Last year in March, at the annual SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, a documentary about ’70s band The Damned was shown, called “The Damned: Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead”. One year …
Last year in March, at the annual SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, a documentary about ’70s band The Damned was shown, called “The Damned: Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead”. One year later, the documentary started being shown at selected movie theaters throughout the world, and yesterday on May 20th it came out on DVD/BluRay in the USA.
The documentary contains old and new interview footage of not only the band, but also of other artists on whom The Damned has had an impact. Names include Chrissie Hynde, Billy Idol, Lemmy, Duff McKagan, and… Dave Gahan.
Whenever Dave Gahan is asked about the artists or bands that impressed him the most when he was a teenager in the late ’70s, The Damned is one of the name that he drops. He told Smash Hits magazine in 1983, “The Damned were my favourite band at that time”. And not only that, but the first record he bought was by The Damned, he joined their fan club, and would attend one of their gigs at Chelmsford’s Chancellor Hall in 1977. He told BAM magazine in 1997: “What got me really inspired to want to be in a band was music like the Clash and the Damned. The idea that I could be on the microphone and show off for a couple of hours and get applauded for it, that really appealed to me.” Dave even covered their song “New Rose” at MusiCares in 2011. So he absolutely deserves to be in this documentary!
The documentary will have its UK release in October, and the VOD/digital release date is yet to be announced. So for now, you can only buy the USA release here on Amazon.
Martyn LeNoble, longtime friend and collaborator with Dave Gahan, has just slipped some deets via Twitter: How often can you say…Dave Gahan just sang background vocals on our track? (In this case…only once) …
Martyn LeNoble, longtime friend and collaborator with Dave Gahan, has just slipped some deets via Twitter:
How often can you say…Dave Gahan just sang background vocals on our track? (In this case…only once) It's a special one. #DavidBowie
— Martyn LeNoble (@martynlenoble) May 21, 2016
This is pretty interesting! We have yet to find out what this will be exactly, and for which band this was recorded since LeNoble is floating in and out of bands all the time, but it doesn’t seem like it was for Depeche Mode.
The connection between Dave Gahan and David Bowie is pretty clear: aside from the facts that Dave got to audition for what would become Depeche Mode after Vince Clarke heard Dave sing “Heroes” and that Dave met David Bowie at one of his concerts in 2002 (see photo below) which he proudly recounted in interviews many, many times later on, Dave also (as well as Martin Gore) left a note on his Facebook page when Bowie died earlier this year, and gave a quote on his thoughts regarding Bowie to Mojo magazine in the same month.
One month later, in February, he told the same magazine: “Martin was really shaken up [about Bowie’s death]. He doesn’t show a lot of emotion that way but he told me he didn’t sleep all night. So I told him we need to just write something, we need to express that, and he was like ‘You’re right’. Its that English thing, you hold back your emotions but when someone opens the door and says ‘we should say something’ you go Yeah, of course we should”. So could this mean that we can both expect Dave Gahan to cover a Bowie track for an undisclosed band, and also expect a new DM song that might be influenced by David Bowie’s passing? Who knows! More details will probably emerge later this year or early next year.
We’re thrilled to finally report that Depeche Mode are back in the studio. Working with a new producer, the band have just finished the first string of studio sessions on what is to …
We’re thrilled to finally report that Depeche Mode are back in the studio. Working with a new producer, the band have just finished the first string of studio sessions on what is to become their 14th album.
Sessions began in Santa Barbara on April 12th and wrapped this past weekend. Work will resume later this month.
Looking at the schedules for “Sounds Of The Universe” and “Delta Machine”, the timing could indicate a spring 2017 album release and tour.
This will be their first album since 2001s “Exciter” without Ben Hillier in the producer’s chair. Hillier helmed the sessions for “Playing The Angel”, “Sounds Of The Universe” and “Delta Machine”, producing more than 50 tracks for the band.
To mark the end of this era, we’ve put together a playlist of our favourite tracks from the Hillier-years. Check it out below.
On Spotify (compiled by Glen)
On Tidal (compiled by Peter)
On Apple Music (compiled by Sean)
In a Q&A on his Facebook page on April 19th, Jean-Michel Jarre said that he’d reached out to Depeche Mode’s Martin L. Gore in hopes that he might be interested in collaborating …
In a Q&A on his Facebook page on April 19th, Jean-Michel Jarre said that he’d reached out to Depeche Mode’s Martin L. Gore in hopes that he might be interested in collaborating on a remix. Apparently Martin expressed he was interested in working with him, but unfortunately the timing was off as Martin was starting to prepare for a new Depeche Mode record. Considering his album, Electronica 2, was announced in February, Jean-Michel and Martin must have been speaking at some point in 2015 regarding this collaboration. It would have been interesting to see, maybe at some point it will happen. Read the transcript and watch the entire video Q&A below.
Jean-Michel Jarre says: (Transcribed by Linda Meijer of Home)
“After working with Vince Clarke, we said to Vince it could be interesting to ask Martin [Gore] to collaborate on a remix on Automatic, but he was agreeing about the principle… He lacked the principle, but he was just starting the new Depeche Mode album – the next Depeche Mode album. So I hope it will be for the future to… I would love to collaborate with Martin Gore, he’s a great artist. But you know, after a while you have to stop working with different people, because it could never end. One of the music critiques of my friend told me that I had just invented the concept of the never-ending album, but I had to stop Electronica 2 and I will see later, but now, this kind of collaboration, and also with other people, will maybe hopefully be in the future.”
Note: We are interpreting the term “Principal” as Martin expressing interest and wasn’t available. Comment below if you think he was expressing it another way
Watch the full interview here: (At the 09:38 mark is where he was asked about working with Martin)
Photo and video used courtesy of Jean-Michel Jarre’s Facebook page.