Originally Posted by spcmiller
Seems like a pretty easy answer to me: the coke and the hookers don't pay for themselves. They sold out. They really haven't been relevant since Violator was released, so it makes sense they'd make money wherever they can at this point.
And, Martin just got divorced. He's got alimony and child support. You know that shit ain't cheap.
You are entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts. And you are utterly incorrect about Depeche Mode's "relevance."
Depeche Mode is my favorite group. I have seen them live over 20 times since 1983. I can personally attest that every one of those shows was sold out, most weeks or months in advance. If anything, their popularity is greater now than ever, with a crowd whose ages range from teens to people in their 50s.
And you don't have to take my word for it. "Relevance" is not measured solely by music sales, but sales are a good indication of whether a band's music resonates with the current crop of purchasers. If you were right, Depeche Mode's current releases would be languishing, and their remaining fans pining for the older days. But wait! The fact is that since Violator (inarguably their most popular album), every single Depeche Mode release has sold well. To focus just on UK, US, and EU sales:
Songs of Faith and Devotion: Gold UK, Platinum US
Ultra: Gold UK, Gold US, Platinum EU
Exciter: Gold US, Platinum EU
Playing the Angel: Gold UK, Platinum EU
And their most recent record? Sounds of the Universe reached number 2 UK, number 3 US, and number 1 in sales in a host of European countries. And since Violator, nearly every Depeche Mode album has spawned a number one US dance single, or a number one single in multiple EU countries.
Look, I know Depeche Mode isn't everyone's cup of tea. But for a lot of people they've made consistently pleasing music for about 30 years. And because of that, it isn't surprising that the group's music is now being used as background for a lot of commercials. I smile when I hear a Depeche Mode song in the background of an ad.
And in this era of corporate sponsorship, auto-tune, lipsynching, elevation of shock-over-substance, and other methods of generating music as nothing more than another commercial product, I don't think the phrase "sold out" has much meaning any more. But that is a topic for another forum.