The best Depeche Mode tribute compilations

The best Depeche Mode tribute complilations

Addicted to Depeche Mode covers

I love Synth Pop cov­er ver­sions and I'm a big fan of Depeche Mode. So what could be more obvi­ous than to write an art­icle about the best Depeche Mode trib­ute com­pil­a­tions? I espe­cially enjoyed the trib­ute com­pil­a­tions with a concept or a cer­tain theme. In this art­icle I would like to intro­duce you to my favour­ite trib­ute compilations.

How my addiction started

My pas­sion for these trib­ute com­pil­a­tions star­ted early in the 90s. When I was a stu­dent, one of my class­mates noticed that I was a big Depeche Mode fan and brought me a CD that he didn't need any­more. It was the remix bootleg "DJs Revenge". I had nev­er seen this before in a reg­u­lar CD store and nev­er heard of this release. When I asked him where he got this CD, he replied: "I bought it at a CD fair in Düsseldorf". At this time I also did not know what a CD fair is. I also don't know if this is a typ­ic­al German thing. Basically it is a big flea mar­ket exclus­ively for music (CDs, Vinyls, Merchandise and oth­er rare Limited Editions or Collector Editions).

After some research, I finally found a date for such a CD fair in Düsseldorf. You even had to pay admis­sion, which hurt me fin­an­cially because I had very little money in my account dur­ing my appren­tice­ship. But what I saw then made my music fan heart beat faster. I was sud­denly stand­ing in a large hall with only music stands. I still can remem­ber that I had about 100 DM (around 50€) in my wal­let. At the first stand where I saw a big box with the let­ters "DEPECHE MODE", a new world opened up for me. So many remix bootlegs and trib­ute com­pil­a­tions in one place, it felt like I had dis­covered a treas­ure.

I would have loved to buy them all, but unfor­tu­nately with my budget I had to lim­it myself. My buddy didn't want to buy any­thing. So he lent me his cash, which was about the same amount as I had with me. Now I just had to decide which CDs I would buy, because I also found a lot of Depeche Mode CDs at sev­er­al oth­er booths. I got rid of the money without any trouble and that sparked a kind of addic­tion in me. For the next few years, I had to get rid of thou­sands of euros (German Marks at that time) at CD fairs. To this day, I still own these CDs and I am really proud to have some rare cop­ies in my CD collection.

The best Depeche Mode tribute compilations in no particular order

Various Artists - We Love DepecheWe Love Depeche – A Lounge Tribute to Depeche Mode

Release Date: September 19th, 2009
Style: Downtempo, Lounge music
Discogs: We Love Depeche

This is the per­fect trib­ute for a romantic candle light din­ner or chilling in front of the fire­place with a good glass of whis­key and a cigar. You listen rather cas­u­ally to the soft sounds of vari­ous Depeche Mode clas­sics, won­der­fully inter­preted by warm female voices.

Tracklist

  1. All 4 Love Ft. Tracy Diamonds – Enjoy The Silence
  2. Ak47 Ft. Angie Soft – Policy Of Truth
  3. Tangwork Ft. Angie Soft – StrangeLove
  4. Ak47 Ft. Tracy Diamonds – Its No Good
  5. Dj Downbeat Ft. Tracy Diamonds – Personal Jesus
  6. Dj Tremendous Ft. Angie Soft – A Question Of Lust
  7. All 4 Love Ft. Tracy Diamonds – Precious
  8. Tracy Diamonds & Step Away – A Pain That Im Used To
  9. Atom Lounge Ft. Angie Soft – Never Let Me Down Again
  10. Tangwork Ft. Angie Soft – Behind The Wheel
  11. Dj Downbeat Ft. Angie Soft – Shine
  12. Angie Soft & Kauderer – Stripped

Listen to 'We Love Depeche' now

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Mode Of ObscurityMode Of Obscurity

Release Date: August 1st, 2005
Style: Alternative Rock, Garage Rock, Industrial, Punk, Ska, Hard Rock, Shoegaze
Discogs: Mode Of Obscurity

The label 'Alter Ego' pur­sues with the trib­ute com­pil­a­tion 'Mode Of Obscurity' the same way as we do. To have unusu­al cov­er ver­sions of a well-known band real­ised by young bands in order to intro­duce and pro­mote them to a lar­ger audi­ence. This South African trib­ute is an excel­lent suc­cess. And with 20 songs, the CD is full to the brim and def­in­itely not a bad buy.

Tracklist

  1. The Narrow – I Feel You
  2. Fokofpolisiekar – Shake The Disease
  3. Wickhead – Waiting For The Night
  4. 6Stitch – Policy Of Truth
  5. N8ive – It's No Good
  6. Tiger Lilly – Strangelove
  7. Parlotones – Somebody
  8. Roswell Kings – Condemnation
  9. Diesel Whores – I Feel Loved
  10. The Slashdogs – Never Let Me Down Again
  11. F…Etc – Enjoy The Silence
  12. Hog Hoggidy Hog – Just Can't Get Enough
  13. 3 Minute Solution – Personal Jesus
  14. Dubway – Barrel Of A Gun
  15. Scarlet Box – Dream On
  16. In Dreams – In Your Room
  17. Running With Scissors – World In My Eyes
  18. Belljar – Stripped
  19. Heteromorpha – Fly On The Windscreen
  20. Kobus! – Blasphemous Rumours

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For The Masses: A Tribute To Depeche ModeFor The Masses: A Tribute To Depeche Mode

Release Date: August 4th, 1998
Style: Alternative Rock, House, Techno, Synth Pop, New Wave
Discogs: For The Masses

'For The Masses' is indeed an excep­tion­al com­pil­a­tion, because it's not just smal­ler bands that pay trib­ute to the boys from Basildon. Great names like Smashing Pumpkins, The Cure, Rammstein, Deftones and Monster Magnet join smal­ler niche bands of the time in a col­our­ful mix of vari­ous music­al genres. This is a lar­ger pro­duc­tion that can actu­ally still be found in reg­u­lar stores from time to time.

Tracklist

  1. The Smashing Pumpkins – Never Let Me Down Again
  2. God Lives Underwater – Fly On The Windscreen
  3. Failure – Enjoy The Silence
  4. The Cure – World In My Eyes
  5. Dishwalla – Policy Of Truth
  6. Veruca Salt – Somebody
  7. Meat Beat Manifesto – Everything Counts
  8. Hooverphonic – Shake The Disease
  9. Locust – Master And Servant
  10. Self – Shame
  11. Monster Magnet – Black Celebration
  12. Rabbit In The Moon – Waiting For The Night
  13. Apollo Four Forty – I Feel You
  14. Gus Gus – Monument
  15. Deftones – To Have And To Hold
  16. Rammstein – Stripped

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A Greek Tribute To Depeche ModeA Greek Tribute To Depeche Mode

Release Date: March 21st, 2005
Style: Rock, Pop, Synth Pop
Discogs: A Greek Tribute To Depeche Mode

As the title sug­gests, this 2005 com­pil­a­tion comes from beau­ti­ful Greece. I must hon­estly admit that I don't know a single band except for 'Marsheaux'. But that's not a judge­ment of qual­ity, because all the cov­er ver­sions have their own style and offer a new per­spect­ive on the beloved Depeche Mode songs. The first edi­tion of the release came in a beau­ti­ful box. Besides the CD, the box con­tains 17 indi­vidu­ally designed post­cards for each song. A must-have for music collectors!

Tracklist

  1. Yeah – Policy Of Truth
  2. Μίκρο – World In My Eyes
  3. Ελένη Πέτα – Only When I Lose Myself
  4. Raining Pleasure – Shouldn't Have Done That
  5. Mindwaltz – Shake The Disease
  6. Monitor – Little 15
  7. Marsheaux – New Life
  8. Emigre – Somebody
  9. Fotonovela – But Not Tonight
  10. Decode – Behind The Wheel
  11. Oberon – Enjoy The Silence
  12. Atria – Photographic
  13. Δημήτρης Κοργιαλάς – Halo
  14. Φόβοι Του Πρίγκηπα – Never Let Me Down Again
  15. ρχήστρα Του 5ου Γαλαξία – In Your Room
  16. Μαρία Παπαδοπούλου – Stripped
  17. Carpe Diem – Clean

Listen to 'A Greek Tribute To Depeche Mode' now

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Bright Lights Dark Room - An Electro B-Side Tribute To Depeche ModeBright Lights, Dark Room – An Electro B‑Side Tribute To Depeche Mode

Release Date: June 1st, 2006
Style: EBM, Industrial, Synth Pop
Discogs: Bright Lights, Dark Room

The Depeche Mode trib­ute com­pil­a­tion 'Bright Lights, Dark Rooms' is prob­ably the nerdiest release in this list. Here, bands ded­ic­ate them­selves to the mul­ti­tude of first-class B‑sides from the last 25 years of Depeche Mode. At least for the most part, because there are also a few reg­u­lar album tracks on the massive 35 track com­pil­a­tion, such as 'Rush', 'Fly On The Windscreen', 'Higher Love' or 'A Question Of Lust'. However, this is def­in­itely a release worth listen­ing to, because some of the songs are turned inside out and are thus presen­ted in a com­pletely new light.

Tracklist

  1. The Nine – Shout
  2. Octolab – Fools
  3. Armageddon Dildos – Dangerous
  4. Razed in Black – Happiest Girl
  5. Northern Kind – Christmas Island
  6. Technoir – In Your Memory
  7. Inertia – Flexible
  8. Brainclaw – Work Hard
  9. Monstergod – Fly on the Windscreen
  10. FAQ – Pimpf
  11. Fiction 8 – Pleasure Little Treasure
  12. Page of Quire – Reason Man
  13. F.P. – My Secret Garden
  14. Dekad – But Not Tonight
  15. Serotonin – Higher Love
  16. Thee Hyphen – In Your Memory
  17. Libitina – Ice Machine
  18. Benthic – Stjarna
  19. Alien 6 – Ice Machine
  20. Interface vs Viral Conciousness – Never Let Me Down Again
  21. Killing Ophelia – Sea of Sin
  22. Color Theory – Surrender
  23. Syntphonic – A Question of Lust
  24. Swarf – Free
  25. Mechanical Cabaret – (Set Me Free) Remotivate Me
  26. Pinion – Oberkorn (It's a small town)
  27. Blue October – My Joy
  28. Foco – Rush
  29. BlackBlueBlack – Newborn
  30. Waiting for Words – Nothing
  31. Tracer – Now this is Fun
  32. Kao Tao – Death's Door
  33. Run Level Zero – Work Hard
  34. Babylonia – Dangerous
  35. Celluloide – Reason Man

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Your World In Our EyesYour World In Our Eyes

Release Date: 1997
Style: Synth Pop
Discogs: Your World In Our Eyes

'Your World In Our Eyes' is a small, Swedish com­pil­a­tion from 1997. Musically there is noth­ing super fancy on here, you get what you see. Finest Synth Pop that sounds typ­ic­al of the late 90s. So what makes this trib­ute so spe­cial? For me per­son­ally, it was the son­ic update of the 80s Depeche Mode songs in a fresh sound. These are still worth a listen today.

Tracklist

  1. Forbidden Colours – Halo
  2. Statemachine – Stripped
  3. Children Within – Waiting For The Night
  4. Laura Effect – World In My Eyes
  5. Kiethevez – Here Is The House
  6. Brave New World – Shake The Disease
  7. Daybehavior – See You
  8. Paradigm – But Not Tonight
  9. X‑Act – Barrel Of A Gun
  10. Dark Distant Spaces – A Question Of Lust

Listen to 'Your World In Our Eyes' now

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Barrel Of The SonsBarrel Of The Sons – Ultrasounds Dedicated To Depeche Mode

Release Date: 1997
Style: Synth Pop
Discogs: Barrel Of The Sons

The album 'Ultra' is my abso­lute favour­ite Depeche Mode album and that's why the 'Ultra' cov­er com­pil­a­tion 'Barrel Of The Sons', which was released shortly after, also belongs on this list. This release spreads ultra cool vibes. I was par­tic­u­larly impressed by the ver­sion of 'The Love Thieves'.

Tracklist

  1. Laura Effect – Barrel Of A Gun
  2. EnCounter – The Love Thieves
  3. Proxy – Home
  4. Automatic – It's No Good
  5. Infam – Useless
  6. Forbidden Colours – Sister Of Night
  7. Sombre View – Freestate
  8. Estrange – The Bottom Line
  9. Children Within – Insight
  10. LCD – Painkiller

Listen to 'Barrel Of The Sons' now

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MODEified by 7MODEified by 7

Release Date: August, 2008
Style: Acoustic, Industrial, Synth Pop, Experimental
Discogs: MODEified by 7

MODEified was a trib­ute com­pil­a­tion series made by fans and artists with a lot of love and pas­sion. The com­pil­a­tions were avail­able for free down­load on the MODEified web­site. Unfortunately, Volume 7 from 2008 is the last release and the web­site has also been off­line for a long time. The qual­ity of the Depeche Mode cov­er ver­sions on this series was always very mixed, but I always found that these imper­fect ver­sions always had a spe­cial charm. What counts here is not per­fec­tion, but great ideas and devo­tion to the music­al heroes.

Tracklist

  1. James D. Stark – Higher Love (Monastery Mix)
  2. A New January – Two Minute Warning
  3. love|less – Television Set ('08)
  4. The Echoing Green – Here Is The House
  5. Kilna – Enjoy The Silence
  6. Darkly Dreaming – Love In Itself
  7. Endless Comes Later – Things You Said
  8. Lakeside X – Nothing's Impossible
  9. Storybox – Lie To Me
  10. Dossiers Secrets – But Not Tonight
  11. Blind Before Dawn – The Sun & The Rainfall
  12. Terminal Bliss – World In My Eyes
  13. Louis Guidone – Photographic
  14. Jason Coy – Only When I Lose Myself
  15. Perihelion + Dasein – Suffer Well
  16. Northern Mars – Walking In My Shoes
  17. Tony Court – Stripped (The Honeymoon Mix)
  18. Fuzzy Monsters – Sweetest Perfection

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Complete dedication – When a cover version is not enough

Here is a little bonus part. It's about two bands that have ded­ic­ated an entire album (or sev­er­al) to their favour­ite band Depeche Mode.

Diesel Christ - Diesel ModeDiesel Christ – Diesel Mode

Release Date: 1993
Style: Synth Pop
Discogs: Diesel Mode

I dis­covered the trib­ute album 'Diesel Mode' by 'Diesel Christ' by chance in an elec­tron­ics shop. As a DM fan, the eye-catch­ing cov­er art­work imme­di­ately appealed to me and I bought it without hes­it­a­tion. It's a great piece of work that I can only recom­mend to every­one. The track 'Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?' is not a Depeche Mode cov­er, but one of the band's own songs. They prob­ably wanted to pro­mote their own album 'Gas Food Lodging', which was released shortly after­wards. Which worked for me, because this is also a recom­mend­able Synth Pop album and a hard copy is in my CD collection.

Tracklist

  1. Walking In My Shoes
  2. Rush
  3. In Your Room
  4. I Feel You
  5. Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?
  6. Higher Love

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Marsheaux - A Broken FrameMarsheaux – A Broken Frame

Release Date: June 9th, 2015
Style: Synth Pop
Discogs: A Broken Frame

The Synth Pop duo 'Marsheaux' have giv­en Depeche Mode's debut album, 35 years after its release, a com­plete makeover. I love this trib­ute album! Every track sounds mod­ern and famil­i­ar at the same time. In addi­tion to the trib­ute album, the track 'Monument' was released as a single includ­ing a music video. At this point, I would like to clearly point out that the album and the single are a must-buy.

Tracklist

  1. Leave In Silence
  2. My Secret Garden
  3. Monument
  4. Nothing To Fear
  5. See You
  6. Satellite
  7. The Meaning Of Love
  8. A Photograph Of You
  9. Shouldn’t Have Done That
  10. The Sun And The Rainfall
  11. Now This Is Fun (Featuring – James New)
  12. Oberkorn (It’s A Small Town)

Listen to 'A Broken Frame' now

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Need more Depeche Mode cover compilations?

If you've reached this point and are sad to have come to the end of it, calm down because there are a hun­dred oth­er fant­ast­ic Depeche Mode trib­ute com­pil­a­tions and cov­er ver­sions out there. Just check out my pal Michael's page 'The (Al)most com­plete Depeche Mode cov­er ver­sions'. Here you will find, as far as I know, the biggest data­base of Depeche Mode cov­er ver­sions. Michael is always happy about feed­back, so thank him if you find any music­al treas­ures there.

Bonus – Electrozombies Depeche Mode tribute compilations

To hon­our the band, we have released two trib­ute com­pil­a­tions in 2017. If you might have missed them, go and check them out now:

Ultra > Angel (A Tribute To Depeche Mode)
Ultra > Angel (A Tribute To Depeche Mode)
Universe > Spirit (A Tribute To Depeche Mode)
Universe > Spirit (A Tribute To Depeche Mode)