That actually hasn’t changed much all these years later, even if the formats have and some of those great record stores I frequented are now gone.  Having confessed this, I’m now going to tell you another secret: The Innocents (Vince Clarke and Andy Bell’s classic third album) was the actual catalyst that launched my lifelong mega-devotion.  My little sister gave me the gift that has kept on giving (and on cassette tape no less) for my 20th birthday.  Just one listen and I was smitten.