Depeche Mode Nominated for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

As we’ve seen previously, I don’t generally take a lot of interest in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, mainly because I’m not completely clear what it is or indeed why it exists (and actually I’m not completely convinced that “inducted” is a word). The last time I covered the ceremony was in 2012, when Kraftwerk sadly failed to get, uh, “inducted”.

This year, Depeche Mode have been nominated. I care so little that I’ll probably forget to check back and see whether they made it or not. If you care, you can see all the nominees and take part in the fan vote here.


Chart for stowaways – 9 September 2017

Here are the week’s top singles:

  1. Pet Shop Boys – Reunion
  2. Erasure – Love You To The Sky
  3. Saint Etienne – Magpie Eyes
  4. Saint Etienne – Sweet Arcadia
  5. Kraftwerk – Trans Europa Express
  6. Pet Shop Boys – Winner
  7. Jean-Michel Jarre – Oxygène (Part 17)
  8. Pet Shop Boys – I’m with Stupid
  9. Kraftwerk – Computerliebe
  10. Pet Shop Boys – It’s a Sin

Chart for stowaways – 1 September 2017

Here’s the updated album chart:

  1. Pet Shop Boys – Release
  2. Pet Shop Boys – Nightlife
  3. Pet Shop Boys – Fundamental
  4. Saint Etienne – Home Counties
  5. Erasure – World Be Gone
  6. Goldfrapp – Silver Eye
  7. Kraftwerk – 3-D Der Katalog
  8. Depeche Mode – Spirit
  9. Pink Floyd – The Dark Side of the Moon
  10. Jean-Michel Jarre – Oxygène 3

Chart for stowaways – 19 August 2017

Here are this week’s top albums:

  1. Pet Shop Boys – Release
  2. Pet Shop Boys – Nightlife
  3. Saint Etienne – Home Counties
  4. Erasure – World Be Gone
  5. Pet Shop Boys – Fundamental
  6. Kraftwerk – 3-D Der Katalog
  7. Goldfrapp – Silver Eye
  8. Depeche Mode – Spirit
  9. Jean-Michel Jarre – Oxygène 3
  10. Pet Shop Boys – Format

Chart for stowaways – 12 August 2017

A top ten full of electronic legends!

  1. Pet Shop Boys – Reunion
  2. Saint Etienne – Sweet Arcadia
  3. Erasure – Love You To The Sky
  4. Saint Etienne – Magpie Eyes
  5. Erasure – Be Careful What You Wish For!
  6. Jean-Michel Jarre – Oxygène (Part 17)
  7. Depeche Mode – Where’s the Revolution
  8. Kraftwerk – Trans Europa Express
  9. Pet Shop Boys – I’m with Stupid
  10. Jean-Michel Jarre & Pet Shop Boys – Brick England

Stowaway Heroes – Robert Moog

The last of our Stowaway Heroes for now is one of the fathers of electronic music, Robert Moog. He might not have actually made a lot of music himself, but his fingers have remotely touched more genres than you can name in the last few decades. Here he is, demonstrating his own creation:

Moog famously started out in the 1950s, selling kit Theremins, launching his first modular synthesiser in 1964. After a couple of years of early devices, he met Walter (later WendyCarlos, who provided many people’s first taste of the Moog Synthesizer with Switched-On Bach (1968):

Picking a Moog Synthesizer classic from later in his career is difficult, as his devices turned up on music by everyone from the Beach Boys to Gary Numan. So instead, I think we should keep it predictable, and go with Kraftwerk‘s breakthrough hit from 1974, Autobahn:

Sadly, Robert Moog passed away relatively young in 2005, but his legacy – and company – are still going strong, and you’ll find his sounds throughout the last fifty years or so of pop music. So he’s well-deserving of his place amongst the Stowaway Heroes.

Chart for stowaways – 5 August 2017

Here are the top ten albums right now:

  1. Saint Etienne – Home Counties
  2. Kraftwerk – 3-D Der Katalog
  3. Erasure – World Be Gone
  4. Pet Shop Boys – Release
  5. Pet Shop Boys – Nightlife
  6. Goldfrapp – Silver Eye
  7. Pet Shop Boys – Fundamental
  8. Depeche Mode – Spirit
  9. Jean-Michel Jarre – Oxygène 3
  10. New Order – Music Complete