On September 27th, 1982 Depeche Mode released their second studio album A Broken Frame.
Following the departure of founding member Vince Clark to form Yazoo with Vocalist Alison Moyet, songwriting duties on A Broken Frame were left to Martin Gore, who continues his role as the primary songwriter to this day. Gore wrote the entirety of A Broken Frame, despite Alan Wilder having already become involved with the band. Wilder had not officially joined the Depeche Mode yet despite already becoming a part of the touring band prior to the release of the album.
A Broken Frame was recorded at Blackwing Studios in London, and produced by Daniel Miller, with engineering by John Fryer and Eric Radcliffe. The album sleeve features the return of legendary 80’s photographer Brian Griffin (Echo and The Bunnymen, Siouxsie and The Banshees, etc), who took inspiration from Russian and Ukrainian art for the cover.
The album had three singles, with each an accompanying video directed by Sex Pistols videographer Julien Temple.
“The Meaning of Love”
“Leave In Silence”