Time has coming, days are numbered: The best of Depeche Mode

Everything I wanted to write about the resilient English synth pop quartet I set down in early 2012 when I watched D.A. Pennebaker’s Depeche Mode 101:

It’s obvious now that Depeche Mode are teen pop; was it so in 1988? As a document of a band about to go mega, Depeche Mode 101 is a hoot. From David Gahan’s arena-god boorishness (grabbing the microphone stand for a Jesus pose during “Blasphemous Rumours”) to the closeups of his white-denim-hugged ass to the great dumb hooks and the stupid-dumb lyrics, this is what North American teens with a perv streak wanted and didn’t get a year later: Jordan Knight tying Joey McIntire up while Donnie Wahlberg fucks him with a police baton. “Route 66” even starts with the same percussive loop that graces Tiffany’s “I Think We’re Alone Now”! But whatever your pleasures, you little treasures, they aren’t as perverse as Gahan getting the audience to sing “Everything counts in large amounts.”

Beyond ridiculous that they emerge head first on the side of sanity, Depeche Mode have made at least a dozen classics of churn ‘n’ burn. I came up with two dozen.

1. Shake the Disease
2. Never Let Me Down Again (Split Mix)
3. Enjoy the Silence
4. Sacred
5. Walking in My Shoes
6. Personal Jesus
7. Just Can’t Get Enough
8. Flexible
9. Halo
10. But Not Tonight
11. A Question of Lust
12. Dreaming of Me
13. World in My Eyes
14. Death’s Door
15. New Life
16. Blasphemous Rumours
17. The Things You Said
18. Mercy in You
19. Strangelove
20. Stripped
21. Behind the Wheel
22. Precious
23. Two Minute Warning
24. Master and Servant
25. I Feel You

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