Happy Birthday #DepecheMode with your album ‘Music For The Masses’ released on 28|9|1987, 27 years ago.
Daniel Miller, who had produced Depeche Mode’s previous album, voluntarily stepped away from production duties for this album, citing the growing tension in the studio that they had experienced during the recording of Black Celebration.With Miller’s approval, the band used producer David Bascombe.
Band members Andy Fletcher and Martin Gore both claimed the album’s title was conceived as a joke. Said Fletcher: “The title’s … a bit tongue-in-cheek, really. Everyone is telling us we should make more commercial music, so that’s the reason we chose that title.”Martin Gore said “[The name] was a joke on the uncommerciality of [the album]. It was anything but music for the masses!”
The megaphone (or its iconic representation) on the album’s cover was used during the breadth of the album’s release: at press events, on the covers of the album’s singles, and during the tour. Alan Wilder gave credit to Martyn Atkins, who had been a long-time Depeche Mode collaborator, for the use of the megaphone. “[Martyn came] up with this idea of a speaker, but, to give the kind of ironic element which the title has, to put this speaker in a setting which wasn’t really to do with the masses at all. It was, in fact, the opposite. So you end up with this kind of eerie thing where you get these speakers or megaphones in the middle of a setting that doesn’t suit it at all, like a desert or whatever.”An early alternative cover was apparently considered but rejected for the album. The rejected cover was also designed by Martyn Atkins and a test pressing copy was auctioned off by Alan Wilder in 2011.
Highest Chart - Germany #2 Gold, UK Silver, France & USA Platinum
The documentary, a 37 minute short film called Depeche Mode: 1987-88 (Sometimes You Do Need Some New Jokes) is an extensive look at the album;
Happy Birthday #DepecheMode with your album ‘The Singles 86>98’ released on 28|9|1998, 16 years ago.
The Singles 86>98 is a singles album released in 1998, It was released as a follow-up to the band’s previous compilation, The Singles 81-85, which was also re-released in the same year. The compilation covers the band’s 7 inch single releases spanning five studio albums (from 1986’s Black Celebration to 1997’s Ultra), as well as including the band’s 1998 stand-alone single “Only When I Lose Myself”. Also included is “Little 15” from Music For The Masses and the live version of “Everything Counts” (from the live album 101) which was released as a single in 1989. All tracks on The Singles 86>98 were newly remastered, as was the case with the re-release of The Singles 81→85.
The four-month Singles Tour that followed marked the first time Depeche Mode had toured since the 1993–94 Devotional/Exotic Tour. (They had declined to tour Ultra a year earlier, playing only a few songs at a handful of shows instead.)
Charts: #1 in Germany & Sweden
USA & Germany Platinum, France 2x Gold, UK Gold
'Sins of the Fathers' #depechemode article 2009 by Mojo magazine