Exciter is Depeche Mode's tenth studio album, which was released on 14 May 2001 in the UK and May 15 in the US. It uses more digital music technology compared to their other albums. It was produced by Mark Bell of Björk and LFO fame. The album also launched the Exciter Tour, which was one of the band's most successful tours.
Exciter debuted at #9 in the UK Albums Chart and debuted at #8 in the Billboard 200 with sales of 115,000 copies in its first week of release. It is the only Depeche Mode album to debut higher in the US than in the UK. As of April 2006, Exciter has sold more than 426,000 units in the United Statesand was certified Gold by the RIAA. The album was also certified Gold in Canada (50,000 units) in 2001. The remastered album was released on "deluxe" vinyl 30 March 2007 in Germany and 1 October 2007 internationally.
Originally a product of Britain's new romantic movement, Depeche Mode went on to become the quintessential electropop band of the 1980s. One of the first acts to establish a musical identity based completely around the use of synthesizers, they began their existence as a bouncy dance-pop outfit but gradually developed a darker, more dramatic sound that ultimately positioned them as one of the most successful alternative bands of their era…
Like its predecessor, People Are People, Catching Up With Depeche Mode attempts to fill in gaps in the group's extensive discography by compiling singles and album tracks taken from their four previous studio LPs. Dating back to the band's Vince Clarke-penned hits ("Just Can't Get Enough," "Dreaming of Me"), the set culminates with tracks like "Master and Servant" and "Blasphemous Rumours," which bear the full fruit of Martin Gore's dark obsessions; a preview of Black Celebration is even offered via "Fly on the Windshield."
When Ultra was declared the best Depeche Mode album since Violator, those who said so must have forgotten about Songs of Faith and Devotion. When Exciter was declared the best Depeche Mode album since Violator, those who said so must have also forgotten about Songs of Faith and Devotion, in addition to having found a roundabout way of saying that it was merely better than Ultra. There's no doubt this time: Playing the Angel is both the band's best album since Violator and, more significantly, an album that is near Violator in stature…
2005's Playing the Angel proved to be one of Depeche Mode's strongest albums – the combination of Ben Hillier's production, the emergence of David Gahan as a songwriter following his initial solo effort and a clutch of striking songs that openly embraced arena-level bombast following the much more subtle Exciter resulted in wide praise and a well-received tour. As a result – especially given the return of Hillier, the first producer to work on two Depeche albums in a row since Flood's heyday with Violator and Songs of Faith and Devotion – Sounds of the Universe was initially suspected of being Playing the Angel redux, something the swaggering lead single "Wrong" didn't undercut at all.
The concert featured on this DVD was part of the band's 2001 Exciter Tour. The show was captured at The Palais Omnisports de Paris Bercy and was attended by over 16,000 screaming Depeche Mode fans. Featuring founding band members David Gahan (vocals), Martin Gore (guitar/keyboards), and Andrew Fletcher (keyboards), along with Christian Eigner (drums), Peter Gordeno (keyboards) and Jordan Bailey and Georgia Lewis (backing vocals), this two-hour show encompasses the high-energy ritual that is a Depeche Mode concert.
DEPECHE MODE Singles 1 - 36. Set of six - yes SIX - 2004 US issue 6-CD single box sets, featuring all the singles from Dreaming Of Me through to Dream On, plus remixes, live recordings and CD-Rom videos, all housed in six 6" x 5" black boxes numbered in white. The boxes on this set all have marks on the front from the original deletion strikes, made through the barcodes when they were still sealed. Still a stunning set and a fantastic way to secure a full set of boxes, a greatprice at far less than buying individually - if you can even find them!
This morning Depeche Mode unleashed the remix package of their latest single on the masses. A massive 13 track mix package – 11 mixes of “Going Backwards” and a single mix of “You Move” and “Poison Heart” respectively. Remixers include Soulsavers, Chris Liebing, Solomun, The Belleville Three, Point Point, Maya Jane Coles and more. Full track list and links below.