Since their humble beginnings in 1980 and their debut LP, Speak & Spell (1981) English synth-pop gods Depeche Mode continue to leave an imprint on the music scene. From the many industrial groups to straight out rock and metal bands of today.
This edition looks at songs that were covered by other bands, giving you the original Depeche Mode video followed by a rendition by a group that has been influenced to do so.
Still going today, keeping three original members; bassist Andy Fletcher, who provides keyboards, vocalist Dave Gahan, and guitarist Martin Gore who also provides keyboards and vocals, it is no surprise their fourteenth record Spirit (2017) has received a stellar response. Kicking things off with a recent video before we delved into songs that have been given a different take by artists of today.
“Cover Me” taken off Spirit (2017)
“Enjoy the Silence” by Depeche Mode, taken from Violator (1990)
Italian goth metal group, Lacuna Coil feature their rendition of the Depeche Mode classic as a frequent part of their setlist, the song becoming a crowd favourite.
“Enjoy the Silence” by Lacuna Coil, taken from Karmacode (2006)
“Personal Jesus” by Depeche Mode, taken from Violator (1990)
It is no surprise that shock rocker, Marilyn Manson would one day cover one of his all-time influences apart from David Bowie, with the industrial version of Personal Jesus, which came to be the only single off his Best of Compilation.
“Personal Jesus” by Marilyn Manson, taken from Lest We Forget: The Best Of (2004)
“Stripped” by Depeche Mode, taken from Black Celebration (1986)
German alternative industrial heavy hitters, Rammstein, brought out a great cover of one of the darker songs, “Stripped”, making it the first song sung in English by the band and it was originally released as a bonus track on their 1998 album.
“Stripped” by Rammstein, taken from Sehnsucht (1998)
“Everything Counts” by Depeche Mode, taken from Construction Time Again (1983)
Depeche Mode helped put the melody into Swedish Melodic-Death Metal, with In Flame’s choice in cover on the phenomenal Whoracle record.
“Everything Counts” by In Flames, taken from Whoracle (1997)
“Walking in My Shoes” by Depeche Mode, taken from Songs of Faith and Devotion (1993)
Canadian rockers Finger Eleven proved that they were worthy of great post-grunge records and “Paralyzer” wasn’t all they should be known for. An awesome cover made for a nice addition.
“Walking in My Shoes” by Finger Eleven, taken The Greyest of Blue Skies (2000)
“People are People” by Depeche Mode, taken from Some Great Reward (1984)
The voice of Maynard James Keenan can do no wrong covering Depeche Mode. Thanks, A Perfect Circle!
“People are People” by A Perfect Circle, taken from eMOTIVe (2004)
“Clean” by Depeche Mode, taken from Violator (1990)
Even a chaotic group of lads Converge took a spin with a track from the iconic Violator record.
“Clean” by Converge, taken from the split LP, Deeper The Wound (2001)
“Waiting for the Night” by Depeche Mode, taken from Violator (1990)
Ghost, known for that 70’s retro rock sound gave an absolutely brilliant cover of Waiting for the Night
“Waiting for the Night” by Ghost, taken from Infestissumam Redux (2013)
“I Feel You” by Depeche Mode, taken from Songs of Faith and Devotion (1993)
Vocalist Teri Gender Bender of Le Butcherretes fame teamed up with Mars Volta, At the Drive-In guitarist, Omar Rodríguez-López for their soothing rendition of “I Feel You” which is definitely worth a listen.
“I Feel You” by With Lions (2016)