The Wherehouse Tape

Yesterday, the magnanimous @Glen_101 shared an historic Depeche Mode gem via Soundcloud – a digitized copy of the promo tape that encapsulated the frenzy surrounding the infamous “Wherehouse Riot” that occurred on March 20, 1990. Originally given as a promo to people who attended the event, this tape has been floating around eBay and trading circles for a while. It may not be considered super rare by hardcore traders, but this is the first time I’ve seen it available for listening to the fandom at large (I don’t have a digital copy in my trading stores, either).

Though it contains a few news sound bites many of us may already be familiar with, it also includes interviews with the band before, during and after the event. It paints a cohesive picture of the days and nights surrounding the event that drew up to 17,000 fans to a unassuming Los Angeles city block – and it was 15 years before Depeche Mode attempted another in-store event.

Cover insert. Image courtesy of Spencer Filichia.
Cover insert. Image courtesy of Spencer Filichia.
Side one. Image courtesy of Spencer Filichia.
Side one. Image courtesy of Spencer Filichia.

 

Amanda

Amanda is an enthusiastic, globe-trotting Mode fan who discovered the band in late 1998. Although she often feels like she got a late start in the Depeche Mode's career, she's survived nearly 20 years of the fandom, five new albums and multiple meetings with her love for the band intact (and stronger than ever). Amanda is a life-long creative, a classically trained graphic designer, working professionally as a User Experience Designer for one of the world's largest technology companies. When not at work or traveling for Depeche, she enjoys character illustration, comics, movies and Japanese Culture. And cats. Lots of Cats.