||The songs of quintessential British 1980s synth-pop band Depeche Mode formed a soundtrack for much of that decade. Jonathan Miller's excellent biography of the band, STRIPPED, recounts their early '80s formation in Basildon, Essex, as a gathering of like-minded teens whose main influences were Kraftwerk, David Bowie, and Roxy Music. Emerging from the New Romantic movement which spawned bands like Ultravox, the Human League, and Orchestral Maneuvers in The Dark, Depeche Mode brought a refreshing pop slant to the genre with a variety of synthesizer-based songs, including "I Just Can't Get Enough" and "See You." Miller records main songwriter Vince Clarke's discomfort with fame's spotlight and his departure from the band at a crucial moment in their career, as well as the other members' insular attitudes and musical and personal insecurities. He also chronicles their early clean-living lifestyle, and the effects of lead singer Dave Gahan's later descent into drug addiction, which came after their first exposure to touring in America and radically altered both the band's musical direction and their interpersonal relationships. Using material gathered from articles and interviews from throughout Depeche Mode's career, STRIPPED is a well-researched overview of one of the seminal synthesizer bands of the '80s and '90s.