You'd be hard pressed to think of a more unlikely path to universal adoration in the rock realm than Depeche Mode. While Depeche were dismissed as synth-pop pin-ups for the first decade of their career (despite making some of the best existential electronica of the '80s), their intense cult following and low-key influence on innovators in nearly every genre from the '90s onward has made this electronic-leaning outfit one of the most celebrated acts in the alt-rock pantheon.
Ahead of the band's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during 2020's virtual ceremony (which features a wildly eclectic bunch of musicians speaking on DM's impact) airing on HBO Nov. 7, founding member and primary songwriter Martin L. Gore answered a few questions for Billboard about the group's unique trajectory and their long-standing relationship with Mute Records and Daniel Miller.
Congrats on your induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Of course, the Rock Hall inducts acts beyond a strict definition rock music, but would the members balk at being called a "rock band"? Do you even care about labels like that?