In the early 80’s, Depeche Mode emerged as key players in the New Wave movement. Their synthesizer driven music was poppish and catchy and they quickly developed a loyal fan base. Each album after saw them explore a darker edge both lyrically and in style. By 1990, they released Violator which would go on to be both their best received album and one of their best selling. Depeche Mode has one of the rare distinctions of being a successful Alternative band in multiple decades all while selling millions of records to devoted fans. Their biggest obstacle to induction is likely the fact that synthesizer based music has yet to make a real dent in the Hall.
Country of Origin:
United Kingdom (Basildon, England)
Why They Will Get In:
Unlike other British Groups they were able to crack the American market.
Why They Won’t Get In:
Electronic based bands are not yet in the hall.
Black Celebration (1986)
Music for the Masses (1987)
Songs of Faith and Devotion (1993)
Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee:
Everything Counts (From Construction Time Again, 1983)
Behind The Wheel (From Music for the Masses, 1987)
Personal Jesus (From Violator, 1990)
Enjoy the Silence (From Violator, 1990)
I Feel You (From Songs of Faith and Devotion, 1993)