Depeche Mode are an English electronic music band formed in 1980 in Basildon, Essex.
They have sold over 100 million albums and singles worldwide, making them the most
commercially successful electronic band in music history.
Basildon, Essex, England
Synthpop, new wave, alternative dance, alternative rock
Taken from a French fashion magazine, Dépêche mode (from French dépêche that means here "dispatch"
(from Old French despesche/despeche) or "news report", and mode that means "fashion").
"It means hurried fashion or fashion dispatch. I like the sound of that." But, in French, the real and only
meaning of the magazine's name (and hence the band's) is "Fashion News" or "Fashion Update".
Andy Fletcher -
keyboards, backing vocals (1980-present)
bass guitar (1980)
Dave Gahan -
lead vocals (1980-present)
Martin Gore -
keyboards, backing and lead vocals
guitars (1983-1984, 1987-present)
Vince Clarke - keyboards, backing vocals (1980-1981); lead vocals, guitars (1980)
Alan Wilder - keyboards, piano, backing vocals (1982-1995); drums (1990-1995)
original incarnation in 1976, when Vince Clarke and Andrew Fletcher formed a band known as "No Romance in China."
Did You Know:
David Gahan has been known to have a lot of drug problems influencing many of his songs
Depeche Mode Quotes:
"After being on top of each other for three years there was a thing of being in the room with each other was a bit tense. We've never got to actually fighting, yet,"
"To be honest it was total relief to get home at the end of it. It got especially bad with about two or three weeks to go but you felt I've got (some quote missing), made it, this far, it would be really sad to die at this stage."
"You have a tendency to just remember the bad times and bad moments. I think that often it's the way of life. Yet the rewards we got from it were fantastic and we played a lot of shows to sellout audiences in I don't know how many cities. I just think we didn't realise how insane it was until we were actually right in the middle of it and couldn't stop. We just couldn't stop."
"We stopped for a long time after the tour and I saw what I was and I didn't like it. I had long enough to see it but it took a while before I realised it."