Depeche Mode - Speak & Spell
NME.COM feature on Depeche Mode - Speak & Spell album including album review, artwork, tracks, listen now, tour dates, discography and more.
Release date: 06 April 2006
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- New Life
- I Sometimes Wish I Was Dead
- Boys Say Go!
- What's Your Name?
- Tora! Tora! Tora!
- Big Muff
- Any Second Now (Voices)
- Just Can't Get Enough
- Dreaming Of Me
- Ice Machine
- Any Second Now
- Just Can't Get Enough (Schizo Mix)
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Sounds Of The Universe
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- Sep 18, 2001
Editors, Flume and Jurassic 5 also play during day two of the Portuguese bash
Synth pioneers also perform a host of greatest hits for mammoth O2 Arena set
Singer admits he thought he was 'going to die' at one point
Depeche Mode - Speak & Spell: Wikipedia Album Entry
Speak & Spell is the debut album from the British synthpop group Depeche Mode, recorded and released in 1981. The album peaked at #10 in the UK Albums Chart.
This was the only Depeche Mode album with Vince Clarke as a member of the band. Clarke wrote most of the songs for the band, before departing to form the synthpop duo Yazoo with Alison Moyet.
The album is significantly lighter in tone and melody than their later work, a direction which can largely be attributed to Clarke's writing. After he left, Martin Gore would take over songwriting duties, writing almost all of the band's material. Later albums written by him would explore darker subjects and melodies.
The album title alludes to the then-popular "Speak & Spell" electronic toy.
When interviewed by Simon Amstell for Channel 4's Popworld programme in 2005, Martin Gore and Andrew Fletcher both stated that the track "What's Your Name?" was their least favourite Depeche Mode song of all time.
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