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1980 – present (37 years)
Basildon, Essex, England, United Kingdom
Depeche Mode are an English synthpop band, founded in 1980, originally from the town of Basildon. They are one of the longest-lived and most successful bands to have emerged during the New Wave/New Romantic era. As of 2006, it was estimated that Depeche Mode had sold over 91 million records (56 million albums / 35 million singles) worldwide and have had 44 songs in the UK singles chart. They have been highly influential in the electronic music scene, in part due to their innovative work, recording techniques and use of sampling. Their landmark album is arguably 1990's Violator, which reached the No. 2 position in the UK, No.7 in the US, and sold over 8 million copies worldwide.
The three current members of Depeche Mode are:
* Martin L. Gore (songwriting, keyboards, vocals, guitars)
* David Gahan (lead vocals, recent songwriting, occasional instruments)
* Andrew Fletcher (keyboards)
Former members include:
* Alan Wilder (production, keyboards, drums, vocals, occasional songwriting) from 1982 to 1995. Wilder has a solo project called Recoil with 5 albums.
* Vince Clarke (songwriting, keyboards), from 1980 to 1981. Clarke went on to form the band Yazoo with Alison Moyet, The Assembly, and most famously Erasure.
The country of Germany must be regarded as a central point of the group's success: Depeche Mode had 6 number 1 albums in Germany and 24 top ten singles (2 number 1 hits). The community of the fans in Germany has yet gained it's own name for Depeche Mode: The Black Swarm.
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