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Who was more popular at the height of their career...Duran Duran or Depeche Mode?

Old 05-11-07, 04:40 AM
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Who was more popular at the height of their career...Duran Duran or Depeche Mode?

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Old 05-11-07, 04:43 AM
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Old 05-11-07, 07:45 AM
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Duran Duran, not even really that close.
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Old 05-11-07, 08:41 AM
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Far and away Duran Duran.
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my wife was a HUGE fan of both in the 80s, and since there are still DM cds in our house in the shrink wrap, i'll say DD
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Duran Duran had massive commercial success.

Depeche Mode were listened to by the weird depressed kids in high school.

(I was with the weird kids who listened to Husker Du in high school. )
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Duran Duran easily at one point. But if you add each year over their career maybe DM would win. I mean, DM today can fill up an arena. Duran Duran can't.
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Duran Duran.
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Originally Posted by CRM114
(I was with the weird kids who listened to Husker Du in high school. )
you're not the idiot who stole my cassette of Zen Arcade out of my locker in 1985 are you? are you? it's never been replaced
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Duran Duran.
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Old 05-11-07, 10:41 AM
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Duran Duran was definitely bigger in they're day. DM was big though and is still performing live shows and doing very well today.
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I would have to say Duran Duran too. I think the only time Depeche Mode was very popular was after Violator came out. With their next album, I think their popularity dropped off again.
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duran duran, but dm has more cred / longevity
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I thought Depeche Mode held the record for fastest sell-out of some major stadium or something like that. Still, I'm sure Duran Duran were more popular in the 80's. DM would be more popular over time.
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Originally Posted by Suprmallet
I thought Depeche Mode held the record for fastest sell-out of some major stadium or something like that. Still, I'm sure Duran Duran were more popular in the 80's. DM would be more popular over time.
That's the way it looks to me. Although not definitive, the following information from Answers.com deals with the period closest to the present day:
Depeche Mode -- continuing on as a trio -- released 1997's Ultra, which featured the hits "Barrel of a Gun" and "It's No Good." A year later, the band embarked on a tour in support of The Singles 86>98 greatest-hits album. Depeche Mode played 64 shows in 18 countries for over a million fans. It also marked the end of a decade for the band. Each member took some considerable time off, and Depeche Mode would not regroup for another three years [....] Playing the Angel became a Top Ten hit upon release in October 2005, produced by Ben Hillier (Doves, Blur, U2, Elbow). With the success of the "Precious" and "John (The Revelator)" singles, Playing the Angel topped the album charts in 18 countries and went multiple platinum and gold in 20 countries. Depeche Mode went to on play to 2.5 million fans worldwide
While Duran Duran was recording the follow-up to Thank You in 1996, John Taylor left the band to pursue a solo career, leaving the group a trio of LeBon, Rhodes, and Cuccurullo. That follow-up, Medazzaland, was released in 1997 but failed to produce any major hits. 2000's Pop Trash suffered a similar fate [....] In March of 2001, the three Taylors -- Andy, John, and Roger -- met up in Wales and worked with each other for three weeks. Around this time, rumors of a five-member reunion began to circulate. Two months after Rhodes and LeBon denied the rumors, the reunion was confirmed. Duran Duran recorded on and off for a new album over the next three years and also toured sporadically. After signing with Epic, they released Astronaut in October of 2004.
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Old 05-11-07, 01:35 PM
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If you live in LA, Depeche Mode. They have a huge following here and used to sell out the Rose Bowl.
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I think it also helped that bands like NIN and various techno groups name dropped Depeche Mode as an influence.
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And from Wiki:
As of 2006, it was estimated that Depeche Mode had sold over 91 million records (56 million albums / 35 million singles) worldwide and have had forty-four songs in the UK Singles Chart. They have had more top 40 hits in the UK without a #1 hit than any other artist. They have influenced many of today's popular recording artists, in part due to their recording techniques and innovative use of sampling. Although very influential in the modern electronic dance scene, they generally remain classified in the alternative genre[....] as of May 2007 Depeche Mode sold over 12 million albums in the USA alone.
Duran Duran is a British pop/rock band notable for a long series of popular, hit singles and vivid music videos. They were the most commercially successful of the New Romantic bands, and a leading band in the MTV-driven Second British Invasion of the United States. They are still often identified as an "Eighties band", although their career spans three decades. They have placed eighteen singles in the Billboard Hot 100 and thirty in the Top 40 of the UK Singles Chart, and have sold more than 75 million records.
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Old 05-11-07, 01:43 PM
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Originally Posted by CRM114
Depeche Mode were listened to by the weird depressed kids in high school.
Yeah..and those same weird depressed kids still listening to them now...and they still sound great

As for the topic at hand...not even close!!!..certainly not here in the UK...i think a lot of commercial success relied on appeal to young girls who formed the majority of the record buying public....and let's face it i think Simon Le Bon and Andy Taylor were far ahead of Dave Gahan and Martin Gore in those stakes!!!
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Not sure...DM sold out the Rose Bowl, caused a total riot here in Los Angeles...While DD had SCREAMING girls at the shows to the point where you couldn't even hear the band.
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Depeche Mode. imho
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Old 05-11-07, 03:34 PM
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wow, a very good question here!

I grew up on the Mode, but I'd still say Duran at the height of their career.
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Old 05-11-07, 04:43 PM
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I have to say, as others have, DD were huge. DM are nothing to snuff at, but I cannot ever remember them being as big as DD. They were everywhere from TV, videos, sellouts, magazines, fanatical girls etc etc.
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DD

But DM over time were never shit on as a product of thier time like DD is.

ie, making a goofy 80's comedy, you'd have a douchy character wearing a DD t-shirt
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Old 05-12-07, 01:06 AM
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Duran Duran without a doubt, but Depeche Mode were "cooler" when I was in high school. I like 'em both but Depeche gets the edge for better songs.
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