The PopCulteer
June 3, 2022

This week we have a somber episode of Sydney’s Big Electric Cat, devoted to Depeche Mode, who lost a key member last week when Andy Fletcher passed away.

It’s a bit sad, but you’ll get two full hours two findly remember Depeche Mode Friday afternoon on The AIR.  The AIR is PopCult’s sister radio station. You can hear these shows on The AIR website, or just click on the embedded player found elsewhere on this page.

At 2 PM, we have an encore episode of Mel Larch’s DISCO showcase, MIRRORBALL! Mel will return with a new episode next week. You can hear MIRRORBALL every Friday at 2 PM, with replays Saturday at  9 PM (kicking off a mini-marathon), Sunday at 11 PM, Monday at 9 AM, and Tuesday at 1 PM  exclusively on The AIR.

At 3 PM, on Sydney’s Big Electric Cat, Sydney Fileen delivers a special mixtape edition of her show that presents two full hours of the music of Depeche Mode, following the death last week of the band’s founding member, Andy Fletcher.

Fletcher was only 60 when he died unexpectedly.  He’d contributed keyboards to every Depeche Mode album, and had actually been in the band before they had that name. While he was self-deprecating about his own musical abilities, he was the de-facto manager of the band who over the years also managed other bands and ran his own record label, as an imprint of Mute Records.

Sydney was close with the band and wanted to devote her show to the memory of “Fletch.” She actually pulled a show that was in progress last week so that she could produce this installment of her New Wave showcase instead.

Everything counts, so take a look at this brilliantly-sequenced playlist…

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Andy Fletcher/Depeche Mode
“New Life”
“Dreaming of Me”
“Just Can’t Get Enough”
“Leave In Silence”
“My Secret Garden”
“A Photograph of You”
“Shouldn’t Have Done This”
“Everything Counts”
“More Than a Party”
“Two Minute Warning”
“Everything Counts (Reprise)”
“Something To Do”
“Stories of Old”
“People Are People”
“Master and Servant”
“Blasphemous Rumors”
“Black Celebration”
“Here Is The House”
“But Not Tonight”
“Never Let Me Down Again”
“Behind The Wheel”
“Agent Orange”
“To Have and To Hold”

Sydney’s Big Electric Cat is produced at Haversham Recording Institute in London, and can be heard every Friday at 3 PM, with replays Saturday afternoon, Monday at 7 AM, Tuesday at 8 PM, Wednesday at Noon and Thursday at 10 AM, exclusively on The AIR.

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