Our Hobby is Depeche Mode

In Russia, May 9 is Victory Day, a nation­al hol­i­day. It’s also the birth­day of Dave Gahan, lead sing­er with Depeche Mode, and a group of Muscovite fans has declared it Dave Day, gath­er­ing togeth­er to cel­eb­rate the group with homemade ban­ners, mass sing-alongs and club nights. In Russia and coun­tries of the former Soviet Union, the band’s music has been treas­ured since it was only avail­able on illeg­al boot­legged cas­settes in the 1980s, and it formed the soundtrack of the march toward free­dom those coun­tries embarked upon fol­low­ing the fall of the Berlin Wall.

This situ­ation is mirrored in Tehran, where fans take huge risks in listen­ing to their music in a coun­try that has banned all Western music since the Islamic Revolution.

In the UK, the church of St Edward King and Martyr in Cambridge holds ser­vices for goths where they play Depeche Mode records. Turner Prize-win­ning artist Jeremy Deller and film­maker Nicholas Abrahams tell these and oth­er stor­ies of faith and devo­tion from around the world in this fas­cin­at­ing and inspir­ing doc­u­ment­ary 'Our Hobby is Depeche Mode' about fan­dom, which is at turns bizarre, funny, sad and often touching.

More Depeche Mode

Do you love 'Depeche Mode' like we do? Then you'll be inter­ested in our Depeche Mode album rank­ing in the art­icle 'What is the best Depeche Mode album of all-time?'.

Further you might like to read our art­icle about 'The best Depeche Mode trib­ute com­pil­a­tions'. To hon­our the band, we also have released two trib­ute com­pil­a­tions in 2017. Check out these unique and awe­some cov­er ver­sions from recent Depeche Mode Hits:

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)