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YMMV: Depeche Mode
  • Awesome Music: Many, many examples.
  • Covered Up: The Saturdays' cover of "Just Can't Get Enough" keeps getting used in Payless Shoe Source commercials. And industrial metal fans tend to remember Rammstein's cover of "Stripped" over the original. Johnny Cash and Marilyn Manson have covered "Personal Jesus".
  • Ear Worm: "Just Can't Get Enough"
    • The opening riff of "Strangelove" as well.
  • Epic Riff: "Personal Jesus."
  • Face of the Band: There's Dave Gahan, maybe Martin Gore... and then that tall redhead bloke, and (depending on time period) the little blond guy or the cute one with the guyliner.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: In 1986's "A Question Of Lust", Martin sings: "And I need to drink more than you seem to think before I'm anyone's..." As it turns out, he later had a horrible struggle with alcoholism that eventually ended his marriage.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: "Blasphemous Rumours", which is about a young girl's suicide attempt, becomes a lot bleaker in light of Dave Gahan's 1995 suicide attempt. The song even mentioned the girl slitting her wrists which was Gahan's method.
  • Ho Yay: "Never Let Me Down Again", and especially "What's Your Name" and "Boys Say Go".
  • Memetic Sex God: Dave Gahan.
  • Narm: Dave's delivery slides between hammy, slurry and Creepy Monotone and really narms it up in places, especially in the early years. He took singing lessons in '97 and most material from after that is far less narmy. Most of it.
    • Narm Charm: But nobody really minds because he's Dave Gahan.
    • Several of their early music videos are hilarious because of the wacky hairdos, especially the videos from A Broken Frame.
      • The A Broken Frame era videos (all directed by Julien Temple) are so hated by the band that they've never been released on home video and probably never will be. They're available on the band's website, though. Besides those 3 videos, the beginning of the "Master and Servant" video certainly qualifies.
  • New Sound Album:
    • Sounds of the Universe - Speak & Spell on drugs. See the entry on Retraux for more information.
  • Nightmare Fuel: "Wrong". Just watch it.
  • Magnum Opus: Either Music for the Masses or Violator.
  • Paranoia Fuel: Good lord, the lyrics for "Soothe My Soul".
  • The Scrappy: Andy Fletcher - see above.
  • Sophomore Slump: Vince Clarke, the primary songwriter, left the group after the success of the first album. There is a marked change in the tone and quality of the songs in the second album, though a few good ones do pop up.
    • Also averted in a way, as Construction Time Again is Martin's 2nd album as primary songwriter, but it's pretty awesome and the lead single is one of their most beloved songs.
  • Tear Jerker: Quite a few but "Blasphemous Rumours", a song about a girl attempting suicide, living, becoming happy and dying a year later anyway, takes the cake. Even worse is that it was inspired by real events.
  • Wangst: From "More Than A Party", this line: "Then take all the ice cream so we've got none!" And considering the large volume of angsty songs they have, some of them are bound to cross over into Wangstiness.
  • We're Still Relevant, Dammit: The grunge influence over Songs of Faith and Devotion. This is one example where attempts at a new style actually worked.

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