MTV’s programming schedule was packed with gender-bending, genre-crossing new-wavers starring in colorful videos shot in far-flung, exotic locales. Take Germany, for example — a land where performances like the one above, by a young and naïve Depeche Mode, could actually happen. In 1982, the then-burgeoning synthpoppers, whose 14th album Spirit just came out to critical acclaim, were somehow convinced by producers of the German variety show Bananas to mime along to “See You” in a prefab barn — while cuddling live poultry and awkwardly ignoring a random couple canoodling atop an onstage haystack.
Searching for something to listen to this weekend? Yahoo Music has you covered with a rundown of some of this week’s biggest and buzzing releases, including Depeche Mode, Spoon, Conor Oberst, and more. While some may feel the set is a direct response to post-Trump America, most of the songs were written prior to the election, making the overall vibe a pessimistic lens on the state of the world in general.
Thirty years after they gave us Music for the Masses, Depeche Mode is giving us music for the moment, taking on these troubled times on their new album, Spirit. Before last year’s divisive U.S. presidential election, Gore felt compelled to tackle other political and social issues on Spirit. In America, a constant battle was going on for rights: gay rights and transgender rights.