1. A French band name
Unlike those who spend hours trying to figure out the best band name in the world, Dave Gahan, lead vocals, decided theirs in a flash. A few minutes before a gig, the organiser asked their name over the phone. On a table in front of him was a copy of the now defunct French magazine Dépêche Mode [Fashion Dispatch]. Ironically the group were anything but a fashionable flash in the pan.
2. Difficult beginnings
It’s hard to believe now considering the groups subsequent success, but in the early days, between 1977 and 1980, their early compositions were refused by record labels because of the heavy synth presence and a disinterest in their major influence, Kraftwerk. Punk was still the order of the day at that time in the UK and it was all about electric guitars.