Sunday, December 25, 2005


In the small town Basildon outside London there lived two guys called Vince Clarke and Andrew Fletcher. In 1976 they formed the band "No Romance In China". At that time Martin Gore was a guitarist in the band "Norman and the Worms". In 1979 Clarke and Gore were playing together in the guitar and synth band "French Look". Fletcher joined them and the band changed its name to "Composition of Sound". They were playing with a synthesizer, a guitar and a bass guitar.Clarke was the singer but he didn't like it, so they were looking for a another singer. In 1980 they asked Dave Gahan who they had heard singing David Bowie's song "Heroes". When he joined they changed their instruments to synthesizers only and the band's name to Depeche Mode. The name was taken from a French magazine and it means "fashion news".

Their first release was the song "Photographic" on the independent record company Some Bizzare's compilation "Some Bizzare Album" in January 1981. But it was Daniel Miller who really discovered them and they signed on with his Mute Records. They released their first single "Dreaming Of Me" in February 1981. It became only No. 57 at the selling chart in UK and the next single "New Life" didn't become a hit either, but their third single "Just Can't Get Enough" was a Top 10 hit. Then they released their debut album "Speak & Spell", an album with happy and quite naive synthpop.Vince Clarke wrote all of their songs, except for two songs written by Martin Gore. So it came as a shock to the fans when he decided to leave Depeche Mode soon after the album. He didn't like to tour and he didn't feel comfortable in the band anymore. The shock wasn't that big for the three remaining members though.

Martin Gore took charge of the song-writing and they advertised for a new member. The three released the single "See You" in January 1982.Vince Clarke soon formed the duo Yazoo with the singer Alison Moyet. Since 1985 he has been playing in the duo Erasure with the singer Andy Bell.Depeche Mode's advertisement for a new member read something like: "Synthesizer player wanted, maximum age 21 years". Alan Wilder was 22 years when he read that, but he answered anyway, because he really wanted a job, even if he would have to lie to get it. He was playing with the band on their "See You"-tour, for example in USA, but he still wasn't a real member of the band. He wasn't allowed to be in the studio when they recorded their second album "A Broken Frame". The music was now not so happy as when Vince Clarke was the song-writer, it was more melancholic and dark. When the single "Get The Balance Right" was released in 1983 Alan Wilder was playing with the band in the studio and he was now regarded as a member of the band. He wrote two songs on their third album "Construction Time Again" and one song on their fourth album "Some Great Reward".

They had international hits with "Everything Counts", "People Are People" and "Master And Servant". In 1985 they released a collection album with all of their singles. In 1986 they released "Black Celebration", which was very dark and melancholic. They went on with that style on "Music For The Masses" in 1987. Soon after that album they began using guitars again. They were now very big also in USA, where they had huge concerts. One of the concerts were recorded and released as the live-album "101" in 1989. Later the same year they released the single "Personal Jesus", where the guitars dominated. In 1990 they released the album "Violator", which also included one of their biggest hits ever called "Enjoy The Silence".On "Songs Of Faith And Devotion" in 1993 the band was influenced by a lot of different music genres, for example gospel. The album went high on the selling charts, but some of the older fans were quite disappointed. Later the same year they released the album "Songs Of Faith And Devotion Live".Beside Depeche Mode Martin Gore released a solo record called "Counterfeit EP" in 1989, and Alan Wilder has released a few albums under the name Recoil.

In June 1995 Alan Wilder decided to leave Depeche Mode. He said: "Due to increasing dissatisfaction with the internal relations and working practices of the group, it is with some sadness that I have decided to part company from Depeche Mode."In 1997 the three remaining members of Depeche Mode released the album "Ultra". From that album they released the singles "Barrel Of A Gun", "It's No Good", "Home" and "Useless".In 1998 Depeche Mode released a new single "Only When I Lose Myself", a new collection album "The Singles 86-98" and had a huge tour.

In May 2001 the album "Exciter" was released. From that album they released the singles "Dream On", "I Feel Loved", "Freelove" and "Goodnight Lovers".They played in Stockholm on September 21 and in Copenhagen on September 23.In April 2003 Martin Gore released his second solo album called "Counterfeit 2" and in June 2003 Dave Gahan released his first solo album called "Paper Monsters".In October 2004 Depeche Mode released the album "Remixes 81-04" and the single "Enjoy The Silence 04".

A new album called "Playing The Angel", which was released last October 17,2005.

Ito Download mo:

01. Everything Counts [Live] - Depeche Mode, mula sa album na "Milano"
02. Nodisco - Depeche Mode, mula sa una nilang sumikat na album "Speak & Spell"
03. Personal Jesus [Pump Mix] - Depeche Mode, mula sa album na "Remixes 1981-2004"
04. The Sinner In Me - Depeche Mode, mula sa 2005 album nila na "Playing The Angel"


Started in 1976 as the Easy Cure by school mates Robert Smith (guitar, vocals), Laurence Tolhurst (drums), and Michael Dempsey (bass). The band signed a record deal in June 1977 with Hansa Records, Germany's largest independent record label, after the band answered an ad in a magazine for new talent.

Unfortunately, this relationship became mutually unsatisfactory and was dissolved in March 1978 before a record could be released. Around this time they dropped the "Easy" and became just The Cure. Early in 1978, Chris Parry an A&R representative at Polydor Records, left Polydor to form his own record label, Fiction, and The Cure were the first band he signed to the label in September 1978. "Killing an Arab" the band's first single, was released in December 1978, and the Cure set out on their first tour of England.

The Cure's debut album, Three Imaginary Boys, was released in May 1979 to good reviews in the British music press. Robert Smith's romanticism with the morose has led the The Cure to be labeled "godfathers of Goth", "masters of melancholy", and "kings of doom and gloom". They became identified for their slow gloomy songs and Robert's Goth like make-up and hair style. None of these labels are quite accurate and no other band has their unique sound. Their sparse early releases like Pornography and Faith contrasts their later releases like Disintegration in 1989. A wonderfully dark and beautiful album, marked by Robert Smith's fluid imagery and the band's relentlessly stunning sound, it proved to be the band's biggest creative success to date.

Through the years The Cure have had seven top 20 hits and five top 10 Albums both in England and in the U.S. They have sold more than 27 million albums worldwide. But being popular and recording hits is not what The Cure are all about. The Cure have never put being a popular band ahead of being independent and making the kind of music they want (as many Recording Industry executives can attest to). To really know The Cure one must listen to more than just their popular hits. Instead, listen to a complete album full of it's imagery and lush moody sound.

[ROBERT JAMES SMITH - April1 21 1959]

Ito download mo.. "Inbetween Days" Live At Gurten Festival, Bern, Switzerland