To celebrate Martin Gore's birthday - the artist DM influenced, from The Killers to Muse
Andrew Trendell

12:13 23rd July 2015

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23 July: Happy Birthday to Depeche Mode's Martin Gore - the chief songwriter in one on of the greatest bands of all time and generally one of the coolest men on the planet. As such, it goes without saying that his influence is immeasurable. 


Pioneers of electro, synth and gothic pop, it stands to reason that the influence of Depeche Mode should be so far reaching. They've inspired some of the biggest names from pretty much every genre you can imagine, from stadium rock legends like Muse and Coldplay to indie icons Arcade Fire and The Killers and even hard-rock kings like Nine Inch Nails and Rammstein. 

Here are just 10 of the countless artists inspired by the mighty Depeche Mode. 

  • Hurts: With the combo of electropop and a whole lot of melodrama, DM are an obvious parallel with Hurts. Adam Anderson once told MTV: "I think probably Depeche Mode, the biggest influence behind our music. I think the way they sounded at a specific time in their career was highly inspirational for us."

  • The Killers: Both bands have an insatiable love for an undeniable eletropop hook. Brandon Flowers once even told Entertainment Weekly that Songs Of Faith And Devotion was the first album he ever bought, commenting: "I was a fan of the kind of bubblegum, early-early Depeche Mode. And I didn't know exactly how dark that they could delve, and I didn't know that I would like it. But I bought it for I think $5 on cassette at Flying J. And it’s one of my favourite things, still. Later, we even got to work with Flood, who produced Songs, on our album Sam’s Town."

  • Crosses: A surprising fan of 80s pop, Deftones frontman Chino Moreno recently said that side-project Crosses' track '1987' was about the year his sister first gave him a Depeche Mode cassette, adding: "I got into a lot of music like Depeche Mode and my whole concept of music changed..Depeche Mode to me were awesome. They had a lot of the same drum machines, a lot the same sounds as hip-hop, but they had a lot of melody and mood and dark tones."

  • Arcade Fire: The Canadian indie heroes love a bit of DM. Speaking to Time Out last year, frontman Win Butler said: "In high school, if New Order or Depeche Mode or something I liked came on, I’d jump up. But the idea of dancing to bad house music is something I could never get behind."

  • Coldplay: There's an alternate video for Coldplay's 'Viva La Vida', shot in The Netherlands by the legendary Anton Corbijn as a tribute to his video for Depeche Mode's 'Enjoy the Silence'

  • Nine Inch Nails: Reznor admits that it was the mechanic, goth-pop of Depeche Mode and The Human League that first inspired him to make music.

  • Linkin Park: Both Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington have often spoke of their love for DM, with Bennington once saying: "I would have to just go with my gut which would have to be The Beatles, and back to Depeche Mode... the two bands that have consistently have the most influence on how I think the quality of music should be."

  • Rammstein: Yes, really. The German pyromaniac, porno-loving metal deviants are with the rest of Europe in loving Depeche Mode. Lead guitarist Richard Kruspe once said that when growing up, his influence was "heavy metal on the one side and pop on the other...I was afraid to tell my friends I was listening to Depeche Mode. I loved the band. I loved their melodies. That’s why in Rammstein, you can hear a lot of melodies in our music. Personally, the band I thought did the best at changing themselves was Depeche Mode. If you follow their career, it's excellent."

  • Lady Gaga: A late-comer to the DM party, but back in 2010 Gaga told QMS Radio: ""I spend literally hours on YouTube each day checking what people post about me, reading the comments and so on. And I was so surprised that many Depeche Mode fans appeared to be Lady Gaga fans. I didn't know the band existed until I saw a mash-up of 'Paparazzi' with 'Just Can't Get Enough'. I advise everyone to check out Depeche Mode, they are so underrated." Thanks for the heads up, Gaga.

  • Muse: Around the time of Black Hole And Revelations, many remarked on the similarity between 'Map Of The Problematique' and 'Enjoy The Silence'. When asked about Depeche Mode, Matt Bellamy replied: "I can understand the association, because they're a band that never really fitted in exactly with the music of their time. They had their own thing, their own style, own sound. I respect them very much."

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