Depeche Mode, circa 1981

Real or fake? Depeche Mode fans are debating three 30- and 40-second samples — including one that may be a never-before-released track — that surfaced online yesterday and purportedly come from a 1980 demo tape the burgeoning synthpop act recorded when it was still called Composition of Sound.

The administrator of DM fansite Home insists the samples — said to be early recordings of Speak & Spell standout “Photographic,” “Dreaming of Me” B-side “Ice Machine” and the unreleased song “Radio News” (hear all three below) — are legit, writing, “Once the source of the tape is revealed, then all will become clear.” Additionally, DM’s webmaster tweeted links to the samples from his personal Twitter account earlier today.

Yet original Depeche Mode member Vince Clarke, when asked via Twitter about the authenticity of the tracks, has twice taken the opportunity to dismiss them, first writing, “Nah… (we were never that good… V).” Then, when asked directly today whether the much-buzzed tracks are “fake demos,” he replied, “erm… yep!… V.”

The samples, posted to SoundCloud, apparently are the same as the three-song, Dave Gahan-sung demo — which Depeche Mode passed along to record labels and concert promoters in its earliest days — that sold on eBay recently for £2,000 (or approximately $3,253) to members of the forum on DM discography site DepMod.com.

So are they the real deal? Listen for yourself and tell us your opinion below.

UPDATE: Additional samples of each song have been posted, and the tape speed on all six clips has been adjusted (it was believed to have been too fast). Furthermore, the Home fansite now reports that a current DM member has verified the tape’s authenticity.

Hear samples of what may be Depeche Mode demos after the jump…

Photographic Demo Clip by Depeche Demo Tape

Photographic Demo Clip Number 2 by Depeche Demo Tape

Radio News Demo Clip by Depeche Demo Tape

Radio News Demo Clip Number 2 by Depeche Demo Tape

Ice Machine Demo Clip by Depeche Demo Tape

Ice Machine Demo Clip Number 2 by Depeche Demo Tape

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