Depeche Mode is an English electronic music band formed in Basildon, Essex, in 1980. The band's core lineup consisted of Dave Gahan (vocals), Martin Gore (keyboards, guitar, co-lead vocals, primary songwriting), Andy Fletcher (keyboards, bass guitar) and Alan Wilder (keyboards, drum machine).
Depeche Mode have sold over 100 million records worldwide and have been praised for their innovative music and live performances. They have been described as one of the most influential bands of all time.
The band's early music was influenced by punk rock and new wave, but they soon developed their own unique sound, which is a blend of electronic music, pop, and rock. Depeche Mode's lyrics often deal with themes of religion, sexuality, and death.
Depeche Mode have released 15 studio albums, 11 live albums, and 17 compilation albums. Their most successful albums include Violator (1990), Songs of Faith and Devotion (1993), and Ultra (1997).
Depeche Mode have toured extensively throughout their career, and they have played to millions of fans around the world. They are known for their energetic live shows, which often feature elaborate light shows and video projections.
Depeche Mode have won numerous awards, including a Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording for "Personal Jesus" (1993). They have also been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Depeche Mode's founding member and keyboardist Andy Fletcher died of an aortic dissection on May 26th, 2022, at the age of 60.