On this day in history (March 19, 1990), Depeche Mode released their 7th studio album Violator featuring the singles Personal Jesus, Enjoy The Silence, Policy Of Truth and World In My Eyes. While Depeche Mode was already becoming a household name prior to this, Violator catapulted the band into international stardom. The album cover is perhaps one of the most well known covers in alternative music, on par with New Order’s Technique.
The album was titled Violator as a joke. According to Gore, they wanted to “come up with the most extreme, ridiculously Heavy Metal title that we could”.
Enjoy The Silence
Policy Of Truth
World In My Eyes
Charts and Accolades
- Peaked at #2 on the UK Albums chart
- Peaked at #7 on the US Billboard 200 chart – the bands first album to crack the top 10
- Ranked #342 on Rolling Stone’s 500 greatest albums of all time
- Ranked #57 on Rolling Stone’s 100 Best albums of the 90s
- World In My Eyes
- Sweetest Perfectin
- Personal Jesus
- Waiting For The Night
- Enjoy The Silence
- Policy Of Truth
- Blue Dress
The B-sides from this album are among the bands most popular. Dangerous and Sea Of Sin would be hits on any album!