Articles Tagged 'Depeche Mode'

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‘Fleming’: 10 Songs That Should Have Been James Bond Themes

The John Barry arrangement of Monty Norman’s “James Bond Theme” casts a very long shadow over popular culture. It’s not just there in the 23 songs that have been picked to represent each Bond movie as it comes out, it’s there whenever you get a string section slowly rising up to a minor-sixth, to ramp […]

The Brit List: The Five Greatest British Albums Of All Time

Should you find yourself overwhelmed with feelings of disgust that, say, Radiator by Super Furry Animals isn’t on this list, don’t blame me, this is the result of a poll conducted by the record shop HMV. They claim it’s in honor of the Queen’s Jubilee, and even set a 60 year time limit on it, […]

’80s Music Week: Five Great ‘Fire and Ice’ Electropop Duos

Once upon a time, the most efficient way to make pop music involved a guitar or two, a bass, a set of drums and some voices. You could get away with only employing three people without sacrificing the bottom end or the rhythm, but certainly no fewer. Then the synthesizer arrived, and shortly after that, […]

’80s Music Week: Five Great Depeche Mode Songs

This week has officially been designated as ’80s Music Week on Anglophenia. And to kick us off, here’s a brief stone-skip across the career of a band who could not be more ’80s if they tried. Arriving at the beginning of the decade on a synthpop ship that appalled red-blooded rock fans and delighted everyone […]

Five Great British Nerdy Pop Stars

Pop stars are supposed to be beings made of pure charm and sexual energy. They need a fulsome knowledge of the work of Isaac Asimov like they need tooth decay. Nevertheless, a few nerds – like Thomas Dolby here – have managed to make their way through the prom night popularity contest that is the […]

News Roundup: It’s Definitely ‘Downton Abbey’s Week

It was always a high-risk strategy, putting two of Britain’s best drama series up against each other on a Sunday night, especially given the plethora of means people can use to catch up with whichever one they didn’t watch first, after the event, and subsequently skew the viewing figures. Last night, Downton Abbey and Spooks […]

MusiCares Salutes Depeche Mode’s Dave Gahan for Staying Sober

On Friday night (May 6) at Los Angeles’ Club Nokia, Depeche Mode frontman Dave Gahan was honored for his 10-plus years of sobriety during the seventh annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit. Reuters reports that the English new wave icon was bestowed the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his dedication to staying clean, and for lending […]

Music Roundup: Everything Everything, Plan B Lead Ivor Novello Nominees

• BBC News reports that nominees for the 2011 Ivor Novello Awards have been announced. Anglophenia favorite Everything Everything will face off against Foals and Villagers in the Best Song category with their ultra-infectious synth number “My Kz, Ur Bf.” The Manchester-based indie pop outfit will also vie for the Best Album trophy versus Bombay […]

Anglo For Your Ear: Depeche Mode’s “A Question of Lust”

Dave Gahan is the band’s face and, usually, its voice, but songwriter Martin Gore is truly the brains behind Depeche Mode. Gore sings lead on a handful of DM songs, and my favorite is “A Question of Lust,” a ballad from the 1986 album Black Celebration. Gore’s yearning tenor is much better at conveying vulnerability […]