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1986: Black Celebration
« on: 17 June 2012 - 22:10:00 »
This thread contains all news items regarding Black Celebration and the subsequent tour.
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Re: 1986: Black Celebration
« Reply #1 on: 17 June 2012 - 22:12:05 »
1985-07-xx - Depeche Mode Official Info Service Newsletter

[Taken from the now-defunct website www.sacreddm.net.]



News on the release of "It's Called A Heart" and "The Singles 81-85", and European tour dates.

[Information Service newsletter, July 1985.]
Record News
    A new single has been recorded by Depeche Mode at Genetic Studios in Berkshire. The working titles are 'It's a Heart' c/w 'Fly on the Windscreen' both were written by Martin and will be mixed in London in July.
    The release date is in early September, probably the 9th.
    A compilation album is planned entitled '81 to '85 for release in mid-October, including most of Depeche Mode's hit singles.
    Martin has been writing new material for another album. It is hoped it will be recorded throughout November and December with a release in early 1986.

Tour Dates
    There will be concerts following the new album release in the Spring of 1986 taking in Great Britain, Europe and USA and maybe some other countries. No dates nor even venues have been decided yet.
    The current dates for the summer festivals are as follows:
    July 9th Nice - France Theatre de Verdure
    11th Lyon - France Espace de Tony Garnier
    13th Brittany - France Rockscene Festival
    23rd Budapest - Hungary Volan Stadium
    26th Athens - Greece Panathinaiko Stadium
    30th Warsaw - Poland Torwar Hall
    Ring either of these numbers for ticket availability for the Athens gig:
    01-741 8989 or 01-741 7441
[A "General Messages" section has been omitted from the transcript here.]
    Send an envelope in August for Sheet 8/85.
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Re: 1986: Black Celebration
« Reply #2 on: 17 June 2012 - 22:12:42 »
1985-08-xx - Depeche Mode Official Info Service Newsletter

[Taken from the now-defunct website www.sacreddm.net.]



Change of address details, further news on the release of "It's Called A Heart" and "The Singles 81-85", and TV appearances.

[Information Service newsletter, August 1985.]
Dear Fans,
    Firstly, I would like to apologise for the delay in sending out this newsletter, this is due to the fact that so many letters have been pouring in recently that it's been impossible for me to meet the demand. Therefore, this will be the last information sheet from me at 42 Hillway, Billericay. The service has been taken by Bravado's who organise the band's touring merchandise, it is planned for them to run a much more efficient, streamlined service, with better layouts, t-shirts and a bigger range of items. So from now on please write to this address:
    Depeche Mode Information Service
    P.O. BOX 326
    LONDON SW6 6RL
    All letters sent to 42 Hillway will automatically be referred to the above address and unfortunately I will no longer be able to answer any myself.
    However, I do still have some of the merchandise left so I've enclosed an order form which you should continue to send to 42 Hillway until all of the old stock has been sold. Bravado's will not be selling any of the old merchandise so this is your last chance to purchase any of it!
    Thank you all for your support.

Record News
    The new single will now be released on 16th September entitled 'It's Called A Heart' c/w 'Fly on the Windscreen'. Both sides were written by Martin and were recorded at Genetic Studios. The video was shot over two nights in England by Peter Care, and a 12" will be available. Keep your eye open for some surprises a few weeks after its release too!
    The compilation album '81 to '85 is due out on 14th October, it consists of all the singles (no B-sides) except 'Somebody' (although it will be on the compact disc) and will be in order of release.
    New material is being written for the new album which will be recorded in November and December and consequently released in early 1986.

Tour News
    To coincide with the release of the LP there will be a tour of the United Kingdom in April, tickets are due to go on sale MID-OCTOBER, but as yet the finalised dates haven't been decided so I suggest you watch the press for more details.
    Concerts in the rest of Europe and USA will follow.

Television and Radio
    These following appearances have been lined up
    4th, 5th, 6th September   Berlin TV (Show not settled)
    13th September   Paris TV (Show not settled)
    14th September   Granada "TX" Show
    15th September   Radio One Roadshow at Thorpe Park
    17th September   TV AM
    21st September   Saturday Picture Show
    21st September   POSSIBLE Wide Awake Club
    25th September   POSSIBLE Wogan
    Sometime after 24th September   Bliss
    26th-29th September Italian TV's
    11th October   The Tube

Extras
    Martin and Andy both now live in London. Dave - Roundtable 20 Sept
    'Shake the Disease' reached NO 1 in France and 'Some Great Reward' is platinum there.
    Gold is 'Some Great Reward' in America where they've just released 'Master & Servant' as a follow up to the hugely successful 'People are People'.
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Re: 1986: Black Celebration
« Reply #3 on: 17 June 2012 - 22:13:45 »
1985-09-05 - Bravo (Germany) - Depeche Mode zweimal live!

[Taken from the now-defunct website dave-gahan.net.]



Depeche Mode
zweimal live!
Am 5. und 6. September Glotze einschalten!

"There's something beating here in my Body and it's called a heart..."
Allen Depeche-Mode-Fans darf das Herz ein Stückchen höher schlagen, denn der brandneuen Depeche-Mode-Single, die schon ab Anfang September in den Plattenläden stehen wird. Sie heißt: "It's called a Heart" ("Man nennt es Herz"). Schon im Oktober folgt dazu eine super Doppel-Maxi, auf der nicht nur ein heißer Dance-Mix des Songs sein wird, sondern zusätzlich noch drei vollkommen verschiedene Versionen erscheinen.
Zwei Wochen später erscheint dazu eine tolle Zusammenfassung sämtlicher heißer Depeche-Titel auf einer LP, die als "Best Of" das ganze Werk drauf hat.
Inzwischen sitzen die vier schon wieder in ihrem Londoner Studio und arbeiten eifrig an einer neuen LP, die Anfang '86 erscheinen wird. Alan ist even von seinem Urlaub auf Malta zurückgekehrt, wo er traditionell mit seiner Freundin Jeri und deren Sohn Jason die Ferien verbringt.
Dave war abermals wie 1984 mit Joanne in seinem geliebten Griechenland. Martin und Christina hatten mit ihrem Umzug von Berlin nach London alle Hände voll zu tun, und auch Andy und Grayne blieben in England.
Andy hat sich kürzlich eine Wohnung in London gekauft, die er jetzt nach und nach einrichten will. Völlig abgesetzt hat sich dagegen Cheftechniker Daniel Miller, der sich in den österreichischen Alpen beim Bergwandern erholen will.
Übrigens: Depeche Mode und ihre neueste Single könnt Ihr auch am 5. September in der Sendung "Extra-tour" und am 6. September in "Die goldene Eins" bewundern, wo sie live von der Funkausstellung in Berlin über die Mattscheibe kommen...


Translation by me:

Depeche Mode
Twice live!
On telly on September 5th and 6th!

"There's something beating here in my body and it's called a heart..."
All Depeche Mode fans' hearts should start beating a bit higher because of the brand new Depeche Mode single, which is available in stores in early September already. It's called "It's called a Heart". In October already follows a great double album, on which there will appear not only a hot dance mix of the song but also three completely different versions.
Two weeks later, a great summary of all hot Depeche tracks will appear on an LP, which as a "Best Of" will have all the songs on it.
Meanwhile, the four are sitting again in their London studio and are working diligently on a new LP, which will be released in spring '86. Alan has even returned from his holiday in Malta, where he traditionally spends the holidays with his girlfriend Jeri and her son Jason.
Dave was once again, like in 1984, in his beloved Greece with Joanne. Martin and Christina had their hands tied by their move from Berlin to London, and Andy and Grayne remained in England also.
Andy has recently bought a flat in London, which he now gradually wants to set up. Quite the opposite has been chief engineer Daniel Miller, who wanted to relax in the Austrian Alps by going hiking.
Incidentally: you can admire Depeche Mode and their latest single in the TV show "Extra-tour" on September 5th and "Die goldene Eins" on September 6th, where they are transmitted live from the IFA in Berlin onto the small screen...
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Re: 1986: Black Celebration
« Reply #4 on: 17 June 2012 - 22:16:05 »
1985-09-21 - Okej n.19 (Sweden) - Laddar upp inför 1986

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Re: 1986: Black Celebration
« Reply #5 on: 17 June 2012 - 22:17:04 »
1985-12-xx - Depeche Mode Official Info Service Newsletter

[Taken from the now-defunct website www.sacreddm.net.]



Spring 1986 UK tour information, and a personal profile of Dave.

[Information Service newsletter, December 1985.]
    Hello again to the second of the new Depeche Mode news letter which introduces the first of the band profiles focusing on Dave Gahan, and the first of the Discographies, current news items, as well as an opportunity to purchase your Info Service T. Shirts and the brand new 1986 calendar!!! [1]

TOUR DETAILS
March 31   Brighton Centre
April 2   Dublin RDS
April 4   Belfast Kings Hall
April 6   Glasgow Scottish Exhibition Centre
April 7   Whitley Bay Ice Rink
April 10   Birmingham N.E.C.
April 13   Bristol Hippodrome
April 14   Bournemouth International Centre
April 16   London Wembley Arena
Ticket Prices - £8.50 (Dublin)
                   - £7.50 (Belfast)
                   - £7.30 + £6.30 (Glasgow)
                   - £7.00 + £6.00 Elsewhere
From Box Offices and usual Agents.
Wembley tickets are available by post, adding 30p per ticket booking fee, from:
    Depeche Mode Box Office
    PO Box 2
    London W6 0LQ
Cheques/P.O. payable to "MCP Ltd" enclose S.A.E.
Glasgow tickets by post, no 30p fee.
    Depeche Mode Box Office
    PO Box 77
    Head Post Office
    Edinburgh
 No cheques here, only postal orders
    After the UK shows there will be extensive touring in the rest of Europe and in the U.S.A. up until June. No dates are confirmed yet.
    The Band are currently recording tracks for a new album in London, it will be released in March of 1986, none of the songs on the LP have titles yet.
    A compilation video of the band's favourite videos is under way. No details are available at present.

EXTRA NEWS
"Some Great Reward" has gone GOLD in the U.S.A.!!!!

DAVE
FULL NAME:   David Gahan
D.O.B.   9.5.62
WHERE BORN:   Chigwell, Essex
HAIR COLOUR:   Natural colour (light brown)
EYE COLOUR:   Green/Brown
SHOE SIZE:   8 1/2
COLLAR SIZE:   I like large collars generally 15 1/2
HEIGHT:   5' 11"
WEIGHT:   9 1/2 stone
BROTHERS' NAMES + AGES:   Peter - 19, Phillip - 18
SISTER'S NAME + AGE:   Susan - 25
MUM'S NAME:   Sylvia Ruth
LIVE WHERE:   Essex
TYPE OF ACCOMMODATION:   House
FAVOURITE T.V. SHOW:   Young Ones, Comic Strip and soaps
FAVOURITE CHARACTER:   Rik Mayall & Comic Strip team
FAVOURITE BOOK:   I like books based on facts i.e. autobiographies
FAVOURITE FILM:   Midnight Express, Deer Hunter, God Father etc.
FAVOURITE ACTOR:   Al Pacino, Jack Nicholson, Robert De Niro
FAVOURITE ACTRESS:   Jessica Lange + Meryl Streep
FAVOURITE FOOD:   Spicy hot, pizzas (Pizza Hut), Indian, Chinese
FAVOURITE DRINK:   Tea, Brandy, Lager and mineral water
CAR:   Porsche 944L [2]
NEWSPAPER:   Daily Mirror, Music Papers (NME, Smash Hits, RM etc)
FAVOURITE COUNTRY:   Even though I hate it! (England)
HOBBIES:   Swimming, Fishing, Driving and Cooking
FAVOURITE AFTERSHAVE:   Paco Rabane + Eau Savage (Christian Dior)
FAVOURITE RECORDING ARTISTES:   The Doors, The Bunnymen, Cure, Kraftwerk, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Bowie, Simple Minds
FAVOURITE OWN SONG:   Everything Counts
WHERE DO YOU BUY CLOTHES:   Mostly South Molton Street, Kings Road
FAVOURITE ITEM OF CLOTHING:   A full length black coat (made by Stephen Lineard)
MOST HATED PLACE:   Italy and Hotel Rooms, Airport and flying
[1] - The Discography has been omitted from the transcript. The mail order insert is here.
[2] - Just incidentally, it was this car that supplied the revving engine sound a few seconds into "Stripped".
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Re: 1986: Black Celebration
« Reply #6 on: 17 June 2012 - 22:17:40 »
1986-01-xx - Pelo (Argentina) - REBELDES Y AMBICIOSOS

http://www.argentinamode.com.ar/archivos/prensa/recortes/pelo_xx0186.htm



REBELDES Y AMBICIOSOS
Nativos de Basildon -un suburbio al sur de Londres—, los integrantes de Depeche Mode rondan los veintiún años, son exitosos y tienen el don de convertir ruidos toscos en música casi celestial. Sus letras cargadas de emotividad y melodías, en las que el ritmo mecánico, provocado por toda suerte de elementos se funde con un sonido solapadamente electrónico, han conseguido que el nombre de Depeche Mode trascienda las fronteras europeas con inusitada rapidez.
Si alguien se hubiese atrevido a predecir que en cinco años una banda inglesa con nombre francés estaría en posición de aspirar al mercado pop estadounidense, seguramente se lo hubiera confinado al más recóndito de los asilos en aras de salvaguardar la salud mental de sus conciudadanos. Pero cuando se trata de un grupo llamado Depeche Mode -que en buen español significa "Moda rápida"- nada parece improbable. Mientras el pop británico sigue en su rol de "habitué" de los charts europeos gracias a la descomunal prolieración de músicos afectos a los sintetizadores y toda suerte de instrumentos electrónicos- este juvenil cuarteto londinense fue depurando y enriqueciendo su estilo hasta dar con un pop genuinamente progresivo.
AUDACIA SONORA
"A Broken Frame" y "Construction Time Again" siguieron la ruta marcada por su álbum debut, "Speak And Spell". Una total audacia en materia de sonido y una naturaleza innovadora en la que nada de lo que esté a su alcance queda excluido de la renovación, pusieron sobre aviso a los amantes del pop tradicional. Dave Ganan, Martin Gore, Alan Wilder y Andy Fletcher abordaron temáticas comprometidas y comprometedoras -demasiado para algunos- en las que la religión, el poder, la política y la vida son expuestas bajo una luz discutible pero indiscutiblemente auténtica.
"Hay infinidad de tópicos sobre los que uno puede escribir", afirma Martin Gore. "A los de nuestra edad se les ha acostumbrado a las canciones de amor típicas, insulsas, vacías y en su inmensa mayoría mediocres. Las páginas de los diarios están atestadas de asesinatos, conflictos religiosos, económicos y políticos y todo eso en mayor o menor grado nos afecta. En la vida cotidiana también tenemos otros temas además del amor: las preguntas sin respuesta, la crisis de la adolescencia, cuestionamientos que le hacemos a nuestra propia religión, y si seguimos hurgando de seguro encontraremos más. Todos queremos saber las respuestas, pero antes de hallarlas debemos hacernos las preguntas"...
INCERTIDUMBRE RELIGIOSA
Todos ellos atravesaron por el clásico período de in-certidumbre en materia religiosa característico de la adolescencia y hasta el momento no se han congraciado con ella, a pesar de haber sido educados en el seno de familias creyentes. Y continuaron en la suya. En 1984, lanzaron el álbum recopilación "People Are People" y con él casi, casi, la gloria. Alemania los acogió con los brazos abiertos y una audiencia ávida de saber y tratar de entender un poco más las cosas de todos los días. No asumieron la forma de predicadores: ninguno de ellos nació para serlo.
"Nunca nos fijamos como meta primordial llegar a ser los número uno: de todas maneras, ninguno creyó que llegaríamos, empezando por nosotros mismos. En cierta forma es mejor no llegar a la cima porque la gente no toma en consideración si uno luchó o ganó en un partido de naipes la posibilidad de estar allí. Si les gusta lo que hacemos nos aplauden y si no, nos tiran con lo que tengan más a mano. En el único lugar que podemos decir que Depeche Mode fue el número uno, es Alemania. Habría que ver cuál es el patrón por el que se rige la mentalidad alemana", comenta Martin.
Pero Depeche Mode tiene un problema, que puede tornarse grave si no se lo sabe tomar a tiempo. Ya no les basta haber crecido considerablemente en su país de origen: ahora se proponen serlo a donde quiera que vayan. Los síntomas corresponden a una afección -sumamente generalizada en verdad— conocida con el nombre de "Ambición". Se dice que todo se inició con el suceso obtenido por el simple "Master & Servant", incluido en su último trabajo hasta la fecha, "Some Great Reward". ¿Y cuál será el desenlace final? Es imposible augurarlo. Mientras tanto, Depeche Mode persiste en su actitud rebelde, contestaría y en ocasiones con cierto dejo de pesimismo. ¿Belicismo reprimido o pacifismo solapado? ¿Qué es Depache Mode? ¿Cuatro genios bajo la apariencia de candidos adolescentes o un grupo de sabios con alma de Rambo? El interrogante queda abierto...
Dave Gahan: cantante, veintidós años. Actualmente se encuentra residiendo en su propio apartamento en Basildon. Abandonó la casa de su madre en busca de un poco más privacidad y se dice que es el más animoso de los cuatro miembros de Depeche Mode. Cuando está de gira, suele mostrarse nervioso antes de un concierto, pero a su término hace gala de su carácter afable y tranquilo, aunque admite que durante las giras, "hay veces en las que uno se siente un poco solo".
Andy Fletcher: apodado como "Fletch" por el resto del grupo, tiene veintitrés años y es el tecladista de Depeche Mode. Vive en Basildon con su novia y su madre y considera que jamás podrá vivir en otro lugar que no sea su ciudad natal. "Supongo que se trata de una cuestión de acostumbramiento, al menos", confiesa al respecto. Fuera de escena, su imagen no dista grandemente de la de un escolar con lentes y entra en confianza de inmediato con los fans. Es un aficionado al uso de los walkie-talkies, en "articular cuando está de gira.
Martin Gore: Veintitrés años y vive en Berlín junio a su novia Christina. Es el responsable de la mayor parte de las canciones de Depeche Mode. Acostumbra ir de gira acompañado de su novia. Comparten el gusto por la cerveza con mucho cuerpo. además de coincidir en sus preferencias literarias (sobre la Alemania nazi). En el escenario, usa una mini-remera, toca los teclados, y canta una sola canción, "Somebody".
Alan Wilder: tiene veinticinco años y es el mayor de la banda. Reside en Londres y compone ocasionalmente. Al igual que Gore y Fletcher, toca los teclados y toma a su cargo la parte de percusión valiéndose de más insólitos elementos tal como planchas de metal corrugado, entre otros. Sobresale por encima de sus compañeros como el más suave y sofisticado de los componentes de Depeche Mode. Nunca se levanta con mal humor y es el que más tarde se acuesta. Mantiene su corte cabello con abundante gel modelador y practica el hobby la fotografía con singular entusiasmo.
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Re: 1986: Black Celebration
« Reply #7 on: 17 June 2012 - 22:23:23 »
1986-01-xx - Bravo (Germany) - bc album und tour

[Taken from the now-defunct website dave-gahan.net.]



[Thanks to Kimmie for translating this article for this forum.]

On April 29th starts their tour: Depeche Mode...

...are back with the big hammer.
In their video for their new single „Stripped“, Depeche Mode are beating heavily against wrecked cars.
On March 21st , their new LP „Black Celebration“ will follow, and already one month afterwards, on April 29th, the big Depeche Mode-Germany-Tour will start, and will last until the 25th of March.
You can only wish (for the boys) that it won't end like the last gig in Stuttgart, December 1st 1984, when a couple of idiots threw a smoke bomb into the audience, during which about 6000 people showed up that night. And 23 fans got hurt badly.
By the end of February, the three teenagers who were responsible for that got caught by the police and were sentenced to prison for 6 months to 1,5 years, mainly because of burglary.
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Re: 1986: Black Celebration
« Reply #8 on: 17 June 2012 - 22:24:31 »
1986-01-xx - Rocket (Sweden) - Depeche Mode historien

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Re: 1986: Black Celebration
« Reply #9 on: 17 June 2012 - 22:28:08 »
1986-02-01 - Okej n.5 (Sweden) - snart har vi dem här!

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1986-02-01 - Melody Maker (UK) - Stripped review

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1986-02-08 - Record mirror (uk) - I love the idea of wearing leather (...)

[Taken from the now-defunct website www.sacreddm.net.]






"I LOVE THE IDEA OF WEARING LEATHER AND I LOVE THE IDEA OF BEING TIED UP, BECAUSE I LOVE THE FEELING OF HELPLESSNESS..."
[Record Mirror, 8th February 1986. Words: Nancy Culp. Pictures: Joe Shutter.]
"  “I’ve not got great ambitions to be a stripper, but I quite like stripping.” How about here? “It’s not a question of not being an exhibitionist. The reason I wouldn’t strip in front of Woolworth’s in Berlin is it’s just not the right place to do it…” "
 Summary: This article is from the same issue of Record Mirror that was giving away a record featuring a version of "Dressed In Black". It's also the interview that Martin gave while lying down in the road and, while interesting, it's somewhat disappointing. The author doesn't set her sights very high, and although doing it in the best of spirits is evidently only really interested in scooping a naughty quote from Dave or Martin. Dave talks in some detail about his marriage. [2260 words]

    Heavens, what does Depeche Mode’s Martin Gore get up to in Berlin? Smelly trousers… a little automobile reconstruction… and a Nancy Culp interview. Photography by Joe Shutter.
    It was the sort of drunken scenario every PR dreads. There, flat on his back in the middle of Berlin’s Wienerstrasse, was Martin Gore, his black motorcycle boots akimbo and blond curly locks gracefully sweeping up the muck from the pavement.
    An equally betrunken journalist stands over him holding a tape machine under his nose. “I’m going to do this interview lying down in the street,” he’d announced earlier, inside the very trendy Jungle Club. You could dance naked on the table there and the ultra-cool Berliners would only comment on your colour scheme.
    A rather merry crew of Fletch, Martin, Joe, me and our wonderful hostess, Nanni, bounced outside into the biting cold. Ho-ho, I thought. This is going to make one hell of a story. “Get down on the floor, Martin!” I shrieked.
    Passers-by ignored all these high jinks as if they happened every day. “OK,” I slurred into the tape recorder. “Here we are. We’re in Berlin and we’re outside Woolworth’s. Martin, I’d like to know about your ambitions to be a male stripper!” Fletch hovered in the distance, shaking his head: “If he carries on drinking he could strip!” [1]
    Martin speaks from the pavement: “It’s something I never really wanted to do when I was younger, but as I’ve… This is the sort of thing that’s dangerous because it’s the sort of thing that comes out wrong every time.” Well, give it a go, Martin.
    “I’ve not got great ambitions to be a stripper, but I quite like stripping.” How about here? “It’s not a question of not being an exhibitionist. The reason I wouldn’t strip in front of Woolworth’s in Berlin is it’s just not the right place to do it…”
    Depeche Mode are recording their sixth album, from which a single, “Stripped”, is about to annihilate the airwaves. It’s what we in the trade would call “a radical departure” (great rock cliché) and features (Gott in Himmel) A GUITAR! [2]
    The band is in the famous Hansa Studios, where Bowie recorded his unforgettable “Heroes” album and where the Birthday Party did a fair old job of practically demolishing Studio 2 while recording a live album. The day before our impromptu street drama, Dave Gahan had taken us through its hallowed portals.
    “The acoustics are so good down here, I usually come in and do me vocals either in the studio or outside on the landing.” As soon as I put one foot inside the door, I froze. The atmosphere inside this huge, cavernous and older part of the building felt strange and oppressive. The air was so charged my hair practically stood on end.
    “Oh, yeah. It is a bit weird, innit?” grins Dave. “I was down here doing the vocals for “Shake The Disease” in the dark, last time we were here, and I was terrified. I had all noises in me headphones like whispers, and apparently sometimes you can see the shadow of a projectionist up there.” He pointed to a rather eerie-looking projectionist’s box. “It’s a bit haunted, this studio.” I was out of that door quicker than a flash.
    Upstairs, in more modern surroundings, the rest of Depeche were getting stuck into recording. They’d been there for two weeks and it looked like taking another month to finish the LP.
    After that it’s off round the world for a tour that’ll take up the best part of the next five months. They’ve also been filming the video, with Peter Care, for “Stripped”.
    Our first introduction to the band was on that shoot.
    We’d been watching poor old Martin and Alan charging up and down an observation platform right by the Wall, carrying a very large screen, while smoke bombs went off all around us. No wonder the guards in the look-out towers were getting ruffled!
    I managed to collar Dave for an hour and ask why they were recording at Hansa.
    “Mainly because we’re too lazy to find another studio! And we know when we come here that it’s going to be good. It’s probably one of the best studios in the world. When we first came here, no-one was using the place.
    “Working in London, it’s difficult to get into it because we just have so many people coming to see us. We don’t go through a manager or anything. The four of us. We are the managers. So we all have our own little areas where we do our bit, and we tend to be doing that all the time rather than working.”
    What’s yours, Dave, apart from bad haircuts? He’s back to a glossy shade of black after his rather unsuccessful experiment with peroxide.
    “Well, I liaise with merchandising, with our plugger and with the accountants, stuff like that.” Do you like doing that, then? “No, not particularly.” Does that side of things grind you down? I mean, you’re trying to do an album, make a video, do interviews…
    “It does a bit, ‘cos it’s a lot of pressure. We’re trying to fix up TVs and things through Neil in London [3], and just basically trying to keep our heads together. ‘Cos you start to go a bit mad, you know.
    “At the moment, we’re at a stage where our success is just getting bigger and bigger everywhere, and it’s not, like, stopped. So, of course, there’s a lot of people trying to rip you off. You’ve just got to try and get on top of things.”
    It also means being away for rather long stretches from his wife, Joanne. Dave broke a million hearts last year when he got married suddenly and surreptitiously. Why the secrecy?
    “Well, I mean, the way we got married was just, like, so casual. We’d been living together for six years or more and we just started talking about it one night – about marriage in general – and that was on me mind. Then one morning, I got up and said to her, ‘Do you want to get married?’ I virtually said it like that.
    “I told Chris, our PR, not to tell anyone about it. Obviously, we could have played on it. It doesn’t bother me to be in the daily papers but so what? Who cares? Thousands of people get married every day.”
    Did you feel differently afterwards? A lot of people say it makes a difference to have that bit of paper.
    “No, I had a terrible hangover! Again, it’s very clichéd to say that you don’t feel different, but I don’t. We just get on so well. Jo does a lot for me and she’s always there when I need her. I miss her more and more and I always thought that was a good sign.”
    So you won’t be taking her out on the road with you? “Well, she can come, but it doesn’t work. It’s very difficult. I’m a totally different person on tour. I can be really horrible ‘cos I’m so locked into what I do. When Jo’s there, I like it, but if she’s there every day and if I’m feeling in a bad mood, I just take it out on her. We’ve had screaming fights like that…
    “I think on this whole tour the band have got to all really pull together. We’ve talked about it, and we know that we’re going to have real bad times. That’s something we’re good at doing, otherwise we wouldn’t still be together. We’ve gone through a lot of bad periods.
    “We’ve not really had musical differences, but just as people. It’s usually between me and Fletch. We tend to argue sometimes, but, obviously, we both really love each other” (laughs) “but definitely not in a soppy way!”
    In their black leather trousers and jackets, the band look every inch the leather boys they first played to. And so to round 57 of the great leather trouser debate…
    “This is another one of those myths. We’ve always worn leather – you can ask me mum.” It’s a bit rock and roll though, isn’t it? “I suppose so, but leather feels nice, don’t it? There’s something about dirty leather trousers that I love! There’s something naughty and there’s something dirty and, basically, the business that we’re in is dirty and naughty and it goes with the image!”
    This brings us back to Martin; good old quiet and shy Martin, the still waters which run deep. In the past he has always been distinctly coy on the subject of leather, his lyrics which hint at the odd taboo of S and M, and his own part in the whole shebang.
    In the Wienerstrasse I decide it’s high time to confront him, taking advantage of his receptive state. Back in the Intercontinental I button-hole him in the foyer. It’s 2:30am and we’re both so tired that we’re past caring. OK, what about the leather then, Martin?
    “Yeah.” Are you really into it? “Yeah.” In a sexual way? Silence. He smiles charmingly and begins: “I love black… I love the colour black and I love leather in general…”
    But you’ve become noticeably more into it in the last couple of years. “We always wore it as a band, very, very early on, and then we strayed from the path.” But the way you dress is very fetishistic. He smiles again, carefully. Come on! Spill the beans!
    “I love wearing leather. I love wearing black, but apart from that I love the idea of…” Martin, you can’t tell me you’re just playing with the imagery because the way you wear it, I don’t believe you! He takes a deep breath…
    “I love the idea of wearing black and I love the idea of wearing leather and I love the idea of being tied up, because” (he pauses and laughs) “I love the feeling of helplessness, and that’s the only reason. I’m not really into pain.” Eureka!
    “Well, it is about whips and chains, but it’s not… As in most of my songs, I hate writing about a certain subject. I like writing songs that are maybe about a certain subject, but, like, take in a greater spectrum. I hate having to describe songs because if you try and describe them in a few words, you never describe them fully.
    “… ‘Cos sometimes I write a couple of lines and I’m not sure what they’re about. I don’t know exactly what I’m trying to say, but the fit exactly the atmosphere of the song and the music, at that point.
    “I hate interviews, actually, because I find it so difficult coming across natural. I hate reading them, too. That’s one reason why I don’t like doing them. During the last lot we did, we were asked pretty general questions, but when I read what came out, I thought to myself, ‘I’ve got to be really careful in the next batch’, and you never are careful.
    “I don’t blame journalists, I blame myself for what I say. I know it’s really bad. It’s just a question of…” He stops and goes off at a tangent. “That’s one of my favourite sayings, by the way. In fact, there’s two tracks on the next album. One’s called ‘A Question Of Time’ and one’s called ‘A Question Of Lust’.
    “I reckon if you interview us, a lot of the time you’re going to get a lot of stuff that’s real rubbish. I know when you interview me, you’re going to get a lot of stuff that you’re not going to be interested in at all and you’re going to want to make the most of the interview… so…”
    So, you’ve given me some of the best quotes, Martin! [4]
    It’s been a long, hard day. It’s now 3am and time for bed after an unforgettable time. Was it watching the lads demolish three cars in succession that made the trip so good? Or was it standing by the Wall, or where Bowie stood to do his ‘Heroes’ vocals? No, it was spending two days with four of the most likeable and talented lads on Earth – and them not being afraid to open up a bit.
    No need to worry, lads. Your secrets are safe with me…

[snippet]
    Depeche Mode, who are currently hard at work finishing off an album in Berlin, release their single "Stripped" on February 10th.
    The 12 inch version features a "Highland Mix" of "Stripped" and four other songs - "But Not Tonight", "Breathing In Fumes", "Fly On The Windscreen" and "Black Day". Total running time is 25 minutes.
    Depeche Mode have added three dates to their tour. They'll be playing Birmingham NEC April 9, Manchester Apollo 12, London Wembley Arena April 17.
    Tickets for all the shows are £7 and £6 and they are available from the box office and usual agents. For the Wembley shows they are also available by mail order from Depeche Mode Box Office, PO Box 2, London W6 0LQ.
    Cheques and postal orders should be made payable to MCP Ltd, add a 30p booking fee to the cost of each ticket and don't forget to enclose a sae. A credit card hotline has been set up on 01 741 8989.
    Due to production difficulties, Depeche Mode's concert in Belfast on April 4 will now take place at the Belfast Maysfield Centre.
    For further information send £1.50 to Depeche Mode Information Service, PO Box 326, London SW6 6RL. Make your cheques or postal orders payable to Bravado.
[1] - For some reason Martin has always had a thing about whipping his clothes off under the influence of a few drinks and while touring has managed to cause a scene in several hotel bars in this way. It's not a particularly pretty sight but Sacred DM does have one very small picture of Martin starkers. Failing that, those who haven't seen it already could try the very beginning of the "A Question Of Lust" video.
[2] - Oh give it a break. I've lost track of how many times the band (and I) have had to explain over the years that guitars have been used on every album since "Construction Time Again" in 1983.
[3] - Neil Ferris.
[4] - No, Martin has completely pulled the rug out from under her feet. A few moments ago the journalist was convinced she had worn Martin down into confiding some deep dark secret. Now, he has as good as told her that since a lot of what he has to say wouldn't interest her, and he realises she is after something juicy, he shrugs his shoulders and feeds her what she clearly wanted to hear. All of a sudden, we can't be sure if the earlier comments on leather and S & M were in earnest or just said to keep her off his back. Funniest of all is that she doesn't even seem to notice that this feint has knocked her investigations right back to square one. Vive le Gore!
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Re: 1986: Black Celebration
« Reply #11 on: 17 June 2012 - 22:31:46 »
1986-02-12 - Smash Hits (UK) - Various

http://www.likepunkneverhappened.blogspot.com/2016/02/february-12-25-1986.html
http://www.shanemarais.net/smash-hits-magazine/smash-hits-12-25-february-1986/


Hello, little girlies.
We're Depeche Mode and we're a bit pervy. Want to come down to the basement and listen to our new single? It's called 'Stripped' har har knoworrimean and the 12" version's got five tracks and lasts 25 minutes - plenty of time for a bit howsyerfather knoworrimean wooooaaaarrgh har har har. You don't? Well, come and see us on tour then. Take a walk over to Concerts on page 27 and we'll tell you ALL about it har har woooooooarrgh knoworrimean etc etc etc... [page 27 simply lists the UK dates of the BC tour]
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DREAMS
Alan Wilder
"All my dreams involve the group unfortunately. Just when I'm trying to get away from them and go to sleep they're there again, looming up in the subconscious. I usually dream about equipment collapsing in front of me on stage and feeling really exposed."


http://www.tuug.utu.fi/~jaakko/dm/dmtekstit/dmcompilation.txt
SINGLES REVIEW
Reviewed by Simon Braithwaite
Depeche Mode were becoming very predictable but this is the best thing they've done in ages. "Let me see you stripped," sings Dave Gahan and bang goes their appearance on Saturday Superstore. Actually, I think it's all about going back to nature and "discovering yourself". Slow and atmospheric, even though you can't work out what he's going on about.

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Re: 1986: Black Celebration
« Reply #12 on: 17 June 2012 - 22:33:16 »
1986-02-14 - Unknown (??) - Dave at the San Remo festival (2:10 min)

[We don't have this audio interview.]
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Re: 1986: Black Celebration
« Reply #13 on: 17 June 2012 - 22:35:56 »
1986-02-14 - RAI (Italy) - San Remo Song Festival

A performance of Stripped at San Remo was also broadcast during a Jim'll Fix It report:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jlZ-Zp5FOo


And this the performance of Stripped at San Remo as it was aired in Italy:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcezcsWkOWg
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Re: 1986: Black Celebration
« Reply #14 on: 17 June 2012 - 22:36:17 »
1986-02-14 - Unknown (??) - Pressconference in San Remo (bad sound) (15 min)

[We don't have this audio interview.]



1986-02-15 - No.1 (UK) - Whispers

http://www.shanemarais.net/no-1-magazine/no-1-magazine-15-february-1986/


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