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My favourite band is Depeche Mode. Some of my other favourites from the 80's and into the 90's are:
The Ocean Blue
The Wild Swans
Book of Love
Everything but the Girl
The Mighty Lemon Drops
Bad Company with Brian Howe on vocals
The Stone Roses
and if you want a great sampler from the 80s try the Sire Records Just Say Yes compiations.
I just noticed that no-one has mentioned The Feelies.
They are a very quirky NJ based band that played with the fundamental rhythmic conceits of rock n roll to produce a really personal brand of music with great urgency and momentum. The very fast tempos, two distinctive guitarists (Bill Million, Glenn Mercer) providing unusual leads and repetitive washes of acoustic and electric rhythm guitar still sounds fresh today. They were pretty well known for their great live shows and were a huge favorite of the NY Times pop music critics. You might call it abstract thrash for Wall St.
Not for every taste, but one of my favorites from that, or any other, era.
NB They recently released their first new record in 16 years - and it takes you right back.