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The discography it's getting bigger and bigger all the time and I think it's
the largest online Depeche Mode discography. With more than 4300 variations
and 14000 images probably the largest discography for any
band in the world!
I started to work on the database back in spring 1998, because I wanted a list with my own
collection. Especially as a help for finding the cds in the Strike serie (bootlegs)
that I was missing. Of course it was useful to see those lists online so I
started uploading the list to a website in 1999.
After one year I decided to get my own domain and in February 2000 I registered
www.depmod.com, because I wanted a short name that was clearly connected
to Depeche Mode. In 2000 I was also hosting lists with collections for Jan
Forsberg (also known as PJRED, because of his famous Person Jesus 7" on red
vinyl) and Pascal Kaszczyk's huge collection. So back in 2000 depmod.com was hosting 3 online
collections and a small shop where I was selling my doubles. Jan has now sold his
collection and it's no longer online and Pascal has now stopped collecting
and he has also been selling parts of his collection.
With all the new stuff coming in the spring of 2001, there wasn't a Depeche Mode site listing
all the new items. Many fake bootlegs were hitting eBay, so I started to
list all official items as fast as they were released. And from the mails I
received back then, I know many collectors were using the site to awoid
spending their money on buying fake bootlegs.
After the hype was over in 2001 the site was down for a period, but many people told me it was
very useful and asked me to continue with it. So after a while I re-launched
the site and this time with older releases too. As a start showing the items
from my own collection only. Then it was a real discography (but far from
complete). Zambaks' Collectors Reference was and still is a fantastic tool,
but unfortunately it didn't contain any images of the items.
The site became really alive in May 2002 when the forum was launched. Until then there wasn't a place for
collectors to talk about trainspotting details. Short after Vlad offered his
help and he became the main moderator of the forum. Due to Vlad fantastic
friendly and helpful personality the forum soon became the place
where many collectors are in daily contact with other collectors. Besides
all the collectors talk, it's also a
great pleasure to see who the members (depmoids) sometimes arrange small
meetings in real life.
Due to the success of the site, the bandwidth use exploded, and I had to find new hosting company. The
combination of the need of many MB of disk use and free bandwidth wasn't
easy to find cheap without banners. The problem was getting bigger and
bigger until I was contacted by Amigo. He was at that time a part of the
modesite.net team (now depeche-mode.com, the leading DM fan site) and he
liked Depmod.com so much that he offered to host the site on his servers.
Early 2003 the site moved to Amigos server, and I don't think the site would
have been here today if it wasn't for Amigo's kindness. In 2008 a friend of
Amigo took over the hosting job but in 2009 depmod was removed to a more
professional hosting compagny.
Since 2002 we are regular to hold contests on our Collectors Forum, we try to arrange great
prizes and always please our visitors. Due to some great collaborations
these contests became more interesting and surprising. We are very thankful
to our contests sponsors and looking forward for more great moments on site. Contests held previously two times a year, then, there
was decided to have a X-mas contest only, which is regularly starts at the
1st of December. Be sure to check it out.
In 2005, after 6 month of preparations, we have issued a limited quantity of Depmod T-shirts
(100 pcs.) and Jackets (20 pcs). All merchandise have been sold out among
registered members of the forum. 9 of the T-shirts have been presented to
the Depeche Mode, Alan Wilder, Anton Corbijn and Band management.
The 1st official Depmod convention was held in Dusseldorf,
Germany in January 2006. About 50-60 depmoids came along and got a special
depmod gift, a keychain with depmod logo and dates of convention.
Unfortunately I couldn't make it myself due to heavy snow in Denmark. But
after this convention the forum members became more and more like a big
family and many friendships were made along us.
In 2008 Vlad needed help with moderating the forum and we
were very lucky that Alex Picha wanted to help us. He is now permanent
member of the Depmod team.
The 2nd official Depmod Convention took place 9/6-2009 in Berlin the day
before DM was playing at the Olympic Station for 60.000 fans. The "Convention
Of The Universe"
was arranged in cooperation with Dennis from Blackswarm.de and was a big success with many
depmoids from all over Europe and had
Nitzer Ebb and De/Vision playing live on stage. A new Depmod T-shirt and cap
were represented and sold at the convention for the first time. Many of the
depmoids stayed at the same hotel and all spend some great time together in
To be continued .....
Lars Worm Beck
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