Masters of MIDI: Depeche Mode

Each day this week, to mark the 30th anniversary of the release of the first synthesizer to feature MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) capability—the Prophet 600 by Sequential Circuits—TWTR will focus on an electronic music pioneer and one of their performances during the early days of MIDI in the 1980s. This is the second of a five-part series.

Depeche Mode – Everything Counts (Live, 1984)

I first became aware of Depeche Mode when their single “People Are People”—from 1984’s Some Great Reward—became a U.S. mainstream radio hit in 1985. I became a fan of theirs when I was exposed to their classic 1987 album, Music for the Masses, during many high school marching band bus trips. That’s when I started building a library of Depeche Mode’s earlier albums. I have to admit, though…I’m not that much into the early Vince Clarke-era DM. In fact, I’m not a fan of Clarke, in general, as I have never found the music of Yaz(oo) or Erasure all that interesting.

So, above, we have a video of Depeche Mode performing “Everything Counts” from 1983’s Construction Time Again at a show in Hamburg in 1984.