This Day In Music 09.05.2016
Born in Epping, Essex UK, on May 9, 1962, to parents Sylvia and Len, Dave was six months old when his father left the family. Sylvia and Len divorced two years later and his mother moved Dave and sister Sue to Basildon, Essex, after Sylvia met and married her second husband Jack Gahan. Dave and Sue were raised under the impression that their mother's second husband, Jack, was their natural father. In 1972, when Dave Gahan was ten, his stepfather died. Gahan recalls how he "came home one day and found this bloke (his biological father) at home". Of the incident, he has said: "I'll never forget that day. When I came home from school, there was this stranger in my mum's house. My mother introduced him to me as my real dad. I remember I said, that was impossible because my father was dead. How was I supposed to know who that man was?" From that day on, Len often visited the house, until one year later he disappeared again. Forever this time.
Gahan compensated for the loss of his father by becoming something of a "real wild boy". As a result he had visited juvenile court three times before he was 14. Within six months of leaving Barstable School in July 1978, Gahan found and lost something in the order of twenty jobs, from selling soft drinks, working in a greengrocers, working as a cashier in Sainsbury's petrol station, to working on a construction site. Eventually, he earned a place at Southend Art College. After three years, he gained the British Display Society Award, which allowed him to get jobs doing displays in shop windows and shopping centres.
In March 1980, Vince Clarke, Martin Gore and Andrew Fletcher formed the band Composition of Sound, with Clarke on vocals/guitar, Gore on keyboards and Fletcher on bass. Clarke and Fletcher soon switched to synthesizers. The same year, Gahan joined the band after Clarke heard him perform David Bowie's "Heroes." The band was soon renamed Depeche Mode, a name suggested by Gahan after he had come across a fashion magazine by the name of "Dépêche-mode". Since 1981, Gahan has met the success inside of Depeche Mode.They have released thirteen studio albums, four greatest hits compilations and two remix albums, achieving global sales in excess of 100 million.
In the past, Dave had expressed some resentment about never writing songs for Depeche Mode. In 2004, he said that if he did not get to write half of the songs on the new Depeche Mode album, there would not be one. Eventually there was a compromise, and Dave wrote three songs on 2005's Playing the Angel; "Suffer Well", "I Want It All" and "Nothing's Impossible".
Depeche Mode – Suffer Well (from Playing the Angel, 2005)
Dave has co-written a few songs with Christian Eigner and Andrew Phillpott for the 12th studio album of Depeche Mode, Sounds of the Universe that was released on 20 April 2009. These songs are titled "Hole To Feed", "Come Back" and "Miles Away / The Truth Is".
Dave Gahan – Kingdom (from Hourglass, 2007)
In 2003, he released his first solo album, Paper Monsters, followed by a world tour and by a second solo album released in 2007: Hourglass.
Gahan is the lead singer and lyricist on Soulsavers' fourth studio album The Light the Dead See. The album was released May 2012 and is once again the lead singer and lyricist on Soulsavers' fifth studio album Angels &Ghosts released in 2015.
Dave Gahan & Soulsavers – Shine (from Angels & Ghosts, 2015)
Gahan is a recovering heroin addict. He has survived four brushes with death, living up to the nickname "The Cat", that paramedics gave him during his roughest years in Los Angeles.