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", "Enjoy the Silence" was redone by Tori Amos, and "People Are People" has been covered by Ru Paul.
  • 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.
  • Gateway Series: A lot of rock fans who thought electronic music was "fake" or "boring" have had their minds completely blown when encountering the band.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff:
    • In the '80s, Depeche Mode broke America, but the band was hugely popular in the Los Angeles area after being championed by the pioneering alternative station KROQ. The band's 1988 concert at the Rose Bowl was filmed and recorded for 101 and even now the band plays arenas in the L.A. area while playing amphitheatres in the rest of the country.
    • This trope was actually also played straight with Depeche Mode in the mid-1980s, as Germany was one of the nations where they achieved their biggest chart successes (i.e. it was the first major market where the band achieved a #1 single, with "People Are People"). To their chagrin, this also subjected the band to the whims of the German teen-scream press: when the band declined to appear on a German TV pop music programme, the show's sister magazine retaliated by printing false stories about the band's allegedly hating everyone under the age of twenty among other things.
  • Growing the Beard: A lot of fans think that Black Celebration is the first truly great Depeche Mode album.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • Dave himself plays up his own Narm Charm in the video for "It's No Good", having a blast playing a tacky lounge lizard.
      • 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 UniverseSpeak & Spell on drugs. See the entry on Retraux for more information.
  • Nightmare Fuel: "Wrong". Just watch it.
    • The hidden track "Crucified" qualifies as well. The whole thing is something straight out of a horror movie soundtrack.
    • There's also "Pimpf" as well. Overblown orchestration, an ominous choir, and a creepy hidden track at the end will do that to you.
  • Paranoia Fuel: Good lord, the lyrics for "Soothe My Soul".
  • The Scrappy: Andy Fletcher — See above. Although to make the long story short, he's despised due to the enforcement that he doesn't really do much compared to Dave and Martin. While Dave and Martin implore that Fletcher is there to help dispel problems between the group, it still doesn't help matters. There's also the fact everyone blames him for Alan Wilder's departure.
  • 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. Nonetheless, the second album still sold well even if Clarke basically stole the band's commercial thunder with his new act, Yazoo.
    • The shoe did end up on the other foot briefly, when Clarke's first single with Erasure, "Who Needs Love (Like That)", tanked while Depeche Mode were becoming bigger than ever internationally, and some observers jokingly suggested that maybe Martin Gore should write Clarke a song.
    • 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.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: "Clean" has a bassline that is similar to "One of These Days" by Pink Floyd.
  • Tear Jerker: Quite a few.
    • "Blasphemous Rumours", a song about a girl attempting suicide, living, becoming happy and dying a year later anyway. Even sadder is it was Based on a True Story
    • "Precious," which was written for Martin Gore's children as he was divorcing their mother.
  • 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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