Depeche Mode – British electronic rock and pop band
Depeche Mode began its climb to success as a follower of the “new romantic” style in the UK. Gradually, it evolved into one of the most famous electro-pop groups of the 1980s. It became one of the first bands in the world to use keyboards at the center of its music. The sound became darker, deeper, and more dramatic, turning Depeche Mode into one of the most successful alternative bands of its time.
The group’s story began in 1976 in Basildon, UK. Keyboardists Vince Clark and Andrew Fletcher started working together on creating a new band called No Romance in China. However, it fell apart quickly.
In 1979, Clark formed another band, French Look. He invited a guitar player and keyboardist Martin Gore to work with him. Shortly, Fletcher joined them, and musicians decided to change the name to Composition of Sound. Initially, Clark was the leading vocalist. However, in 1989, David Gahan joined the band and took the leading role. The artists changed the name once again. This time to Depeche Mode.