Depeche Mode's debut single Dreaming Of Me was released in 1981 which is somehow 40 years ago. In that 40 years the band have moved from trilby wearing synthpoppers to metal bashing Berliners to accidental stadium fillers ending up as globe straddling titans of electronic music.
They have released a number of classic, era defining albums and are considered to be one of the biggest live acts on the planet. The thing is, Depeche Mode started out as a singles band, releasing three outstanding singles before anyone heard their debut album Speak & Spell. They have never stopped being a singles band either and there are very few, if any, bands who have released as many classic singles as Depeche Mode. Think about it - New Life, Everything Counts, Master & Servant, Stripped, Never Let Me Down Again, Personal Jesus, Enjoy The Silence, Walking In My Shoes, It's No Good, Precious - the list goes on and on.
I decided that this 40th anniversary had to be celebrated, As Depeche Mode don't do that sort of thing themselves, I have spent the last 18 months or so reviewing every Depeche Mode single released in the UK, looking in worrying depth at the reviews of each, the Top Of The Pops performances, the clothing, the at times remarkable and at times terrifying videos and the various formats each was released on. Below, you will find a link to each blog. Dive in and relive Depeche Mode's glorious career single by wonderful single.
Writing all these blogs has been a challenge but a fun one. Thank you to everyone who has read these articles and commented on them. Thanks too to depmod.com, dmlive.wiki, depechemode.com, Depeche Mode Classic Photos & Videos Facebook Group, Depeche Mode Press File for all of the help fact checking and info gathering. Any errors that you find in any of these blogs are all mine.
Finally, thanks to Depeche Mode. Happy birthday chaps - it's been an interesting 40 years.
Part 3: Just Can't Get Enough http://almostpredictablealmost1.blogspot.com/2020/10/depeche-mode-singles-1981-to-2021-part_26.html
Part 4: See You http://almostpredictablealmost1.blogspot.com/2020/11/depeche-mode-singles-1981-to-2021-part.html
Part 5: The Meaning Of Love http://almostpredictablealmost1.blogspot.com/2020/12/depeche-mode-singles-1981-to-2021-part.html
Part 6: Leave In Silence http://almostpredictablealmost1.blogspot.com/2021/01/depeche-mode-singles-1981-to-2021-part.html
Part 7: Get The Balance Right http://almostpredictablealmost1.blogspot.com/2021/01/depeche-mode-singles-1981-to-2021-part_12.html
Part 8: Everything Counts http://almostpredictablealmost1.blogspot.com/2021/01/depeche-mode-singles-1981-to-2021-part_19.html
Part 12: Blasphemous Rumours/Somebody http://almostpredictablealmost1.blogspot.com/2021/01/depeche-mode-singles-1981-to-2021-part_28.html
Part 13: Shake The Disease http://almostpredictablealmost1.blogspot.com/2021/02/depeche-mode-singles-1981-to-2021-part.html
Part 14: It's Called A Heart http://almostpredictablealmost1.blogspot.com/2021/02/depeche-mode-singles-1981-to-2021-part_4.html
Part 15: The Singles 81-85 http://almostpredictablealmost1.blogspot.com/2021/02/depeche-mode-singles-1981-to-2021-part_5.html
Part 19: Strangelove http://almostpredictablealmost1.blogspot.com/2021/03/depeche-mode-singles-1981-to-2021-part.html
Part 20: Never Let Me Down Again http://almostpredictablealmost1.blogspot.com/2021/03/depeche-mode-singles-1981-to-2021-part_10.html
Part 23: Personal Jesus http://almostpredictablealmost1.blogspot.com/2021/04/depeche-mode-singles-1981-to-2021-part.html
Part 24: Enjoy The Silence http://almostpredictablealmost1.blogspot.com/2021/04/depeche-mode-singles-1981-to-2021-part_13.html
Part 30: In Your Room http://almostpredictablealmost1.blogspot.com/2021/06/depeche-mode-singles-1981-to-2021-part.html
Part 44: Suffer Well http://almostpredictablealmost1.blogspot.com/2021/10/depeche-mode-singles-1981-to-2021-part_21.html
Part 48: Peace http://almostpredictablealmost1.blogspot.com/2021/11/depeche-mode-singles-1981-to-2021-part_8.html
I have you to thank. I really enjoyed that!ReplyDelete
Stellar job, mate!! Only thing sad about it, is the fact that they didn't release 55 more singles for you to write about, and for us to joyously read about.ReplyDelete
Wish you and your loved ones a really nice x-mas!!
Thanks for this. Monumental!ReplyDelete
Thanks very much for this run of posts, it's been one hell of a ride, mostly highs of course (the evolution of their sound from Speak & Spell to Songs of Faith & Devotion is absolutely incredible and it was brilliant to revisit their history), but a few lows too (I've never cared much for the BONG-less era), but still it was a genuine pleasure keeping up with this blog, an amazing effort indeed.ReplyDelete
It's not only a DM story, but a review of the last 40 years of the british pop music and how it fades in a numeric world: TOTP, reviews in press, vidéos, charts position. All those things that no one seems to matter now but where so important before. It's the story of a part of our lives.ReplyDelete
Thanks again from France
You should have finished with "Goodnight, thank you, see you next time"ReplyDelete