Psychedelic Lunch

Welcome to our “Psychedelic Lunch” series, “80’s New Wave Bands Edition,” where we find out how deep the rabbit hole really goes and explore psychedelic tunes from the 60’s to today. Weekdays At Noon EST. Enjoy the trip!

In 1977, Depeche Mode founding members Vince Clarke and Andy Fletcher started a Cure-inspired band. Three years later, now with keyboard player Martin Gore, they found vocalist David Gahan singing a cover of David Bowie’s “Heroes.”

They had a rough start. Record companies would constantly reject them. Finally, the band released a few singles, all relatively successful. With their third single, “Just Can’t Get Enough,” the band earned a top 10 UK hit. While their first album Speak & Spell was a huge stepping stone for the band some still criticize it today.

When original member Vince Clarke left the band in 1981, Depeche Mode was motivated to go international. In 1984, Depeche Mode released “People Are People,” a song that’s all about equality and understanding.

Depeche Mode’s commitment to discussing important issues only continued with songs that cover sexual politics, relationships, religion and even the environment. It doesn’t seem like they’re stopping any time soon, especially considering the politically driven “Where’s The Revolution.’

Some of your favorite artists that have cited Depeche Mode as an influence are CHVRCHES, who’s lead singer wrote an entire blog a few years back about why Depeche Mode is so amazing, Arcade Fire and none other than Lady Gaga.

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