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Article from Making Music, June 1986

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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Making Music - Jun 1986


Depeche Mode



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Vince Clarke

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