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The 11 Greatest Hits From "Greatest Hits" Compilations

It's one of the strangest pop microcosms in history: singles released exclusively from Greatest Hits compilations. We rounded 'em up and ranked 'em to find out what is truly the greatest Greatest Hit of all.

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No Use for a Name: Rarities Vol. 1: The Covers

No Use for a Name's posthumous covers collection is fun but slight. And because the focus is on non-album tracks, it's missing the band's best covers.

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The 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the '90s - Part 5 (20 - 1)

The fifth and final part of our examination of the 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the '90s, includes Portishead, Blur, Björk, R.E.M., Nine Inch Nails and more.

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Dave Gahan and Soulsavers: Angels & Ghosts

The second collaboration between the cinematic production team and the Depeche Mode frontman loses the element of surprise.

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The 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the '80s: Part 5: 20 - 1

Songs of anxiety, paranoia, freak-outs, chilling verses, feverish desire, harrowing lyrics -- they all make for damn good music.

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MG: MG

The context of Martin Gore's career in Depeche Mode doesn't lessen the achievement of MG; in fact, it complements it.

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ComputeHer - "Strangelove" (audio) (Premiere)

ComputeHer's fun and crafty cover of the Depeche Mode classic "Strangelove", a track on the upcoming 8-Bit Operators tribute album to that band, is available for stream and download on PopMatters.

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Many Controls but No Master: 'I Dream of Wires: Hardcore Edition'

The history of the modular synthesizer is one that involves competing origins, unwieldy equipment, aesthetic disputes, and the whims of business and art.

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Depeche Mode: Delta Machine

The latest from Depeche Mode is another weighty slab of electro-blues laments dealing with lust and guilt. Doesn't mean it's not a riveting listen.

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What James Bond Can’t Teach You About British Music History

If you want lessons in womanizing, dressing to the nines, or ordering martinis, James Bond is your man. If, however, you’re looking for a review of British music history over the last 50 years, the world’s favorite secret agent has no idea what he’s doing.

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Five Songs That Would Make Great Bond Themes

With Skyfall hitting theaters in the United States tomorrow, Sound Affects spotlights five songs that in an ideal world would've played over the opening titles to the adventures of Britain's premier spy.

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Depeche Mode Announce New Album, Preview New Song

When describing the new material, Depeche Mode made comparisons with past successes Violator and Songs of Faith and Devotion.

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Soulsavers: The Light the Dead See

With their latest album, the Soulsavers continue ruminating on their singular theme — that the path of redemption winds through perdition, and no one knows the value of salvation more than the damned.

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VCMG: Ssss

Thirty years after Speak & Spell, Depeche Mode co-founders join forces for a techno project. Triumph, embarrassment, or somewhere between?

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Holmes: Covers

From Queen to the King, Roy Shakked's covers album provides old fashioned fun.

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20 Music Videos from the 1980s That Have Aged Terribly

In this third and final installment of Sound Affects' retrospective of music videos from the 1980s, we focus on 20 promos that the passage of time has been especially unkind to.

Dennis Shin
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20 Unsung Music Videos from the 1980s

PopMatters begins a new series examining at the widespread emergence of music video in the 1980s. From major artists like the Clash, David Bowie, and U2 to less famous brethren such as Haysi Fantayzee and Grandmaster Caz, these are the unsung videos from that decade that might have missed your attention the first time around.

Dennis Shin
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Soft Metals: Soft Metals

The Machines called whilst you were out. They want bread, milk, and some Acieeeeeed!

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Depeche Mode: Remixes 2 81-11

Three discs, 17 remixes, and more DJs than could fit in a clown car. Yet unmistakably Depeche Mode.

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Download Depeche Mode - "Master and Servant (RSS Mix)" (MP3)

On June 7, Depeche Mode will release Remixes 2: 81-11, a sequel to Remixes 81-04 with new mixes by former Depeche members Vince Clarke and Alan Wilder.

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The Stigma of Synth: My Secret Life with Depeche Mode

With no girls to flirt with or ask out, how was an all-male prep school boy going to step outside the shadow of his favorite leather-bearing, lipstick-wearing band and establish his heterosexuality? Easy. Take his fandom into the closet and deny, deny, deny.

Aaron Gilbreath
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Depeche Mode: Tour of the Universe - Barcelona 20/21:11:09

Depeche Mode's latest live document shows the synth-driven trio once again proving its capabilities in a live context.

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Claps: No Party

With two EPs pointing the way to a promising full-length, here's hoping that Claps, armed with dead-of-winter beats and synths, produce one before the spring thaw.

Freeden Oeur
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Depeche Mode - "Master and Servant"

Forget all about equality: this is one of the greatest productions of the 1980s.

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Depeche Mode: Sounds of the Universe

With their 12th LP, Depeche Mode do the obvious thing and write a Depeche Mode album.

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Depeche Mode - "Wrong" live (video)

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Synth Pop Matters: The Silly Kissers

The Silly Kissers are making dense and accessible synth-pop that will be stuck in your head forever.

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Depeche Mode: Ultra

The Depeche Mode reissue program wraps with this pair of better-than-expected, post-Alan Wilder albums. If your collection ends with Violator, give these a look.

John Bergstrom
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Recoil: subHuman

The one-time Depeche Mode maestro returns after a seven-year hiatus. He still hasn't lightened up, but this time he's brought along a secret weapon.


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