Depeche Mode C or D/S& D

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Since there hasn't been a C or D ?'s concerning this band I'm curious to know what are your thoughts on DM.

MICHELINE, Monday, 8 July 2002 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

I could have sworn there was one somewhere. Anyway, it will surprise no one that I think they're CLASSIC CLASSIC CLASSIC. Basically, after an annoying album and a half they entered a zone where they had to try really, really hard to create a song I disliked (I think the last one was "It's Called A Heart").

Dan Perry, Monday, 8 July 2002 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

What Dan said, of course, except I also like that early stuff too. ;-) Micheline, I could have sworn *you* were the one to do this very thread last year or something. ;-)

Ned Raggett, Monday, 8 July 2002 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

This is because you're twee, Ned. :)

Dan Perry, Monday, 8 July 2002 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

Allegedly.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 8 July 2002 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

No that was a taking sides question concerning DM and Erasure

MICHELINE, Monday, 8 July 2002 00:00 (twenty years ago) link

one year passes...
Goddammit this thread died too soon. And having watched the 101 DVD over the weekend, my love for this band is once again turned up to full. All those great songs and performances and they hadn't even hit the Violator era yet! And they packed out the Rose Bowl! And they OWNED that crowd, and Jesus what they were coming up with and pulling off in stadium-level situations in an era before the laptops made it easy. Man, if only I could have gone...

So classic. So perfectly classic.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Monday, 8 December 2003 04:24 (eighteen years ago) link

they are truly amazing. once you have a certain amount of knowledge about music, its hard to pick a favorite band. one ends up rationalizing to a certain extent (ie "they are my favorite band now" or "they are my favorite group from this genre" or "the term band is so limiting"), but i am starting to think that really, depeche mode is my favorite band.

search:
Some Great Reward
Violator

Aaron Grossman (aajjgg), Monday, 8 December 2003 04:32 (eighteen years ago) link

Black Celebration is better than Some Great Reward surely?

Tim Finney (Tim Finney), Monday, 8 December 2003 04:34 (eighteen years ago) link

i dunno.. some great reward has intimate attachments more than black celebration. its the difference between buying an album and having it slot perfectly into one's life at the time, regardless of objective quality, versus buying something because one knows one must own it.

Aaron Grossman (aajjgg), Monday, 8 December 2003 04:36 (eighteen years ago) link

Re: The 101 doco. I find it kind of amusing that the format they chose (choosing and bringing a group of fans along on tour) was the unconscious format groundbreaker for yr average and so so common reality tv show now. It seemed quite novel at the time.

Kim (Kim), Monday, 8 December 2003 04:36 (eighteen years ago) link

Kim OTM, indeed -- I was thinking that a couple of years back, and in the DVD liner notes Pennebaker notes the same thing! As do the band members in conversation with Pennebaker and his wife on the commentary track -- I do think that had a telling impact in unrecognized ways. One nice thing about the DVD release is that it includes interviews with three of the bus kids -- and it turns out one of them, Oliver (the one with the v. spiky hair) became the Horrorist ("One Night in NYC") and there's a brief closeup of a feature done on him by none other than Simon Reynolds!

Ned Raggett (Ned), Monday, 8 December 2003 04:51 (eighteen years ago) link

I think the thing when it comes to Depeche as an influence and place -- Aaron was talking about this -- is that almost EVERY electronic musician I have ever known around my age or a little bit younger started out as a Depeche freak. Not all, of course, but whether it's in interviews or namechecks or album thank you lists or more. Time will change this to some degree but I think the impact is near seismic.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Monday, 8 December 2003 04:57 (eighteen years ago) link

i think it helps that they were always the most "rock" (in packaging not necessarily the music itself.)... i seems less of a stretch to get to them from indie rock compared to, say, the Associates.

Aaron Grossman (aajjgg), Monday, 8 December 2003 05:07 (eighteen years ago) link

101 was my favourite movie when I was in Junior High although I haven't seen it for years now. I remember random scenes like Martin and Andy(?) in the music shop in Nashville and the old lady is asking them about country music and they replied in their British accents: "we don't know much about it". There was also the bit where one of the kids on the bus, maybe Oliver although it could have been Chris, caught his girlfriend in bed with another guy. The scene where Dave is playing pinball backstage singing "Love Is The Drug" was my first introduction to Roxy Music. As far as the concert footage, the end of the final show when all 70 000, or whatever insane number of people were at the Rosebowl that night, are singing the refrain to "Everything Counts", used to give me chills. I suspect that if were to watch it again, that it still might.

J-rock (Julien Sandiford), Monday, 8 December 2003 08:03 (eighteen years ago) link

haha - i was listening to my depeche mode cd-r (i only think they made one great album - guess which - but puh-lenty more great songs) friday night (goddamn nothing can make me feel 12 years old like "strangelove") and i had a really really bad idea for a "novel" i think i might actually put pen to paper on just cuz it was such a bad idea, i need to refresh my dennis cooper first though. i also would really really like to hear a sharon jones & the dap-kings remake of 'the policy of truth'.

cinniblount (James Blount), Monday, 8 December 2003 08:58 (eighteen years ago) link

Blount, you are an inspired madman. :-) (And J-Rock -- it was Chris. He's one of the ones interviewed for the DVD and he's still friends with that old girlfriend and calls her up on the phone to tell her what he's being interviewed for!)

Ned Raggett (Ned), Monday, 8 December 2003 14:41 (eighteen years ago) link

eight months pass...
And now I revive this again to note that the archives are once again being trawled very well -- Devotional is coming out on DVD next month. For all that this was filmed in Dave's smack hell era, the shows I caught were excellent and it was Alan Wilder's farewell turn overseeing the arrangements, and I'm glad to finally be getting the full show (for whatever reason the American release left off about half an hour when it first appeared on video eleven years back).

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 10 August 2004 00:25 (eighteen years ago) link

How long before a UK femme-pop cover of "Personal Jesus"? It is *surely* only a matter of time now what with that new Whigfield single.

Tim Finney (Tim Finney), Tuesday, 10 August 2004 00:49 (eighteen years ago) link

Hm! What is said new Whigfield single, m'friend?

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 10 August 2004 00:52 (eighteen years ago) link

"Was A Time". It's not Depeche Mode but it's schaffel-pop (people are comparing it to "Rendez-Vu" because of the spanish guitar but I actually think it sounds like early Saint Etienne). Along with "Some Girls" though (and Rachel Stevens covering "Knock On Wood" live) it just makes a pop-cover of "Personal Jesus" seem like the most obvious thing in the world.

Tim Finney (Tim Finney), Tuesday, 10 August 2004 03:36 (eighteen years ago) link

I am content with this beautiful idea.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 10 August 2004 03:36 (eighteen years ago) link

Depeche Mode was my first music love. And like all first loves, they will always have a special place in my heart.

The new Junior Boys actually reminds me a little of "A Broken Frame", one of my fav DM albums.

kickitcricket (kickitcricket), Tuesday, 10 August 2004 03:42 (eighteen years ago) link

I've seen the full Devotional show (MuchMusic aired it way back in the day), so I can't wait for the DVD.
Who has seen the Exciter Live in Paris DVD? And what's with DM having a thing with filming shows in Paris? (Devotional, Exciter, and I think there was one other).
I've said this on other DM threads, but the post-SOFAD era is as underrated as SOFAD is overrated.

Barry Bruner (Barry Bruner), Tuesday, 10 August 2004 03:45 (eighteen years ago) link

Who has seen the Exciter Live in Paris DVD? And what's with DM having a thing with filming shows in Paris? (Devotional, Exciter, and I think there was one other).

I've got that, it's great. Actually, Devotional was filmed in Frankfurt and Barcelona...

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 10 August 2004 03:56 (eighteen years ago) link

In grade 12 they were one of my very favourite bands: classic!

I threw on Exciter a month ago, though, and couldn't get through it, which was sad, as I'd quite enjoyed it upon release. The 84-90 period seems to have aged the best, for my taste.

Ultra is definitely underrated.

derrick (derrick), Tuesday, 10 August 2004 05:05 (eighteen years ago) link

Ultra is great! Not only one of their best but I think also Tim Simenon's personal masterpiece.

I recently discovered the Thomas Brinkmann mix of "I Feel Loved" - wow. The original underwhelmed me though.

Tim Finney (Tim Finney), Tuesday, 10 August 2004 05:07 (eighteen years ago) link

depeche mode were the first band i ever saw live (in 83).
loved them since hearing dreaming of me on radio luxemburg's new romantic charts, courtesy of my brother. and they introduced me to portion control in 84. fantastic band who, like all other bands, did things i didn't care much for, but on a whole still listen to.

frenchbloke (frenchbloke), Tuesday, 10 August 2004 07:42 (eighteen years ago) link

A friend made me buy 'Music for the Masses' in the summer of '99 after we got out of a work dinner at Milestones(which was blah). I listened to it on the Skytrain home to Surrey. Oddly, MftM is the album I listen to least today. That was in August, maybe. I spent all fall collecting the rest.

derrick (derrick), Tuesday, 10 August 2004 08:04 (eighteen years ago) link


yep the devotional show dvd will rock. i've got the vhs. damn i should have e-bay'd it before the dvd came out!

saw the devotional tour twice in 3 nights at birmingham and manchester. took my little sister to the latter (front row!)
and she's honestly never been the same since. that tour had the greatest opening to a gig i've ever seen or heard of.

it was only later that people realised what had actually been going on backstage each night, and the likes of Q mag would start calling it 'the most debauched tour of all time'.

the singles 86-98 dvd box has the best extras ever (EPK stuff)
by the way y'all.

piscesboy, Tuesday, 10 August 2004 10:04 (eighteen years ago) link

I always wanted to be a fly on the wall for the recording of SoFaD.

derrick (derrick), Tuesday, 10 August 2004 10:18 (eighteen years ago) link

I hear Marilyn Manson are going to release a cover of 'Personal Jesus' with their upcoming 'Greatest Hits', or whatever it is going to be called. Not exactly UK femme-pop, but that should be fun.

thomas, Tuesday, 10 August 2004 11:10 (eighteen years ago) link

Won't it just be like that remix Goldfrapp did for them?

Tim Finney (Tim Finney), Tuesday, 10 August 2004 22:04 (eighteen years ago) link

I was thinking just this afternoon as I walked home that I find "It's No Good" to be a stunningly engaging song. Something that surprises me since it's so far removed (in time) from my actual DM fandom.

Kim (Kim), Tuesday, 10 August 2004 22:59 (eighteen years ago) link

DM were the first band I was ever obsessed with. It's been more than 10 years since I have listened to them on a regular basis, but I'm very pleasantly surprised at how well most of their material has aged. I think I may have said something similar before on a New Order thread, but I'm also glad that people have begun to acknowledge exactly how prescient and far ahead of their time they were with regards to their use of technology.

J-rock (Julien Sandiford), Wednesday, 11 August 2004 02:32 (eighteen years ago) link

Ultra is great! Not only one of their best but I think also Tim Simenon's personal masterpiece.

Definitely agreed there. I do love Exciter quite a bit but it would be really interesting to see another Simenon-produced album.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Wednesday, 11 August 2004 02:35 (eighteen years ago) link

"Useless" is their most underrated single.

VengaDan Perry (Dan Perry), Wednesday, 11 August 2004 12:36 (eighteen years ago) link

Generally a bit pants, but 'Enjoy the Silence' is incredible.

Wooden (Wooden), Wednesday, 11 August 2004 12:37 (eighteen years ago) link

And here's another upcoming goodie -- a three disc remix collection. Lots of the older remixes plus a few new ones -- and indeed, a remix single of "Enjoy the Silence" to go with it. OH DARN.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 12 August 2004 22:20 (eighteen years ago) link

And proof of what Dan and I knew already:

"Depeche Mode is one of the most influential groups of our time", says Mike Shinoda on one of his favourite bands, "Their music is an inspiration to me, and I am excited for our fans to hear my take on one of my favourite Depeche Mode songs."

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 12 August 2004 22:27 (eighteen years ago) link

That remix collection looks pretty serious. I'm quite grateful for the inclusion of the Beatmasters mix of "Behind the Wheel (Route 66)". Used to love that one, but I haven't heard it in years.

J-rock (Julien Sandiford), Friday, 13 August 2004 04:53 (eighteen years ago) link

I might have to buy this I think since I don't have the Portishead remix of "In Your Room" or the Adrian Sherwood "Master & Servant" any more.

aldo_cowpat (aldo_cowpat), Friday, 13 August 2004 07:32 (eighteen years ago) link

Wait, Mike Shinoda is their MC, right? So I suppose we're going to get dodgy rapping over the EtS instrumental...check please!

I'm a bit dissapointed that the unreleased Markus Schulz remix of "I Feel Loved" is not on that 3CD. It's a hell of a lot better than that Danny Tenaglia version. So everybody, off to soulseek!!

Siegbran (eofor), Friday, 13 August 2004 11:30 (eighteen years ago) link

So I suppose we're going to get dodgy rapping over the EtS instrumental...check please!

Even if it's just that, I'll be intrigued to hear the end results. Now about this Schulz remix on slsk which say if you were signed on to anytime soon we might be able to find somewhere in a folder that might be yours... ;-)

Ned Raggett (Ned), Friday, 13 August 2004 11:47 (eighteen years ago) link

Now that folder might or might not exist...

Siegbran (eofor), Friday, 13 August 2004 11:57 (eighteen years ago) link

Damn, I was just going to suggest a S&D for remixes before I saw that link. Just picked up Kevorkian's mixes of "Policy of Truth" tonight and am enjoying them -- they're a little clunky but not overbearingly so. Obviously Brinkman's is a stone cold classic. The Sherwood I've never heard. How are some of the recent ones like Isan?

philip sherburne (philip sherburne), Saturday, 14 August 2004 03:17 (eighteen years ago) link

Wow, impressive, although would it have killed them to include one of the original mixes of "Enjoy the Silence"? (hello, Quad Mix anyone??)

However, the LFO mix on the re-released single will go a long way toward earning my forgiveness. That, and because it's one of the greatest songs ever written.

Barry Bruner (Barry Bruner), Saturday, 14 August 2004 06:18 (eighteen years ago) link

i'm surprised the remix collection is only 3 discs. the isan remix sounds like...isan really. very pretty, soporific, iirc it's a dub, too. there is a lawrence remix on a recent-ish martin gore single that's very nice - the tune is "Das Lied Vom Einsamen Mädchen". i can't find any info about the lfo remix of "enjoy the silence", but my interested is certainly piqued. one of my favorite depeche mode remixes is the grantby mix of "home".

tricky disco, Saturday, 14 August 2004 10:53 (eighteen years ago) link

"Breathing In Fumes" on CD!!!!!

VengaDan Perry (Dan Perry), Saturday, 14 August 2004 13:40 (eighteen years ago) link

I think it already is? On the singles box sets -- which this cherry-picks from to a large extent, of course, but hey.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 14 August 2004 14:02 (eighteen years ago) link

Accurate:

What a shock. A very sweet man with a dry sense of humour, Martin's best friend, the least pop starry person ever to be in a global stadium band and a noun - a Fletch - for someone with an indeterminate musical role who is nonetheless essential to the whole. https://t.co/uh4xV0epJ7

— Dorian Lynskey (@Dorianlynskey) May 26, 2022

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 26 May 2022 20:13 (six months ago) link

Wouldn't I love to be a Fletch in a band of Fletches.

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 26 May 2022 20:14 (six months ago) link

fletch reminds me of paul morley from the art of noise anyways they dominated the 80s and lost me after violator!

xzanfar, Thursday, 26 May 2022 20:26 (six months ago) link

Can hardly believe it ... I'm in shock. What a tragedy. RIP Fletch.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Thursday, 26 May 2022 21:02 (six months ago) link

My friend's doing an all DM video TwitchStream this evening starting at 6:00 CST.

https://m.twitch.tv/VJBigSuit

Such terrible news. I've been pretty lukewarm to what the band's been doing this past decade but I hope they can still continue now, they've made it clear that he was an important part of the band. RIP Fletch

Vinnie, Thursday, 26 May 2022 23:18 (six months ago) link

I mean I hate to be blunt but there's a part of me that feels that the band is over. The 'lukewarm water' joke from Spinal Tap has a real place in small group dynamics and he was, as a friend said, the 'peacemaker' between Gahan and Gore over time. If they do continue, well, stranger has happened -- I mean I still can't believe the Who barely skipped a beat after Entwistle died -- but personally I don't think we're seeing Depeche again, and I'm glad I have seen them so many times already.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 26 May 2022 23:22 (six months ago) link

This is a big one, RIP

Bee OK, Friday, 27 May 2022 01:00 (six months ago) link

RIP Fletch, a true inspiration for all of us normie goths <3

Roz, Friday, 27 May 2022 01:48 (six months ago) link

RIP Andy. I don't know much about his creative input in DM but speaking as a fan, his goofy joy up there dancing and playing keys was always an important and welcome counterweight to the earnest brooding of the rest of the band.

Chyiv Kyiv (Fetchboy), Friday, 27 May 2022 05:11 (six months ago) link

Also, his name was the password to my first email account

Chyiv Kyiv (Fetchboy), Friday, 27 May 2022 05:12 (six months ago) link

Fletchboy

Yul Brynner film festival on Channel 48... (sic), Friday, 27 May 2022 05:13 (six months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYg8OcT_vhc

xzanfar, Friday, 27 May 2022 13:22 (six months ago) link

I grew up near Basildon. It is an absolute shithole. Full of petty, mindless violence. Tories everywhere. Some of the scariest nights of my life were in my younger days when I would (stupidly) meet friends there for drinks. The fact that anything of note came out of there is truly miraculous.

Position Position, Friday, 27 May 2022 13:29 (six months ago) link

I used to run the websites for the band Client and Fletch's Toast Hawaii label and do lots of other web/graphics odds and ends about 20 years ago (that terrible pineapple logo was mine). He was a such a nice man, and I was absolutely awed how, despite being a massive star, he was so enthusiastic to get a bit DIY with it all, flying economy with the band to do gigs, DJing in little basement clubs (which I occasionally helped with) and indeed having a kid in his late teens run his web operation with a cracked copy of Dreamweaver. He even DJed a student gig I put on at my uni, which blows my mind in retrospect. Absolutely top bloke and, as others have observed, 100% the secret weapon for DM's longevity. I'd hoped to run into him again some day. So sad he's gone.

bamboohouses, Friday, 27 May 2022 13:37 (six months ago) link

it would be weird for DM to continue as a duo, but maybe Wilder will come back? That said I don't know what their apptetite aand interest is for even continuing.

akm, Friday, 27 May 2022 14:51 (six months ago) link

if clark came back too that would be kinda interesting as the 3 could battle it out and dave as usual just sings along!

xzanfar, Friday, 27 May 2022 15:15 (six months ago) link

Man, I really don't think any of that will happen.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 27 May 2022 17:32 (six months ago) link

Nope. I’m pretty sure that’s it for DM. At most one could imagine a Gahan/Gore project à la Songs for Drella but not sure either for them would see any sense in that.

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Friday, 27 May 2022 18:02 (six months ago) link

I had some thoughts.

https://www.patreon.com/posts/66972756

Ned Raggett, Friday, 27 May 2022 18:50 (six months ago) link

I don't know, bands don't break up anymore. Heck, New Order kept going without Peter Hook, and he was absolutely key to their sound. I could see DM doing a farewell tour, though.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 27 May 2022 20:41 (six months ago) link

alan is magical and they were the best with him and he has the best solo material too as i was not impressed with martins solo material and i never have been a fan of anything of vinces so alan and dave could have something very special together!

xzanfar, Friday, 27 May 2022 20:41 (six months ago) link

the last martin gore solo album is really good

akm, Friday, 27 May 2022 21:04 (six months ago) link

Great piece, Ned. Thank you

I am using your worlds, Friday, 27 May 2022 21:20 (six months ago) link

You're welcome.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 27 May 2022 21:36 (six months ago) link

I had to do some further thoughts and processing, and I wrote this:

https://theshfl.com/guide/depeche-mode

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 31 May 2022 18:54 (six months ago) link

Great piece. I am at best a surface level fan (the sonic textures are frequently fantastic, the lyrics and vocals ...less to my taste) but am listening to Ultra this afternoon.

but also fuck you (unperson), Tuesday, 31 May 2022 19:16 (six months ago) link

Yeah, thanks for that Ned! It's been years since I listened to a Recoil album and am enjoying digging back in now. Also, somehow VCMG had slipped my radar so I'm very excited to check it out.

Chyiv Kyiv (Fetchboy), Tuesday, 31 May 2022 19:21 (six months ago) link

It’s a bit of a monster, that VCMG album, definitely not what anyone was expecting. Ultra was the first album I relistened to after last week’s news, when it was late and I had space to think. It’s always been an excellent late night album. Thanks to you both.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 31 May 2022 19:35 (six months ago) link

VCMG bangs, it's fantastic

Greatly enjoyed that writeup and was surprised to see at least one solo Gore release I don't remember ever hearing about before

castanuts (DJP), Wednesday, 1 June 2022 15:55 (six months ago) link

A terrific piece, Ned.

never have been a fan of anything of vinces

whaaaat -- not even Yazoo? If you say, "Alison Moyet makes them worthwhile," then sure.

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 1 June 2022 16:23 (six months ago) link

Thanks again. It is a little weird realizing Ultra is 25 years old now.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 1 June 2022 16:46 (six months ago) link

This VCMG album is great.

Considering how much I like Depeche Mode (I'm pretty sure they were my first "favorite band"), it's weird that I never checked out any of the side projects, I guess this is what I'm doing in the next couple of weeks.

silverfish, Wednesday, 1 June 2022 18:15 (six months ago) link

What's interesting about the side projects is that while on the one hand you can tell they're all from Depeche one way or another, even Wilder, on the other even if you added up all the parts it still wouldn't be Depeche -- there's enough individuality down all the paths over time, and there's a different kind of synthesis when they all work together (admittedly long gone in the case of Wilder).

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 1 June 2022 18:34 (six months ago) link

whaaaat -- not even Yazoo?

Just to note, you won't be able to debate that question, as the person you're responding to has been perma-banned.

Vast Halo, Wednesday, 1 June 2022 19:09 (six months ago) link

All I know is that I find the encore performance of "Everything Counts" in "101" oddly moving. There's the bittersweet song itself, there's the exultant celebration of conquering America, there's their youth, the singalong, Dave just listening, all that together I just find so weirdly touching.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 4 June 2022 01:10 (five months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Dave and Martin have released a statement. Fletch’s passing was due to an aortic dissection, and was completely sudden and (hopefully) painless.

https://www.stereogum.com/2191550/depeche-mode-andy-fletcher-death-statement/news/

Ned Raggett, Monday, 27 June 2022 19:51 (five months ago) link

"I used to run the websites for the band Client and Fletch's Toast Hawaii label and do lots of other web/graphics odds and ends about 20 years ago (that terrible pineapple logo was mine)."

This prompted me to look up Toast Hawaii's website from twenty years ago and it's, er, very nostalgic:
https://web.archive.org/web/20030621222322/https://www.toasthawaii.com/

Actually I was expecting a Flash-laden monstrosity, but it's subtler than that (optimised for 1024 pixels wide, centred, seemingly made with vanilla HTML). It would have been technically old-fashioned at the time but it works and I can still click on some of the links.

Judging by the DJ schedule page Andrew Fletcher spent March-July 2004 DJing in Milan, Florence, Istanbul, London, Athens, Tenerife, Olten, Vincenza, Buenos Aires, Barcelona, and Nuremberg. You can't say he wasted his life.

What did I do in 2004? Looking through my emails I see I bought a Daytek P818 Multi-region DVD, with Dolby Digital and the possibility of 5.1 surround output with the appropriate speakers. I think it's fair to say that Andrew Fletcher had the better lifestyle.

Ashley Pomeroy, Monday, 27 June 2022 21:52 (five months ago) link

Actually I was expecting a Flash-laden monstrosity, but it's subtler than that (optimised for 1024 pixels wide, centred, seemingly made with vanilla HTML). It would have been technically old-fashioned at the time but it works and I can still click on some of the links.

Oh yeah, I was coding everything by hand. Don't think I was even using CSS or anything, just doing everything the long way. Super old-fashioned (their needs were modest!) but it did the job.

bamboohouses, Tuesday, 28 June 2022 13:45 (five months ago) link

two months pass...

The album/tour rumors are bubbling up and then this got posted just now

pic.twitter.com/x78oPTvXBN

— Depeche Mode (@depechemode) September 27, 2022

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 27 September 2022 20:22 (two months ago) link

Misread that as April next year (American). Glad to see them carrying on, but if it's a new album I guess it's been in the works for some time

Vinnie, Wednesday, 28 September 2022 00:44 (two months ago) link

This is the longest they've ever gone between albums, isn't it?

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 28 September 2022 02:27 (two months ago) link

They broke their album every four years chain last year yes :(

you can see me from westbury white horse, Wednesday, 28 September 2022 02:41 (two months ago) link

Album and tour in March.

https://www.depechemode.com/

Memento Mori sure says it all.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 4 October 2022 12:34 (one month ago) link

Could have called it "Inevitabilis."

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 4 October 2022 13:23 (one month ago) link

jesus christ these tickets are expensive, but I bit the bullet anyway.

akm, Thursday, 6 October 2022 17:57 (one month ago) link

Yep, same here, but $120 is not that bad versus what I paid last time, if admittedly closer.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 6 October 2022 20:10 (one month ago) link

mine were $255 but I perhaps went for better seats than yours. TM did say they'd be doing demand pricing, which I hate. Anyway, I've only seen DM once before (on that last tour) and it was so good and I regret missing all their other ones so much, had to do it.

akm, Thursday, 6 October 2022 21:26 (one month ago) link

Hey, can't blame ya!

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 6 October 2022 22:24 (one month ago) link

one month passes...

While we wait, new EP featuring Mr. Gahan.

https://kurtuenala.bandcamp.com/album/manuscript

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 17 November 2022 15:47 (two weeks ago) link


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