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23rd Sep '16 1:44:04 PM BadSplice
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* MadeOfIron: They don't call Dave "The Cat" for nothing, as he's survived a heart attack, a suicide attempt, a tumor and clinically died for two minutes due to taking a speedball. He still performs to this day.
16th Aug '16 5:29:11 PM gewunomox
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** Although it is a nice way of collecting together non-album tracks such as "Get The Balance Right!".
* AlbumTitleDrop: ''Construction Time Again'' is from the second line in "Pipeline", and ''Some Great Reward'' comes from the end of "Lie To Me". Also ''Playing the Angel'' is a line from "The Darkest Star".

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** Although it is a nice way of collecting together non-album tracks such as "Get The the Balance Right!".
* AlbumTitleDrop: ''Construction Time Again'' is from the second line in "Pipeline", and ''Some Great Reward'' comes from the end of "Lie To to Me". Also ''Playing the Angel'' is a line from "The Darkest Star".



* AuthorTract: "The Landscape Is Changing" is Alan Wilder being an environmentalist.

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* AuthorTract: "The Landscape Is is Changing" is Alan Wilder being an environmentalist.



* BrokenAce: Gahan and Fletch. This was most true in the early '90s when Gahan's drug problem culminated in him nearly dying of an overdose, and Fletch's continuing problems with clinical depression resulted in a full-fledged nervous breakdown. They both seem better-adjusted and happier these days.

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* BrokenAce: Gahan and Fletch. This was most true in the early '90s when Gahan's drug problem culminated in him nearly dying of an overdose, and Fletch's continuing problems with clinical depression resulted in a full-fledged nervous breakdown. They both seem better-adjusted better adjusted and happier these days.



* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The band's first hit single, Just Can't Get Enough is in stark contrast with their later hits, but they always have to play it. And there's also the extremely upbeat and synth-tastic The Meaning Of Love from their second album which is totally in contrast with their later dark sound.
** The band have attempted to rectify this with the album Sounds Of The Universe which features some of the same synths used on ''Speak & Spell'' and more upbeat sounds (songs like Fragile Tension really show this).

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The band's first hit single, Just Can't Get Enough is in stark contrast with their later hits, but they always have to play it. And there's also the extremely upbeat and synth-tastic The Meaning Of of Love from their second album which is totally in contrast with their later dark sound.
** The band have attempted to rectify this with the album Sounds Of The of the Universe which features some of the same synths used on ''Speak & Spell'' and more upbeat sounds (songs like Fragile Tension really show this).



* GreenAesop: "The Landscape Is Changing".

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* GreenAesop: "The Landscape Is is Changing".



* NerdGlasses: Fletch, big time. He's gone through several over the years: [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m4mvzi9UPq1qm5gdno2_500.jpg 1990]], [[http://www.depeche-mode.ru/media/photos/425798750.jpg circa 2000]], and [[http://www.visitbucharest.net/img/news/295/andy-fletcher.jpg now]].

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* NerdGlasses: Fletch, big time. He's gone through several over the years: [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m4mvzi9UPq1qm5gdno2_500.jpg 1990]], [[http://www.depeche-mode.ru/media/photos/425798750.jpg circa 2000]], and [[http://www.visitbucharest.net/img/news/295/andy-fletcher.jpg now]].now.



** ''A Broken Frame'' - First album without Vince, no Alan, comparatively moody.
** ''Construction Time Again'' - Alan comes on board, Gareth Jones recruited as engineer. Lots of samples since label head/co-producer Daniel Miller dropped $40,000 on a Synclavier and Martin saw an Einstürzende Neubauten concert. Sets the tone for the next three albums, especially ''Black Celebration''.
** ''Black Celebration'' - Full on {{Goth Rock}} with the industrial influences toned down.
** ''Violator'' - Martin starts using guitars more often, the rest of the guys work in stronger dance beats, Mark "Flood" Ellis co-produces and François Kervorkian engineers. Closer to the dance-rock style of {{Alternative Rock}} that groups like New Order and Big Audio Dynamite popularised.
** ''Songs of Faith and Devotion'' - Straight-up AlternativeRock, with lots of guitars but enough synths, electronics and [[IndustrialMetal industrial rock]] influences to keep it distinctly Depeche Mode. This carries over onto ''Ultra''.
** ''Exciter'' - Mark Bell[[note]]you probably know him from LFO[[/note]] co-produces, giving it a mellow sound with glitchy influences. Closest to "adult contemporary" DM as we'll ever get.
** ''Playing the Angel'' - Ben Hillier replaces Mark Bell; the sound is largely the same as ''Exciter'' except with more anger and harshness.
** ''Sounds of the Universe'' - See Retraux.
** ''Delta Machine'' - The old school synths from the last album are present, but the overall sound is bluesier and reminiscent of their early 90s' records with Dubstep and Noise elements.

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** ''A Broken Frame'' - -- First album without Vince, no Alan, comparatively moody.
** ''Construction Time Again'' - -- Alan comes on board, Gareth Jones recruited as engineer. Lots of samples since label head/co-producer head / co-producer Daniel Miller dropped $40,000 on a Synclavier and Martin saw an Einstürzende Neubauten Music/EinsturzendeNeubauten concert. Sets the tone for the next three albums, especially ''Black Celebration''.
** ''Black Celebration'' - -- Full on {{Goth Rock}} with the industrial influences toned down.
** ''Violator'' - -- Martin starts using guitars more often, the rest of the guys work in stronger dance beats, Mark "Flood" Ellis co-produces and François Kervorkian engineers. Closer to the dance-rock style of {{Alternative Rock}} that groups like New Order and Big Audio Dynamite popularised.
** ''Songs of Faith and Devotion'' - -- Straight-up AlternativeRock, with lots of guitars but enough synths, electronics and [[IndustrialMetal industrial rock]] influences to keep it distinctly Depeche Mode. This carries over onto ''Ultra''.
** ''Exciter'' - -- Mark Bell[[note]]you Bell [[note]] you probably know him from LFO[[/note]] LFO [[/note]] co-produces, giving it a mellow sound with glitchy influences. Closest to "adult contemporary" DM as we'll ever get.
** ''Playing the Angel'' - -- Ben Hillier replaces Mark Bell; the sound is largely the same as ''Exciter'' except with more anger and harshness.
** ''Sounds of the Universe'' - -- See Retraux.
** ''Delta Machine'' - -- The old school synths from the last album are present, but the overall sound is bluesier and reminiscent of their early 90s' '90s records with Dubstep and Noise elements.
27th Jul '16 8:10:28 PM gewunomox
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* AlternativeDance: TropeCodifier along with New Order, and probably one of the genre's best-known and most influential artists (up there with Music/NewOrder, Music/{{Erasure}}, Music/PetShopBoys, Music/SaintEtienne and Music/{{Garbage}}.)

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* AlternativeDance: TropeCodifier along with New Order, Music/NewOrder, and probably one of the genre's best-known and most influential artists (up there with Music/NewOrder, Music/{{Erasure}}, Music/PetShopBoys, Music/SaintEtienne and Music/{{Garbage}}.)



* BrokenAce: Gahan and Fletch. This was most true in the early '90's when Gahan's drug problem culminated in him nearly dying of an overdose, and Fletch's continuing problems with clinical depression resulted in a full-fledged nervous breakdown. They both seem better-adjusted and happier these days.

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* BrokenAce: Gahan and Fletch. This was most true in the early '90's '90s when Gahan's drug problem culminated in him nearly dying of an overdose, and Fletch's continuing problems with clinical depression resulted in a full-fledged nervous breakdown. They both seem better-adjusted and happier these days.



** He also recorded "Somebody"... in the nude.
* DeclarationOfProtection: "A Question Of Time"

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** He also recorded "Somebody"... in In the nude.
* DeclarationOfProtection: "A Question Of Time"of Time".
15th Jun '16 6:35:00 PM DavidDelony
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** Whatever "Hole to Feed" is supposed to be. It was directed by Creator/TimAndEric, after all.

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** Whatever "Hole to Feed" is supposed to be. It was directed by Creator/TimAndEric, [[Creator/TimAndEric Eric Wareheim]], after all.
15th Jun '16 6:27:52 PM DavidDelony
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** Whatever "Hole to Feed" is supposed to be.

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** Whatever "Hole to Feed" is supposed to be. It was directed by Creator/TimAndEric, after all.
13th Jun '16 11:14:03 PM DavidDelony
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* SignatureStyle: Not only do Anton Corbijn's videos feature DeliberateMonochrome, they also use fast film to give a grainy look.

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* SignatureStyle: Not only do Many of Anton Corbijn's videos for the band feature DeliberateMonochrome, they also use desert imagery and fast film to give a grainy look.grain.
13th Jun '16 11:11:17 PM DavidDelony
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* NobodyLovesTheBassist: While Depeche Mode doesn't have a bass player, Fletch does play most of the basslines with his keyboards and is the ButtMonkey of the band, so he fits this trope.
12th Jun '16 11:36:07 PM DavidDelony
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* AudienceParticipationSong: "Everything Counts" is their longest-standing.

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* AudienceParticipationSong: "Everything Counts" is their longest-standing. Dave Gahan also loves to get concert crowds to sing the choruses to the band's other songs.
12th Jun '16 2:00:12 PM DavidDelony
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* SiameseTwinSongs: Alternative stations usually played "Behind the Wheel" and "Route 66" together via a remix by [[Music/{{Chic}} Nile Rodgers]] that combined both songs.
27th May '16 4:33:47 PM DavidDelony
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* SignatureStyle: Not only do Anton Corbijn's videos feature DeliberateMonochrome, they also use fast film to give a grainy look.
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