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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.


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… read more



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  • Avatar for theironictea
    Every time I feel down, this album just makes everything better. It's hilarious, cheesy synth pop.
  • Avatar for Tony--
    Their only album I have bought.
  • Avatar for halo_dm2
    Happy 33rd anniversary!!!
  • Avatar for 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.
  • Avatar for 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?
  • Avatar for halo_dm2
    Happy 32th anniversary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Avatar for 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...
  • Avatar for CDPETE01
    Best album ever..............well today anyway
  • Avatar for Gitarrenmeister
    Why doesn't lastfm recognise this album? oO
  • Avatar for 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.

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