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TOP 4O DEPECHE MODE TRACKS

FEW TOP 40 SELECTIONS HAVE CAUSED AS MUCH HEART-RENDING AS TRYING TO PLACE NEARLY FOUR DECADES OF DEPECHE MODE SONGS IN SOME KIND OF JUSTIFIABLE ORDER, BUT HERE’S OUR FINAL CHOICE, FROM FABULOUS EARLY SINGLES TO CRACKING RECENT ALBUM CUTS – AND, JUST FOR BALANCE, SOME PERSONAL CHOICES TOO…

As evidenced by the vastly differing individual Top 10 favourite tracks offered up by our very own Classic Pop team members over the next few pages, positioning Depeche Mode’s finest musical moments into a coherent order that might be accepted by the masses could be viewed as nothing short of impossible. Nonetheless, it’s our duty as Classic Pop magazine to face the music – and choose.

From the first wide-eyed bars of debut 45 Dreaming Of Me right up to the musically matured sounds and preaching-on-the-pedestal politics of 2017’s Spirit, Depeche Mode is a band of three recognisable eras. The first – their instantly successful early years as fresh-faced, Vince Clarke-led all-out synthpoppers, delivering hooks that still soundtrack many a disco to this day. The second, with a moodier, more determined Martin Gore seizing the songwriting reins and engaging Alan Wilder as their in-house techno-whizz filter, for a shadowy journey of open experimentation – and myriad electronics – that led to the occupation of the world stage. And their third that was, well, without Alan Wilder as their techno-whizz filter, yet still capably negating another imminent breakdown and carrying the Depeche torch stridently forward – still flame-on.

Plus, throughout all that, the Devil had – at various points – made himself very comfortable in the details of all of it. As such, this is a group who have been dragged viciously through a particularly thorny hedge backwards, upside down and every which way besides in order to get to 2019: chronic substance addiction, losing vital members at vital moments – twice – in their history, yada yada yada…

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In our latest special edition 132-page magazine we explore the world of synth-pop pioneers Depeche Mode. We follow the band’s epic story – decade-by-decade – from their genesis in Basildon as synth-loving adolescents with Vince Clarke at the helm, through to the present day as a globally famous three-piece with over 100 million record sales under their belts. Classic Pop Presents turn the spotlight onto classic albums from every era of the group’s evolution including Speak & Spell, Black Celebration, Violator, Songs Of Faith And Devotion, Exciter and latest LP Spirit – plus, we go behind the scenes via exclusive interviews with Depeche’s Martin Gore and Dave Gahan, as well as producers Tim Simenon, Ben Hillier and James Ford. We also sit down with the two directors of pioneering tour film 101 to hear how they captured the reality of ‘Mode on the road’. Also inside, we deliver our definitive Top 40 Depeche Mode playlist as well as highlighting some lesser-spun gems; we survey the band’s videography and revisit their mammoth global tours through the years. Add to that our in-depth feature on Depeche’s many collaborators, our investigation into collectable vinyl from their back catalogue and much more besides – it’s an unmissable issue!