Depeche Mode – The Dark Progression (Unauthorized Documentary)

Depeche Mode – The Dark Progression is an unauthorized documentary tracing the career of the pioneering synth pop band. The documentary features rare performances, archive footage and exclusive interviews.


Depeche Mode – The Dark Progression traces the almost surreal development of Depeche Mode from their flirtations with New Romanticism at the dawn of their career, through the urban industrial landscapes envisaged on Construction Time Again and Some Great Reward into the dark hollow of albums such as Black Celebration, Music For The Masses and Violator to conclude with the departure of Alan Wilder in 1995 – a point in their career at which they had achieved enormous commercial success but were now facing huge personal challenges.

Featuring interviews with all the band members, contributions from friends, colleagues and contemporaries such as; Gary Numan, Thomas Dolby, OMD’s Andy McCluskey, Daniel Miller, band biographer Jonathan Miller, Depeche producers Gareth Jones, Dave Bascombe, Phil Legg and Steve Lyon, and electronic music experts Mark Pendergast and David Stubbs.

Also includes; rare performances by Depeche Mode from across their career, archive footage, video clips, location shoots, news reports and much more.

via MVDmusicdocs

9 thoughts on “Depeche Mode – The Dark Progression (Unauthorized Documentary)

  1. interesting how little i care about this band now VS when i was much younger. they have not aged well musically in the past few years. its all become a little bland.
    i will say i think that back in the late 80s, Martin Gore was and is one of the best songwriters around. pretty much on par with cole porter.

  2. well, if you were such a huge fan in the past, you really owe it to yourself to check out their new album, Delta Machine. it’s actually pretty great and has loads of superb production, nice synth sounds, and yes, even some outstanding songwriting.

  3. Depeche Mode has always seemed to be very over-rated to me. I choked when they were blabbing about DM being the best electronic band of all time. It seems like they’ve got one song/mood/emotion and they’ve been reusing that over and over.

    Vince Clarke was the most interesting aspect of Depeche Mode and he took his hooks and song-writing variety with him when he left.

  4. DM was great for me up until Songs of Faith and Devotion…I never got that album because as soon as I saw that faux guitar hero persona and everything else trying to be 90’s relevant/reactionary I was at a total disconnect. I still think everything prior to that is stellar…to me, the same goes for Duran Duran before the release of the Duran Duran “wedding” album, Erasure before Cowboy, Pet Shop Boys after Nightlife, New Order after Republic…Ladies and Gentlemen, that’s where Italo fills a massive void and with this I recommend Fancy, Ken Laszlo, Albert One, (and not to forget the countless alteregos and side creations) and the unending list of others from this genre mostly unnoticed by North Americans! listen to for a healthy dose of it!

  5. Depeche Mode were and are one of the finest electronic bands. Their influence has been massive and they still sound like no one else.

    End of discussion.

  6. I know the Gema is here to protect me in Germany BUt for god’s sake don’t make 80% of all the music videos and especially reviews unavailable!
    I guess I will have to wait till I travel somewhere before I can watch this

  7. Bland? Overrated? We must have been listening to different post-“Songs Of Faith And Devotion” albums. I was not expecting to like “Playing The Angel” or “Delta Machine” at all. You can’t make the same record at 50 than you did when you were 25, but they still make records I want to buy.

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