Formed in Basildon, England, in 1980 Depeche Mode (Dave Gahan, Martin Gore and Andy Fletcher) are considered the founding fathers of the 1980's synth-pop movement and have become one of the most influential groups of the last 25 years, inspiring generations of new artists with their sublime, superlative electronica.
The group has racked up multiple hit singles, including 'Just Can't Get Enough', 'Everything Counts', 'Enjoy the Silence', 'People Are People', 'Master & Servant,' 'Personal Jesus', 'Policy of Truth', and 'Precious'. Their 11 studio albums – 1981's 'Speak & Spell', 1982's 'A Broken Frame', 1983's 'Construction Time Again', 1984's 'Some Great Reward', 1986's 'Black Celebration', 1987's 'Music for the Masses', 1990's 'Violator', 1993's 'Songs of Faith' and 'Devotion', 1997's 'Ultra,' 2001's 'Exciter', and 2005's 'Playing the Angel' – have collectively sold more than 75 million copies.
Renowned for the power and intensity of their live concert performances, Depeche Mode have retained an underground vibe and cult status that most superstar acts only dream of achieving, being cited by many of today's up and coming artists as the inspiration behind their music.
Depeche Mode released their latest album 'Sounds of the Universe' in April 2009 and throughout 2009 have been on a successful 'Tour of the Universe', which is their first since 2006's 'Playing The Angel' tour which smashed European sales records with 1.8 million tickets sold across 87 shows.