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Classic Albums

CA14 Depeche Mode – Music For The Masses I Part 1

It’s time for Steve and Remfry to delve into their big box of classic albums and pull out another one of their all time favourite records. We’re going slightly off piste this week, as we delve deep into the career of electro pop innovators turned synth rock megastars Depeche Mode. In this first part, you might be surprised to learn, we have picked the band’s 1987 sixth album Music For The Masses. Sandwiched between the groundbreaking Black Celebration and the commercial juggernaut of Violator, MFTM is scandalously overlooked in the band’s back catalogue, and we discuss why it is the best (YOU HEARD ME, BEST) Depeche Mode album.

Starting with a quick potted history of the band, and of electronic music, we look at the ongoing improvements in the studio, the increasing involvement of Alan Wilder, how the finished album started to change the perception of the band, the tour that followed the record and, of course, the huge Pasadena Rose Bowl show that cemented the band as a stadium act and was captured on the infamous 101 live tour document. Before teasing the second part of this double bill, where we will be looking at Violator; Part two is available at patreon.com/riotactpodcast

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Classic Albums

CA14 Depeche Mode – Violator I Part 2

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.

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Riot Act

05 – Chaos Can’t be Perfected (feat. Frontierer)

It’s a big week for reviews this week as Steve and Remfry discuss the latest releases from some sizeable bands: Alice In Chains, Interpol, Death Cab For Cutie, Mark Lanegan and Duke Garwood, and Idles. There’s also discussion on this year’s Heavy Music Awards, which band have made the most successful change in their sound, and on who is the REAL star of this show!

Most importantly Remfry sits down to chat with Frontierer about their incredible new album Unloved and how they are doing their best to shape heavy music into exciting new forms.