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Dave Gahan

Synth pop wasn't intended to have a soul. Pioneered by German techno wizards Kraftwerk in the '70s, electronic pop music became a haven for chilly detachment. Without the hollow baritone of vocalist David Gahan, there wouldn't be much fire in the synthetic grooves of Depeche Mode. When Gahan joined Depeche Mode in 1980, he was the group's missing puzzle piece, a charismatic, stylish singer. In the beginning, Gahan sang in an icy yet upbeat fashion, milking the hooks from early Depeche Mode hits such as "Just Can't Get Enough" and "Dreaming of Me" with boyish abandon. However, as keyboardist Martin L. Gore's songs darkened with the 1986 LP Black Celebration, Gahan matched the bleakness in Gore's lyrics by singing in a grimmer tone; it turned Gahan into a major influence on future industrial, gothic rock, and synth pop acts. By 1993's Songs of Faith and Devotion, Gahan was living in Los Angeles and, inspired by the look and sound of grunge bands, grew his hair long and started sporting a beard. The dramatic shift in image shocked many of Depeche Mode's older fans; they became increasingly concerned that Depeche Mode was turning into a mainstream rock group. In addition to adopting a grunge look, Gahan became seduced by the drug of choice among several rock musicians in the early '90s: heroin. In the mid-'90s, after a failed suicide attempt, Gahan kicked his heroin addiction at a drug rehabilitation clinic. In 1997, a rejuvenated Gahan recorded Ultra with Depeche Mode, followed by Exciter in 2001. In 2003, Gahan embarked on a solo career for the first time in Depeche Mode's 22-year history. He made his debut as a full-fledged songwriter for the June release of Paper Monsters. He also set out on the road in North America and Europe in support of the sultry rock record in July. In late 2007 the single "Kingdom" preceded the release of his second solo album, Hourglass. ~ Michael Sutton, Rovi
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Saw them in Atlanta September 2013. One of the best shows. Favorite band along with Duran Duran
Dave is the man!!
dont read this because it actually works. You will get kissed on the nearest possible friday by the love of your life. tommorrow will be the best day of your life. however if you do not post this comment to at least 3 songs you will die in 2 days. now youve started reading this so dont stop. this is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in at least 143 minutes when if done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is scary cuz it actually works
dont read this be
Words can't explain how much I love this man and his music.
❤️
Dave's voice is so hypnotic. Takes me away to places I've never been before... Whether he's with DM or solo, the man is a God. Period.
admin37857
Dave Gahan slayed the dragon. How many people can do that? Nuf said.
Love Depeche and Dave, but his work with others outside of DM really exposes how much he needs Martin Gore!
love him!
just cant get enough of dave!
lildiamond_c f
I adore Depeche Mode, Martin Gore is an epic composer/ lyricist...w i t h that said, DM would not have had the success they do without Mr. Gahan's haunting voice. He is a living legend.
I'm thinking Dave should contemplate never leaving D. M. I've listen to this album over and over again trying to like it. It's decent, but not awesome enough to blow good money on it.
grijalva.geo r g e
I remember wearing creepers with tight pant's. Fun Day's!!!
Great singer!! DM and its group members are just outstanding musicians!
thekidsareal l r i g h t
@gina8970 yeesh. To each her own. I saw DM in concert and he looked like a twig with four, smaller, attached twigs.
waynebittles
totally enjoy all the different ways he translates a song. he is fab.
binrockin
he is pretty much one of the greatest Artists of our time
kryten50
Daaaaaaave!
So Mod, brings back memories of social outcastness and weekly obsessions with what ever popped into my head.
HE IS GOD
THE BEST VOICE EVER !!!!!!
splintercell 2 7 5
Dave Gahan rules!
Dave is the best!
ich_traum
No smoother darker voice in all of new wave.
I am surprised to find that no love has been expressed for this artist. He is the s**t!!!!

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