Tuesday, April 24, 2012


Depeche Mode
Depeche Mode ( /dɨˈpɛʃ/ də-pesh) are an English electronic music band formed in 1980 in Basildon, Essex. The group's original line-up consisted of Dave Gahan (lead vocals), Martin Gore (keyboards, guitar, vocals, chief songwriter after 1981), Andy Fletcher (keyboards) and Vince Clarke (keyboards, chief songwriter 1980–81). Vince Clarke left the band after the release of their 1981 debut album, Speak & Spell, and was replaced by Alan Wilder (keyboards, drums, occasional songwriter) with Gore taking over songwriting. Wilder left the band in 1995 and since then Gahan, Gore, and Fletcher have continued as a trio.
Depeche Mode have had 48 songs in the UK Singles Chart and twelve top 10 albums in the UK charts, two of which debuted at #1. According to EMI, Depeche Mode have sold over 100 million albums and singles worldwide, making them the most successful electronic band in music history. 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!".
In 2010 Depeche Mode were ranked No. 98 on VH1's list of the "100 greatest artists of all time"
Origin: Basildon, Essex, England, United Kingdom
Genres: Alternative dance, synthpop, new wave
Years active: 1980–present
Labels: Mute, EMI, Sire
Members: Dave Gahan, Martin Gore, Andy Fletcher
Past members: Vince Clarke, Alan Wilder

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