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1. Depeche Mode – Depeche Mode /dᵻˌpɛʃˈmoʊd/ are an English electronic band that formed in 1980 in Basildon, Essex. The group consists of founders Dave Gahan, Martin Gore, Depeche Mode released their debut album Speak & Spell in 1981, bringing the band onto the British new wave scene. Original band member Vince 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 the songwriting duties and, later in 1982, Alan Wilder officially joined the band to fill Clarkes spot. Depeche Mode have been a trio again since 1995, when Wilder left, the bands 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 concert at the Pasadena Rose Bowl. In the new decade, Depeche Mode released Violator, a mainstream success, now a trio once again, the band released Ultra in 1997, recorded at the height of Gahans near-fatal drug abuse, Gores alcoholism and seizures, and Fletchers depression. Depeche Mode have had 50 songs in the UK Singles Chart and thirteen top 10 albums in the UK chart, Q included the band in the list of the 50 Bands That Changed the World. Depeche Mode also rank number 98 on VH1s 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, Depeche Modes origins date to 1977, when schoolmates Vince Clarke and Andy Fletcher formed a Cure-influenced band called No Romance In China, with Clarke on vocals and guitar and Fletcher on bass. Fletcher would later recall, Why am I in the band and it was accidental right from the beginning. I was actually forced to be in the band, I played the guitar and I had a bass, it was a question of them roping me in. In 1979, Clarke played guitar in an Ultravox rip-off band, in 1978–79, Martin Gore played guitar in an acoustic duo, Norman and the Worms, with school friend Phil Burdett on vocals. In 1979, Marlow, Gore and friend Paul Redmond formed a band called the French Look, with Marlow on vocals/keyboards, Gore on guitar and Redmond on keyboards. In March 1980, Clarke, Gore and Fletcher formed a band called Composition of Sound, with Clarke on vocals/guitar, Gore on keyboards and Fletcher on bass. Soon after the formation of Composition of Sound, Clarke heard Wirral band Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, along with OMD, other early influences included the Human League, Daniel Miller and Fad Gadget. Clarke and Fletcher switched to synthesisers, working odd jobs in order to buy or borrow the instruments from friends. Dave Gahan joined the band in 1980 after Clarke heard him perform at a scout hut jam session, singing a rendition of David Bowies Heroes. When explaining the choice for the new name taken from a French fashion magazine, Dépêche mode, Gore said, I like the sound of that
2. Construction Time Again – Construction Time Again is the third studio album by the English electronic band Depeche Mode, released on 22 August 1983 by Mute Records. This was the first Depeche Mode album with Alan Wilder as a band member. The title comes from the line of the first verse of the track Pipeline. It was supported by the Construction Time Again Tour, the album was recorded at John Foxxs Garden Studios in London, engineered by Gareth Jones and mixed at the Hansa Tonstudio in Berlin. In January 1983, shortly before the release of the Get the Balance Right, single, songwriter Martin Gore attended an Einstürzende Neubauten concert, giving him the idea to experiment with the sounds of industrial music in the context of pop. This album introduced a transition in lyrical content for the group, Construction Time Again would include a bevy of political themes, sparked by the poverty Gore had seen on a then-recent trip he had taken to Thailand. NME hailed the album, saying that Everything Counts is Modes best ever single, and undeniably one of their biggest hits. It sold because it combines edgy and poignant melodies held in thrilling tension, a tough, urgent dancebeat, and the same goes for every other track on the album. All songs written and composed by Martin Gore, except where noted, credits adapted from the liner notes of Construction Time Again
3. Barrel of a Gun (Depeche Mode song) – Barrel of a Gun is Depeche Modes 31st UK single, released on 3 February 1997, and the first single from the bands ninth studio album Ultra. Barrel of a Gun came after some times for the band. Musician Alan Wilder left the band in 1995, lead singer Dave Gahan entered the hospital briefly in August 1995 after slashing his wrists in a suicide attempt, thought to be a result of his long battle with heroin addiction. In May 1996, Gahan overdosed on a speedball at the Sunset Marquis Hotel in Los Angeles, the lyrics are thought to be an allusion to these events. Martin Gore had a string of seizures as well as battling alcoholism, in mid-1996, Gore tried to get Gahan and Fletcher interested in recording new Depeche Mode material by writing a few songs to promote interest in working together again. It worked, and the band were together, except now as a trio again—the first time since 1982s A Broken Frame. Barrel of a Gun brings back the music sound, and is one of the bands darkest songs. Gore wasnt sure if it was going to be a big hit, Gore did eventually recommend the song and it turned out the rest of band, Daniel Miller, and producer Tim Simenon agreed. It reached number 4 in the UK singles chart in 1997, since then, Precious has also reached number 4 in the UK, in 2005. The B-side is a 7+ minute instrumental called Painkiller, which reflects the new dirty-electronic, a condensed version shows up as a hidden track on the Ultra album as Junior Painkiller. The music video for Barrel of a Gun is directed by Anton Corbijn and it features Gahan with long hair singing with his eyes closed, with eyeballs drawn on his eyelids to make it seem like they are open. The video was shot in Morocco, the latter was not released in the US till the 2004 re-release. Barrel of a Gun Barrel of a Gun All songs written by Martin L. Gore, single information from the official Depeche Mode web site Allmusic review Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics LYRICS
4. Behind the Wheel – Behind the Wheel is Depeche Modes twentieth UK single, released on 28 December 1987, and the third single for the album Music for the Masses. Peaking at #21 in the UK charts, it hit #6 in West Germany, in 1989, the single was ranked #30 on Spin magazines list of the The 100 Greatest Singles Of All Time. Behind the Wheel was written by Martin Gore, route 66 was written by Robert William Troup Jr. The video features a remix of the song, although a video also exists set to the original album version. Behind the Wheel 2011 is a US-only promotional CD single, released 2011, the title track is a remix made by former Depeche Mode member Vince Clarke for the bands Remixes 2, 81-11 album. The single was only, and not for sale. It reached No.3 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart in 2011
5. Blasphemous Rumours / Somebody – Blasphemous Rumours/Somebody is Depeche Modes twelfth UK single and first double A-side single, released on 29 October 1984. Both A-side songs are from the album Some Great Reward, somebody is the first single with Martin Gore as lead vocals, one of only three. The music videos for songs were directed by Clive Richardson. The single charts number 16 in UK single charts, the verses to Blasphemous Rumours describe a 16-year-old girl who attempts suicide but fails. She experiences a religious revival but is killed in a car accident aged 18 and dies. The chorus uses these incidents to conclude, I dont want to start any blasphemous rumours / but I think that Gods got a sense of humour /. Like other songs on Some Great Reward, the uses a dense sound with extensive sampled percussion. No Bong number, same cover as the vinyl version, Filipino R&B band Freestyle revived the song in mid-2000s, the band is the first Filipino musician to cover the song. Filipino musical group BoybandPH is the second Filipino musician to cover the song in 2017, english singer Damian Wilson covered the song for his 2016 solo album Built For Fighting. Single information from the official Depeche Mode web site Allmusic review Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
6. Violator (album) – Violator is the seventh studio album by English electronic music band Depeche Mode, released on 19 March 1990 by Mute Records. Preceded by the hit singles Personal Jesus and Enjoy the Silence, the album yielded two further hit singles, Policy of Truth and World in My Eyes. Violator is the bands first album to reach the top 10 on the Billboard 200 and it was supported by the World Violation Tour. Compared to previous efforts, the decided to try a new approach to recording. Alan Wilder said, Usually we begin the making of a record by having extensive pre-production meetings where we decide what the record will actually sound like and this time we decided to keep all pre-production work to a minimum. We were beginning to have a problem with boredom in that we felt wed reached a level of achievement in doing things a certain way. Martin Gore elaborated, Over the last five years I think wed perfected a formula, my demos and we decided that our first record of the 90s ought to be different. With co-producer Mark Flood Ellis, Wilder began a working relationship, with Flood able to provide the technical know-how and Wilder working on the arrangements. Thats how we made the work at that time, clarified Wilder, by accepting that we all had different roles. So we ended up with this agreement in the band. Then Fletch and Mart would go away, and theyd come back after wed worked on it for a while to give an opinion, there was also a notable change in Gores demos. After the rigid, limiting effects of almost-finished demos for Music for the Masses, Gore, heeding to Wilders request, several of the basic recordings consisted of vocals over simple guitar or organ part, with the odd percussion loop but less sequenced material. The sparse demos allowed the band to take liberties with the songs. For instance, Enjoy the Silence started out as a slow ballad, the band convened to work on the record with Flood at Mutes WorldWide programming room in London for three weeks after which they flew to Milan for the new sessions at Logic studios. According to Flood, they didnt do substantial amount of work in Milan, except for the song Personal Jesus, everybody was feeling each other out, because they wanted to try working in a different way. The idea was to hard and party hard and we all enjoyed ourselves to the full. After Milan the band relocated to Puk studios in northern Denmark, Martin called the track World in My Eyes a very positive song. Its saying that love and sex and pleasure are positive things, the song Blue Dress, which Gore called pervy, is simply about watching a girl dress and realising that this is what makes the world turn
7. Speak & Spell (album) – Speak & Spell is the debut studio album by the English electronic band Depeche Mode, released on 5 October 1981 by Mute Records. The album peaked at number 10 in the UK Albums Chart and this is the bands only album with Vince Clarke and as a result, was much lighter in tone than future Depeche Mode albums. This was the only Depeche Mode album with Vince Clarke as a member of the band, Clarke wrote most of the songs for the band, before departing to form Yazoo and later Erasure. The album is significantly lighter in tone and melody than their later work, after he left, Martin Gore took over songwriting duties, writing almost all of the bands material. Later albums written by him would explore darker subjects and melodies, the album title alludes to the then-popular Speak & Spell electronic toy. When interviewed by Simon Amstell for Channel 4s Popworld programme in 2005, Gore, melody Maker praised the album, saying the singles New Life and Just Cant Get Enough sound as fresh and unflagging as every new number of their time. In a five-star review, Record Mirror noted that the album is composed by eight sparkling songs and one instrumental, much to admire and little to disappoint. In a less enthusiastic review for The Village Voice, critic Robert Christgau called the album catchy, one-dimensional nonsense that crosses Meco, Gary Numan, and Kraftwerk. He did however favorably compare New Life to Brian Eno, the album was re-released on 3 April 2006 as part of Mutes extensive Depeche Mode reissue schedule. This special edition release was a double disc set that included a Hybrid SACD/CD and this format included the album in 5 formats - multi-channel SACD, stereo SACD, PCM stereo CD, DTS5.1 and Dolby Digital 5.1. In the United States, the album was not re-released until 2 June 2006, the US version was only a CD rather than a SACD/CD Hybrid, though it still included the DVD which was identical to the European one. The re-release somewhat preserves the album as it was originally intended, as such, while it is mostly the same as the British version, North America got a completely new version with some songs that have never been released there. For example, New Life was the version, not a remix. However, Dreaming of Me, the very first single which was not on the original album, was put at the end. The four bonus tracks on the original CD release in the UK, were omitted from the re-issued CD, also included was a 28-minute documentary about the making of the album entitled Depeche Mode, 1980–1981 featuring interviews with the group and other relevant personnel such as Daniel Miller. There is various footage of the appearances on Top of the Pops including their very first appearance from 1981 performing New Life. There is also vintage BBC footage of the Speak & Spell Tour from the same year, the remastered album was released on deluxe vinyl in March 2007. For all versions, all songs were written by Vince Clarke, Tora. and Big Muff written by Martin Gore
8. Condemnation (song) – Condemnation is a song by Depeche Mode, released as the groups twenty-ninth UK single on 13 September 1993, and the third single from their album Songs of Faith and Devotion. The song reached number 9 on the UK Singles Chart, Condemnation is a gospel-esque song with a rock twist. The 7 version is the Paris Mix, with backing vocals added. Band members indicated that this song normally would have been sung by Martin Gore, Gahan voted for Condemnation to be the first single for Songs of Faith and Devotion, but lost. The B-sides are remixes of Deaths Door and Rush, and some tracks from the Devotional Tour. Deaths Door was a song from the 1991 Until the End of the World soundtrack, the original version is still exclusive to that CD, recorded only by Martin Gore and Alan Wilder after the World Violation Tour was over. The music video for Condemnation was directed by Anton Corbijn and was shot in Hungary, for unknown reasons, it did not appear on The Videos 86-98 in 1998, replaced by the live version from Devotional. The original video eventually resurfaced on The Videos 86-98s 2002 re-release, both videos appear on the Devotional DVD re-release in 2004. South African band Absinthe covered the song on their album A Rendezvous at Nirvana, Condemnation –3,21 Deaths Door –6,387 released as a promo only, not commercially released, hence why both songs appear on the 12 version. All live songs were recorded in Milan, Italy in 1993, all songs written by Martin Gore. Single information from the official Depeche Mode web site Allmusic review Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
9. Sounds of the Universe – Sounds of the Universe is the twelfth studio album by English electronic music band Depeche Mode, released on 17 April 2009 by Mute Records. It was supported by the 2009–10 concert tour Tour of the Universe, three singles were released from the album, Wrong, Peace, and a double A-side of Fragile Tension and Hole to Feed. Perfect was also released in the US as a promotional single, as with the previous album, Playing the Angel, Dave Gahan has once again written three songs with Christian Eigner and Andrew Phillpott, Hole to Feed, Come Back and Miles Away/The Truth Is. Spacewalker and the bonus track Esque are instrumentals, the B-side Oh Well is the first track ever to be co-written by Gore and Gahan. The final track Corrupt is followed by a hidden instrumental version of the song Wrong. While Dave Gahan was still busy with his solo album Hourglass, Martin Gore was in his studio in Santa Barbara, California. In May 2008 the band hit the studio to record their studio album. Ben Hillier took the reins again, because the band were so satisfied with their previous collaboration on Playing the Angel. The band described the time in the studio as very productive, Five of the songs not used on the album were released as part of the deluxe box set. Short video clips of the band and production team at work in the studio were posted on the bands homepage. Sounds of the Universe received generally positive reviews music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications. Neil McCormick of The Daily Telegraph noted that the shows up the imaginative constraints of most guitar-based rock. Bill Stewart of PopMatters wrote that Depeche Mode tempt us with a strong first half, Sounds of the Universe debuted at number two on the UK Albums Chart with first-week sales of 30,537 copies—the bands highest-peaking album since chart-topping Ultra. In the United States, the album debuted at three on the Billboard 200, selling 80,000 units in its first week. The album was ranked number 200 on the Billboard 200 year-end chart for 2009. Sounds of the Universe was nominated for Best Alternative Music Album at the 2010 Grammy Awards, the albums sleeve design was voted number ten on the 2009 Best Art Vinyl poll. All tracks written by Martin L. Gore, except where noted, contains the standard 13-track album on two LPs, as well as a CD of the album