Depeche Modeis a music group which plays electronic style music. The band was formed in 1980 in Basildon, Essex, England. The members of the group were originally, David Gahan (lead vocalist), Martin Gore (keyboard and guitar player, vocals, main songwriter after 1981), Andrew Fletcher (keyboard player), and Vince Clarke (keyboard player and main songwriter from 1980 to 1981). Vince left the band after they released their debut album, in 1981, and was replaced by Alan Wilder (lead keyboard player). Alan left the group in 1995 and the trio left consisted of Gahan, Gore, and Fletcher, and they continued to perform as a trio. The Depeche Mode is considered to be one of the longest lived and most successful groups of the New Romantic and New Wave era. By 2006 the band has sold over 91 million records which consists of 56 million albums and 35 million singles.
The band began back, in 1977, when Vince Clarke and Andrew Fletcher formed a band called No Romance In China. Clarke was the vocalist and guitar player and Fletcher played bass. In 1978, Clarke played guitar in the band called, The Plan, with his friend, Robert Marlow as vocalist and Vince as guitar and keyboard player. Clarke and Fletcher went on to play in other bands throughout the 1970's, until the Depeche Mode was formed in 1980.
Depeche Mode was playing a live gig at the Bridge House in Canning Town and Daniel Miller (musician and founder of Mute records) talked them into recording a single for his record label. Their song was released in February, 1981 and was called, Dreaming of Me and flip side, Ice Machine, reached number 57 on the U. K. charts. The group was excited because of the success of the record and they released their second single called, New Life. This single reached # 11 on the U. K. charts. Just three months later they released, Just Canít Get Enough, and this one went to the Top 10 and peaked at # 8 on the U. K. charts.
In late 1981, Clarke announced that he was leaving the band because he felt there was never enough time to do anything and he didnít approve of the direction the band was going. After leaving, he joined blues singer, Alison Moyet and formed the band Yazoo (known as Yaz in the U. S.), then later joined Andy Bell as a duo and was known as Erasure. In the meantime the Depeche Mode continued to write and release music. They released, See You, in 1982, and the single reached number 6 on the U. K. chart. The band began to tour worldwide after that.
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