i was a Dep mode fan in the '80s, then i got sidetracked, & picked up again in the mid-'90s,
the early hits, i loved.
picking up on all the songs i missed, i realised what an excellent band they were.
their lyrics are intelligent, sensitive, thoughtful & sentimental, with a slight jagged edge, but in a polite way, and also very honest, almost confessional.
listening to their music, the hard work & dedication that has gone into it is evident, but also the devotion & sincerity.
dave g, was, i think, at some point, given a status of "rock god" - i also don't think this did him any good!
the songs: "stripped" is such an honest song!
"a question of lust" is a beautiful love song
"strange love" brutally honest!
"world in my eyes" - very down to earth, a clever twist!
"enjoy the silence" - the song that lured me back to dep mode, heard it played on hols in yugoslavia, sounded incredible & atmospheric. there's something about M Gore's harmonies, never heard a guy sing so angelically!
"behind the wheel" - a cheeky song, but great entertainment!
"never let me down again" has a very european sound, again, totally excellent.
the hits from devotion & ultra are also excellent,
D M are a band that, yes, have a distinct musical formula, but within their music there lies the multi-colours of moods, emotions, thoughts, ideas, like the changing tides, depth & integrity.