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Vincent Clarke (b. 3 July 1960 - South Woodford, Essex, England) is an English pop musician and songwriter, who has been involved with a number of successful pop groups, including Depeche Mode, Yazoo, and Erasure.
In the late 1970s Clarke and a schoolmate formed the short-lived band No Romance . In 1979 he teamed up with Martin Gore to form "French Look" which was later re-named "Composition of Sound". Vince Clarke initially handled vocals. In 1980 singer David Gahan was drafted in to complete the line up and the band was re-named Depeche Mode.
Depeche Mode initially adopted a slick synthesised electropop sound, which produced the hit album Speak and Spell and the hit single "Just Can't Get Enough" in 1981. Depeche Mode went on to achieve international stardom.
Yazoo split in 1983, and Alison Moyet went on to have a successful solo career. In the following few years Clarke had one-off associations with several artists, notably with Paul Quinn and the single One Day, and Feargal Sharkey as The Assembly and the minor hit Never Never.
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