Over the last few weeks I've had a look back at Depeche Mode's first fourteen singles. It was a remarkable period for the band really - sudden success, Vince leaving, Martin taking over the song writing, Alan joining, pop music mixing with industrial sounds and sampling and much more left the band on the cusp of global success. While their home country may have been losing interest, Europe was very interested indeed and America had finally taken notice.
Tired after their 1985 tour, the band briefly paused and releaesd The Singles 81-85, later renamed Catching Up With Depeche Mode in North America when it was given a different tracklist just to confuse matters.
They didn't stop for long however and late in 1985 Martin started work on and presented his first demos for new material to the band. The first taste the public got of that work was when Stripped was released on 10th February 1986.
Happily, as I am writing this on 5th February 2021, that means Stripped is 35 years old next week and as that is the next instalment of the singles reviews project, I'll post that as a birthday present to the great tune. Until then, here are links to the first fourteen reviews all of which form The Singles 81-85.
Dreaming Of Me - http://almostpredictablealmost1.blogspot.com/2019/12/depeche-mode-singles-part-1-dreaming-of.html
New Life - http://almostpredictablealmost1.blogspot.com/2020/10/depeche-mode-singles-1981-to-2021-part.html
Just Can't Get Enough - http://almostpredictablealmost1.blogspot.com/2020/10/depeche-mode-singles-1981-to-2021-part_26.html
See You - http://almostpredictablealmost1.blogspot.com/2020/11/depeche-mode-singles-1981-to-2021-part.html
The Meaning Of Love - http://almostpredictablealmost1.blogspot.com/2020/12/depeche-mode-singles-1981-to-2021-part.html
Leave In Silence - http://almostpredictablealmost1.blogspot.com/2021/01/depeche-mode-singles-1981-to-2021-part.html
Get The Balance Right - http://almostpredictablealmost1.blogspot.com/2021/01/depeche-mode-singles-1981-to-2021-part_12.html
Everything Counts - http://almostpredictablealmost1.blogspot.com/2021/01/depeche-mode-singles-1981-to-2021-part_19.html
Love In Itself - http://almostpredictablealmost1.blogspot.com/2021/01/depeche-mode-singles-1981-to-2021-part_21.html
People Are People - http://almostpredictablealmost1.blogspot.com/2021/01/depeche-mode-singles-1981-to-2021-part_25.html
Master And Servant - http://almostpredictablealmost1.blogspot.com/2021/01/depeche-mode-singles-1981-to-2021-part_26.html
Blasphemous Rumours / Somebody - http://almostpredictablealmost1.blogspot.com/2021/01/depeche-mode-singles-1981-to-2021-part_28.html
Shake The Disease - http://almostpredictablealmost1.blogspot.com/2021/02/depeche-mode-singles-1981-to-2021-part.html