Released on March 17, 1986, “Black Celebration” is the fifth album by Depeche Mode. The album is a turning point for the band, with the group shedding its teenybopper image and adopting a more serious, darker persona. The album was a commercial hit, though its singles (A Question of Lust, A Question of Time, and Stripped) did not chart. The album itself would also be a turning point for the band in the US. Depeche Mode had seen limited radio and TV airplay in the US prior to the release of “Black Celebration”. The album’s moody lyrics and atmospheric tone, led to the album receiving massive airplay on college rock radio stations. This was ironically, opposite of what the album’s producer Daniel Miller believed would happen with the album.