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Preview: Pop - Depeche Mode

It all seems a long long way from 1980 when Depeche Mode (right) emerged from Basildon with a happy, poppy brand of synth rock. After Vince Clarke left, they progressively became a darker-edged band and the rock 'n' roll antics of Dave Gahan and friends have been well-documented. This year's world tour began in Sweden at the start of the month and drops into Britain for just three dates. The gigs will be very much greatest hits affairs, as their album, The Singles 1986-98, has just been released alongside current single, "Only When I Lose Myself".

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BEST-SELLERS / Top 10 Rock Imports

----------------------------------------------------------------- TOP 10 ROCK IMPORTS ----------------------------------------------------------------- 1 Paul Weller More Wood (Japan) pounds 19.99 2 Depeche Mode Songs of Faith (Australia) pounds 22.99 3 Ry Cooder Best of Ry Cooder (Germany) pounds 14.99 4 Al Kooper Rekooperation (US) pounds 17.49 5 Soul Asylum Runaway Train (Japan) pounds 16.49 6 Bryan Adams Live Live Live (Australia) pounds 19.49 7 Paul McCartney Off the Ground (Germany) pounds 22.99 8 U2 Zooropa, tour pack (Australia) pounds 19.49 9 Joe Perry Once a rocker (US) pounds 12.99 10 Gram Parsons Warm Evenings (Australia) pounds 11.99 ----------------------------------------------------------------- Chart supplied by Tower Records -----------------------------------------------------------------

ROCK / A taste of rock-beast behaviour a la Mode

THE NATIONAL Sports Centre in Crystal Palace is an outdoor music venue that is under-used. Not just because the crowd gets to touch (well, through a plastic sheet) the hallowed gravel where Donna Hartley and David Coleman have trod; it's also the approach routes. You sweep up and down grassy slopes and modernist walkways and the stadium squats in the valley beneath like a huge beetle preparing to scuttle off. Depeche Mode, the new-town dream made flesh, can only flourish here.

ROCK / I'll be your substitute whenever you want me - or who replaced whom

Duran Duran 1978: Vocalist Stephen 'Tin Tin' Duffy leaves believing the band have no future. 1979: His replacement, Andy Wickett, quits for much the same reasons. 1980: Simon LeBon joins. Within 12 months they are the biggest group in the UK; two years later the biggest group in the world.
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