Depeche Mode

Depeche Mode

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Formed in 1976 in Basildson, England UK. The band was formed by Andy, Martin and Vince. Dave was brought in later. After the release of their first album Speak and Spell, Vince left the band. Alan Wilder was brought in to fill the void. They scored big in…more


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  • Trivia

    • Bands such as Dishwalla, The Smashing Pumpkins, The Cure, and The Deftones covered Depeche Mode tracks in the 1998 tribute album For the Masses.

    • In mid-1996, Gahan entered a drug rehabilitation program to battle his heroin addiction, which put the band on hold.

    • In 1995, Alan Wilder left Depeche Mode because of "increasing dissatisfaction with the internal relations and working practices of the group."

    • During Depeche Mode's 1994 "Devotional" Tour, Dave Gahan's heroin addiction started to affect his behavior, and Martin L. Gore experienced a series of seizures.

    • Depeche Mode's album Songs of Faith and Devotion debuted at #1 in both the UK and the US.

    • 48,000 tickets for the Los Angeles Dodger Stadium show during their World Violation Tour were sold within an hour of going on sale.

    • 40,000 tickets were sold within eight hours for Depeche Mode's World Violation Tour at New York Giants Stadium.

    • Depeche Mode's album Violator has been certified as triple platinum in the U.S., selling over 3.5 million copies.

    • Depeche Mode held an in-store autograph signing at the Wherehouse Records music store in Los Angeles to promote their 1990 album Violator. This attracted approximately 17,000 fans and almost caused a riot.

    • Depeche Mode's hit "Enjoy the Silence" became their only Top 10 pop hit in the US when it peaked at #8.

    • "Personal Jesus" became the biggest-selling 12-inch single in Warner Bros. Records' history.

    • Depeche Mode's song "Personal Jesus" has been covered by Johnny Cash, Gravity Kills, and Marilyn Manson as well as others.

    • Depeche Mode played on June 18, 1988 during the Rose Bowl to a sell-out crowd of 90,000 people.

    • Record Mirror described Depeche Mode's 1987 album Music for the Masses as "the most accomplished and sexy Mode album to date."

    • Depeche Mode's song "People Are People" climbed to #13 on the US charts, and also reached #4 on the UK and Swiss charts.

    • As of May 2007, Depeche Mode has sold over 24 million records in the U.S. alone.

    • On April 3, 2006 remastered editions of Depeche Mode's albums Speak & Spell, Music for the Masses, and Violator were released.

    • Depeche Mode's songs have been featured in the following movies:
      2006 – Man of the Year ("John the Revelator")
      2001 – Me Without You ("Just Can't Get Enough")
      1989 – Say Anything... ("Stripped")
      1988 – Earth Girls Are Easy ("ROUTE 66")
      1986 – Modern Girls ("But Not Tonight")
      1986 – Dangerously Close ("Stripped," "A Question of Lust")
      1982 – Summer Lovers ("Just Can't Get Enough")

    • Depeche Mode's song "Personal Jesus" was featured in the 2004 movie Saved!.

    • Five of Depeche Mode's songs have been featured on the show Cold Case in the episodes The River ("Blasphemous Rumors"), One Night ("Precious"), Start-Up ("It's No Good"), Family ("Never Let Me Down Again"), and Who's Your Daddy ("Policy of Truth").

    • Depeche Mode's song "Suffer Well" was featured in The Sims 2: Open for Business computer game.

    • Depeche Mode's first #1 came in 1984. Their single "People Are People" debuted at #1 in Germany.

    • Alan Wilder's first contribution to Depeche Mode was in 1983, on the non-album single "Get the Balance Right!".

    • Depeche Mode recorded their second single "New Life" that climbed to #11 on the UK charts.

    • Rolling Stone magazine called Speak & Spell, Depeche Mode's first album, "PG-rated fluff."

    • Speak & Spell was released in November 1981, and eventually reached #10 on the UK album charts.

    • Depeche Mode won the "Best Group" award at the 2006 MTV Europe Music Awards.

    • Depeche Mode's 1990 album Violator was ranked #342 on Rolling Stone magazine's The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

    • Depeche Mode's hit "Just Can't Get Enough" was ranked #69 on Rolling Stone magazine and MTV's 100 Greatest Pop Songs.

    • Depeche Mode's hit "Just Can't Get Enough" was ranked #66 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the 80's.

    • Legend has it that for the recording of the love song "Somebody," on the album "Some Great Reward," in order to capture the feeling of intimacy from the lyrics, Martin Gore recorded his vocal track while naked.

    • The group worked with video director Anton Corbijn on clips for songs such as "Personal Jesus" and "Little 15."

      The acclaimed Dutch-born photographer and filmmaker has also worked with U2, Nirvana, Echo and the Bunnymen, Public Image Ltd. and Joy Division, among many others. A DVD collection of his music video releases is available.

      His legendary picture of Joy Division climbing the stairs in a train station proved so popular that Corbijn has never revealed the location of the original shot-- lest the spot be swamped and possibly defaced by fans.

    • Two of their songs have been featured on the show Smallville. Their song "Precious" is featured in the episode "Arrival," and "I Want It All" was played in the episode "Fanatic."

    • Andrew Fletcher was replaced as keyboardist during 1993-1994 "Devotional Tour" due to mental instability.

    • David Gahan's last name is pronounce like the word "gone", but some people pronounced it "guh-hahn."

    • Vince Clarke left the band after the album "Speak and Spell" in 1981.

    • Alan Wilder was a member of the band between 1982 - 1995.

    • The song "Precious" talks about the trauma that the divorce of Martin Lee Gore and Suzanne Boisvert is causing to their children.

    • Martin Lee Gore speaks fluent German.

    • Martin Lee Gore find out that his biological father was black when he was almost 40.

    • Discography: Speak and Spell (1981), A Broken Frame (1982), Construction Time Again (1983), Some Great Rewards (1984), People Are People (1984), Catching Up With Depeche Mode (1985), The Singles 81-85 (1985), Black Celebration (1986), Music for the Masses (1987), Violator (1990), Song of Faith and Devotion Live (1993), Ultra (1997), The Singles 86-98 (1998), Exciter (2001), Playing the Angel (2005).

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