Dave Gahan

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Dave Gahan
Gahan on stage at the Royal Albert Hall, 2010
Gahan on stage at the Royal Albert Hall, 2010
Background information
Birth nameDavid Callcott
Born (1962-05-09) 9 May 1962 (age 61)
Epping, Essex, England
Years active1980–present
Member ofDepeche Mode

Dave Gahan (/ɡɑːn/; born David Callcott; 9 May 1962) is an English singer-songwriter. He is best known as the lead singer of the New wave band Depeche Mode. Gahan has been the singer for the band since it started in 1980. Q magazine listed him at No. 73 on its list of the "100 Greatest Singers".[1] He was No. 27 on its list of "The 100 Greatest Frontmen".[2] Gahan is known for his "commanding presence on stage"[3] and his "huge, deep baritone voice".[4] In 2020, Gahan was made a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Depeche Mode.[5]

Although Martin Gore is the main songwriter for Depeche Mode, Gahan has written many songs to the albums Playing the Angel (2005), Sounds of the Universe (2009), Delta Machine (2013), Spirit (2017) and Memento Mori (2023). He wrote four songs that were released as singles. These were "Suffer Well" in 2005, "Hole to Feed" in 2009, "Should Be Higher" in 2013 and "Cover Me" in 2017.

Gahan's albums as a solo artist are Paper Monsters (released 2003) and Hourglass (2007). He also wrote lyrics for some songs on the Soulsavers albums The Light the Dead See (2012), Angels & Ghosts (2015) and Imposter (2021).

References[change | change source]

  1. "Rocklist.net...Q Magazine Lists". Rocklistmusic.co.uk. Retrieved 14 May 2012.
  2. "Q286 Exclusive preview". Q. Archived from the original on 5 May 2012. Retrieved 14 May 2012.
  3. "Depeche Mode delights the masses during its first of four record-setting evenings at the Hollywood Bowl". Dailynews.com. 13 October 2017. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  4. "Depeche Mode's Dave Gahan: why I don't understand my own band". New Statesman. June 2017. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  5. "Watch Depeche Mode's Wholesome Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Acceptance Speech".