Depeche Mode and Nine Nails Get Their Well Deserved Props
January 15, 2020 | By Jimmy Hankins
Earlier today, the 2020 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announced this year’s inductees. The list includes Whitney Houston, The Notorious B.I.G., The Doobie Brothers, T. Rex and two well-deserved ALT Rock juggernauts. For ALT Rock fans, Depeche Mode and Nine Inch Nails finally get their due after three years of nominations for both bands.
It hasn’t been easy for dark, synth heavy musicians to get the nod, with only The Cure inducted in 2019 representing the genre. But it’s hard to deny the impact both of these bands have had on the music industry. Depeche Mode was on the bleeding edge of music when it began. Few bands exclusively featuring synthesizers and drum machines had gone before them, and none have achieved such heights of success.
Sure, image had something to do with their early success, but it was the strong songwriting and their sonic landscapes that drew people into their music. Hits like ‘Just Can’t Get Enough,’ ‘People Are People,’ ‘Strangelove,’ ‘Everything Counts,’ ‘Personal Jesus,’ ‘Enjoy The Silence,’ ‘Policy of Truth’ and ‘It’s No Good’ among many others cemented the band’s legacy.
(Depche Mode LIVE)
Their live shows were so much more than ‘a bunch of guys standing behind keyboards’ as they incorporated film and unique stage sets that added dimension to their shows.
(Just Cant Get Enough from the album titled, Speak and Spell)
Frontman Dave Gahan is the perfect vehicle for Martin Gore’s songs, when Martin isn’t singing them himself, and the two provide a captivating push and pull onstage, with the writhing stage presence of Gahan contrasted with the more stoic but often wildly dressed Gore. Not only have they consistently produced solid albums, and sold out stadium tours, but countless bands have been influenced by Depeche Mode, and not just in the electronic genre. They deserve a place in the Hall.
Nine Inch Nails crashed into the scene like a house landing from a hurricane. Their debut album, made primarily by core member Trent Reznor, Pretty Hate Machine was huge immediately, with songwriting and sonic textures that transcended the industrial genre of the time.
(NINE INCH NAILS ICONIC LOGO)
NIN has had a full career of amazing songs with ‘Head Like A Hole’, ‘Sin’, ‘Down In It’, ‘Closer’, ‘Hurt’, ‘March of the Pigs’, ‘The Hand That Feeds’, ‘Came Back Haunted’ just some of the many impactful pieces.
(Head Like a Hole from the album titled, Pretty Hate Machine)
The NIN live experience has always been energetic and incredible, from the early days playing clubs to their recent concerts at venues like the Hollywood Bowl; there was always a high value placed on their live show and it always delivered, from the early slamming band members and keyboard destruction onstage to their use of stage sets and props to effectively create atmospheres and images that their audiences would not be able to forget.
We’re very lucky to have both bands still touring and still making great music. For those of us who have been following these bands, the 2020 Hall of Fame Induction is going to be amazing!
Every band and artist nominated are icons no matter what.