(1984) A short interview with Dave Gahan
from JOEPIE (Belgian Pop magazine).
Depeche Mode begs for a vacation.
David and Martin exhausted.
"Somewhere in Germany, I got of the stage, and the roadies had to carry me
backstage to the dressing room" says Dave Gahan. "I never thought touring
could be so exhausting. But we continue. The way to the absolute top is open
now." The fights, the obstacles and the girlfriends : a conversation...
"The songwriting : ok", laughs David a little while later, "but i'm not at all
prepared for the physical work. I never did any sports when i was young. When
Depeche Mode started to become a little more popular, I collapsed immediatly
after the first few gigs. Now I can handle it, lucky for me. Whenever I
have a day off, you can find me in the gymnasium. There I train myself to
exhaustion. Shadowboxing, weightlifting. After my German adventure I realised
how difficult the life of a rockgroup can be."
"The doctor keeps on nagging I should take a rest, but that's out of the
question at this moment. Martin and myself have to fight the exhaustion. We
are about to bring out a new album wich will be followed by a European tour."
In England there has already been enough publicity in advance for the new
Depeche Mode album "Some Great Reward". The single "Blasphemous Rumours" from
that album was concidered too anti-religious to air every day by the BBC.
"Conservative attitude, h‚, that radio of ours. I'm by the way not anti-
religious at all ! I only oppose a certain kind of religion that was forced
upon me when I was young. My mother was in the salvation army. So she sent
me to the church every sunday till my 18th birthday. Together with my sister,
we usually went for a ride with the bike and told mom afterwards how lovely
the 'homily ?' was. The song only wants to say that noone should let someone
force anything upon him. Whether it's politics or something else, that doesn't
matter. You have to choose yourself what you wanna do with your life. And
dare to take risks. That's what Depeche Mode did too and everything turned
out quite good for us, didn't it", laughs Dave. "After the tour I wanna go
on a long holliday", Dave concludes, "Last year I wasn't even at home on
christmas ! And I can do that to my mother twice, whether she's in the
salvation army or not !".
HIT : "Master and Servant"