Speak & Spell

Label
Mute
Release date
6 Apr 2006
Running length
16 tracks
Running time
58:55

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 New Life 3:44 173,138
2 I Sometimes Wish I Was Dead 2:14 49,311
3 Puppets 3:52 64,212
4 Boys Say Go! 2:41 53,763
5 Nodisco 4:14 52,535
6 What's Your Name? 2:44 40,683
7 Photographic 3:11 75,721
8 Tora! Tora! Tora! 4:23 55,241
9 Big Muff 4:20 54,874
10 Any Second Now (Voices) 2:33 45,654
11 Just Can't Get Enough 3:42 406,300
12 Dreaming of Me 3:44 109,742
13 Ice Machine 3:54 40,081
14 Shout 3:46 37,427
15 Any Second Now 3:07 40,468
16 Just Can't Get Enough (Schizo Mix) 6:46 30,228

About this album

Speak & Spell is the debut album from the British synthpop group Depeche Mode, recorded and released in 1981. The album peaked at #10 in the UK Albums Chart.

Overview

This was the only Depeche Mode album with Vince Clarke as a member of the band. Clarke wrote most of the songs for the band, before departing to form the synthpop duo Yazoo with Alison Moyet.

The album is significantly lighter in tone and melody than their later work, a direction which can largely be attributed to Clarke’s writing. After he left, Martin Gore would take over songwriting duties, writing almost all of the band’s material. Later albums written by him would explore darker subjects and melodies.
The album title alludes to the then-popular “Speak & Spell” electronic toy.

When interviewed by Simon Amstell for Channel 4’s Popworld programme in 2005, Martin Gore and Andrew Fletcher both stated that the track “What’s Your Name?” was their least favourite Depeche Mode song of all time.

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  • JoseMariaAznar

    it has hold up pretty well compared to some of their other albums (ie some great reward, black celebration). Mostly cause its pure analogue sound and percussion.

    8 Jun 9:30pm Reply
  • Stuart_W88

    Have to say this is superb and so upbeat. Lovely zippy melodies and basslines. It may not be the best DM album, but is so catchy and fun and instantly makes you happy. Thank you Vince Clarke for DM Part 1. I have to say I hated this album when I first heard it, but I love it now in a cheesy way - it's of its time, but if we didn't have this, then who knows if we'd have had DM or not?

    7 Oct 2013 Reply
  • halo_dm2

    Happy 32th anniversary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    5 Oct 2013 Reply
  • kyb15

    This might be my favourite DM album ever. This or Broken Frame. So awesome. Yeah, awesome is the right word. P.S. Release date is wrong, I don't care about stupid rerelease...

    3 Oct 2013 Reply
  • CDPETE01

    Best album ever..............well today anyway

    26 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Gitarrenmeister

    Why doesn't lastfm recognise this album? oO

    13 Jul 2013 Reply
  • gimgooe

    this album is very clear and clean.

    6 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Cleverek

    THANKS GOD VINCE CLARK LEFT THE BAND <- With hand on heart I must admit I'm glad too. Not that I don't like these first songs but I think if Vince have stayed in the band, Depeche Mode wouldn't become what they are today. It's in a great deal thanks to Martin that they withstood the test of time and - it's amazing to see that the band which has been existing for over 30 years now is still developing.

    13 Mar 2013 Reply
  • SaintGerasim

    Masterpiece!

    26 Dec 2012 Reply
  • arkadiustar

    THANKS GOD VINCE CLARK LEFT THE BAND! AFTER THIS MARTIN GORE TOOK THE BAND IN ANOTHER DIRECTION AND THAT;S WHY I LOVE EVERY DEPECHE MODE ALBUM!

    19 Dec 2012 Reply
  • adao15

    Move me disco, Baby don't you let go :3 [2]

    4 Sep 2012 Reply
  • hitbyambulance

    this used to be my most favorite album of all time. it still might be...

    2 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Neon_Spadezzz

    Fuck, Depehce Mode, you're killing me with these tunes! :D

    27 Jul 2012 Reply
  • Propylaion

    http://behindpropylaion.blogspot.de/2012/04/depeche-mode-1979-1981.html

    16 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Franny__Glass

    Best album??? NEVER!!! [3]

    5 Mar 2012 Reply
  • flaviossz

    One of the most beautiful cover ever. And it was made in the 80's! See you!

    4 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Ultra_DM_

    Move me disco, Baby don't you let go :3

    27 Jan 2012 Reply
  • grzybiarz

    remaster 2006 is crap :(. i like old vocal from '81. No computer/digitalshitical remastered

    17 Dec 2011 Reply
  • prominence_la

    Superb debut. Really, I feel ashamed now for not picking this up earlier. And I agree with CGholy - such lovely, intriguing cover art.

    15 Nov 2011 Reply
  • noo_dog

    I kind of wish Vince Clarke stayed in DM - The stuff he did when forming Yaz and Erasure just wasn't as good imo.

    8 Nov 2011 Reply
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