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Depeche Mode | Violator –

On March 19th, 1990, Depeche Mode released their best selling and critically acclaimed album Violator.

The album was the band’s first to sell over a million copies in the United States, and brought the band into a new echelon of worldwide success and stardom—even greater that that which was experienced during their previous album Music For The Masses’s final gig at the Rose Bowl on on June 18th, 1988, which was performed to a crowd of approximately 65,000 people.

This surge in popularity is infamously highlighted in the March 20th, 1990 signing party for fans at The Wherehouse record store in Los Angeles, which exceeded its capacity by having around 20,000 fans show up,—rather than the few thousand the store was equipped to handle. This caused safety issues where the band had to leave which caused the event to nearly break out into a riot.

Violator was a turning point musically for Depeche Mode, transitioning the band away from their new-wave and synth-pop origins, into something more alternative rock, which stylistically remains with the band to this day, especially live. This is underscored by the use of acoustic guitars in the album’s first single “Personal Jesus”, which along with it’s followup “Enjoy The Silence” are two of the most popular Depeche Mode songs of all time, with the former being famously covered by Marilyn Manson, and Johnny Cash.

Photographer and Director Anton Corbijn worked even closer with the band on the aesthetics of Violator, directed videos for six of the album’s nine tracks, included all four singles: “Personal Jesus”, “Enjoy the Silence”, “Policy of Truth”, and “World In My Eyes”.

Watch them all below:

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Classic post-punk and goth love songs

There are countless love songs composed by Goth and Post-Punk artists, so much so that some state outright that they are indeed love songs, are not in fact love songs, or are even specifically a Gothic Love Song.

For this Valentine’s Day we compiled a list of some of the classics that were used for mix-tapes and playlists since the 80’s and 90’s.

Naturally, we have omitted any entries into this list that might encourage your partner to give you a suspicious look, and wonder if you actually listen to the lyrics of the song you are trying to seduce them with.

Trust me—many tracks suggested to us as being love songs are in fact about death, heartache, and quite often illicit substances and affairs.

And sometimes these songs are cynical and existential inquiries wondering “Who Knows What Love Is”?

Or maybe as quite often is the case for Nick Cave, lyrics actually depicting the murder of the recipient of said “affections”.

But that is not the case with this list. This is saccharin sugary romance at its finest.


The Cure

Love Cats

Just Like Heaven

Most of Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me Especially One More Time

Love Song

and most of Disintegration as well.

Siouxsie and The Banshees

Most romantic Siouxsie and the Banshees song is The Last Beat of My Heart

With Slowdive being extremely sexual.

as well as Melt!

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Into My Arms

Echo and The Bunnymen

Lips Like Sugar

The Killing Moon

Depeche Mode

Shake the Disease


Dead Can Dance

In Power We Entrust The Love Advocated

Clan of Xymox



New Order

The Perfect Kiss

Peter Murphy

All Night Long

This Mortal Coil

Song To The Siren

The Smiths

Hand In Glove (One of the best gay love songs of all time!)

There Is A Light That Never Goes Out

The Jesus and Mary Chain

Just Like Honey

My Bloody Valentine

Never Say Goodbye

Not A Love Song

PIL’s This Is Not A Love Song

Joy Division’s Love Will Tear Us Apart

The Sister’s Of Mercy’s Valentine

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Depeche Mode add more North American dates to their Global Spirit tour

Reach out and touch Dave…

Depeche Mode are set to return to North America once again for another round of shows in May and June. The beloved post-punk and synth-pop legends have scheduled nine more dates to their itinerary, beginning at The Honda Center in Anaheim of May 22nd, and ending at the Air Canada Centre on June 11th.

 Registration for the Verified Fan presale tickets has already begun Here

Meanwhile, Martin, Andy, and Dave are currently finishing this round of European touring before heading to Russia and Latin America, on a tour that celebrates album’s such as Violator, Songs of Faith and Devotion, and Ultra, closing usually with the latter album’s titular single Personal Jesus.

Depeche Mode Summer North American Dates:

  • Tuesday, May 22 – Anaheim, CA – Honda Center
  • Thursday, May 24 – Sacramento, CA – Golden 1 Center
  • Sunday, May 27 – San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center
  • Tuesday, May 29 – Tulsa, OK – BoK Center
  • Friday, June 1 – Chicago, IL – United Center
  • Sunday, June 3 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
  • Wednesday, June 6 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
  • Saturday, June 9 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
  • Monday, June 11 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre

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Hansa Studios: By The Wall 1976-90 | Watch the 90 min documentary about the important Berlin recording studio

One of the most important studios in music history is Berlin’s Hansa Studios—just around the corner from Potsdamer Platz in West Berlin.

This is where David Bowie recorded his masterpiece Heroes, paving the way for many post-punk and avant-garde acts to follow—such as Mute Records artists like Depeche Mode, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, Einsturzende Neubauten, and Fad Gadget.

In a new documentary Hansa Studios: By The Wall 1976-90. directed by Mike Christie, artists such as Gudrun Gut, Alexander Hacke, Barry AdamsonMartin Gore and producers such as Daniel Miller, Flood, Tony Visconti, and Gareth Jones discuss the legacy of the historic studio just meters away from the Berlin Wall.

The documentary recently aired in the UK earlier this month.

Watch it below:

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Decorate your tree with Ian Curtis, Dave Gahan, Robert Smith, Siouxsie Sioux, Nick Cave, and more!

Pow Pow Pow Greetings from Saint Nick! Artist Matthew Lineham has designed some wonderfully wonderfully punny Christmas ornaments featuring post-punk and avant-garde music luminaries such as Robert Smith, Ian Curtis, Nick Cave, Siouxsie Sioux, Kate Bush and more!

The first set was launched in 2016, featuring references to classic Christmas staples such as How the Grinch Stole Christmas for Siouxsie, and Rudolph The Rednosed Reindeer for Robert Smith.

The 2017 set features new puns such as Joy Division’s Ian Curtis holding an Unknown Pleasures Christmas tree, Skate Bush, Joe Strummer Boy, a kippah wearing Dave Gahanukkah brandishing a menorah, and more!

Each of the die cut bendable ornaments goes for $10, but you can but each complete set of 10 for the discounted price of $50.

See each design and ordering information below:

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Mute: A Visual Document to feature 320 pages of archival material curated by Daniel Miller

Mute is arguably one of the most important independent music labels of all time, and certainly most successful and prolific. Since founding the label to release his debut single, The Normal’s ‘Warm Leatherette’ / ’T.V.O.D’ in 1978, Daniel Miller went on to spearhead the careers of such music luminaries such as Fad Gadget, Depeche Mode, Einstürzende Neubauten, curating an enviable roster of artists that culminated recently with the signing of defunct rival Factory Records most popular act: New Order.

Now Daniel Miller, is curating Mute: A Visual Document—a 320 page book of comprehensive discographies, including photography and video stills from legendary photographers, conceptual artworks, and “rare ephemera and equipment”. Also included is a family tree of Mute artists,  and anecdotal and photographic contributions from important figures in the label’s history that include Moby, Alison Goldfrapp, Anton Corbijn, Bleddyn Butcher, Brian Griffin, Jon Spencer, Barry Adamson, Ivan Novak (Laibach), Angus Andrew (Liars), Adrian Shaughnessy and Tom Hingston.

The book follows the comprehensive 10-disc singles and b-sides boxset Mute: Audio Documents 1978 – 84, which was released in 2007.

Mute: A Visual Document, is a project helmed by author and musician Terry Burrows is being released by Thames & Hudson on November 28th

Pre-Order Here


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Depeche Mode are “Going Backwards” in 360 degrees in new video for the “Spirit” track

Depeche Mode are joining the revolution—literally—with an interactive new clip for their track Going Backwards. Dave, Martin, and Andy once again teamed up with director Timothy Saccenti for a session at the Highline Stages, NYC which was recorded on August 3rd 2016.

The video was posted by Saccenti as part of Day 97 of the fan takeover of Depeche Mode Facebook page.

“We’ve been working on this piece for a while, a 360 video of one of my favorite tracks from the “Spirit” album, “Going Backwards”, filmed live at the highline stages in New York City, hope you like it as much as we do.”

The “Going Backwards” 2-track audio bundle is out now, containing the album and the “Highline Sessions” versions. Get the bundle here:

Stay tuned for more news regarding remixes, et cetera.

More European dates have been added to the Global Spirit Tour


November 15 – Dublin, Ireland – 3Arena
November 17 – Manchester, UK – Manchester Arena
November 19 – Birmingham, UK – Barclaycard Arena
November 22 – London, UK – O2 Arena
November 24, 2017 Frankfurt, Germany Festhalle
November 26, 2017 Antwerp, Belgium Sportpaleis
November 28, 2017 Stuttgart, Germany Schleyerhalle
November 30, 2017 Mannheim, Germany Mannheim Arena
December 9, 2017 – Torino – Pala Alpitour
December 13, 2017 – Bologna – Unipol Arena
January 11, 2018 Hamburg, Germany BarclayCard Arena
January 13, 2018 Amsterdam, Netherlands Ziggo Dome
January 15, 2018 Cologne, Germany Lanxess-Arena
January 17, 2018 Berlin, Germany Mercedes-Benz Arena
January 19, 2018 Berlin, Germany Mercedes-Benz Arena
January 21, 2018 Nuremberg, Germany Arena Nürnburger
January 27, 2018 – Milano – Mediolanum Forum
January 31, 2018 Prague, Czech Republic O2 Arena
February 2, 2018 Budapest, Hungary BSA
February 4, 2018 Vienna, Austria Stadthalle
February 7, 2018 Krakow, Poland Tauron Arena
February 9, 2018 Lodz, Poland Atlas Arena
February 11, 2018 Gdansk, Poland Ergo Arena

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Depeche Mode’s Dave Gahan appears in new Dior Ad Campaign

Depeche Mode’s Dave Gahan looks ready to go to Berghain with his two friends  in new Dior Winter Ad Campaign.

Christian Dior has enlisted Depeche Mode’s Dave Gahan for the 2017 campaign “Into The Night” which highlights Dior’s Winter 2017 collection. Dave looks like he is about to take over for Dieter in hosting Sprockets—looking stoic while French model Dylan Roques and new face Christophe T Kint from Belgium, amp themselves up before trying to bypass the queue at Berlin’s famous Nightclub

As Electronic Beats points out, Christian Dior’s house design director, Kris Van Assche—who is celebrating his 10th year as artistic director—is such a fan of the ’80s new wave that “he’s allegedly referenced it many times in his work for the company, and has even used Depeche Mode as the soundtrack for runway shows in the past.”

See more info on the campaign at Dior’s Official Site


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Depeche Mode premiere ‘Where’s the Revolution’

Depeche Mode have premiered Where’s The Revolution, the first single from the new album Spirit—due out March 17th via Columbia Records. Spirit is the fourteenth studio LP from the legendary synth-pop group—which this past October via their official website—the band had announced that they would embark on the Global Spirit Tour later this year in support of the new record.

Pre-order now Spirit now

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Human Leather take a trip to San Junipero with the premiere of ‘Astral Pain’

There is a heavenly nostalgia in the neon-pop of Salt Lake City’s Human Leather—nostalgia that binds together an electric pink and blue Trapper Keeper’s worth influences that is refreshingly not a pastiche of bands ranging from OMD to Cyndi Lauper—but rather capturing the spirit of an era over 30 years past. The band is releasing their LP Lazy Karaoke soon, and ahead of it’s release we are premiering the track Astral Pain—a song whose haunting and melancholic lo-fi synth melodies delicately crash like soft waves on a tropical beach.

Pre-order Lazy Karaoke here

Track Listing:

1. Not My Business Anymore

2. Rotted Youth

3. Ugly Sister

4. Sense of Decay

5. Nail in Coffin

6. Routine and Compromise

7. This Family

8. Astral Pain

9. Cherry Death

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