 8th Strike 2
1998 The Remixes 86>98 2
2004 Remixes 81–04 9
2008 Depmodey's Web Mega Dance Compilation 1
2011 Remixes 2: 81–11 4
The Remixes, Vol. Three 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1984 1984-03-06: On the Crest of a Wave: Orfeo Music Hall, Milan, Italy 1
1989 101 5 10
1990 A Question of Time in Stockholm 1
1990 Une nuit a la mode 1
1990 1990-10-23: A Nice Surprise: Bercy, Paris, France 2
1990 Heavens in Motion 1
1991 1982-10-25: Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK 1
1991 Beautiful Boys 1
1993 Songs of Faith and Devotion: Live 6
1993 1993-07-31: Crystal Palace Bowl, London, England, UK 3
1993 Houston Night, Volume 1 1
1994 1983-06-12: New Life: Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands 1
1994 Devotional Tour 1
1998 1998-12-12: KROQ 106.7 Almost Acoustic X-mas, The Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA, USA 3
1998 The Singles Tour 86-98 (1998-09-12/13: Sweeden) 1
1998 The Singles Tour 86-98 (1998-09-11: Germany, Berlin, Waldbühne) 1
2001 2001-08-14: Los Angeles, CA, USA 2
2001 2001-09-23: Excited in Copenhagen: Parken Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark 1
2004 Devotional 1
2006 2006-08-01: Terra Vibe, Athens, Greece 1
2006 2006-07-02: Touring the Angel: Werchter Festival, Werchter, Belgium 1
2006 2006-07-07: Stadion, Stockholm, Sweden 1
2006 2006-07-13: Waldbühne, Berlin, Germany 1
2006 2006-07-15: Festwiese, Leipzig, Germany 1
2006 2006-07-20: Antic Arena, Nimes, France 1
2006 2006-07-22: Touring the Angel: Live at the Anoeta Stadium, San Sebastian, Spain 1
2006 Touring the Angel: Live in Milan 3
2006 2006-04-27: Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountainview, CA, USA 1
2006 2006-04-29: Empire Polo Field, Indio, CA, USA 1
2006 2006-04-30: Las Vegas, NV, USA 1
2006 2006-05-04: Foro Sol Stadium, Mexico City, Mexico 1
2006 2006-05-05: Foro Sol Stadium, Mexico City, Mexico 1
2006 2006-05-07: Arena, Monterrey, Mexico 1
2006 2006-05-21: Nissan Pavillion, Washington, DC, USA 1

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