You never knew about Depeche Mode | Depeche Mode
• Before Depeche, Martin Gore played guitar with a West Coast type band. He traded the guitar for a Yamaha CS5.
• Fletch was at school with Alison Moyet.
• An early DM line-up known as Composition Of Sound played its first gig supporting Film Noir in Southend.
• Their first gig as a four piece was at St. Nicholas' school in Basildon, with Dave needing ten cans of lager to bolster his nerves.
• The first demo was recorded after 3 months - 3 songs, including one which later became the theme music for 'Other Side Of The Tracks'.
• The band were supporting Fad Gadget at the Bridgehouse in Canning Town when Daniel Miller from Mute saw them and decided he wanted them on his label.
• Whacky keyboards that the band employed in their early days included an ARP2600 bought from Elton John, and a French Kobol monophonic synth.
• Vince often claimed that Martin Gore was a better songwriter than him.
• When Vince left, he offered Depeche Mode one song, which they turned down, to help them on their way - the song was 'Only You'.
• Alan didn't play on the group's second LP, "A Broken Frame", which was recorded as a trio. He first featured on 'Get The Balance Right'.
• Early writing was done with a Roland MC4 microcomposer, though the band have now moved on to the UMII sequencing system.
• Alan & Martin are veggies.
• The band often use their own Sony Walkman Professionals for recording sound samples.
• The band's favourite tour date is Liverpool.
• Andy Fletcher has recorded one and a half LPs of rock 'n' roll cover versions, featuring himself on guitar, and Martin Gore on keyboards.
• After one concert in the States, 40 shoes were found on stage, and none of them pairs.
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