Clarke and Fletcher soon switched to synthesisers. They have released thirteen studio albums , four greatest hits compilations and two remix albums. The band has achieved global sales in excess of million. In a interview Gahan shared that "During the making of Exciter , sometimes I felt a bit frustrated that there was a lack of experimentation.
Three more Gahan-penned songs, co-written with Christian Eigner and Andrew Phillpott, appeared on the band's 12th studio album, Sounds of the Universe , released on 20 April It is the first collaboration between the two. Co-writer this time is Kurt Uenala. In , he released his first solo album, Paper Monsters which he co-wrote with guitarist and friend Knox Chandler , followed by the Paper Monsters Tour including a performance at 's Glastonbury Festival , singing both his new solo tracks and Depeche Mode fan favourites.
The album was a moderate success. A year later, he also appeared as model and spokesperson of the Swedish mid-range fashion retailer J. The ads featured both him and seemingly random quotes like "What would happen if we all told the truth", "You can tell he's lying because his lips are moving", etc.
These ads appeared prominently in international fashion press. In , Gahan announced he was working on a new album via a video greeting for Depeche Mode's official website recorded at the MusiCares Charity event on 11 May.
According to Gahan, they were to be producing it together. According to Gahan, Hourglass is more electronic-sounding than Paper Monsters. The first single to be pulled from Dave Gahan's second solo record Hourglass was " Kingdom ". Side-Line Magazine also reported that a first preview for the song had been leaked online. The single also spent a week at No. Gahan sang vocals on the track "Nostalgia". He also appeared in the accompanying video for the song. Gahan also contributed vocals to a track called "Visitors", after walking in while producer and ex- Clor guitarist Luke Smith was working on the song in his New York studio.
The song was released under the artist name of frYars. The album was released on 21 May The single was released on 18 November The SixToes remix of "Jezebel" was released on the special edition of Sounds of the Universe in His punishment was weekend custody at a sub- Borstal attendance centre in Romford for one year. I remember doing boxing, stuff like that. You had to have your hair cut. It was every weekend, so you were deprived of your weekend and it seemed like forever.
I was told very clearly that my next thing was detention centre. To be honest, music saved me. Clarke and Fletcher soon switched to synthesizers. The band has achieved global sales in excess of million records. In a interview, Gahan shared that "During the making of Exciter , sometimes I felt a bit frustrated that there was a lack of experimentation. It was their first writing collaboration.
Gahan's persona onstage is influenced by Dave Vanian , frontman of The Damned. In , Gahan released his first solo album, Paper Monsters which he co-wrote with guitarist and friend Knox Chandler , followed by the Paper Monsters Tour including a performance at 's Glastonbury Festival , singing both his new solo tracks and Depeche Mode fan favourites.
The album was a moderate success. In , Gahan announced he was working on a new album via a video greeting for Depeche Mode's official website recorded at the MusiCares Charity event on 11 May.
According to Gahan, Hourglass is more electronic-sounding than Paper Monsters. The first single to be pulled from Hourglass was " Kingdom ". Gahan sang vocals on the track "Nostalgia". He also appeared in the accompanying video for the song. Gahan also contributed vocals to a track called "Visitors", after walking in while producer and ex- Clor guitarist Luke Smith was working on the song in his New York studio. The song was released under the artist name of frYars.
The album was released on 21 May The single was released on 18 November The SixToes remix of "Jezebel" was released on the special edition of Sounds of the Universe in Hourglass The Light the Dead See B- . Positive . Rolling Stone. Standard CD . Standard CD .
German Albums Chart. Polish Albums Chart . US Top Electronic Albums. She was impressed by Gahan's vocals on the track "Hidden Houses", which she called "deliciously devilish and angelic in equal measure" and said that it "demonstrates a vocal range rarely seen in the Mode back catalogue". Idov criticised Gahan's lyrics stating that his "vocal can still elevate the dumbest lyric to the level of a cathartic mantra, a skill that comes handy in the absence of Martin Gore ".
He also stated that "although it doesn't stray too far from the Depeche mould, Gahan does manage to put his own stamp on the songs". All tracks written and composed by Dave Gahan and Knox Chandler.
The album was released in two versions: a single-disc version, and a double-disc version which included the regular album and a bonus DVD. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Dave Gahan. Metacritic CBS Interactive. Retrieved 13 June Retrieved 10 May Retrieved 18 June The Guardian. In late , the band placed an anonymous ad in Melody Maker looking for another musician: "Name band, synthesise, must be under twenty-one.
In January , the band released " See You ", their first single without Clarke, which managed to beat all three Clarke-penned singles in the UK charts, reaching number six. Two more singles, " The Meaning of Love " and " Leave in Silence ", were released ahead of the band's second studio album, on which they began work in July Daniel Miller informed Wilder that he was not needed for the recording of the album, as the core trio wanted to prove they could succeed without Vince Clarke.
A non-album single, " Get the Balance Right! The album saw a dramatic shift in the group's sound, due in part to Wilder's introduction of the Synclavier and E-mu Emulator samplers. In their early years, Depeche Mode had only really attained success in Europe and Australia. This changed in March , when they released the single " People Are People ".
Sire , the band's North American record label, released a compilation of the same name which included tracks from A Broken Frame and Construction Time Again as well as several B-sides. On the American tour, the band was, according to Gore, "shocked by the way the fans were turning up in droves at the concerts". In September , Some Great Reward was released.
Melody Maker claimed that the album made one "sit up and take notice of what is happening here, right under your nose. Also included was the first Martin Gore ballad, "Somebody" — such songs would become a feature of all following albums. In July , the band played their first-ever concerts behind the Iron Curtain , in Budapest and Warsaw. This view of the band was in sharp contrast to how the band was perceived in Europe, despite the increasingly dark and serious tone in their songs.
Depeche Mode's musical style shifted slightly again in with the release of their fifteenth single, " Stripped ", and its accompanying album Black Celebration. Retaining their often imaginative sampling and beginning to move away from the "industrial pop" sound that had characterised their previous two LPs, the band introduced an ominous, highly atmospheric and textured sound. Gore's lyrics also took on a darker tone and became more pessimistic. The music video for " A Question of Time " was the first to be directed by Anton Corbijn , beginning a working relationship that continues to present.
Corbijn has directed 20 of the band's videos the latest being 's "Where's the Revolution. He has also filmed some of their live performances and designed stage sets, as well as most covers for albums and singles from Violator and onwards.
For the first time a producer not related to Mute Records, Dave Bascombe, was called to assist with the recording sessions, although, according to Alan Wilder, Bascombe's role ended up being more that of engineer. Record Mirror described Music for the Masses as "the most accomplished and sexy Mode album to date". The Music for the Masses Tour began 22 October On 7 March , with no previous announcement that they would be the headlining act, Depeche Mode played in the Werner-Seelenbinder-Halle , East Berlin,  becoming one of the few Western groups to perform in the Communist East Germany.
They also performed concerts in Budapest and Prague in ,  both at the time also Communist. The world tour ended 18 June with a concert at the Pasadena Rose Bowl with paid attendance of 60,,  the highest in eight years for the venue. It was documented in — a concert film by D. Pennebaker and its accompanying soundtrack album. The film is notable for its portrayal of fan interaction. The initial result of this session was the single " Personal Jesus.
The resulting furor helped propel the single to number 13 on the UK charts, becoming one of their biggest sellers to date; in the United States, it was their first gold single and their first Top 40 hit since "People Are People", eventually becoming the biggest-selling inch single in Warner Records ' history up to that point.
A few months later in the US, it reached number eight and earned the band a second gold single. The event attracted approximately 20, fans and turned into a near riot. Some who attended were injured by being pressed against the store's glass by the crowd.
Violator was the first Depeche Mode album to enter the Top 10 of the Billboard , reaching Number 7 and staying 74 weeks in the chart. It was certified triple platinum in America,  selling over 4. It remains the band's best selling album worldwide. Flood, on Giants Stadium concert. Film director Wim Wenders had challenged musical artists to write music the way they imagined they would in the year , the setting of the movie. The members of Depeche Mode regrouped in Madrid in January , Dave Gahan had become interested in the new grunge scene sweeping the U.
In , Songs of Faith and Devotion , again with Flood producing, saw them experimenting with arrangements based as much on heavily distorted electric guitars and live drums played by Alan Wilder, whose debut as a studio drummer had come on the Violator track "Clean" as on synthesizers.
The album debuted at number one in both the UK and the US, only the sixth British act to achieve such a distinction to date.
The Devotional world tour followed, documented by a concert film of the same name. The film was directed by Anton Corbijn , and in earned the band their first Grammy nomination. The final leg of the tour, consisting of more North American dates, followed shortly thereafter and ran until July. As a whole, the Devotional Tour is to date the longest and most geographically diverse Depeche Mode tour, spanning fourteen months and individual performances. Since joining in , I have continually striven to give total energy, enthusiasm and commitment to the furthering of the group's success, and in spite of a consistent imbalance in the distribution of the workload, willingly offered this.
Unfortunately, within the group, this level of input never received the respect and acknowledgement that it warrants. He continued to work on his personal project Recoil , releasing a fourth album Unsound Methods in Despite Gahan's increasingly severe personal problems, Gore tried repeatedly during and to get the band recording again. However, Gahan would rarely turn up to scheduled sessions, and when he did, it would take weeks to get any vocals recorded; one six-week session at Electric Lady in New York produced just one usable vocal for "Sister of Night" , and even that was pieced together from multiple takes.
The album debuted at No. The band did not tour in support of the album, with Fletcher quoted as saying: "We're not fit enough. Dave's only eight months into his sobriety, and our bodies are telling us to spend time with our families. A second singles compilation, The Singles 86—98 , was released in , preceded by the new single " Only When I Lose Myself ", which had been recorded during the Ultra sessions.
Bell introduced a minimalist, digital sound to much of the album, influenced by IDM and glitch. Critical response to the album was mixed, with reasonably positive reviews from some magazines NME , Rolling Stone and LA Weekly , while others including Q magazine, PopMatters , and Pitchfork derided it as sounding underproduced, dull and lacklustre. In October the band won the first-ever Q magazine "Innovation Award". In , Gahan released his first solo album, Paper Monsters , and toured to promote the record.
A new remix compilation album, Remixes 81—04 , was released in , featuring new and unreleased promo mixes of the band's singles from to In October , the band released their 11th studio album Playing the Angel.
Produced by Ben Hillier , the album peaked at No. This is the first Depeche Mode album to feature lyrics written by Gahan and, consequently, the first album since 's Some Great Reward featuring songs not written by Gore. The final single from the album was " John the Revelator ", an uptempo [ citation needed ] electronic track with a running religious theme, accompanied by "Lilian", a lush track [ citation needed ] that was a hit in many clubs all over the world. To promote Playing the Angel , the band launched Touring the Angel , a concert tour of Europe and North America that began in November and ran for nine months.
In total, the band played to more than 2. The new material was just waiting to be played live. It took on a life of its own. With the energy of the crowds, it just came to life.Paper Monsters Tour (Dave Gahan solo) "Angels I guess part of it is a little dig at Martin [Gore], some nights it turns into that, even at my band. It takes on different personalities [depending on] who I'm pissed off with." Enjoy The Silence • Policy of Truth • World In My Eyes • I Feel You • Walking In My.