These bands all changed their musical style

22 April 2023, 15:00

Dave Gahan: in April 1983 and June 2009
Dave Gahan: in April 1983 and June 2009. Picture: DPA Picture Alliance/Fabio Diena/Alamy Stock Photo

We look at some of the bands that have mixed things up a little...

9th May is Depeche Mode frontman Dave Gahan's birthday - and in 2022 he celebrates his 60th. Since they formed in 1980 the electro pioneers have changed their style and sound many times over.

Let Radio X round up some of the best musical chameleons from New Order to The Cure.

Which bands have changed their sound the most?

  1. Depeche Mode

    Before: tinkly electro pop.

    Depeche Mode - Just Can't Get Enough (Remastered Video)

    After: gloomy, moody electro ROCK.

    Depeche Mode - Personal Jesus (Remastered Video)

  2. The Charlatans

    Before: Stone Roses-influenced baggy.

    The Charlatans - The Only One I Know

    After: Rolling Stones-influenced rock and roll.

    The Charlatans - Just When You're Thinkin' Things Over

  3. Ocean Colour Scene

    Before: shuffly baggy.

    Ocean Colour Scene - Sway

    After: Mods mods mods.

    Ocean Colour Scene - The Day We Caught The Train

  4. New Order

    Before: gloomy, long-raincoated post-punk.

    New Order - Truth (Granada TV, 1981)

    After: Hi-NRG electro disco.

    New Order - Blue Monday 88 [OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO]

  5. The Cure

    Before: eccentric, witty post-punk.

    The Cure - Boys Don't Cry

    After: doom-laden, gothic soundscapes.

    The Cure - A Forest

  6. Primal Scream

    Before: retro garage rock.

    Primal Scream - Ivy Ivy Ivy

    After: “substance”-fuelled dance anthems.

    Primal Scream - Loaded

  7. Beastie Boys

    Before: unskilled hardcore punk.

    Beastie Boys - Egg Raid on Mojo - Live 1983

    After: accomplished hip hop.

    Beastie Boys - No Sleep Till Brooklyn


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