Depeche Mode Biography
Depeche Mode is an English electronic music band founded in 1980 in Basildon, Essex. Dave Gahan (lead vocals and co-songwriter) and Martin Gore (keyboards, guitar, co-lead vocals and main songwriting) are the Depeche Mode current members of the band.
Depeche Mode began in 1977, when schoolmates Vince Clarke and Andy Fletcher created No Romance in China, influenced by The Cure, with Clarke on vocals and guitar and Fletcher on bass guitar.
The band was created in 1981 by Gahan, Gore, Andy Fletcher, and Vince Clarke, and their debut album Speak & Spell launched them onto the British new wave scene. During a live performance at Canning Town’s Bridge House, the band was approached by Daniel Miller, an electronic artist and the founder of Mute Records, who was interested in recording a single for his fledgling label. This verbal pact resulted in their first song, “Dreaming of Me,” which was recorded in December 1980 and released in February 1981. It peaked at number 57 in the UK. Encouraged by this, the band released their second single, “New Life,” which reached number 11 in the UK charts and earned them a spot on Top of the Pops. The band took the train to London, carrying their synthesisers all the way to the BBC studios.
“Just Can’t Get Enough” was the band’s next single. The synth-pop tune became the band’s first top ten hit in the United Kingdom. The video features Vince Clarke, who appears in only one of the band’s videos. Speak & Spell, Depeche Mode’s debut album, was released in October 1981 and reached at number ten on the UK album charts. Melody Maker called it a “wonderful album… one they had to make to conquer new audiences and delight the fans who just can’t get enough,” but Rolling Stone was harsher, calling it “PG-rated fluff.”
After founding member Clarke left after the album’s release, they recorded A Broken Frame as a trio. Gore took over as main songwriter, and Alan Wilder replaced Clarke in 1982, establishing a lineup that lasted 13 years. Black Celebration and Music for the Masses, the band’s final albums released in the 1980s, established them as a dominant force in the electronic music scene. The band’s June 1988 concert in the Pasadena Rose Bowl, which drew an audience of over 60,000 people, was a highlight of this era. They released Violator in early 1990, which became an international popular breakthrough. The subsequent album, Songs of Faith and Devotion, was likewise a success, but the band’s internal conflicts during recording and touring caused Wilder to leave in 1995. The trio lineup of Gahan, Gore, and Fletcher remained in place until Fletcher’s death in 2022.
Depeche Mode has 54 tracks in the UK Singles Chart and 17 Top 10 albums; they have sold over 100 million records globally. Q named the band one of the “50 Bands That Changed the World!” Depeche Mode is also ranked 98th on VH1’s list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time.” Depeche Mode was awarded the 10th Greatest of All Time Top Dance Club Artists by Billboard in December 2016. They were nominated for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2017 and 2018, and were inducted as members of the Class of 2020.
Depeche Mode Discography
|Playing the Angel|
|Songs of Faith and Devotion|
|Music for the Masses|
|Some Great Reward|
|A Broken Frame|
|Speak & Spell|
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Frequently Asked Questions
What Is Depeche Mode Best Song?
Depeche Mode’s most popular song is “Enjoy the Silence.” The song was released in 1990 and reached the top of the charts in several countries. It has since been included on several greatest hits albums and has been covered by many artists.
What Happened To The Lead Singer Of Depeche Mode?
The lead singer of Depeche Mode, Dave Gahan, is alive and well. He resides in Santa Barbara, California. He has been the lead singer of Depeche Mode since their formation in 1980. The band released their most recent album, Spirit, in 2017.