Andy Fletcher formed the pioneering outfit in Basildon, England in 1980 with band-mates Vince Clarke and Martin Gore.
They released their debut album, Speak & Spell, the following year. It featured the massive hit 'Just Can't Get Enough', which was a top 5 hit in Australia.
It was just one of dozens of hits the band have released in their time together, including 1989's 'Personal Jesus', 1997's 'Barrel Of A Gun', and 2005's 'Precious'.
Hmm ... Barrel of a Gun seems rather eerie considering the sick gutless coward pictured above and in the news right now.