dec8de (pronounced: decade) is one of the Chicago area's premier festival, corporate event, wedding, university & night club cover bands, paying homage to the first wave of alternative music: classic hits featured on MTV's 120 Minutes & Post Modern shows, CMJ/NME music magazines, Sirius/XM radio's popular 1st Wave channel, and all your favorite John Hughes movie soundtracks.
Playing a variety of New Wave, Brit-Pop, Post-Modern and other 'alt-rock' favorites from artists like The Cure, The Smiths, New Order, Echo & the Bunnymen, Depeche Mode, R.E.M., Duran Duran, U2, Blur, Psychedelic Furs and many more, dec8de delivers the Classic Alternative experience.
For the perfect alternative to the same-old average boring event, choose dec8de!
Note that dec8de is constantly adding new material; please see our song list (below) for a selection of the songs/artists we feature in our shows. If there's a specific band/song you want us to play and don't see it listed, contact us to make a request!
In addition to their Classic Alternative mix, dec8de can perform full sets or shows focused on specific groups or artists: have a favorite Classic Alternative act you want to hear more of? Just let us know, and we'll deliver a set of their best and biggest songs.
Here's what some previous clients have to say about the band...
"Many thanks to dec8de! Your band turned our mundane parties at our River Run Club into an unforgettable event! So much fun was had by all. It was hard to distinguish if all those great bands from the 80's weren't actually there! As one of our club members put it..."dec8de is the best band ever!!!"...I can't wait until the next time!"
Talent Buyer - River Run Club
"A crowd favorite, always happy to work with dec8de as they are not only professional and true to their craft but they are a great band."
Entertainment Manager - Columbia Street West
Fort Wayne, IN
"Some of the brightest ideas I've ever had involved booking dec8de to play at PANIC! on several occasions. These guys know good Brit-Pop music like Chicago knows a good hot dog. Simply put, dec8de are great guys who appreciate a great hot dog, and play great music. Like a good hot dog, having dec8de play at my events has always left me wanting more and looking forward to the next time."
Principal - PANIC! Dance Party at Darkroom
"Not being an 80's fan I was honestly skeptical, but I was pleasantly surprised; it was fun and I'll contact you after the first of the year to set up future bookings. Thanks again."
General Manager - Spike's Beach Grill
"Thanks for a great performance last Friday! We had great feedback from our customers and from our staff. We would love to have you back!"
Entertainment Manager - Shanahan's
Downers Grove, IL
Children's Birthday Parties
Sweet 16 Parties
Wedding Cocktail Hours
Between Something and NothingThe Ocean Blue
Bigmouth Strikes AgainSmiths
Blister In the SunViolent Femmes
Blood and RosesSmithereens
Boys Don't CryCure
Breakup SongGreg Kihn Band
Cuts You UpPeter Murphy
Dance Hall DaysWang Chung
Dancing With MyselfGeneration X
Do They Know It's ChristmasBand Aid
Don't Dream It's OverCrowded House
Don't You (Forget About Me)Simple Minds
Everybody Wants to Rule the WorldTears for Fears
Everywhere I GoThe Call
A Girl Like YouSmithereens
Girls On FilmDuran Duran
Head OnJesus and Mary Chain
Here Comes Your ManPixies
Hot Child In the CityNick Gilder
How Soon is Now?Smiths
Hungry Like the WolfDuran Duran
I Am SupermanREM
I Got YouSplit Enz
I Melt With YouModern English
I Ran (So Far Away)A Flock of Seagulls
I Will FollowU2
I'll Be YouReplacements
In a Big CountryBig Country
In Between DaysCure
Is There Something I Should KnowDuran Duran
Just Can't Get EnoughDepeche Mode
Just Like HeavenCure
The Killing MoonEcho & the Bunnymen
Lips Like SugarEcho & the Bunnymen
Lost In the SupermarketThe Clash
Love My WayPsychedelic Furs
Love VigilantesNew Order
Love Will Tear Us ApartJoy Division
Major Tom (Coming Home)Peter Schilling
Mexican RadioWall of Voodoo
A Million Miles AwayPlimsouls
Mirror in the BathroomEnglish Beat
The More You Live the More You LoveA Flock of Seagulls
My SharonaThe Knack
Never Let Me Down AgainDepeche Mode
Never Tear Us ApartINXS
New Moon On MondayDuran Duran
No New Tale To TellLove & Rockets
The One I LoveREM
The Only One I KnowCharlatans UK
The Other SideThe Mighty Lemon Drops
The PassengerIggy Pop
Personal JesusDepeche Mode
Planet EarthDuran Duran
Pretty In PinkPsychedelic Furs
The ReflexDuran Duran
Right Here Right NowJesus Jones
RushBig Audio Dynamite
Safety DanceMen Without Hats
Save A PrayerDuran Duran
She Bangs the DrumStone Roses
She Sells SanctuaryThe Cult
She ShielaThe Producers
Should I Stay Or Should I Go?The Clash
So AliveLove & Rockets
Someday SomewayMarshall Crenshaw
Space Age Love SongA Flock of Seagulls
Tainted LoveSoft Cell
Talking In Your SleepRomantics
There She GoesThe La's
There's No Other WayBlur
Train In VainThe Clash
Under the Milky WayThe Church
Union of the SnakeDuran Duran
A View to a KillDuran Duran
We Can Get TogetherIcehouse
What I Like About YouRomantics
Whisper to a Scream (Birds Fly)Icicle Works
White WeddingBilly Idol
A Wish AwayThe Wonder Stuff
Indie Rock Band
$450 - $2800
Cure, Smiths, New Order, Echo/Bunnymen, Depeche Mode, REM, Duran Duran, U2, Blur, Psych Furs, INXS, Devo, Modern English...
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In addition to Chicago, dec8de -Classic Alternative will also travel to Cicero, Berwyn, Oak Park, Forest Park, Hines, Lyons, Riverside, Brookfield, Maywood, River Forest, Summit Argo, Carol Stream, La Grange Park, Bellwood, Bedford Park, Melrose Park, Westchester, Burbank, Bridgeview, Hillside, Hinsdale, Hometown, La Grange, River Grove, Stone Park, Western Springs, Berkeley, Franklin Park, Justice, Norridge
and many other locations in and around the Chicago area.
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