Depeche Mode’s debut album, Speak and Spell, turned 40 yesterday

The first-ever Depeche Mode album–the record that started the band on a journey to selling 100 million records–was released on October 5, 1980. It was the only DM album where Vince Clarke was the chief songwriter. After he left following the release of this record, Martin Gore took over. He’s done okay.

Sorry I missed the anniversary. I would have bought a card had I known.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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