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Originally a product of Britain's new romantic movement, Depeche Mode went on to
become the quintessential electro-
The roots of Depeche Mode date to 1976, when Basildon, England-
After building a following on the London club scene, Depeche Mode debuted in 1980
with "Photographic," a track included on the Some Bizzare Album label compilation.
After signing to Mute Records, they issued "Dreaming of Me" in early 1981; while
neither the single nor its follow-
As Gore grabbed the band's songwriting reins, the remaining trio recruited keyboardist Alan Wilder to fill the technological void created by Clarke's departure. While 1982's A Broken Frame deviated only slightly from Depeche Mode's earlier work, Gore's ominous songs grew more assured and sophisticated by the time of 1983's Construction Time Again. Some Great Reward, issued the following year, was their artistic and commercial breakthrough, as Gore's dark, kinky preoccupations with spiritual doubt ("Blasphemous Rumours") and psychosexual manipulation ("Master and Servant") came to the fore; the egalitarian single "People Are People" was a major hit on both sides of the Atlantic and typified the music's turn toward more industrial textures.
Released in 1986, the atmospheric Black Celebration continued the trend toward grim
melancholy and further established the group as a commercial force; it eventually
sold over 500,000 copies in the U.S., which earned it gold status. Released in 1987,
Music for the Masses, featuring three Hot 100 singles in "Strangelove," "Never Let
Me Down Again," and "Behind the Wheel," propelled the group into the mainstream.
The album would sell over a million copies in the U.S. alone. A subsequent sold-
With the alternative music boom of the early '90s, Depeche Mode emerged as one of
the world's most successful acts. The triple-
After a four-
by Jason Ankeny (allmusic.com)