Depeche Mode

Alternative RockElectronicpop

Years active: 1980–present

Website: http://www.depechemode.com/

 

In late 1981, Depeche Mode placed an anonymous ad in Melody Maker looking for another musician; it said: “Name Band, synthesize, must be under twenty-one.” Alan Wilder, a keyboardist from West London, responded and, after two auditions and despite being 22 years old, he was hired in early 1982, initially on a trial basis as a touring member. Wilder would later be called the “Musical Director” of the band, responsible for the band’s sound until his departure in 1995. As producer Flood would later say, “[Alan] is sort of the craftsman, Martin’s the idea man and [Dave] is the attitude.”

In January 1982, the band released “See You”, their first single without Clarke, which managed to beat all three Clarke-penned singles in the UK charts, reaching number six. The tour that followed the release of the single saw the band playing their first shows in North America. Two more singles, “The Meaning of Love”, and “Leave in Silence”, were released ahead of the band’s second studio album. Depeche Mode began work on their second album in July 1982. Daniel Miller informed Wilder that he was not needed for the recording of the album, as the band wanted to prove that they could succeed without Vince Clarke. A Broken Frame was released that September and the following month the band set off on their second tour of 1982. A non-album single, “Get the Balance Right!”, was released in January 1983, and was the first Depeche Mode track to be recorded with Wilder.

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Depeche Mode – Just Can’t Get Enough

   

Depeche mode – See you

   

Depeche Mode – Everything Counts

   

Depeche Mode – People Are People

   

Depeche Mode – Stripped

   

Depeche Mode – Strangelove

   

Depeche Mode – Enjoy the Silence

   
 

Speak & Spell

 

A Broken Frame

 

Construction Time Again

 

Some Great Reward

 

Black Celebration

 

Music For The Masses

 

Violator

 


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