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25 / 3: "Black Celebration" March.

25 / 3: "Black Celebration" March.

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Depeche Mode.

Xfm's "25" talks with producers Daniel Miller (founder of Mute records) and Gareth Jones about their experiences working on Depeche Mode's 5th studio album - "Black Celebration".

After establishing a reputation as a “synth pop” band - "Black Celebration" saw the group moving towards a darker, more mature sound. It didn't sell as well as previous releases and none of the three singles were big hits - however, it was well received by fans and critics and is now recognised as an important album in the band's career.

The documentary also features contributions from; Brian Griffin, the photographer who worked on Depeche Mode's first 5 album covers, Oliver Carter from the Birmingham School of Media, and author Jonathan Miller.

XFM 25; March 2011 “Black Celebration” Depeche Mode

Presenter; Ian Camfield
Producer; Sam Coley
Exec. Producers; Andy Ashton, Mike Walsh
Assistant Producers; Simon Balmain, Oliver Carter

Xfm imaging Dan Riedo
With thanks to Caroline Poulton


Owen Rice
Owen Rice

One of the soundtracks from my youth , this album solidified my already growing obsession with the Modes. Great Documentary