Depeche Mode’s Love for ’50s Automobiles

Weird car twitter is an interesting place. It is a bunch of women and men spending their days fawning over 30–40-year-old cars. The more obscure the car, the better; a virtual love-in for vehicles from their youth.

But weird car love did not start with twitter; it has always existed. There was this band you may have heard of, Depeche Mode, that has a fascination with cars from their childhood. At least it appears that way as no fewer than five of their hit music videos from 1987 through 1997 featured cars from the late ‘50s. Sometimes the cars were even stars of the videos.

So, were Depeche Mode automotive aficionados? Or is this all a coincidence?

(1987) Never Let Me Down Again – 1957 BMW Isetta

Featured prominently in the band’s 1987 video, the Isetta is just cruising around countryside.

(1987) Behind the Wheel – 1957 BMW Isetta, 1950s Ferguson TE20, Piaggio Vespa

The diminutive BMW returns for this 1987 video, but has gone full Isetta and broken down. Luckily, a Ferguson TE20 is nearby to tow it away and the video’s lead is able to hitch a ride on a Vespa.

(1990) Policy of Truth – 1958 Ford Fairlane

It takes about a minute and a half before the Fairlane makes an appearance, and it does not last long, but there are multiple shots of it inside and out.

(1990) World in My Eyes – 1956 Nash Metropolitan, 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air

Neither car is included in the video for long, both make brief cameos towards the start of the video.

(1997) It’s No Good – 1960 Studebaker Lark, Checker Taxicab

Ok, the Lark is a 1960 model here, but that is splitting hairs. The Checker is also a much later version of the venerable taxicab, but to the casual viewer, a 1950s Checker looks just like a 1970s Checker, so I’ll give it a pass.

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