With their penchant for digging into life's drama, brooding British synth-pop band Depeche Mode achieved success with darkly orchestrated hits such as "Blasphemous Rumors," "Personal Jesus" and "Strangelove." This unauthorized retrospective chronicles the band's story through previously unreleased footage and candid interviews with people who've worked closely with the band, including photographer Brian Griffin and author Jonathan Miller.
Ultra is Depeche Mode's ninth full-length album, which was released by Mute Records on 14 April 1997. The album was the band's first since the departure of Alan Wilder, who had left the band in 1995 having become disillusioned with life in Depeche Mode. Wilder's leaving and lead singer Dave Gahan's drug problems, which culminated in a near-fatal overdose, had caused many people to speculate that the band was finished.
Ultra debuted at #1 in the UK Albums Chart and at #5 in the Billboard 200 with sales of 90,000 copies, and producing several hit singles. As of April 2006, Ultra has sold more than 584,000 units in the US.
Violator is the seventh studio album by the English electronic group Depeche Mode, released by Mute Records on 19 March 1990.
Preceded by the hit singles "Personal Jesus" and "Enjoy the Silence" (a Top 10 hit on both sides of the Atlantic), Violator propelled the band into international stardom. The album yielded two further hit singles, "Policy of Truth" and "World in My Eyes". This album is the first of the band to achieve the Top 10 on the Billboard 200—reaching No. 7—and staying 74 weeks in the chart. It was supported by the World Violation Tour. As of 2010 Violator had sold more than 4 million units in the United States.