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Pop Rewind: Depeche Mode “Enjoy the Silence”

Once called “the quintessential Eighties techno-pop band” by Rolling Stone, Depeche Mode has definitely been one of the most successful New Wave bands ever, having sold over 100 million albums worldwide.

First appearing on the album Violator (1990), “Enjoy the Silence,” recorded ten years into Depeche Mode’s career, has ended up being one of their most memorable and most played songs to date, along with another single on the album, “Personal Jesus.” Although New Wave and techno were to take a bit of a back seat on the global scene shortly after, this season marked a pinnacle for the band. “Enjoy the Silence” has since been covered by plenty of notable artists, ranging from Nada Surf to Tori Amos to Keane. The video  below is a remastered version of the song, in case it sounds a little different from what you remember.

Incidentally, Depeche Mode never retired. Their next album is due out spring 2013.

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About the Author


Tim Ferrar's interest in pop and rock started as a child, listening to Top-40 radio for hours on end while playing air guitar in his bedroom. Eventually air guitar led to electric guitar, and Tim began playing in bands and writing his own songs. With an admitted weakness for "a great hook or a great guitar riff," Tim's musical tastes are broad and varied, ranging from Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga on the pop side to Bon Jovi and Foo Fighters on the rock side- making him the ideal guy to cover our Rock and Pop categories. By day, Tim is a mild-mannered accountant in Chicago. By night, he rocks out on electric guitar in a cover band in various clubs around town- much to the surprise of some of his clients.

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