In the second part of our two part look at Basildon synth pop royalty Depeche Mode, Steve and Remfry dive deep into the bands 1990 album, and undoubted commercial peak, Violator. The boys discuss the, fairly amicable, way the record was conceived, written, and produced, the outside influences that turned Depeche Mode into one of the biggest bands in the world, namely; the more analogue sounds that new producer Flood brought to the record and the aesthetic that the bands unofficial fifth member Anton Corbijn created, and the massive commercial success that the band had always strived for finally coming to fruition in the aftermath of the records release.
We also look at what happened next, from the alt-rock inspired Songs Of Faith And Devotion album in 1993, the tour that nearly destroyed the band, the departure of Alan Wilder, vocalist Dave Gahan’s very public struggles with addiction and the band’s subsequent redemption. If you’re a fan of Depeche Mode, all you ever wanted, all you ever needed, is here, on this podcast. Available over on patreon.com/riotactpodcast.