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Depeche Mode Talk Drugs, Death, and ‘Heaven’ on ‘Jonathan Ross’

Synth-pop legends pop in for a chat and a song

picture-18547-1390524318Kyle McGovern // April 1, 2013

Depeche Mode have already treated fans to one stunning black-and-white performance of “Heaven,” the sorrowful lead single off the synth-icons’ just-released 13th studio album, Delta Machine. And now there is another. The English doom’n’gloomers appeared on Britain’s The Jonathan Ross Show Saturday (March 30) for a restrained and brooding performance of the song, not unlike their recent set on Letterman. After more than 30 years in the black light, Depeche Mode know what the audience wants: sad-sex jams.

The band also gave a 10-minute chat that touched on frontman Dave Gahan’s drug use and the group’s songwriting process. And don’t miss the segment’s opening montage, which highlights the band’s dubious fashion choices over the past three decades.