I know you guys are aching for the latest Depeche Mode goss – so here it is. They are going to be inducted in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2020. Thrilling news, isn’t it?
Well…this fan says no. Over decades, Depeche Mode’s overall approach has been “punk’ – independent and single-minded, avoiding rock & roll cliches, Even when their excesses became worse than the actual rock bands themselves, their subsequent reflections on that period are along the lines of “what were we thinking? That’s not us…”. When we grew up, we *mocked* the kind of bands that were inducted in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The Pet Shop Boys song (deep breath) “How Can You Expect to be Taken Seriously?” addresses that perfectly.
But, hey, they are in the their 60s now. Perhaps it’s a big pay day and everyone likes a pat on the back every now and then. Maybe they will use the ceremony as a platform fior something, who knows.
The online fan groups still have an awful lot of young people on them. They are bickering about whether former band members should go to the event and be recognised too. No one is saying that the whole thing is a load of bollocks, it’s seemingly universally accepted that this is a great honour. Did Danbert Nobacon die in vain? I am not engaged in this debate at all
I think it’s a generational thing. The “punk” mindset is pretty much dead now and people under 40 don’t know what it is.