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 Artist RatingReleases
1982 Leave in Silence Depeche Mode 10
1983 Get the Balance Right! Depeche Mode 7
1983 Everything Counts Depeche Mode 14
1983 Love in Itself Depeche Mode 10
1984 People Are People Depeche Mode 10
1984 Master and Servant Depeche Mode 10
1984 Blasphemous Rumours Depeche Mode 12
1985 Shake the Disease Depeche Mode 11
1985 It's Called a Heart Depeche Mode 11
1986 Stripped Depeche Mode 11
1986 A Question of Lust Depeche Mode 11
1986 A Question of Time Depeche Mode 11
1986 But Not Tonight Depeche Mode 1
1987 Strangelove Depeche Mode 14
1987 Never Let Me Down Again Depeche Mode 13
1987 Behind the Wheel Depeche Mode 4 16
1988 Little 15 Depeche Mode 4 9
1989 Everything Counts / Nothing / Sacred / A Question of Lust Depeche Mode 2
1989 Personal Jesus Depeche Mode 5 12
1990 Enjoy the Silence Depeche Mode 4 20
1990 Policy of Truth Depeche Mode 4 13
1990 World in My Eyes Depeche Mode 4 19
1990 Violation 15 Depeche Mode 1
1993 I Feel You Depeche Mode 4 15
1993 Walking in My Shoes Depeche Mode 4.5 10
1993 Condemnation Depeche Mode 10
1993 Rush Depeche Mode 1
1994 In Your Room Depeche Mode 11
1997 Barrel of a Gun Depeche Mode 12
1997 It's No Good Depeche Mode 10
1997 Home Depeche Mode 6
1997 Useless Depeche Mode 7
1997 Home / Useless Depeche Mode 2
1998 Only When I Lose Myself Depeche Mode 15
2001 Dream On Depeche Mode 3 14
2001 I Feel Loved Depeche Mode 4 12
2001 Freelove Depeche Mode 8
2002 Goodnight Lovers Depeche Mode 3
2004 Enjoy the Silence 04 Depeche Mode 6
2004 Photographic Depeche Mode 1
2004 Remixes 81-04: A Continuous Mix by Mount Sims Depeche Mode 1
2005 Precious Depeche Mode 14
2005 A Pain That I'm Used To Depeche Mode 12
2006 Suffer Well Depeche Mode 10
2006 John the Revelator / Lilian Depeche Mode 10
2006 Lilian (Remixes) Depeche Mode 1
2006 Martyr Depeche Mode 6
2009 Wrong Depeche Mode 6
2009 Peace Depeche Mode 7
2009 Fragile Tension / Hole to Feed Depeche Mode 5
2009 Fragile Tension (Remixes) Depeche Mode 1
2009 Perfect (Remixes) Depeche Mode 1
2011 Personal Jesus 2011 Depeche Mode 7
2011 Behind the Wheel 2011 Depeche Mode 1
2013 Heaven Depeche Mode 5
2013 Soothe My Soul Depeche Mode 4
2013 Should Be Higher Depeche Mode 4

Single + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 Everything Counts: Live Depeche Mode 4

Single + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1987 Strangemix / Photogenic Remix / Deathwish Remix Depeche Mode 1
1989 Pleasure Little Treasure Depeche Mode 1
1991 Megamix Depeche Mode 2
2006 The Darkest Star Depeche Mode 1
2006 Remixes Depeche Mode 1
2009 Depeche Mode Remix Contest Winners Depeche Mode 1
2014 Delta Machine (Boys Noize + Djedjotronic Remixes) Depeche Mode 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 Summer Tour '94 CD Sampler Depeche Mode 1
2004 Oblivion Depeche Mode 1
2009 Primer Depeche Mode 1
2015 Never Feel the Silence Depeche Mode 1

EP + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1981 1981-06-21: John Peel Session, BBC Radio One, London, England, UK Depeche Mode 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2005 Playing the Angel: Instrumentals Depeche Mode 1

Other + DJ-mix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
X Files, Vol. One: Megamixes Depeche Mode 1

Other + Interview

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

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1987 Strangelove / Never Let Me Down Again Depeche Mode 1
2004 Razormaid! The Customize Series II Depeche Mode 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1988 The Unreleased Boxset Depeche Mode 4


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 The Classic Techno Mixes, Volume I Depeche Mode 1
2004 Enjoy the Silence (16B remix) Depeche Mode 1
2004 Ultra Strike 20: Exciter Total Depeche Mode 1
German Kraft / Servant and Master Mix Kraftwerk / Depeche Mode vs. Yazoo 1

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