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Andy Fletcher

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The Resume

    (July 8, 1961-May 26, 2022)
    Born in Nottingham, England, United Kingdom
    Keyboardist and bassist for Depeche Mode

Why he might be annoying:

    He is the only member of Depeche Mode without any songwriting credits.
    He sang (even backing vocals) on very few songs.
    ’Rolling Stone’ described the roles of Depeche Mode’s members as ‘Martin Gore writes the songs, Dave Gahan sings them and Andy Fletcher shows up for photo shoots and cashes the checks.’
    He suffered from depression, which culminated in a nervous breakdown and hospitalization (1994).

Why he might not be annoying:

    He befriended fellow Depeche Mode founding member Vince Clarke when they were both in the Nottingham Boys’ Brigade.
    He played club gigs as a DJ when Depeche Mode was on hiatus.
    He handled much of the band’s legal and business affairs.
    He was credited with holding the group together, notably helping to negotiate a compromise when Gahan threatened to leave the band if he did not get more songwriting opportunities.
    He said, ‘I like being in the background. I think you can’t have a band when every single person in the band is going for the limelight.’

Credit: C. Fishel

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Year In Review:

    For 2021, as of last week, Out of 148 Votes: 51.35% Annoying