British techno-pop pioneers Depeche Mode, formed in 1980, were already a staple on the U.K. charts and college radio in the U.S. when they released Violator 25 years ago. But upon its release, Violator catapulted the group into superstardom.
Boasting four big singles, 'Personal Jesus', 'The Policy of Truth', 'World in My Eyes' and 'Enjoy the Silence', Violator was huge. Depeche Mode filled stadiums in the summer of 1990 and flooded the screens with their videos. Violator inspired not only fans, but also other up-and-coming artists, such as Chromeo, Hot Chip, and Empire of the Sun. Like many of Depeche Mode’s albums, Violator combined smart, synthy dance with rock chords and tender ballads. Celebrate the album's anniversary and listen to Violator this #MonoMonday.