The history of Depeche Mode: A timeline infographic

We review here the work of Depeche Mode, a band whose history is full of great albums and commercial successes:

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The trajectory of Depeche Mode: a short story

Depeche Mode began its history in 1980, when three friends (Andy Fletcher, Martin Gore and Vince Clarke) recruited Dave Gahan as a singer for their band. In 1981 they released their debut album Speak & Spell, with most of Clarke’s compositions, and containing the hit Just can’t get Enough.

By the end of that year Clarke left Depeche Mode because the direction the band was taking was darker. On his own he would start the Yazoo project and then the mega-successful group Erasure.

Returning to Depeche Mode, the band’s second album came out in 1982 and was called A Broken Frame. During the tour of this album they were joined by Alan Wilder. From this moment the main composer of the band was Martin Gore.

The biggest hits of the band would come from 1987 with Music for the Masses (containing Strangelove and Never Let me Down Again), Violator in 1990 (containing Personal Jesus and Enjoy the Silence) and Songs of Faith and Devotion in 1993 (with I Feel You). After this streak of successes Alan Wilder left the group in 1995.

1997’s Ultra was also a hit, with It’s no Good as the lead single. Exciter opened 2001 with standout singles like Dream On and I Feel Loved.

The last production of the band is not of the most popular and critically acclaimed, being perhaps Playing the Angel (2005) its more solid work.

Depeche Mode Discography

Depeche Mode has released fourteen studio albums to date:

  • 1981: Speak & Spell
  • 1982: A Broken Frame
  • 1983: Construction Time Again
  • 1984: Some Great Reward
  • 1986. Black Celebration
  • 1987: Music for the Masses
  • 1990: Violator
  • 1993: Songs of Faith and Devotion
  • 1997: Ultra
  • 2001: Exciter
  • 2005: Playing the Angel
  • 2009: Sounds of the Universe
  • 2013: Delta Machine
  • 2017: Spirit

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