DEPECHE MODE DISINTEGRATING
Lead singer Dave Gahan reveals in outspoken phrases the internal power
struggles in the super group.
STOCKHOLM (Ekstra Bladet): Dave Gahan radiates with an energy as if he had
recently escaped a 20 year old straight-jacket. And he probably feels that
Instead of sitting and complaining that I haven't had enough influence
Depeche Mode, I've decided to do something about it. - I've made a record
with my friends.
The singer of Depeche Mode is in Stockholm to launch his upcomming
solo-album, 'Paper Monsters', but actually it seems more as if he has
over the hotel suite because the english supertanker is dangerously close
The relationship with childhood friend Martin L. Gore, who is writing the
band's songs, has obviously reached a turning point.
If Martin wants to make another record with me he will have to open up
my ideas. That's all. A simple wish. We have to reinvent ourselves, bring
new people and change our routines. But I don't know how he feels about it
and at the moment I don't really care.
After the extensive world tour that followed Depeche Mode's succes-album
'Exciter' from 2001, most people probably thought that 2003 would be a
sabbatical year for the trio, so that Andrew Fletcher could get time to
launch his record company 'Toast Hawaii' while Gore and Gahan each created
their solo albums.
But in Stockholm, Gahan claims that he just went ahead on his own and that
Gore only began his project when he heard what the singer was up to.
Fletcher has never been an actual musical force in the band, and according
to Gahan he does nothing else than reading newspapers when they are in the
- My frustration has been growing over a long period of years. I have
felt that I've deceived myself - that I ought to have more influence. The
reason (why I haven't) is both that I haven't been aggressive enough
Martin, but also because I know that he simply isn't susceptible to
and ideas of any kind.
- I would describe my relationship with him as work related. I care about
him a lot and I think a lot about him, but we have been together for so
long... We've known each other for 22 years and he has survived 3 of my
marriages, so there must have been something between us, ha ha! We will
probably have a talk sometime next year, but there are no guarantees that
will make another record.
Gahan insists that Gore's lack of openness was the main reason that the
creative sound arcitect of the group, Alan Wilder, left the band.
Martin wouldn't acknowledge that Alan contributed incredibly much to
Martin's songs. And now I think you can easily say Alan's input is missed.
actually think that even Martin would admit that today. And that is
something he probably ought to call and tell Alan after all these years.
would definately appreciate it.
- In the studio Martin is extremely lazy and self-satisfied. He expects
he can just lean back and wait to be swept away by the work of the
or by my vocal. Our producer on 'Exciter', Mark Bell, said that he really
wouldn't make the entire album for us.
- So then i had to tell him some news: "Yes you f'u'c'king are!". And then
he just pulled up his sleeves and went to work with the computer and
would look him over the shoulder and mumble "o.k."...
It wasn't possible to get a comment from Gore. Possibly he thinks he has
said everything that is to say by recording the song 'Stardust' on his
A song about a fallen rock star that could easily have been Gahan who was
far out on the ropes on heroine in the late nineties.
The track is written by a certain David Essex. Aside from sharing his
name with Gahan his last name is the same as the name of Gahan's home
Perhaps it's a coincidence. Perhaps not.
Something will fall and
smash on the floor..."?
Dave & Mart: Three stars in Uncut
I don't know whether to put this in Dave's or Mart's forum or in both of
them, so I'll post this here. In the new Uncut (Pink Floyd on the cover)
Stephen Dalton gives Dave's and Martin's solo efforts both three stars. I
left my mag home, so I can't quote directly, but the review is balanced,
well-argumented and puts the albums in a proper context instead of just
blathering on how doing cover albums is a sign of creative death and how
ex-junkies should not be allowed to make records or stuff like that.
Alongside the review there are very short interviews with Martin and Dave.
Dave says again, that he wants to have more creative input in DM in the
future, but doesn't blame Martin for not letting him do more in the past. He
also says that Dirty Sticky Floors & Bottle Living are about him looking
from the outside the character he was seven years ago and taking the piss
out of that character.
Martin on the other hand gets asked directly, if the solo albums mean the
end of DM. He says, that if he suspected so, he would have released a
self-written solo album, not a cover one. He also says, that if Dave's album
is huglely succesful, he may not want to be in DM anymore, but Martin says
he trusts that Dave and him will have a fruitful discussion on the subject
in the future.
If I have quoted something wrong out of memory, I'll correct it tonight,
when I have the mag in my hands.
So typical quality Uncut stuff. It really is a good mag, although it has
gone a bit too retro during the last couple of years.
(Thomas Treo, Ekstra Bladet, 27th of April, 2003)