Depeche Mode FAQ: All That's Left to Know About the World's Finest Synth-Pop Band

Depeche Mode FAQ: All That's Left to Know About the World's Finest Synth-Pop Band

by Michael Christopher


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The preeminent synth-pop outfit for four decades, Depeche Mode have endured an ever-shifting musical landscape, rising above fads and battles with personal demons, somehow managing to retain a hold on the charts and the audience, the latter which continues to grow as new generations discover them and become "devotees." Depeche Mode FAQ: All That's Left to Know About the World's Finest Synth-Pop Band shows how a group of schoolmates influenced by the likes of Kraftwerk, Joy Division, and mid-period David Bowie carved out their own musical niche until they became one of the most influential bands to come out of England. Depeche Mode were Europe's best-kept secret in the early '80s with the albums Construction Time Again and the-perhaps-tongue-in-cheek-titled Music for the Masses. They became a worldwide phenomenon as the '90s dawned, with the landmark LP Violator, containing the smash hits "Personal Jesus," "Enjoy the Silence," and "Policy of Truth." But success came at a price as depression, alcoholism, drug addiction, and personnel departures threatened to derail the band. It wasn't a question of whether the music of Depeche Mode would be able to withstand fickle industry changes, but rather if the members of the group themselves could make it out alive. Depeche Mode FAQ shows how they did, becoming legends in the process.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781617137297
Publisher: Backbeat
Publication date: 12/28/2020
Series: FAQ Series
Pages: 268
Sales rank: 586,414
Product dimensions: 6.03(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.66(d)

About the Author

Michael Christopher is a writer and music journalist. A senior writer for the online music magazine Vanyaland, where he was a founding member and later managing editor, he contributes regularly to Ultimate Classic Rock, Loudwire, and LA Weekly. He also has a music and lifestyle column in The Daily Times, a newspaper in the Philadelphia metro region. His work has appeared in The Boston Phoenix, Boston Magazine, Rockpile, and Diffuser. He lives in Boston, building a respectable vinyl collection.

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction xi

1 Composition of Sound: How Depeche Mode Came Together 1

2 Goodbye: Vince Clarke Leaves the Group 7

3 Welcome to My World: The Hiring of the Band's Alan Wilder 15

4 Condemnation: Early Criticisms and Winning Over the Media 23

5 Something to Do: The Unsung Heroics of Andy Fletcher 29

6 Behind the Wheel: The Leadership of Martin Gore 35

7 Servant to Master: Dave Gahan's Transformation 41

8 It's No Good: Addictions, Death, and Exits in the 1990s 49

9 Speak & Spell: Learning to Crawl 59

10 A Broken Frame: Putting the Pieces Back Together 69

11 Construction Time Again: Flirting with Industrial 77

12 Some Great Reward: Embracing Musical Change 85

13 People and More People: The World Takes Notice 93

14 Black Celebration: Back to Basics 99

15 Music for the Masses: A Band on the Cusp of Greatness 109

16 Violator: Invading the Mainstream 117

17 Songs of Faith and Devotion: Dealing with Success 129

18 Ultra: Things Fall Apart 137

19 Exciter: A New Millennia Rebirth 145

20 Playing the Angel: Gahan the Revelator 153

21 Sounds of the Universe: Bigger Than the Galaxy 161

22 Delta Machine: The End of a Trilogy 169

23 Spirit: A New Beginning 177

24 Soothe My Soul: The Experience of Seeing the Band in Concert 185

25 Everything Counts: The Sidemen, Producers, and Collaborators 197

26 I Feel Loved: The Disciples of Depeche Mode 205

27 Just Can't Get Enough: What Draws an Artist to Remix Depeche Mode? 213

28 New Life: Appearances in Film and Television 223

29 Precious: The Relationship between Depeche Mode and Their Fans 229

30 Goodnight Lovers: The Legacy of Depeche Mode 235

Selected Bibliography 245

Index 251

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