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Re: 1982: A Broken Frame
« Reply #30 on: 26 June 2012 - 02:17:28 »
1982-04-18 - WDR (Germany) - Weltspiegel

http://vimeo.com/118178732



[I'm not very good at listening to German so I might have made some mistakes in the German transcript.]

Jeden Sonntagnachmittag öffnet der Sterling Club in London an der Stadtteil Kensington seine Forte den Neuen Romantiker, Eintritt 10 Mark. Hier können die junge Leute ihr modisches Bewusstsein zu schau stellen, einmal in der Woche, ein Fluss aus der Wirklichkeit Britischen Alltags. Arbeitslosigkeit, Wirtschaftsflaute, und Zukunftslosigkeit sind hier vergessen. Die Punk Musik und Mode artikulierte ein Protest gegen die Gesellschaft und ihre Werte, in der Hoff auch noch etwas zu verändern. Die Romantiker in dem Sterling Club, in des scheinen die lagen hin zu nehmen, sind selbstverliebt auf diese nachgemachte Eitelkeit, auch eine Form der Abgrenze.
Die Namen die Bands wie Depeche Mode, Visage, Modern Romance, The Mood, etwa beschrieben die neue Werte: schöne Aussehen, Emotion, und Fantasie. Die gesellschaft wird nicht angegriffen, ihre Probleme werdden einfach nicht zum Ernst genommen. Was die Band Depeche Mode zum Beispiel im Studio produziert wirkt den auch wie ein künstliches hinteres Anstellung, die Individueler Schönheit nicht störend.

[Translation:]

Every Sunday afternoon the Sterling Club at Kensington in London opens the way for the New Romantics, entry 10 Deutsche Marks. Here, young people can present their fashionable look, once a week, a flee from British reality of everyday life. Unemployment, economic stagnation, and lack of future prospects are forgotten. Punk music and its fashion articulated a protest against society and its values, and even tried to change something in the process. The Romantics in the Sterling Club, which are influenced by this movement, are in love with their vanity, which is also a form of rebeliousness.
Names of the bands like Depeche Mode, Visage, Modern Romance, The Mood, describe these new values: beautiful looks, emotion, and fantasy. The society will not be attacked, its problems will just be ignored. For example the band Depeche Mode, consequently, appears more like an artificial background babble, not disturbing the exhibition of individual beauty.
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Re: 1982: A Broken Frame
« Reply #31 on: 26 June 2012 - 02:17:49 »
1982-04-1x - PopRocky nr.10 (Germany) - Depeche Mode stehen auf Kraftwerk

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Depeche Mode stehen auf Kraftwerk!

Photo caption 1: Aufgepasst! Depeche Mode schiessen scharf. Wird das Kaliber dieser Kanone reichen, um ach den deutschen Fans so richtig einzuheizen?

Obwohl allerorts von der Neuen Deutschen Welle die Rede ist, darf man die englische Pop-Szene nicht ganz aus den Augen lassen. Depeche Mode (abgeleitet vom französischen Mode-Magazine Modedepeche! [sic]) sind neben vielen anderen Top-Acts wie Adam Ant, The Human League, Ultravox oder Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark ein gutes Beispiel für die frische Musik-Well aus England. New-Pop-Wave heisst das neue Ding aus dem Inselreich!
Depeche Mode, die erst seit knapp einem Jahr zusammen sind, eroberten bereits mit ihrer esten Single "Dreaming Of Me" auf Anhieb einen Platz unter den englischen "Top 30". Ihre zweite Single "New Life"erschien im Mai 1981 und landete in den "Top 20". Was mit der neuesten Single "Just Can't Get Enough"passierte, ist nicht schwer zu erraten. Sie kam unter die "Top 10" der englischen Hitparade! An diesem kometenhaften Erfolg konnten die Medienschaffenden bei uns nicht vorbeischauen. Depeche Mode trat zum ersten Mal in Désirées Musicbox vor deutsche Kameras. Die vier Jungs aus Sussex überzeugten und wurden gleich zu zwei weiteren TV-Sendungen eingeladen. Vor kurzem sah man Depeche Mode in Bananas und am 21.5. werden die Britten ihren Synthesizer-Klang in der Sendung "WWF-Club" ertönen lassen. Auf die Frage, welche deutschen Gruppen in England als populär bezeichnet werden können, meinte Sänger Dave Gahan: "Für uns gibt's nur eine deutsche Gruppe, die wir sehr gut kenne und auch als unser Vorbild bezeichnen können: Kraftwerk!" Mit ihrem melodiösen Synthesizer-Sound liegen Depeche Mode auch ziemlich auf der Wellenfänge von Kraftwerk. Sie lassen sich jedoch nicht einfach so vergleichen und unterordnen. Man darf aber ohne Übertreibung sagen, dass Depeche Mode besser und frischer tönen als manch andere Band aus Deutschland und England! Und diese Tatsache möchten die Vier bei einer ausgedehnten Deutschlandtournee, die im Spätherbst stattfinden soll, untermauern. Wann genau die Jungs auf deutschen Bühnenbrettern stehen werden, ist jedoch noch nicht klar. Alle Depeche-Mode-Fans hoffen jetzt natürlich, dass es sehr bald sein wird!

Photo caption 2: In Désirées Musicbox traten die smarten Boys von Depeche Mode zum ersten Mal vor deutsche Fernsehkameras

Photo caption 3: Gleich zu Beginn ihrer Karriere waren Depeche Mode in England eine der gefragtesten Bands. Mit ihrem neuesten Single-Hit "Just Can't Get Enough"konnten sie sich unter den ersten zehn der englischen Charts plazieren

[Translation:]

Depeche Mode like Kraftwerk!

Photo caption 1: Warning! Depeche Mode shoot sharply. Is the caliber of this gun enough to hit the German fans?

While everywhere German New Wave is mentioned, you mustn't take your eyes off one within the English pop scene. Depeche Mode (from the French fashion magazine Modedepeche [sic]) are among many other top acts such as Adam Ant, The Human League, Ultravox and Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark and is a good example of the good fresh music from England. New Pop Wave is the new thing in the island kingdom!
Depeche Mode, who have only been together about a year, conquered already most people with their single "Dreaming Of Me" which immediately secured a place in the English "top 30". Their second single "New Life" was released in May 1981 and ended up in the "Top 20". What happened with the latest single "Just Can not Get Enough" is not hard to guess. It came in the "Top 10" of the English charts! This meteoric success could not be ignored by the media professionals. Depeche Mode was the for first time in front German cameras in Desiree's Musicbox. The four guys from Sussex succeeded and have been invited to two other TV shows. Recently we saw Depeche Mode in Bananas and on 21.5 the Brits will sound their synthesizer music in the show "WWF Club". On the question of which German groups in England can be described as popular, singer Dave Gahan said: "For us, there's only a German group that we know very well and can also call our idol: Kraftwerk!" With their melodic synths Depeche Mode are also pretty on the same waves as Kraftwerk. However, they can not easily be compared and such. But we may say without exaggeration that Depeche Mode sound better and fresher than some other bands from Germany and England! And this fact will be displayed by the four on an extended tour in Germany, to be held late fall. When the boys exactly will be on German stages is as of yet not clear. All Depeche Mode fans now hope of course that it will be very soon!

Photo caption 2: the smart boys of Depeche Mode appeared for the first time in front of German televisioncameras on Désirée's Musicbox

Photo caption 3: At the very beginning of their career Depeche Mode in England was one of the most sought after bands. With their latest single "Just Can not Get Enough", they could be found in the top ten in the UK charts
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Re: 1982: A Broken Frame
« Reply #32 on: 26 June 2012 - 02:18:32 »
1982-04-27 - WDR (Germany) - Bananas

See You: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qR7fGTd4VoA





1982-04-27 - Depeche Mode - The Meaning of Love

http://archives.depechemode.com/video/music_videos/03_the_meaning_of_love.html
http://www.depechemode.com/video/music_videos/03.html
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEoU0pgnFNc



The Meaning Of Love
Video Released: 1982
Video Director: info not available

Watch when, towards the end of the video, the "wife" starts throwing items at Dave. One of the items hits some flowers on top of the TV. Note, on the TV screen, the band ducks!
 
Appears on the album:
A Broken Frame
 
Appears on the home video(s):
Promotional only music video - not commercially available
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Re: 1982: A Broken Frame
« Reply #33 on: 26 June 2012 - 02:25:30 »
1982-04-29 - Smash Hits (UK) - The Meaning of Love review

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DEPECHE MODE: The Meaning Of Love (Mute)
Elegant. When Vince Clarke left, it seemed Depeche Mode would be without a melody maker but 'See You' proved otherwise. This confirmed that and nearly perfect, as damn near perfeect as a record can be. I too have pondered upon the meaning of love. Have you? David Gahan's in an academic mood on this one and yet still can't find a solution. Brilliant disc, what else is there to say except truly scrumptious.
Martin Fry (of ABC)
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Re: 1982: A Broken Frame
« Reply #34 on: 26 June 2012 - 02:26:21 »
1982-04-xx - Christ's School's Black & Gold (UK) - Martin Gore Interview

[Thanks to Marblehead Johnson for scanning this, and for Andrew Winter for having saved this gem all these years! This was the school paper of Christ School in Richmond, where DM have performed in 1981. Marblehead Johnson discovered all the info about that gig, and placed that info here (which is also where these scans are to be found).]





Quiet Force Behind Depeche Mode
Martin Gore

As everyone knows, we were lucky to have Depeche Mode play in our school last October. Since then they had two more chart hits and a top-ten L.P.
However, prior to their visit nearly all Depeche Mode material was written by Vince Clarke who subsequently left to form Yazoo, and the writing responsibilities have since fallen upon the shy, angelic looking one of the remaining three - Martin Gore.
Our intrepid reporters, Joanne Briggs, Debra Hooper and Benedict Lee travelled to Basildon, in April, to meet Martin and find out what makes this quiet force behind the group, tick.

'I wanted to Stay at School'
Can you remember anything at all about playing at our school?
All I can remember seeing is lots of kids who looked really small, jumping up and down as if they couldn't dance properly.
By the way readers Martin has a pair of glasses on. Why do you wear them now?
Because I'm short-sighted. Andy is too. He can't even see the front row of the audience.
What do you think of your school days now, looking back?
I really enjoyed it. As a matter of I wanted to stay on because I really enjoyed the sixth form.
What was your favourite subject?
German.
Did you ever get caned?
No, but I did a detention once and I had to write out a Welsh sentence as a form of 'lines'.
At what age did you begin to look at music as a possible career?
At about 19.
Were you in any other bands?
Yes, a sort of middle of the road band called 'Norman and the Worms'.
What were Depeche Mode orginally called?
We don't usually tell anyone because because it is so embarrassing you're the first people to know. We were called 'Composition of Sound'.

'Vince wanted to make a name for himself'
Why did Vince leave?
We don't really know. I think that he wanted to make a name for himself rather than with the band.
How did he tell you that he wanted to leave? Did he phone you?
No, he came round to all of our houses separately on the same day to tell us.
Was there a fear that when Vince left Depeche Mode would collapse?
We were a bit worried at first but we never thought it would come to us completely splitting.
What do you think of Yazoo's single?
It's alright, well....... It's quite good. No it's good. (He says looking away).
Is Alan Wilder a permanent replacement?
It's a bit of a touchy subject at the moment. We said that if we got on well we would take him on. We have already recorded 3 tracks for the next album with him, but we don't know yet.
How did you meet him?
We advertised for him in 'Melody Maker'.
Talking of recording - How do you think of names for singles etc.?
I don't know. We don't really have a formula. It's a thing that none of us likes doing but it has to be done. It's easy for singles as they usually have a meaning or theme, so you can make up a title connected with it. Like the latest single, the 'B' side is called 'Oberkorn - it's a small town'. We stayed at this place in Luxembourg in the middle of nowehere. The population was about 150, and everyime we asked for something simple, like half-a-dozen eggs, they didn't have it - saying that it was only a small town etc.
When you write a song do you write it to suit your personal taste or do you adapt it to what you think the public likes?
Well, I just sit down and try to write a song. I don't think of anything in particular.
How do you go about writing the song?
Sometimes I write the music first and the words afterwards.
What is your least favourite Depeche Mode single title?
'No Disco'.
What is your favourite?
'Puppets'.
When is your next album die?
About September we hope!
What will it be called?
I don't know yet.
Are the latest singles such as 'See You' going to be on it?
Yes, probably.
Have you any plans for the next single after 'The Meaning of Love'?
No, not yet we've only got one other track recorded at the moment.
Do you know how many records 'See You' sold?
About 350,000 copies.

'God what we have done!'
Do you ever listen to your music for pleasure?
No, but I listen to them for reassurance. I get home from recording, and think 'God what have we done!' Then I play and think 'Oh it's not that bad actually.'
Where would you class your music and image?
We are mainly a pop group, we haven't really got a set image.
By the time this interview appears, you will be in the States, touring. Have you any plans for Britain?
We've got one date in Oxford in July and another British tour in October.
Do you prefer touring or recording?
I prefer recording because it is more creative. Touring is the same thing every day - it's like working in an office after a while.
What do you mostly eat while on tour?
Anything that's going really - Obviously we get taken to restaurants by record companies and other promotors quite a lot.
What are the advantages of having girlfriends on tour?
They can do all our washing and ironing (giggle). It also means that I can stay in bed an extra half-hour while Anne does the chores.
Where do you get most of your clothes? Kensington Market tends to be a good place. I got the leather jacket I've got on there.
We thought we would ask Anne a question.
Do you get annoyed after concerts when the girls want to kiss and touch Martin?
At first it used to bother me, but I'm used to it now.
To Martin: I've heard thst you enjoy reading girls magazines. What do you see in them?
I don't read them as much now, but I used to read them a lot when we were touring because they were easy and amusing.
Has becoming a successful musician changed your character?
Yes I'm more confident now in every way. The hardest part I've had to learn is to say 'no' - Everybody wants a piece of you. In Hamburg recently, after a gig, 'they' wanted us to fo go to a reception for the band. I had some pals there, and we wanted to go to a local fair instead. They persisted but I put my foot down and said 'definitely not'. When we got to the fair, it was closed! (Much laughter from everone.)
Thank you very much, Martin, especially for the concert you played for us.
Martin: You're welcome.
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Re: 1982: A Broken Frame
« Reply #35 on: 26 June 2012 - 02:27:18 »
1982-04-xx - FR3 (France) - L'Écho Des Bananes (recorded on the 15th)

New Life: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6hRnKuDgtg
Just Can't Get Enough: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9N7DlSMeAy0
See You: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muBQlEUJz8A
Shout: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0zNbZ8Mq0w



This TV show aired Photographic a year later, on the 17th of April: http://www.ina.fr/video/I08010351/depeche-mode-photographic-video.html
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Re: 1982: A Broken Frame
« Reply #36 on: 26 June 2012 - 02:27:38 »
1982-04-xx - Depeche Mode - Information Sheet 4

http://www.tuug.utu.fi/~jaakko/dm/sheets/is824.txt

               INFORMATION SHEET NO. 4/82

         DEPECHE MODE INFORMATION
      10 HAWKSWAY  BASILDON  ESSEX SS16 5JQ

At your request I have enclosed the DEPECHE MODE information/items. If there is anything else you would like to know about the group please write to me.  For information Sheet No. 5/82 send me a stamped, self addressed envelope towards the end of April quoting the number 5/82.

DEPECHE MODE NEWS :   The band have just returned from their European concerts with a tale of woe!  Apparently all three synthesisers packed up at one time or another, the tape machine just stopped in the   middle of 'New Life' at four gigs and the coach broke down in a village in the wilds of Luxembourg.
However, all of the venues were packed and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.  Let's hope the American Tour comes of a bit better.

RECORD NEWS: On the 26th April 'The Meaning of Love' c/w 'Obercorn (it's a small town)' will be released on 7" and 12".

AVAILABLE NOW: We now have a 10" x 8" black & white photograph of Alan available together with a factsheet.

AVAILABLE SOON: Whenever DEPECHE MODE have a new single out Smash Hits usually print the words.

TELEVISION NEWS: On Saturday 17th April Peter Powell starts a new programme on BBC1 called 'Get Set For Summer', DEPECHE MODE will be his guests on that day.

TOUR DATES:   Apr.   10th   Jersey      Fort Regent
            12th   Guernsey           Beausejour Centre
         May    7th   New York           The Ritz
             8th   Philadelphia   East Side Club
             9th   Toronto      Concert Hall
            10th   Chicago      Stages
            12th   Vancouver   Commedore Ballroom
            14th   San Francisco   Kabouki Theatre
            15th   Pasadena    Perkins Palace
            16th   Los Angeles   The Roxy

Blancmange will be the support band for Jersey and Guernsey.

                  Thanks for you support
                     Keep in touch
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Re: 1982: A Broken Frame
« Reply #37 on: 26 June 2012 - 02:28:09 »
1982-04-xx - RTBF (Belgium) - Generation 80

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1982-04-xx - Kim magazine (UK) - Depeche Mode And The Meaning Of Success!

[Thanks to Marblehead Johnson for scanning this article for this forum!]




Depeche Mode ...and the meaning of success!
When it comes to happiness, the lads have been taking stock...

Paris, in springtime is something the guys of Depeche Mode won't forget - for one very simple reason. "It's the first time that we managed to have a few days off since before Christmas. and even then we only managed one day", says Andrew Fletcher. "But in Paris, we had much more time to ourselves. We'd been there after a pretty grueling tour through Europe and it's as good a place as any to relax because even though it's a huge city, it has a kind of village atmosphere to it on the Left Bank.
"Just being able to browse around the old bookshops, or sit lazing away with a coffee and a drink at one of the terrace cafes is marvelous. We could sit there all day just watching the people go by.
"Naturally we had to play in the evenings and so quite a bit of television work, but it seemed easier to do it in Paris. We made a trip to the Eiffel Tower, of course, but the real excitement lies in exploring the backstreets and the small marketplaces."
The tour through Europe has been hectic, taking them through Sweden, Germany, France, Belgium, Holland and Luxembourg.
"When we did the trip this time we went in a coach. It was so much better than the last time we came over and traveled around in a van. We were squashed up against the equipment that time! But in the coach we could relax with video films, stereo, television and every comfort. What a difference! It was a new world to us. But even so, it can still be tiring doing everything by road. We even went into Berlin, which was quite an experience, driving through Eastern Germany to get there."
It's worth noting that there's some confusion about how many fellas there are in the group. Sometimes three are seen in photographs and on other occasions four. "It's because Depeche Mode is basically myself, David Gahan and Martin Gore," Andrew explains. "Alan Wilder is also a member of the group, but only for live appearances. The recording is done by the rest of us. So there you have it!"
Alan is also the guy in the group that the girl fans love to kiss - and he doesn't seem to mind one bit. Well, what guy would?
None of the fellas have any idea what their group name means. "We saw it on a magazine cover when we were trying to think of a title," says David, "and it sounded kind of classy, so we used it!"
The fans are very important to the group and they said that time time around on their tour, they noticed quite a difference in their audiences. "They seemed to be a lot older in Scandinavia and Germany than they are in Britain," says David. "But just as enthusiastic! We get all kinds of gifts given to us, ranging from sweets to clothes and it's very thoughtful of them to do this kind of thing for us. We even get lots of letters from Japan and we haven't even been there. But we're hoping to arrange some concerts in Tokyo which should be an experience for us!"
When he does manage to find an evening to himself, David says that he enjoys going to the cinema. "I'm a fan of Jack Nicholson and 'One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest' is a favourite of mine. That's really one of the problems of being in a group, you don't get the time to see as many films as you'd like. But what with the coach having video and a recorder at home, it does make it a little easier to see some of the films."
Martin Gore, on the other hand, could be said to be the most superstitious member of the band. "There's one thing that unnerves me more than anything else that I can think of and that is setting sail on a Friday. By that, I mean going off on a tour on that day. Don't ask me why, because I haven't a clue. I haven't been away on a Friday to have had anything happen so I haven't any past experience. But somewhere lurking in the back of my mind is a kind of premonition that if I ever break my own rule, then regret it.
"Not that it seemed to make much difference on the recent tour, because everything that could have gone wrong did! Our equipment just broke down in every town we visited and one of the evenings, I was scared out of my life because the electrical voltage wasn't enough to take our powerful equipment and sparks were flying out all over the place whilst we were playing stage. It was really hairy!"
When the guys want new clothes they have their own source. "We don't go to the usual shops and boutiques," says David, "but travel down to a particular market that we know. There's a stall where you can bu the most incredible gear that no other shop seem to stock and the guy who runs knows the kind of things that we like he tends to put them by for us!"
Another important aspect of the life of Depeche Mode is their business meetings "When we're not on tour, we try to have one every week. So many groups have gone bust because they didn't keep a check o how much money they were spending. The think that the pot keeps on overflowing and they spend like crazy. Then the day of reckoning arrives and they have to work for almost nothing to pay it all back!
"Not us. We keep tabs on everything we spend, so that we're not just wasting our time. And tours are really so costly to mount. People think that you make a fortune, and if you're The Rolling Stones and sell out concerts to a hundred thousand people at a time, and television and film rights to those gigs, then you might make a fortune. But the average group doesn't do those size gigs and the expenses are heavy. That's why we keep things to a minimum. Hopefully we give value for money!"
We certainly wouldn't argue with that!
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Re: 1982: A Broken Frame
« Reply #38 on: 26 June 2012 - 02:29:29 »
1982-05-01 - Okej #9 (Sweden) - Depeche Mode

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Re: 1982: A Broken Frame
« Reply #39 on: 26 June 2012 - 02:30:12 »
1982-05-02 - Joepie (Belgium) - Hysterie om een paar sokken (Andy Fletcher interview)

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Hysterie om een paar sokken
«Ik denk dat je beter naar je baas toestapt en hem meteen zegt dat hij je prikklokkaart in de prullemand mag gooien», zei platenjongen Daniel Miller. «Ben je dat wel zeker? Zullen we het echt maken?», vroeg Dave Gahan, het gezicht van Depeche Mode en ongetwijfeld de charmantste jongen van de hele popsien. Joepie trok een keurig pak aan, zette een brede glimlach op en ontdekte dat zelfs sukses bij duizenden jonge meisjes zijn nare kanten heeft.

Zijn jullie een nieuw stel David Cassidy’s?
Het lijkt er wel een beetje op. Gisteravond keek ik de zaal in en ik dacht dat we op een schoolfuifje aan het spelen waren. Niet in een rockklub. David en Martin vinden het wel plezant, al dat geschreeuw en gekraai om handtekeningen. Als je naar die eerste Beatles-films kijkt realiseer je je nauwelijks wat dat betekent. Het is echter ongelooflijk als je dat zelf overkomt. Je zit achter het raam van de bus te koekeloeren en ze beuken de ramen bijna stuk. Vooral wanneer de fans ouder zijn dan ikzelf — en dat gebeurt wel eens, want ik ben pas 22 — snap ik het niet meer. Je bent ongeveer even oud, je lijkt op elkaar en de één vraagt de andere om een handtekening! Waarom toch?
Is dat de reden waarom Vince Clarke opgestapt is?
Nee. Achteraf gezien was hij niet de geknipte figuur voor onze band. We waren ook niet altijd tevreden met de songs die hij schreef. We begrepen de teksten nooit helemaal en hij wilde nooit uitleggen waar hij het over had. Het stoorde hem dat de fans onze kleren belangrijker vonden dan de muziek die hij maakte. In het begin kregen we fanbrieven waarin iemand om liedjesteksten vroeg maar nu willen ze weten waar we onze sokken kopen.
Toch mooie jongetjes dus?
Vooral na de release van «New Life» vond iedereen ons alleen maar snoezig. We wilden wel eens bewijzen dat we meer in onze mars hadden. Voor de flipside schreven we een heel ander nummer waarop we echt vulgair wilden klinken. Ik geef toe dat het ons niet gelukt is.
Zijn jullie nog vaak thuis in Basildon?
Daar zit het hem juist. Ik heb een pak vrienden verloren door die toernees en televisiespotjes. Ik mis de dorpsroddeltjes en de wekelijkse biljartpartijtjes. Wanneer ik terug thuis kom weet ik niet eens meer wie gaat trouwen of ziek is. En wat hebben de anderen eraan om met mij over Depeche Mode te praten? Ofwel interesseert het hen geen snars of ze hebben het al op de buis of uit de bladen vernomen.
Mogen we jullie blitz-kids noemen?
Liever niet. De mensen die platen van Duran Duran of Spandau Ballet kopen, hebben die van ons ook wel in huis maar ons publiek is vooral live erg anders. Het zit er niet barstensvol met neppiraten en je ziet niet enkel kanten bloesjes. Het misverstand dat we New-Romantics zouden zijn, dateert van onze eerste fotosessie. Afschuwelijke foto’s waren dat. Als we Duran Duran niet kunnen overtreffen dan zal het daaraan te wijten zijn.

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Hysteria over a pair of socks
“I think you had better step towards your boss and tell him right now that he can throw your punch card into the trashbin”, said record guy Daniel Miller. “Are you sure? Will we really become big?” asked Dave Gahan, the face of Depeche Mode and undoubtedly the most charming boy of the whole pop scene. Joepie put on a decent suit, showed a wide smile and discovered that even having success with thousands of young girls has its downsides.

Are you guys a new pair of David Cassidy’s?
It seems so, a little bit. Last night I looked into the venue and I thought we were playing at a high school prom night. Not at a rock club. David and Martin actually like it, all that screaming and yelling for autographs. When you look at those first Beatles films, you barely realise what that means. But it is unbelievable when it happens to you. You sit behind the window of a bus, peeping, and they almost break the windows. Especially when the fans are older than me – and that can happen considering I’m only 22 – then I just don’t get it. You’re about the same age, you look alike, and yet the one is asking the other for an autograph. Why?
Is that the reason why Vince left?
No. In hindsight, he wasn’t the perfect guy for our band. We weren’t always happy with the songs he wrote. We never quite understood the lyrics and he never wanted to explain what he had been writing about. It bothered him that our fans liked our clothes more than the music he was making. In the beginning, we used to get fan letters in which someone was asking for lyrics, but then they just wanted to know where we buy our socks.
So, pretty boys after all?
Especially after the release of “New Life”, people just thought we were cute. We wanted to prove that we’ve got more than that up our sleeves. For the flipside we wrote a very different tracks on which we wanted to sound vulgar. I must admit that we didn’t pull it off.
Are you still at home in Basildon often?
That’s just it: I’ve lost a good deal of friends because of these tours and TV gigs. I miss the town gossip and the weekly games of pool. When I come home, I don’t even know who is getting married or who’s ill. And what do they get out of talking to me about Depeche Mode? Either they don’t care one bit or they already know about it through telly or the press.
Can we call you guys blitz kids?
I’d rather you didn’t. The people who buy records of Duran Duran or Spandau Ballet will have our records too, but our audience is very different live. It’s not filled to the rim with fake pirates and lace blouses. The misunderstanding that we are New Romantics dates back to our first photoshoot. Those were some horrible photos. If we cannot beat Duran Duran, than that will be the cause of it.
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Re: 1982: A Broken Frame
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1982-05-03 - Radio 1 (UK) - Roadshow: Dave & Fletch (6 min)

[We don't have this audio interview.]



1982-05-06 - BBC (UK) - Top Of The Pops

The Meaning Of Love: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zj1WpYAWh2g

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Re: 1982: A Broken Frame
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1982-05-06 - Mercury and Herald (UK) - TMOL Review

http://tiptopwebsite.com/websites/index2.php?username=depechemodefile&page=5

Full of the joys of spring.
Dominic Chapman
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Re: 1982: A Broken Frame
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1982-05-08 - Sounds (UK) - TMOL Review

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The lead melody line is musically identical to their last hit.
Valac Van De Veen
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Re: 1982: A Broken Frame
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1982-05-10 - The Globe And The Mail (Canada) - Concert Review

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Depeche Mode band could use some snap
LIAM LACEY
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Depeche Mode, the British quartet of pleasure-loving young men who played at the Concert Hall last night, are part of the new pop movement in England, spearheaded by Human League, carried on by bands such as Soft Cell and Haircut 100. Like all the bands that make up the current vogue, Depeche Mode (French for 'hurry up, fashion') is cheerfully superficial, writing songs about the advantages of a positive self-image, good looks and dancing. None of these is likely to win anyone tenure in a philosophy department, but they have won the band an international community of fashion conscious fans, and Toronto's pretty young things were out in force last night.

The band consists of four humans (three who noodle on synthesizers, another who sings), each with a different colored hair-do. The non-human member is a tape recorder which sits where the drums should sits on stage and plays both bass and rhythm parts.

None of the musicians did anything demanding, but then, no one in the band had any musical experience before producer Daniel Miller of Mute Records put them together two years ago. All of them looked good, though, and Miller, who has been trying to make a hit-making electro-pop band since about 1976, was a large presence last night; his programmed synthesizer riffs and taped hand-claps and lively bass lines had the crowd in front of the stage dancing from the opening song. How much the four men on stage had to do was hard to tell, though keeping in time with the tape machines is probably more difficult than it looks.

A band that has this little going for it in the musicianship department lives and dies on its hooks, and Depeche Mode has at least one would-be hook, usually a repeated synthesizer riff and an answering vocal line, in each of its songs.

At its best last night, on such homo-erotic anthems as Just Can't Get Enough, What's Your Name, and Boys Say Go, the band made music that was lusty, hummable, and good-humored. At its worst, which was the rest of the time, it was surpassingly tedious, with the electronic technology used to achieve the most mundane and chintzy pop effects.

There are at least two lessons to be learned from Depeche Mode's automatic pilot concert; first, even when a band has no pretensions of making serious music, it can still be irritatingly shallow; and secondly, if you insist on making bubble-gum, you can't leave out the snap.



1982-05-10 - Toronto Star (Canada) - Depeche Mode In Harmony

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Depeche Mode in harmony
By Kate Daller
Are man and machine truly compatible on stage?
Last night at the Concert Hall, 1,600 electropop fans were witness to two different examples of how flesh and blood musicians attempt to answer that question. And by concert's end one approach had ultimately proved to be more effective than the other.
Opening act Bobby and Synthia were married to their technology in a sense; stiffling their own humanity to adopt a kind of switched-on marionette stance.
Bobby performed as tape operator, monitoring a rhythm section provided by a drum synthesizer, while he layered lead lines over what at times Sounded like Space Invaders in combat with World War II foot soldiers. It was left to Synthia to sing, which she didn't do so much as issue a series of staged-anger statements, often relying on risque language for effect. In a curious way, the duo were about as real as Punch and Judy puppets, except that their violence was purely verbal.
Depeche Mode, on the other hand, appeared to be in perfect harmony with their synthesizers and four-track tape machine. Not because the four musicians were preoccupied with assuming the "personality" of surrounding hardware; on the contrary, they played the spartan setting as the unabashed young pop musicians (average age 19) that they are.
Frontman Dave Gahan, who sounds a little like Ringo Starr, was casual but apparently earnest as he sang lyrics such as, "I want to hold your hand, we've got to get it right;" and "I think that you'll find people are basically the same." But he was ingenuous to the point of achieving a kind of sophistication; as completely un-self-conscious as he was with some pretty bubblegum stuff.
As for the rest of Depeche Mode — and here you have to count a reel-to-reel tape machine which rolled off pre-recorded percussion and rhythm tracks, as much a musician as the three synthesizer players — they provided the "electro" in the band's brand of electropop.
Here the tape machine was king, spinning off tie marrow of songs such as See You and New Life, while a human trio embellished with "sweetening" somewhat derivative of popcorn machines, coffee percolators, pinball arcades, and carousel music.
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Re: 1982: A Broken Frame
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1982-05-15 - Okej #10 (Magazine) - Depeche Mode

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1982-05-1x - Toronto Sun (Canada) - Depeche Mode On Autopilot

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Depeche Mode on autopilot
JONATHAN GROSS
As was the case last week at The Concert Hall when Pete Shelley's lip-synch session paid tribute to Lloyd Thaxton, critics need not have seen Brit electrop quartet Depeche Mode Sunday night to assess the performance. Most everything save for singer David Gahan's cool modular vocals was on the TEAC deck at centre stage. Cheers for their candor (unlike the covert Shelley operation). Thus, there is nothing much to say about the quality of their pre-fabsynth formulas that hasn't been said in the reviews for The Merde's, er, Mode Speak & Spell album. Briefly, Depeche Mode's programs pit the current beat-per-minute disco formulas against the most diaphanous pop lyrics, typified by their biggest hit Just Can't Get Enough? Their new stuff, outside of the melt-in-your-mind minimalism of See You, is derivative of Giorgio Moroder's programs and it appears that the band will soon miss departed Vince Clark, who wrote most of Speak & Spell. In fact, Depeche Mode is little more than a Monkees-like project of rotund mentor Daniel Miller, who wrote the comic punk classic Warm Leatherette and founded Mute Records. Do they play their own instruments? The rest of the guys in the band seemed to be playing Ouija with their little units, leaving Gahan the responsibility of putting on a show which consisted of some slick disco moves over the bubbling tape. The near sellout audience, a handsome mix of the Voodoo-Twilight Zone-Stages element, ate it all up with their feet and provided most, if not all, of the excitement, contributing significantly to the value of a luke warm ticket.
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