Depeche Mode just can't get enough recognition
Published Nov 21 2006, 12:18 GMT | By Ben Rawson-Jones
Depeche Mode frontman Dave Gahan has expressed his dismay over the veteran band's lack of recognition in their home country.
Gahan told The Sun
: "I don’t get it. We’re a band that has come out of England, lasted and done well. But no one seems to notice and it does hurt. It’s a struggle here to get recognition for what we’ve achieved. We’re that oddball band that people don’t know how to categorise. We don’t fit the rock category and are not pop."
The band - formed in Basildon, Essex in 1980 - has amassed 42 Top 30 hits during their career but have failed to receive substantial airplay or recognition in the UK in recent years. They were voted Best Group at the MTV Europe Awards earlier this month - a sign of their mainstream popularity outside of the UK. Both Spain and Estonia are home to themed bars in honour of the group
Compilation album Depeche Mode - The Best Of - Volume One
entered the UK album charts at number 18 last Sunday and contains hits such as 'Just Can't Get Enough', 'Enjoy The Silence' and 'It's No Good'.