This is a band that's been going since 1979/1980 (if you include when they were known as 'Composition of Sounds'). Their longevity is testament to their greatness.
Phenomenal and one of the most influential bands of the last 35 years. Perhaps THE most significant / seminal electronic band ever. They've influenced so many spheres and genres of music - House, Trance, Rave, Pop, Synth Pop, Goth, Dark Wave, Rock, Industrial and on and on.
I don't go along with them not being up to much live (all a question of opinion and all that). I've seen them on numerous occasions and they've been hypnotic on each. Best gig was at Crystal Palace in 93 when they were supported by SoM.
I'm split between Music for the Masses and Violator as to when they reached their absolute pinnacle.
Unfortunately Alan Wilder left and they were never to reach their former heights. His departure showed what a huge power he was in Mode's sound.
One of my most prized possessions is my post-school canvass rucksack that had the Violator rose expertly painted on by one of my best mates ... I can't get into my white jeans anymore though