Q: Where did the band Depeche Mode get its name?
A: Although the roots of Depeche Mode stretch back to 1976, the band formed in Basildon, England, in 1980. Their sound was almost entirely built around the synthesizer and they soon became one of the most successful of the techno-pop bands of the 1980s. Martin Gore, the group’s principle songwriter, has said that the band’s name was taken from a French fashion magazine. The name means “hurried fashion” or “fashion dispatch,” concepts that appealed to him and his band mates.