Catching Up With Depeche Mode is a 13-song collection of hits spanning the first five years of one of modern music's most influential bands.
Coining a name that in French means "fast fashion," Depeche Mode was formed in 1980 in Basildon, Essex, by Andy Fletcher, Martin Gore and Vince Clarke. The group's unique, all-electronic musical approach was enhanced by the arrival of vocalist David Gahan. Early London gigs earned them a recording contract with Mute Records, and in 1981 they released their first album Speak e) Spell. The LP contained the hit singles "Dreaming Of Me," "New Life" and "Just Can't Get Enough."
Vince Clarke subsequently departed the group and was replaced by keyboardist Alan Wilder. Depeche Mode's second album, A Broken Frame, yielded two more hit singles: "The Meaning Of Love" and "Leave In Silence." In the fall of 1982, the group embarked on their first world tour, selling out venues in Europe, North America and the Far East. Returning home they began work on a third album, Construction Time Again, which featured the hits "Everything Counts" and "Love, In Itself." The group broke onto American charts with their fourth album, People Are People, highlighting the smash hit of the same name. Some Great Reward (1984) contained another pair of chart-toppers, "Master And Servant" and "Life To Me."
Released in November of 1985, Catching Up With Depeche Mode features many of the band's best-known hits. Three British singles, "Shake The Disease," "Flexible" and "It's Called A Heart," plus two standout cuts from Some Great Reward, "Blasphemous Rumours" and "Somebody," are also included. "Fly On The Windscreen," originally a U.K. single, was subsequently remixed and included on the 1986 Depeche Mode release, Black Celebration.
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