Back To The Wall
[No. 1, 22nd February 1986. Words: Max Bell. Pictures: John Stoddart.]
Depeche Mode explain themselves
For Depeche Mode Berlin has become a second home. It’s a city which suits their temperament and throws a reflection across their music. Berlin is a strange, eerie place...
DEPECHE MODE ‘The Singles 81-85’ (Mute MUTEL1)
[Record Mirror, 19th October 1985, Words: Lesley O'Toole.]
‘Dreaming Of Me’. Dreaming of those halcyon (?) days of New Romanticism, when the Deps were pretty darned hip and Martin Gore looked vaguely masculine.
‘New Life’. The new life...
Everything Counts (In Large Amounts)
[Number One, 19th October 1985. Words: Paul Bursche. Pictures: John Stoddart.]
Depeche Mode are celebrating their coming of age with a singles collection. No.1 chronicles their career from leather through suits to leather, from futurism through sex to the...
Are Depeche Mode Cracking Up?
[Smash Hits, 9th-22nd October 1985. Words: Chris Heath. Pictures: Steve Rapport.]
Well, Martin did disappear to Germany for a week recently. And Alan reckons he doesn’t know who he is half the time. Certainly sounds a bit spooky, reckons Chris Heath… Photos Steve...
Fake The Disease
Will Depeche Mode – chart-thrashing chaps though they are – ever find the energy to progress into a more adventurous avenue? This is Danny Kelly’s gripe, which he puts first to that nice young man in the leather skirt, then to the rest of the group. Photography (12” mix) by...
The Normal Invasion
[The Hit, 28th September 1985. Words: Marc Issue. Pictures: John Stoddart.]
Depeche Mode were in their full regalia for our conversation. Any amount of pancake spot cover and rouge, powders and paints – regular working class lads made good. Or at least, made up.
[Zig Zag, August 1985. Words: William Shaw. Pictures: Coneyl Jay.]
Hell would be like this: a subterranean nighterie where champagne swilling P.R. types linger under ultraviolet around a dance floor and unfortunate girls struggle in inadequate nylon leotards to avoid the straying...
What We Did On Our Holidays
[Smash Hits, 5th June 1985. Words: Maureen Rice. Pictures: Depeche Mode.]
It’s that time of year again. The time when the sun shines, birds sing in the treetops, flowers wave gently in the breeze and we get our annual works-outing-to-Blackpool snaps out of the...
The Last Of The Futurists
[Record Mirror, 25th May 1985. Words: Betty Page. Pictures: Ian Hooton.]
There are fifteen thousand futurists in Orange County, California. Not many people know that, but Depeche Mode discovered them single-handed. Yeah, you remember futurists, running concurrent...
Alan Wilder: The Band Boy
[No.1, 25th May 1985. Pictures: Uncredited.]
Alan Wilder is ‘the musician’ in Depeche Mode. Ironically, that counted against him when they joined, as the others still wanted to prove they could get along without Vince Clarke. In the last of our interviews, Alan talks...
Andy Fletcher: The Brigade Boy
[No.1, 18th May 1985. Pictures: John Stoddart.]
Whatever you imagined about Depeche Mode, the truth is stranger – and a lot more interesting. After Dave Gahan’s tales of teenage rampage, and Martin Gore’s perverse paradoxes, we come to Andy…
Martin Gore: The Decadent Boy
[No. 1, 11th May 1985. Pictures: Uncredited.]
I led a normal childhood. Family life was stable, nothing too traumatic occurred.
I remember I was a very good boy until the age of five when I went through a phase of beating up other children. One day my...
Dave Gahan: The Wild Boy
[No.1, 4th May 1985. Pictures: John Stoddart.]
Depeche Mode are part underground cult, part pop stars.
Despite their huge success they are still on Mute, a small independent label, and they refuse to compromise with the music business.
Coming Up Smiling
[The Face, February 1985. Words: Sheryl Garratt. Pictures: Steve Pyke.]
Martin Gore is reading out a letter by a fan who somehow acquired a pair of his zipped leather undies and has now decided to send them back. She is anxious because she couldn't wash them first, and...
Boys Keep Swinging
[No. 1, 19th January 1985. Words: Max Bell. Pictures: John Stoddart.]
Pop groups come and go, but Depeche Mode keep on getting bigger and better. Max Bell joined them on tour in Germany – and if you thought they were just quiet lads from Basildon, you must’ve been...
Martin Gore: Me And My Leather
[Unknown magazine, 1985]
“I wear leather for the image but the feel is equally important. Leather feels good against the skin. It moves when you move. Black leather in particular has an appeal. A black jacket always looks cool and it also looks sexy. I can’t...
Black Celebration Demo Tape
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The songs as having been recorded in January 1985 and 4-6-'85 (probably June 4, 1985, or possibly the range of April through June 1985), though there is some uncertainty...
Martin Gore Demos & Studio Outtakes 1985 - 1986
It's Called A Heart (Studio Outtake)
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Other than the different intro and lack of reverb, this outtake is nearly identical to the single...