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Customer Reviews

Shep Pettibone Cowbell Meets the Mode

As a disclaimer: the cassette version of this release spent a good part of the summer of 1989 in my Panasonic boom box. This was the music of the future as far as I was concerned. Depeche Mode found an electric guitar! The modern "hoe-down" sound of the Beatmasters Mix brought the otherwise defeatist lyrics of Behind the Wheel into a true roll-the-windows down and crank the volume expression of being a teenager in the late eighties. I imagined Route 66 was an idea Martin threw out while traveling the Music for the Masses tour. A singular tour bus shimmering in the Arizona sun. Ah, the fantasies of a youthful mind. Today, it's tough to listen through the mixes all the way through. But in single servings these rattling drum machine drones pack a hefty dose of nostalgia.

It's So Hard

After watching and listening to these guys for over 20 something years it is hard to point at a particular CD Album and say that one is the best. I enjoy playing along with this CD to warm up before I play.


Formed: 1980 in Basildon, Essex, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Originally a product of Britain's new romantic movement, Depeche Mode went on to become the quintessential electro pop band of the 1980s. One of the first acts to establish a musical identity based completely around the use of synthesizers, they began their existence as a bouncy dance-pop outfit but gradually developed a darker, more dramatic sound that ultimately positioned them as one of the most successful alternative bands of their era. The roots of Depeche Mode date to 1976, when Basildon,...
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