Depeche Mode Guitar Chords

Depeche Mode

Biography

Originally a product of Britain's new romantic movement, Depeche Mode went on to become the quintessential electro pop band of the 1980s. One of the first acts to establish a musical identity based completely around the use of synthesizers, they began their existence as a bouncy dance-pop outfit but gradually developed a darker, more dramatic sound that ultimately positioned them as one of the most successful alternative bands of their era.

The roots of Depeche Mode date to 1976, when Basildon, England-based keyboardists Vince Clarke and Andrew Fletcher first teamed to form the group No Romance in China. The band proved short-lived, and by 1979 Clarke had formed French Look, another duo featuring guitarist/keyboardist Martin Gore; Fletcher soon signed on, and the group rechristened itself Composition of Sound. Initially, Clarke handled vocal chores, but in 1980 singer David Gahan was brought in to complete the lineup. After one final name change to Depeche Mode, the quartet jettisoned all instruments excluding their synthesizers, honing a slick, techno-based sound to showcase Clarke's catchy melodies.

After building a following on the London club scene, Depeche Mode debuted in 1980 with "Photographic," a track included on the Some Bizzare Album label compilation. After signing to Mute Records, they issued "Dreaming of Me" in early 1981; while neither the single nor its follow-up, "New Life," caused much of a stir, their third effort, "Just Can't Get Enough," became a Top Ten U.K. hit, and their 1981 debut LP, Speak and Spell, was also a success. Just as Depeche Mode appeared poised for a major commercial breakthrough, however, principal songwriter Clarke abruptly exited to form Yazoo with singer Alison Moyet, leaving the group's future in grave doubt.

As Gore grabbed the band's songwriting reins, the remaining trio recruited keyboardist Alan Wilder to fill the technological void created by Clarke's departure. While 1982's A Broken Frame deviated only slightly from Depeche Mode's earlier work, Gore's ominous songs grew more assured and sophisticated by the time of 1983's Construction Time Again. Some Great Reward, issued the following year, was their artistic and commercial breakthrough, as Gore's dark, kinky preoccupations with spiritual doubt ("Blasphemous Rumours") and psychosexual manipulation ("Master and Servant") came to the fore; the egalitarian single "People Are People" was a major hit on both sides of the Atlantic and typified the music's turn toward more industrial textures.

Released in 1986, the atmospheric Black Celebration continued the trend toward grim melancholy and further established the group as a commercial force; it eventually sold over 500,000 copies in the U.S., which earned it gold status. Released in 1987, Music for the Masses, featuring three Hot 100 singles in "Strangelove," "Never Let Me Down Again," and "Behind the Wheel," propelled the group into the mainstream. The album would sell over a million copies in the U.S. alone. A subsequent sold-out tour yielded the 1989 double-live set 101. Recorded at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, it was accompanied by a concert film directed by the legendary D.A. Pennebaker.

With the alternative music boom of the early '90s, Depeche Mode emerged as one of the world's most successful acts. The triple-platinum Violator, released in 1990, was a Top Ten smash that spawned the hits "Personal Jesus" (a number eight single), "Enjoy the Silence," "Policy of Truth," and "World in My Eyes." Their 1993 LP Songs of Faith and Devotion -- featuring a significant change in its heavy use of electric guitars -- entered the charts in the number one slot. However, at the peak of its success, the group began to unravel, beginning with Wilder's 1995 exit. Gahan attempted to take his own life and later entered a drug rehabilitation clinic to battle an addiction to heroin.

After a four-year layoff, Depeche Mode continued onward as a trio and released 1997's Ultra, which featured the hits "Barrel of a Gun" and "It's No Good." A year later, the band embarked on a tour in support of its newly released hits album, The Singles 86>98. Depeche Mode played 64 shows in 18 countries for over one million fans. Each member took considerable time off after the tour's completion, and Depeche Mode would not regroup for another three years.

Exciter, the band's follow-up to Ultra, was released in 2001, with the singles "Dream On" and "I Feel Loved" finding moderate success on international radio outlets. Two years later, Gahan issued his debut solo album, the dark and sultry Paper Monsters. Gore also followed suit by issuing the all-covers Counterfeit², a full-length sequel to his similarly themed 1989 EP. Each member supported his work with respective tours of the U.S. and Europe; however, the bandmembers soon resumed working together, and Playing the Angel, their 11th studio album, became a Top Ten hit upon its release in October 2005. Produced by Ben Hillier (Doves, Blur, U2, Elbow) and studded with singles like "Precious" and "John (The Revelator)," it topped the album charts in 18 countries and went multi-platinum and/or gold in 20 countries. Depeche Mode went on to play for more than two-and-a-half-million fans worldwide, and the 2006 video release Touring the Angel: Live in Milan captured one of the band's greatest shows.

Sounds of the Universe, also made with the assistance of Ben Hillier, arrived in early 2009 and debuted at number three in the U.S. The 2013 release of Delta Machine made for a trilogy of Hillier albums, while the album was mixed by longtime Depeche associate Flood. Delta Machine debuted at number two in the U.K., and peaked at number six on the U.S. Billboard 200. The concert film and album Live in Berlin (directed by Anton Corbijn from a late-2013 show) followed in November 2014.

The band returned in early 2017 with their 14th studio effort, Spirit. The album's material was largely inspired by the outcome of the 2016 U.S. presidential election and was produced by Simian Mobile Disco's James Ford (Foals, Arctic Monkeys). Buoyed by the single "Where's the Revolution," Spirit debuted at number five on the Billboard 200. ~ Jason Ankeny & Andy Kellman, Rovi
Genres: dance rock, new romantic, new wave, permanent wave, synthpop

Guitar Chords:

Angel Of Love
A Pain That Im Used To
A Photograph Of You
A Question Of Lust
A Question Of Lust (ver. 2)
A Question Of Time
Barrel Of A Gun
Behind The Wheel
Black Celebration
Blasphemous Rumours
Blue Dress
Blue Dress (ver. 2)
Boys Say Go
Breathe
Broken
But Not Tonight
But Not Tonight (ver. 2)
But Not Tonight (ver. 3)
But Not Tonight (ver. 4)
Clean
Come Back
Come Back (ver. 2)
Compulsion
Condemnation
Corrupt
Corrupt (ver. 2)
Cover Me
Dangerous
Deaths Door
Dreaming Of Me
Dreaming Of Me (ver. 2)
Dream On
Dressed In Black
Enjoy The Silence
Enjoy The Silence (ver. 2)
Enjoy The Silence (ver. 3)
Enjoy The Silence (ver. 4)
Enjoy The Silence (ver. 5)
Enjoy The Silence (ver. 6)
Enjoy The Silence (ver. 7)
Everything Counts
Everything Counts (ver. 2)
Fools
Fragile Tension
Freelove
Freestate
Get Right With Me
Goodnight Lovers
Halo
Halo (ver. 2)
Halo (ver. 3)
Happens All The Time
Happiest Girl
Heaven
Heaven (ver. 2)
Heaven (ver. 3)
Here Is The House
Here Is The House (ver. 2)
Higher Love
Hole To Feed
Home
Home (ver. 2)
I Am You
Ice Machine
I Feel Loved
I Feel You
In Chains
In Chains (ver. 2)
Insight
Insight (ver. 2)
In Sympathy
In Your Room
I Sometimes Wish I Was Dead
It Doesnt Matter
It Doesnt Matter Two
Its No Good
Its No Good (ver. 2)
Its No Good (ver. 3)
Its No Good (ver. 4)
I Want It All
I Want You Now
I Want You Now (ver. 2)
Jezebel
John The Revelator
John The Revelator (ver. 2)
John The Revelator (ver. 3)
Judas
Just Cant Get Enough
Just Cant Get Enough (ver. 2)
Just Cant Get Enough (ver. 3)
Just Cant Get Enough (ver. 4)
Leave In Silence
Leave In Silence (ver. 2)
Lie To Me
Light
Lillian
Lillian (ver. 2)
Little 1
Little 15
Little Soul
Love In Itself
Martyr
Master And Servant
Mercy In You
Monument
My Secret Garden
Never Let Me Down Again
New Life
New Life (ver. 2)
Nodisco
Nothings Impossible
One Caress
Only When I Lose Myself
Peace
Peace (ver. 2)
People Are People
Perfect
Personal Jesus
Personal Jesus (ver. 2)
Photographic
Pipeline
Pleasure Little Treasure
Poison Heart
Policy Of Truth
Policy Of Truth (ver. 2)
Precious
Precious (ver. 2)
Precious (ver. 3)
Precious (ver. 4)
Precious (ver. 5)
Precious (ver. 6)
Sacred
Satellite
Sea Of Sin
Seas Of Sin
Secret To The End
See You
See You (ver. 2)
Shake The Disease
Shine
Should Be Higher
Should Be Higher (ver. 2)
Shout
Sinner In Me
Sister Of Night
Sister Of Night (ver. 2)
Sister Of Night (ver. 3)
Slow
Soft Touchraw Nerve
Somebody
Somebody (ver. 2)
Somebody (ver. 3)
Something To Do
Sometimes
So Much Love
Soothe My Soul
Stories Of Old
Stories Of Old (ver. 2)
Stories Of Old (ver. 3)
Strangelove
Stripped
Suffer Well
Sun The Rainfall
Surrender
Television Set
The Bottom Line
The Bottom Line (ver. 2)
The Child Inside
The Dead Of Night
The Love Thieves
The Meaning Of Love
The Sweetest Condition
The Sweetest Perfection
The Worst Crime
Things You Said
Tora Tora Tora
Try Walking In My Shoes
Useless
Waiting For The Night
Waiting For The Night (ver. 2)
Waiting For The Night To Fall
Walking In My Shoes
Walking In My Shoes (ver. 2)
Welcome To My World
Were Going Backwards
Whats Your Name
Wheres The Revolution
World Full Of Nothing
World In My Eyes
World In My Eyes (ver. 2)
World In My Eyes (ver. 3)
Wrong