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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 9 May 1962Epping, England, UK
Nickname The Cat
Height 5' 10¾" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Dave Gahan is the lead vocalist and co-songwriter for the Alternative Rock and New Wave band Depeche Mode. He was born in North Wealed, Essex, United Kingdom on 9th May 1962. Depeche Mode was formed in 1980 by Vince Clarke, Andrew Fletcher and Martin Gore. They recruited Gahan later that year. Clarke left in 1981 to pursue other projects and was replaced by Alan Wilder, who left in 1995. Depeche Mode is now comprised of Gahan, Gore, and Fletcher.

Originally an Alternative New Wave Synth-Pop band with their own unique sound - and Gahan's unique baritone vocals - Depeche Mode discovered an instant audience with their first two albums 'Speak & Spell' (1981) and 'A Broken Frame' (1981), both making the top ten in the UK. It was the top ten album and single 'Construction Time Again' and 'Everything Counts' (respectively) in 1983 that would convey a significant shift in the band's sound - a more mature sound - and would catapult Gahan and Depeche Mode into the international arena. The music has often been controversial, especially 'Master and Servant' (and 'Blasphemous Rumours' which is a dark yet wry look at the misery in the world and what part religion plays in this). The single was banned from many American Radio Stations.

The early 1990s saw another shift towards the Alertnative Rock sound, Gahan admitting he was influenced by the Seattle Grunge Scene. He particularly liked the sound of the bands Nirvana and Jane's Addiction. The new Depeche Mode album, 'Songs of Faith and Devotion', was indeed a dark project, at times moody and introspective, with the distorted guitars synonymous with Grunge. The album debuted at number one in America and the United Kingdom.

Gahan has since worked on solo projects, as well as continuing to serve as lead vocalist for Depeche Mode. He has shared in no less than 15 top ten albums and more than 40 top forty singles with Depeche Mode. The band have become one of the biggest alternative acts in music history. Gahan has had additional success with his solo albums 'Paper Monsters' and 'Hourglass'.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Matt Lee-Williams

Spouse (3)

Jennifer Sklias (14 February 1999 - present) (2 children)
Teresa Conroy (April 1992 - 1996) (divorced)
Joanne Fox (5 August 1985 - 1991) (divorced) (1 child)

Trade Mark (4)

Tattoos covering his body
Deep, baritone voice
Large Celtic Cross tattoo on His upper back
Meaningful nihilistic lyrics

Trivia (16)

Has three children: Jack (born on 14 October 1987) from his first wife Joanne Fox, Stella (born on 29 July 1999) from Jennifer Sklias, and Jimmy, Jennifer's son from a previous relationship.
Last name is pronounced just like the word "gone", although it's often Americanized, pronounced "guh-hahn."
In his single "Dirty Sticky Floors", he refers to his suicide attempt on 17 August 1995. At one point during that time, he spent 12 hours in his wardrobe to watch The Weather Channel and talk to a doll called "The Tin Man". He finally tried to kill himself with a razor blade.
Is a noted body-modifier, especially for having pierced his "gooch".
After leaving Barstable School in July 1978, he found and lost about 20 jobs. Finally, he joined Southend Art College and gained the British Display Society Award.
Named his son Jack after his stepfather, who died in 1972.
Born to Sylvia and Len, he has an older sister, Sue (born in 1960). After they had divorced, Sylvia married Jack Gahan, who adopted her children, and gave birth to another two sons, Peter (born in 1966) and Phil (born in 1968).
Released his first solo album "Paper Monsters" in 2003.
Lead singer of Depeche Mode.
Lives in New York City.
Had a malignant tumor removed from his bladder [May 29, 2009].
Lead singer, Depeche Mode rock group.
Has lived in New York City since 1997.
In his final year at school, Gahan applied for a job as an apprentice fitter with North Thames Gas. He was told by his probation officer to be honest with the interviewer, and as a result, he admitted his criminal record but claimed he was a "reformed character". As a result, he did not get the job which, he claimed, led to him trashing his probation officer's office. His punishment was weekend custody at a sub-Borstal attendance centre in Romford for one year.
Was only six months old when his father left the family. He grew up believing that his stepfather, Jack Gahan, was his biological father.
As a teenager, he was in juvenile court three times for offences ranging from joyriding and graffiti to criminal damage and theft. He said he enjoyed the thrill of stealing cars, driving them around, and setting them alight.

Personal Quotes (9)

The possibilities are endless now, with performing, getting your music online, getting your own website and getting your music out there. I think that's very cool and amazing.
'Presence of God' is really that understanding that sometimes when you step out of your own shoes and just open your ears and listen to what's going on around you, you get answers to the questions you were asking.
Making a record with 'Depeche Mode' is not a simple process. It's quite complicated and long. We have the luxury of time. I'm not sure that's such a good thing when you're being creative.
L.A. is always great. There's something special about L.A. And New York, for me, because it's home. There's nothing quite like walking onstage at Madison Square Garden.
I have to feel the audience. I enjoy that feeling of community. There's something sort of spiritual about it in a lot of ways. It's like we're all doing this together.
Certain songs like 'Enjoy the Silence' - to me, it always fits anywhere. There's something about that song that's really timeless, and I never get bored or feel like I have to muster something up.
I still hold on to the idea that a record can really change the way I feel.
I go to a very visual place when I'm singing. It's very cinematic and I get this feeling of space. I love when music does that.
I do use texting as a great way to communicate quickly, but I don't Twitter or anything.

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