11:54 pm - 11/19/2012

Depeche Mode attack the X Factor and Simon Cowell

Electronic rock legends Depeche Mode have hit out at The X Factor and it’s media mogul head Simon Cowell, launching a scathing attack on the programme and how it’s made today’s music business ‘pretty horrible’.

The band, who tour the world throughout the summer months of 2013, have made their thoughts on the talent contest show clear - claiming that they think Simon Cowell should be ‘shot’, an opinion many belonging to the rock scene share.

Speaking to Music Week, bandmember Martin Gore said: “I’m not advocating violence, but I think somebody should shoot Simon Cowell! His influence in the music industry over the last God knows how many years it’s been now... it’s just like, so many people think that that's what music is. What happened to bands getting together? They are very few and far between now and the ones that do probably can’t afford to get into a studio and make a record.”

His bandmate Dave Gahan added: “It’s a pretty horrible business today really, I’ve got to say. You have to be tough and you've got to be thick skinned because there are going to be things written about you that you’re not going to like. You’re going to get scrutinized, your work will not always be liked and if they do like something really a lot they’re probably not going to like the next thing and compare it to the last thing. It takes a time for a band to grow if they’re any good. We were lucky that we were taken under the wing of Daniel Miller who never once in the studio said, ‘Where’s the hit song?’”

The band also talked about the fact that they seem to be bigger outside of the UK than inside, despite being an English band.

“[Not being fully appreciated in the UK is] probably the bain in our side if we’re really honest,” Gahan confessed. “I mean we should get fucking OBEs because we’re still going and we really are a very English band. Forget all the Britpop which was just a rip-off of everything that came before – The Stones, The Beatles and stuff. We actually took music somewhere else and I think arguably in the beginning it was just not understood.”

Gore added: “We did really well in the early Eighties in the UK, but I think because we became so successful so quickly it was hard to maintain that momentum, and the English in general have the kind of mentality where they want to move on to the next thing much quicker than anybody else. There's a lot more longevity for bands in other countries because people don’t have that mentality.”

What do you think of the band’s comments - do you agree? Let us know in the comments section below.

Depeche Mode tour world stadiums, arenas, and festivals in the summer months of 2013 - check below to find tickets to their UK gigs through Stereoboard.

Depeche Mode UK & Ireland Tour Dates are as follows:

Tue May 28th 2013 - O2 Arena, London
Wed May 29th 2013 - O2 Arena, London


The kings have spoken. Bow. 

oasisfan 19th-Nov-2012 11:13 pm (UTC)
Despite what was said about Britpop - they have a point. I'm willing to bet that anyone here who says "bitter much?" is under 25. Depeche Mode completely changed the face of music, and opened up a genre for so many of the popular bands now (i.e. Muse). All of the electronic beeps and bops you all love in your Rihanna songs wouldn't be there if DM hadn't ushered in electronic music and synth.
oasisfan 19th-Nov-2012 11:22 pm (UTC)
Yes. I guess I'm saying they've earned the right to sound like 5 year olds if they wish.
howlin_wolf_66 20th-Nov-2012 11:01 am (UTC)
I'm a massive fan of Depeche Mode... but nobody 'earns' the right to sound petulant, no matter what they've done.
spankmypirate 19th-Nov-2012 11:24 pm (UTC)
You need to put it into context of their career though. This is the first time (that I can remember) they've actually come out and said anything like this, when usually they go out of their way to avoid making these sort of comments to the press.

I mean, after a career like theirs, I think they've earned the right to feel a bit bitter and offended. If it came from anybody else (and not just because I stan them) I would probably be a little less sympathetic.

Edited at 2012-11-19 11:25 pm (UTC)
spankmypirate 19th-Nov-2012 11:37 pm (UTC)
Eh fair enough I suppose. I just feel bad for them because although they do come off as bitter, in a way I just feel they deserve it at this point lol. I can't help it.

I don't often get to be that annoying stan on ONTD :(
grande_latte 19th-Nov-2012 11:24 pm (UTC)
more like under 20 and tbh they should stop
kurtvonnegut 19th-Nov-2012 11:31 pm (UTC)
lol saying the beatles and the stones didn't change the face of music the way they did is a damn lie though. sure the beatles did a lot of covers on their first albums but to completely ignore the rest of their groundbreaking career? ignorant.
oasisfan 19th-Nov-2012 11:32 pm (UTC)
No, they're saying Britpop (see my icon) just copied the beatles & stones.
sarantsatsral 20th-Nov-2012 04:16 pm (UTC)
^Exactly. What they're saying is that they took a different direction from the Beatles and Stones. They never commented on the impact those two bands personally had. They named two influential bands and made the point that from their mark they went a different route. There was nothing negative stated towards either band.
foureyedgirl 19th-Nov-2012 11:34 pm (UTC)
dying @ beeps and bops lol
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