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Depeche Mode - Speak & Spell (1981)

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Depeche Mode - Speak & Spell (1981)

Depeche Mode - Speak & Spell (1981)
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Synthpop / New Wave

Though probably nobody fully appreciated it at the time -- perhaps least of all the b&! -- Depeche Mode's debut is at once both a conservative, functional pop record & a groundbreaking release. While various synth pioneers had come before -- Gary Numan, early Human League, late-'70s Euro-disco, & above all Kraftwerk all had clear influence on Speak & Spell -- Depeche became the undisputed founder of straight-up synth pop with the album's 11 songs, light, hooky, & danceable numbers about love, life, & clubs...
For all the claims about "dated" '80s sounds from rock purists, it should be noted that the basic guitar/bass/drums lineup of rock is almost 25 years older than the catchy keyboard lines & electronic drums making the music here. That such a sound would eventually become ubiquitous during the Reagan years, spawning lots of crud along the way, means the b& should no more be held to blame for that than Motown & the Beatles for inspiring lots of bad stuff in the '60s. Credit for the album's success has to go to main songwriter Vince Clarke, who would extend & arguably perfect the synth pop formula with Yazoo & Erasure; the classic early singles "New Life," "Dreaming of Me," & "Just Can't Get Enough," along with numbers ranging from the slyly homoerotic "Pretty Boy" to the moody thumper "Photographic," keep everything moving throughout. David Gahan undersings about half the album, & Martin Gore's two numbers lack the distinctiveness of his later work, but Speak & Spell remains an undiluted joy.


01. New Life (3:46)
02. I Sometimes Wish I Was Dead (2:18)
03. Puppets (3:58)
04. Boys Say Go! (3:07)
05. Nodisco (4:16)
06. What's Your Name? (2:46)
07. Photographic (4:46)
08. Tora! Tora! Tora! (4:36)
09. Big Muff (4:25)
10. Any Second Now (Voices) (2:35)
11. Just Can't Get Enough (3:44)
12. Dreaming Of Me (4:04)
13. Ice Machine (4:05)
14. Shout (3:47)
15. Any Second Now (3:09)
16. Just Can't Get Enough (Schizo Mix) (6:45)


• Dave Gahan - lead vocals
• Martin Gore - keyboards, backing vocals, lead vocals ("Any Second Now (Voices)"), songwriting
• Vince Clarke - keyboards, programming, backing vocals, songwriting
• &rew Fletcher - keyboards, backing vocals

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