I can't stand it! I'm going to see Depeche Mode!
So what if it's years and years after the above photo was taken. That was a great year. I was 11, listening to NKOTB and wearing neon, while my hip friend Corrine dressed in black, wore blood red lipstick and an attitude.
She introduced me to DM, The Cure & The Smiths and we eventually went vegetarian because everyone knows, Meat Is Murder.*
Depeche Mode was huge in LA when I was a kid. There was a concert at the Wherehouse - now long gone - across from the Beverly Center and there was a near riot. I think they managed to play one song.
Being 11 and awkward and with an older brother 22 years old, he had pity on me and gave me all of his old tapes. To this day, I still prefer their old stuff, which also tells me why I love modern-day electronica/dance music. Depeche Mode paved the way.
*I saw Morrissey a few years ago. He's talented but melancholy and I fell asleep. That's an impossibility with DM!