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Re: 1984: Some Great Reward
« Reply #30 on: 24 June 2012 - 03:37:01 »
1984-05-30 - Bravo (Germany) - Ihre Stärken ihre Schwachen

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[I typed out the text:]

Ihre Stärken, ihre Schwächen - alles über Depêche Mode

Fotos:
So förmlich mit Krawatte traten Depêche Mode früher an.
Synthesizer beherrschen die Szene bei Depêche-Gigs.

Liebe Leser, an dieser Stell sollte die Autogrammkarte von Depêche Mode kleben. Der Druckerstreik hat dies verhindert. Wir versuchen, Euch bereits gedruckten Karten mit einer der nächsten Ausgaben zukommen zu lassen.
Achtung: An dieser Stelle ist normalerweise die Autogrammkarte festgeklebt. Aus technische Gründen kann Sie in Einzelhäften an andere Stelle dem Heft beliegen.

Andrew Fletcher
Am liebsten hätte Andy (21) Geschichte studiert, doch dann landete er bei eine Versicherung in seiner Heimatstadt Basildon und machte eine Kaufmannslehre. Zusammen mit Martin Gore verbrachte er seine Freizeit bei dem gemeinsamen Freund und Schulkameraden Vince Clark, wo wie in einem Hinterhofzimmer auf zwei alten Gitarren und einem Synthesizer höllisch Lärm machen konnten. 1980 gründenten die drei Depêche Mode, und Andy blieb überhaupt keine Zeit mehr für seine altere Leidenschaft: Lesen. Auf der Bühne spielt er zwar mit seinem Synthi immer den wilden Mann, doch private lebt er lieber still und zurückgezogen. Zu Hause in Basildon, wo er mit seiner Freundin Grainne Mullan wohnt, stapeln sich die Bücher, die er noch all durchschmökern will...

Dave Gahan
David (22) hat ein dreijähriges Studium am Designer College von Southend hinter sich, das er mit Auszeichnung bestand. Wäre da nicht die Sache mit Depêche Mode dazwischen gekommen - vielleicht würde er heute die irrsten Klamotten entwerfen. Der Sänger von Depêche wohnt immer noch bei seiner Mutter und seinen beiden Brüdern in Basildon. Wenn er - was reichlich sellten vorkommt - einmal ein paar Tage hintereinander in seine Heimatstadt kommt, dann schwingt er sich am liebsten auf seine Yamaha-Geländemaschine und fährt zum Angeln. Besonders stolz ist Dave auf seinen neuen schwarzen Escort-XR-3i-Flitzer, mit dem man ihn in die Londoner Clubs abrauschen sieht. Immer dabei: Freundin Joanne...

Alan Wilder
Seit er Ende 1981 für Vince Clark bei Depêche Mode einsprang, ist Alan (25) das Oberhaupt der vierköpfigen Crew. Er wird von den anderen als Gruppenältester akzeptiert und spielt oft den Berichtvater und Ratgeber. Alan ist der einzige, der mitten in London wohnt, während Andy, Dave und Martin ja alle in Basildon/Essex hausen. Mit 17, gleicht nach der Schule, arbeitete er als Toningenieur in einem Londoner Plattenstudio, bis er dann durch eine Zeitungsanzeige auf Depêche Mode aufmerksam wurde. Alans erklärtes Hobby ist die Fotografie. Seit knapp zwei Jahren schießt er Bilder von seiner Gruppe in allen Lebenslagen. Das Ganze wird sorgfältig eingeklebt und in dicken Alben verwahrt.

Martin Gore
Martin (22) ist eindeutig der Mädchenliebling von Depêche Mode. Mit seinen blonden Locken und den strahlend grünen Augen bringt er die weiblichen Fans ganz schön auf Touren. Schon mit 13 Jahren war er Sänger bei einheimischen Bands in Basildon. Trotzdem wollte er nach der Schule etwas "Antständiges" lernen und saß eineinhalb Jahre lang in einer Londoner Bank hinter dem Schalter. Als der Depêche-Mode-Zug schneller in Fahrt kam, ließ er das Büro stehen und stieg voll auf Musik ein. Video-Freak Martin schreibt jetzt fast alle Songs der Gruppe. Seine Mutter "trainiert" er zur Zeit auf vegetarische Essen. Mit auf dem Gesundheits-Trip sind Alan und Manager Danny Miller. David und Andy weigern sich noch, auf Fleisch zu verzichtern...

[Translation by me:]

Their strengths, their weaknesses - everything about Depeche Mode

Photos:
This is how formal (with ties) Depeche Mode looked when they performed years ago.
Synthesizer dominate the stage at Depeche gigs.

Dear readers, to this page should stick to the autograph of Depeche Mode. The printer strike prevented this. We try to give these already printed cards with the next issue.
Note: On this page the autograph is usually being stuck to. For technical reasons, you can find it on another page in single magazine issues.

Andrew Fletcher
Andy (21) had preferred to study history, but then he ended up at an insurance company in his hometown of Basildon and did a business apprenticeship. Together with Martin Gore, he spent his free time at their mutual friend and schoolmate Vince Clark's, where they could make noise like hell on two old guitars and a synthesizer in a backyard room. In 1980 the three formed Depeche Mode, and Andy had absolutely no more time left for his other passion: reading. While on stage he is always playing the Action Man with his synth, he prefers to withdraw himself to live quietly and in private. At home in Basildon, where he lives with his girlfriend Grainne Mullan, the books which he still wants to browse through are all stacking up...

Dave Gahan
David (22) has completed a three-year study at the College of Southend designer, which he passed cum laude. If it hadn't been for Depeche Mode instead - maybe he would now be designing the craziest clothes. The singer of Depeche still lives with his mother and two brothers in Basildon. If he - what happens only rarely - has a few days off to spend his free time in his hometown, then he preferably hops on his Yamaha machine and travels to places to go fish. Dave is very proud of his new black Escort XR-3i racer, with which he drives to the London clubs. Always accompanying him: his girlfriend Joanne...

Alan Wilder
Since he stepped in late 1981 to replace Vince Clark in Depeche Mode, Alan (25) is the chief of the four-man crew. He is accepted by the others as a group elder and often acts as father-role and counselor. Alan is the only one who lives in central London, while Andy, Dave and Martin are all living in Basildon, Essex. At 17, right after school, he worked as a sound engineer at a recording studio in London, until he then became aware through a newspaper advertisement of Depeche Mode. Alan's declared hobby is photography. For almost two years, he takes pictures of his group in all situations. This is all carefully being glued together and kept in thick albums.

Martin Gore
Martin (22) is clearly the girls' favourite in Depeche Mode. With his blond hair and bright green eyes he drives the female fans quite mad. At 13 he was the singer in local bands in Basildon. Nevertheless, after school he wanted to learn something "decent" and sat for a year and a half behind the counter at a London bank. As the Depeche Mode train was gaining momentum quickly, he left his desk and focused fully on music. Video freak Martin now writes almost all of the songs of the group. His mother is currently "training" him on vegetarian food. Alan and manager Danny Miller are also participating together with Martin with this health-trend. David and Andy nevertheless refuse to give up meat...
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Re: 1984: Some Great Reward
« Reply #31 on: 24 June 2012 - 03:37:31 »
1984-05-xx - Depeche Mode - Information Sheet 5

http://www.tuug.utu.fi/~jaakko/dm/sheets/is845.txt

Depeche Mode Official Information Service

                                                INFORMATION SHEET NO. 5/84

I have enclosed the requested items/information which I hope are satisfactory. Please do not hesitate to write back to me if there is anything else about Depeche mode that you would like to know and I will do my best to answer your questions. Please send a stambed, self addressed envelope to the address below quoting the number 6/84 at the end of July for Information Sheet No. 6/84.

RECORD NEWS: This month sees Depeche Mode enter the studio to begin work on a new album due for release in August, as it progresses I'll keep you up to date. 'People are People' is currently the band's biggest selling single; matching 'New Life', 'Just Can't Get Enough' and 'See You' by going silver, but reaching a higher chart position in England as well getting to Number 1 in Germany (a much bigger market).

TOUR DATES: There is one concert planned for June so far; it's an open air festival near Ludwigshafen in Germany with Elton John on the 2nd. A huge European Tour is currently being put together for the Autumn and ROUGH dates are as follows starting on September 27:  St. Austell - Hanley - Liverpool - Oxford - Nottingham Dublin - Belfast - Manchester - Gloucester - Cardiff Birmingham - Blackburn - Glasgow - Aberdeen - Edinburgh Sheffield - Newcastle - Bristol - Brighton - Portsmouth Ipswich - Norwich - Leicester - Southampton - London. Followed by, on October 16: Copenhagen - Lund - Stockholm - Essen - Siegen - Freiburg ITALY - Basel - Regensburg - Berlin - Hannover - Osnabruck Oldenburg - Kiel - Hamburg - Stuttgart - Frankfurt Dusseldorf - Amsterdam - BELGIUM - Paris. Please note that these have not been finalised and tickets ( only available from venue ) are not yet on sale. I suggest you contact the halls and watch local and music press for more details. Hopefully, next month I'll have them confirmed.

Were you outside Birmingham Odeon on the afternoon of February 3 for ORS '84, Depeche Mode style? Did you want to know a girl was at the Depeche gig, Brighton 1982? She wants to contact you.....Please write to Helen Morley, 2 Fitzalan Rd, Littlehampton, W.SUSSEX.

 Depeche Mode Crossword sent in by Janette Halfpenny of Glasgow.
<CROSSWORD should be here>
Next month I'll print the clues, followed by the solution in July.
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Re: 1984: Some Great Reward
« Reply #32 on: 24 June 2012 - 03:38:36 »
1984-05-xx - No.1 (UK) - Dave

[Thanks to mossy for scanning this for this forum! This seems like a reprint, because the photo is from October 1985.]



Echo & The Bunnymen: Silver
"Ian McCulloch's voice always sends my mind into far off places."
Sandie Shaw: Hand in Glove
"I prefer this to the original version by The Smiths. I bought the first two Smith singles but was put off by Morrissey's obnoxious and narrow-minded attitude towards other songwriters."
Nena: Just A Dream
"It sounds like late '70s new wave and I always did hate The Jags."
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Re: 1984: Some Great Reward
« Reply #33 on: 24 June 2012 - 03:39:01 »
1984-06-07 - Bravo (Germany) - Depeche Mode

[Thanks to Milik for offering to send in this scan!]

http://ff-tech.nazwa.pl/black-angels/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=9:materiay-prasowe-z-1984-roku&catid=17:dm-w-prasie&Itemid=12





[Thanks to Strangefan for transcribing/translating this.]

http://web.archive.org/web/20041118224531/http://strangefan.esmartmusic.com/Articles/BRAVO_JUNE_1984.htm

Depêche Mode
Seit ,,People Are People" sind die vier überall top. Bravo verrät euch, wo und wie sie leben.
 
Eine nüchterne Industriestadt mit wenigen künstlich angelegten Grünflächen, rund eine Autostunde von London entfernt. Teilweise schirmen mannshohe Mauern die einstöckigen Wohnhäuser mit ihren handtuchgroßen Gärtchen zu den Straßen hin ab.
Eigentlich nichts Aufregendes dieses Städtchen Basildon. Und doch. Denn dort liegt das Hauptquartier von Depeche Mode. Dorthin kehren David Gahan, Andy Fletcher und Martin Gore in den Schoß ihrer Familien zurück, um sich vom Showrummel zu erholen. Nur der Gruppenälteste, Alan Wilder, bewohnt eine ,,sturmfreie" Bude in London.
Der 1,80 m große Sänger David teilt das Basildon-Häuschen mit Mutter Sylvia und seinen zwei ,,kleinen" Brüden Phil (15) und Peter (16). Dir große Schwester Suzan (24) ist bereits verheratet.
Schwimmen und Fischen gehören zu Davids Freizeitbeschäftigungen. Und obwohl er mit dem vierten Anlauf endlich den Führerschein in der Tasche hat, schwingt er sich am liebsten auf seine Yamaha XT 124, um Freundin Joanne Fox (21) im Nachbarskaff Billericay zu besuchen.
Gitarrist Andy - Andrew John Fletcher steht in seinem Pass - ist nur selten im Hause von John und Joy Fletcher anzutreffen, wo auch seine Geschwister Simon (8), Karen (18), Susan (21) noch leben. Seine Freizeit verbringt er in der stets top aufgeräumten Bude seiner Freundin Grainne (19).
Die Biologie- und Physiologie-Studentin teilt mit ,,Bücherwurm" Andy auch die geistigen Interessen. Denn sein Hobby ist die Geschichte nach dem 2. Weltkrieg ab 1945.
Wer Synthimann Martin Gore in seiner Basildoner Burg heimsuchen will, darf keine Angst vor großen Tieren zeigen. Denn bereits am Eingang wird er von einem riesigen weißen Labradorhund ohne Vorwarnung umgerannt. Denn Ben ist stets zu einem Ballspiel aufgelegt.
Der 1,73m große Martin mit dem blonden Wuschelkopf ist der einzige Sohn im Haus. Gegen Mutter Pamela, Schwester Jackie (16), Schwester Karen (15) und Katze Fella ziehen er und Vater David immer den kürzeren. Martin, er trägt am liebsten Schwarz, lebt vegetarisch, verbringt seine Freizeit am liebsten bei Videospielen.
Keyboarder Alan Wilder teilt seine Londoner Souterrain-Wohnung mit Freundin Jeri, deren Sohn Jason (12) und Katze Tamla. Die drei sind auch die begehrtesten Modelle des Hobby-Fotografen.
Alle vier Zimmer tragen Jeris Handschrift, sind mit nostalgischem Trödel eingerichtet. Nur im Wohnzimmer hat Alan seinen Willen durchgesetzt. Dort ist seine ,,technische Ecke".
M.Rüdiger
Dies ist der Text von den Bildern:
Sobald Martin (23.7.61 in London geboren) zur Tür reinkommt, wird er von Labradorhund Ben (2) mit einem Ball begrüßt: Seine Aufforderung zum Spiel.
Mit seinem Datsun 1600 sind Andy (8.7.1962 in Nottingham geboren) und Freundin Grainne oft Nostalgie-Streifzug durch die Basildoner Pubs. In einer dieser Kneipen hat's vor Jahren zwischen ihnen beiden gefunkt.
David Gahan (am 9.5.1962 in Epping geboren) hatte schon manch dicken Fisch an seiner Angel. In stillen Stunden träumt der Absolvent des Southend-Designer-College von einem eigenen Laden für ausgeflippte Lederklamotten.
Alan Wilder, am 1.6.1959 in London geboren, zieht sich in seiner Freizeit in seine Londoner Kellerwohnung zurück. Deshalb träumen Alan, Freundin Jeri und Jason von einem Land mit viel Sonne und weißen Stränden.


Translation:

Depêche Mode
Since "People Are People" the four are top everywhere. Bravo reveals where and how they live.
 
A sober industrial town with only a few artificial green spaces, about one hour away from London. Partly head-high walls guard the houses with their gardens, which are as big as a towel, from the streets.
Actually not an exciting place to be, this town of Basildon. Really? Because there is the headquarters of Depêche Mode. This is the place where David Gahan, Andy Fletcher and Martin Gore retreat from show business to their families. Only the oldest band member, Alan Wilder, occupies a "trouble-free" digs in London.
The 1.80 m tall singer David Gahan shares the small house in Basildon with his mother Sylvia and his two "little" brothers Phil (15) and Peter (16). The big sister Suzan (24) has already married.
In his leisure time David goes swimming and fishing. Although he finally got his driving license after the forth attempt, he rather jumps on his Yamaha T 124 to visit his girlfriend Joanne Fox (21) in a dump called Billericay.
Guitar player Andy - Andrew John Fletcher as it is written down in his passport - can only be rarely found in the home of John and Joy Fletcher where also his siblings Simon (8), Karen (18), Susan (21) still live. He spends his leisure time in the always tidied up place of his girlfriend Grainne (19). The biology and psychology student has the same intellectual interests as the "bookworm" Andy. His hobby is the history after the World War II.
If you want to visit synth-man Martin Gore in his Basildon castle you must not fear big animals. Because right at the entrance you will meet a white and big Labrador. Ben always wants to play ball.
The 1.73m tall Martin with his blond fuzzy hair is the only son in the house. He and his father David always lose out against Mother Pamela, Sister Jackie (16), Sister Karen (16) and the cat Fella. Martin, who likes to wear black clothes, is a vegetarian and in his free time he likes to play video games.
Keyboard player Alan Wilder shares his semi-basement-flat in London with his girlfriend Jeri, her son Jason (12) and the cat Tamla. Those three are also the most popular models of the amateur photographer.
All the four rooms carry Jeri's trademark, thee are furnished with nostalgic stuff. Only in the living room Alan has his way. There is his "technical" corner.
M.Rüdiger
Here is the text from the pictures:
As soon as Martin (born in London on July 23rd, 1961) goes through the door, he meets Labrador Ben (2) with a ball in his mouth: He wants to play.
With his Datsun 1600 Andy (born in Nottingham on July 8th, 1962) and Girlfriend Grainne make a few nostalgic forays into the pubs of Basildon. In one of these pubs they have met each other years ago.
David Gahan (born in Epping on May, 9th 1962) already has his fair share of big fish. At some quiet moment the graduate of the Southend-Designer-College dreams of his own shop with freaky leather clothes.
Alan Wilder, born in London on June 6th, 1959, spends his leisure time in his basement flat in London. Because of that Alan, Girlfriend Jeri and Jason dream of a place with lots of sun and white beaches.



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Depêche Mode-Fans protestieren:
Unser Bericht im Bravo 20 über Depêche Mide hat bei Euch viel Staub aufgewirkt. Viele von Euch waren empört über den neuen Anti-Teenie-Trend der Band; andere nahmen die vier Engländer in Schutz. Hier Auszüge aus einigen Leserbriefen:
Manuela Z., Seggebruch: "Die Jungs sind wohl größenwahnsinnig geworden! Wir Jugendlichen unter 20 haben sie doch erst zu Stars gemacht. Ohne uns würden sie noch immer in kleinen Clubs spielen!"
Heike K., Herne 2: "Was Ihr über Depeche Mode geschrieben habt, stimmt nicht. Als "Musik-Convoy"-Gewinnerin hatte ich einen ganzen Tag Gelegenheit mit der Gruppe zusammenzusein. Martin Gore verteilte sogar während der Kuchenpause freundlich Autogramme!"
Andrea R., Dissen: "Was denken Martin Gore & Co. wohl, wer ihre Platten kauft, die Konzerte besucht und vor dem Radio hockt? Wir - die Teenager ohne Grips im Kopf!"
Andrea G., Aschaffenburg: "Von Eurem Bericht war ich geschockt. Das Bild von Martin beim Autogramm-Schreiben über dem Text sprach doch (Positive) Bände!"

Depeche Mode Fans protest:
Our article in Bravo 20 about Depeche Mode had stirred up quite a lot in you guys. Many of you were outraged by the band's new anti teen trend: others would protect the four British blokes. Here are excerpts of some readers' letters:
Manuela Z., Seggebruch: "The boys have become megalomaniacal! We, adolescents under 20, have truly made them stars first. Without us, they would still be playing in small clubs!"
Heike K., Herne 2: "That what you wrote about Depeche Mode is wrong. As a "Musik Convoy" winner, I had the opportunity to spend an entire day with the band. Martin Gore even happily handed out autographs during the lunch-break!"
Andrea R., Dissen: "Who do Martin Gore & co think that are buying their records, attending their concerts and sitting in front of the radio? Us - the teenagers without brains!"
Andrea G., Aschaffenburg: "I was shocked by your article. The image of Martin during an autograph session above the text spoke (positive) volumes!"



1984-06-09 - Veronica magazine (Netherlands) - "We zijn echte dorpelingen"

[Scanned/transcribed/translated by me.]



Depeche Mode: "We zijn echte dorpelingen'
Tekst: Mirjam Bos

De jongens van Depeche Mode uit het Engelse plaatsje Basildon zijn echte geluksvogels. Hun laatste single "People are people" doet het net als bijna al hun vorige 45-toeren-plaatjes heel goed, dit keer zelfs in Nederland. Toch beweert het viertal nog niet naar succes gestreefd te hebben, het niet eens leuk te vinden. Wat willen deze jongens dan wel of is het gewoon een groepje "leugenaars"?
Even voorstellen? David Cahan [sic] (21), Andrew Fletcher (22), Martin Core [sic] (?) en Alan Wilder (24) oftewel Depeche Mode. De groep bestaat al 4 jaar, heeft inmiddels 3 succesvolle elpees op haar naam staan en sleutelt momenteel aan een volgende langspeelplaat. Ze trekken 3 maanden voor de opnamen uit en hebben als voorproefje alvast de single "People are people" wereldwijd uitgebracht. Het nummer dat over racisme handelt is inmiddels niet onopgemerkt gebleven. In Engeland en in Nederland bijvoorbeeld is het een vette hit. "Van ons hoeft dat hele gedoe niet zo nodig," zegt Alan, "We vinden het prima om lekkere muziek te maken, maar die interviews, foto-sessies, video-clips, tv-optredens en ga zo nog maar even door, dat kan van mij allemaal gestolen worden. Van de andere jongens ook trouwens, alhoewel we best begrijpen dat het er nu eenmaal bijhoort.
De mensen doen net alsof we het gemaakt hebben, omdat we nu al een paar jaar zeer succesvolle platen maken. Wij hebben echter het gevoel alsof we net begonnen zijn. Bepaalde types vragen ons ook steeds waarom we niet naar het vasteland van Europa verhuizen, of naar Amerika om zodoende steeds succesvoller te kunnen worden. Maar dat zien wij niet zitten. In principe zijn wij vier jongens zonder ambitie. We hebben nooit nummer 1 willen worden, we hebben ook nooit 'groot' willen worden in Amerika. We willen gewoon doen wat we doen en verder niets." Toch wordt iedere stap die de groep maakt gewikt en gewogen. Niets gebeurd zomaar onverwachts. Alles blijkt steeds tot in de finesses gepland te zijn. En spontaniteit is er al helemaal niet bij bij Depeche Mode (wat zoveel betekent als 'snelle mode'). Ze waarderen het wel in andere bands, maar bij Depeche Mode is er geen sprake van.
"Je kan het ook anders vertalen," begint Martin voorzichtig, "dat, wat Alan net zei. Kijk, het kan heel goed zijn dat we van nu af aan geen succes meer zullen hebben, daar zullen wij dan niet mee zitten. Toen we vrijwel meteen succes bleken te hebben, werden we meteen opgezadeld met interviews, foto-sessies. Er moesten video-clips komen. Later hebben we van veel van die dingen behoorlijke spijt gehad. We zijn geen acteurs of filmmakers, we hebben de wereld ook vrij weinig te vertellen.
We zullen Daniel Miller van het Mute Label, die ons ontdekt heeft, echter nooit vergeten. Dankzij hem maken we nu platen, die hij trouwens produceert. Maar we zijn eigenlijk nog lang niet zover als iedereen wel mag denken. We zijn bijvoorbeeld wel gek op video-spelletjes, maar technisch zijn we nu niet bepaald. We kunnen nog niet eens echt goed met bepaalde synthesizers overweg. We hebben de ideeën wel, maar we weten niet hoe we ze uit moeten werken. Dat doet Daniel als het ware, hij vertaalt onze ideeën in muziek. Dat hopen we over niet al te lange tijd zelf te kunnen doen, maar zoiets leer je niet een-twee-drie. Er gaat een hele tijd overheen voordat je zo'n apparaat helemaal onder de knie hebt."
Op het ogenblik is Depeche Mode in Berlijn met Daniel Miller druk bezig hun vierde elpee op te nemen. De heren zijn er echter van overtuigd dat ze nog lang niet aan hun beste langspeler toe zijn. "We beheersen al onze instrumenten nog niet eens, zoals Martin net al zei," zegt David, "daarom zal het ook nog wel even duren voordat we echt goed zijn. We mogen dan wel al succes hebben, maar gelukkig nog niet echt gigantisch. Als we dit jaar niet met een nieuwe elpee afkomen, is iedereen ons volgend jaar vergeten. Ik ben ervan overtuigd dat het echt nog een hele tijd zal duren voordat mensen er trots op zullen zijn dat ze een Depeche Mode-plaat in hun collectie hebben. Daar durf ik om te wedden. We beginnen nu ook pas zelf ideeën voor video-clips te krijgen en voor andere bijzaken, waar we eerst niets mee te maken wilden hebben. We worden gewoon steeds beter en allrounder, en zeg alsjeblieft niet dat we al binnen zijn. Dat ons kostje gekocht is, want het is nu eenmaal zo. En niet anders." Wat David er ook van mag zeggen, de band blijft het gedoe eromheen knap vervelend vinden. Ze zitten er niet op te wachten, hebben er spijt van dat ze "vroeger" tijdens interviews zo eerlijk waren en voelen zich nog steeds het beste thuis in Basildon, het hele kleine dorpje in het graafschap Essex, waar drie van de vier leden vandaan komen. "Moet je luisteren," dwingt Andrew even later, "Basildon is zeker niet het centrum van de wereld. Maar als je daar je hele leven gewoond hebt, is het heel moeilijk om er zomaar weg te gaan om in een grootse, wereldse stad te gaan wonen, waar altijd alles gebeurt. Al onze vrienden wonen er, we verblijven alle drie (behalve Alan, die met zijn vriendin in Londen woont) nog bij onze ouders en we zouden het dorp gewoon niet lang kunnen missen. Als we niet op toernee zijn, zijn we het liefst thuis. Om lekker relaxt nummers te schrijven, want dat gaan we echt niet op hotelkamers doen. Daar voelen we ons niet op ons gemak. En daarom toeren we wel, maar niet de hele tijd. Dat zouden we niet kunnen. We zijn nog steeds echte dorpelingen, die 's avonds het liefst in de kroeg hangen en veel lol trappen. Al zou je dat — aan onze muziek te horen — dan misschien niet zeggen."


Translation:

Depeche Mode: "We are true villagers'
Text: Mirjam Bos

The guys from Depeche Mode from the English town of Basildon are real lucky bastards. Their latest single "People are people" is doing, as nearly all their previous 45 RPM records, very well, this time even in the Netherlands. Still, the foursome claims to not yet have been seeking for success, they don't even like it. So what do they want, or are they just a bunch of "liars"?
Let's introduce them? David Cahan [sic] (21), Andrew Fletcher (22), Martin Core [sic] (?) and Alan Wilder (24), also known as Depeche Mode. The group exists since 4 years, and now have three successful LPs to their roster, and are currently working on a next LP. They planned three months for this record session and already have released a worldwide preview with the single "People are people". The song that deals with racism has not gone unnoticed. In England and the Netherlands, for example, it was an instant hit. "For us, all this drama is not necessary," says Alan, "we are okay with making good music, but those interviews, photo sessions, video clips, television appearances and so on, I can do without all that. So do the other boys, by the way, although we do understand that it's part of the job.
People act as if we've made it to the top, because we have already been making highly successful records for a few years. However, we feel like we're just getting started. Certain people always ask us why we don't move to mainland Europe or to America to thus become more successful. But we do not like that idea. Basically, we are four guys without ambition. We never wanted to be number one, we never wanted to become "big" in America. We just want to do what we do and nothing else." Yet every step the group makes is being weighed up. Nothing happens unexpectedly. Everything seems to be planned to the last touch. And spontaneity is certainly not Depeche mode's (which basically means 'fast fashion') doing. They appreciate it in other bands, but it's not the case for Depeche Mode.
"You can translate it differently," Martin begins gently, "the thing that Alan just said. Look, it may very well be the case that we from now on we won't have success anymore, and that wouldn't bother us. When we got success almost instantly, we were immediately being tied up with interviews, photo sessions. Music videos had to be released. Later on, we quite regretted a lot of that. We aren't actors or filmmakers, and we also have little to say to the world.
We'll never forget Daniel Miller of the Mute label, who discovered us. We now make records thanks to him, which he has produced by the way. But we are actually not nearly as far as people may think. For example, we might love video games, but we are definitely not technical. We still cannot handle some synthesizers very well. We have ideas, but we do not know how to work them out. Daniel does this more or less, he translates our ideas into music. We hope to be able to do this ourselves eventually, but some things cannot be learned like, one-two-three. A long time passes before you've completely mastered such a device."
Currently, Depeche Mode are busy recording their fourth album in Berlin with Daniel Miller. The men are convinced, however, that they are far removed from their best album. "We don't even handle all our instruments properly, like Martin just said," says David, "So it will take some time before we are really good. We might have been successful, but fortunately we're not really huge yet. If we do not come up with a new album this year, everyone will have forgotten us next year. I am convinced that it will take a really long time before people will become proud to have a Depeche Mode album in their collection. I dare to bet on that. We have only just recently started to have our own ideas for video clips and other secondary matters, things which we wanted to have nothing to do with at first. We're just getting better and all-rounder, and please don't say that we've made it already. Or that we've earned our living, because it is what it is. And not anything different." Whatever David has to say, the band continues to find all the fuss around it pretty boring. They're not looking forward to it, and regret having been so honest during interviews "in the past" and still feel most at home in Basildon, the tiny village in the county of Essex, where three of the four members are from. "Listen," Andrew forces a bit later on, "Basildon is certainly not the centre of the world. But if you've lived there all your life, it is very difficult to just get away from there in order to live in a big, cosmopolitan city, where it's all happening. All of our friends live there, all three of us (except for Alan, who lives in London with his girlfriend) still live there with our parents and we simply cannot miss the village for long. When we're not on tour, we are preferably at home. Writing songs, comfortably relaxed, because we're definitely not doing that in hotel rooms. We don't feel at ease in there. And that's why we tour, but not constantly. We wouldn't be able to. We are still true villagers, who prefer to hang out in the pub in the evenings and have some fun. Even if you would not - by listening to our music - be able to imagine."



1984-06-12 - Hitkrant (Netherlands) -  DEPECHE MODE BLIJFT HARTSVRIENDINNETJES TROUW



[Photo found on eBay. An identical version of this article appeared in the Flemish Joepie magazine on 1984-07-15. I definitely bet that this "interview" with Martin has been completely made up - it's riddled with mistakes and exaggerations. Read this only if you want a laugh, not if you want any information on the boys.]

Martin Gore over nieuwe liefde thuis
DEPECHE MODE BLIJFT HARTSVRIENDINNETJES TROUW

"Ik had nooit gedacht dat er zoveel mooie meisjes op deze wereld zijn", lacht Martin Gore. "Toen we onlangs bekend maakten dat we voor de opnamen van onze nieuwe video vrouwelijke figuranten nodig hadden, stroomden de aanbiedingen binnen. Het kan dus nog wel een tijdje duren vooraleer we onze keuze gemaakt hebben. Gelukkig hebben we geen al te jaloerse vriendinnen!"

Mysterieuze stad
Vriendinnen! En wij die dachten dat Martin Gore nog steeds geen vast meisje had...
"Nou, daar is wel verandering in gekomen", lacht hij. "Ik heb wel iets langer gewacht dan de anderen, maar ik ben het dan ook verderop gaan zoeken. Mijn kersverse liefje is namelijk een meisje dat in Berlijn woont. Ze heet Christine en was een paar weken geleden op vakantie in Engeland. We hebben elkaar toen ontmoet. Ik heb haar sindsdien ook al enkele keren opgezocht in Berlijn, en ik denk er zelfs over om me één van de komende maanden definitief in die stad te vestigen. Het is een heel intrigerende en mysterieuze grote stad, heel anders dan Londen. Ik vind het helemaal niet verbazend dat iemand als Bowie er ook een tijdje gewoond heeft. Ik denk dat je er als artiest een hoop inspiratie opdoet."
Betekent dat dan niet dat die vriendschapsbanden tussen de jongens van Depeche Mode zullen losser worden? "Zeker niet, maar het is nu eenmaal zo dat je af en toe verandering van omgeving nodig hebt. Alan Wilder en Andy Fletcher voelen dat niet zo. Die hebben hun vaste liefjes in Londen, en ze zitten trouwens toch bijna altijd in de studio. Steeds maar nieuwe dingen aan het verzinnen met onze instrumenten en dikke boeken over computers aan het bestuderen. Dat is echt niets voor mij", besluit Martin lachend.

Schroothoop
Nou, dan rest ons nog het vierde lid van de groep, David Gahan. Wat spookt die uit tegenwoordig? "Nou, die heeft wel andere zorgen", proest Martin het uit, "Je weet misschien nog dat hij al een paar keer gezakt was voor zijn rijbewijs? Wel, een paar weken geleden had hij de klus dan toch geklaard. Geslaagd met vlag en wimpel! Een paar dagen later rijdt hij echter van Londen naar Basildon, waar hij nog steeds bij zijn ouders woont. Komt er plotseling een bakbeest van een vrachtwagen op hem afsteven. David raakt in paniek en rijdt knal de gracht in! Zijn nieuwste wagentje was meteen goed voor de schroothoop. Ik begin me eigenlijk af te vragen of die kerel die hem zijn rijbewijs heeft afgeleverd, niet te goedhartig was. Onze Dave leert het immers blijkbaar nooit... Gelukkig heeft zijn vriendinnetje Joanne hem goed opgevangen en getroost."
Een laatste vraagje. Vinden Martin's liefje en de meisjes van de andere jongens het nou echt niet erg niet erg dat zoveel meisjes bijna vechten om een rolletje te mogen speken in één van hun promotiefilmpjes?
"Ach nee, dat hoort nu eenmaal bij de job, en dat weten onze meisjes ook wel. We vinden het natuurlijk wel vleiend dat we zo in de smaak vallen bij het andere geslacht, maar we zullen het zeker nooit in ons hoofd halen daar misbruik van te maken. Wij houden immers veel te veel van onze meisjes om ontrouw te zijn."

Photo captions:
De jongens van Depeche Mode tussen de stapels verzoeken en foto's van allerlei meisjes die een rolletje willen in hun nieuwe clip.
Tot voor kort woonde Martin Gore nog bij zijn ouders. Ruilt hij binnenkort zijn jongenskamertje voor een Berlijnse flat?
Dave Gahan, een groot talent op het podiun en in de studio, maar een ramp achter het stuur.

Translation by me:

Martin Gore about new lover at home
DEPECHE MODE STAYS LOYAL TO DEAREST GIRLFRIENDS

"I never would have thought that there would be this many pretty girls on this planet", laughs Martin Gore. "When we announced recently that we needed female extras for our new video, the offers started reeling in. So it can take a while before we've made our choice. Fortunately we don't have too jealous girlfriends!"

Mysterious city
Girlfriends! And we kept on thinking that Martin Gore still didn't have a steady girl...
"Well, there's been a big change in that aspect", he laughs. "I did wait slightly longer than the others, but then I went to search farther. My brandnew girlfriend is namely a girl who lives in Berlin. Her name is Christine and she was on a holiday in England for a few weeks. We met each other then. I even went to visit her a few times in Berlin, and I'm thinking about settling in that city within the next few months. It's a very intriguing and mysterious large city, very different from London. It doesn't surprise me at all that someone like Bowie had lived there for a few months. I think that that place gives you a lot of inspiration as an artist."
Doesn't that mean that the friendship ties between the boys of Depeche Mode will become looser? "Certainly not, but it just has to be that you need a change in environment every now and then. Alan Wilder and Andy Fletcher don't feel that way. They've got their steady girlfriends up in London, and they're almost always in the studio anyway. Always thinking of new things that can be done with our instruments and examining big books on computers. That's so not my thing", concludes Martin laughingly.

Scrapheap
Well, that leaves us with the fourth member of the group, David Gahan. What has he been up to nowadays? "Well, he's got other things to worry about", Martin splutters, "You might remember that he has failed his driver's test a few times? Well, a few weeks ago he had finally done the deed. Passed with flying colors! A few days later, however, he is driving from London to Basildon, where he still lives with his parents. Suddenly a colossal truck is coming towards him. David starts panicking and drives straight into the canal! His brandnew car was immediately ready for the scrapheap. I'm starting to wonder if the guy who gave him his driver's license, wasn't too generous. Our Dave will apparently never learn... Fortunately his girlfriend Joanne has consoled and supported him.
One last question. Do Martin's girlfriend and the girls of the other guys really not mind the fact that so many girls are fighting over playing a part in one of their promo videos?
"Oh no, that's just a part of the job, and our girls know that. We of course do find it flattering that so many girls find us appealing, but we'll never consider taking advantage of that. Because we love our girlfriends way too much in order to be unfaithful."

Photo captions:
The boys of Depeche Mode, sitting between the heaps of requests and photos of all kinds of girls who want to play a part in their new video.
Until recently Martin was still living with his parents. Will he trade his little boys room for a Berlin flat?
Dave Gahan, a big talent on stage and in the studio, but a disaster behind the wheel.
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Re: 1984: Some Great Reward
« Reply #34 on: 24 June 2012 - 03:39:30 »
1984-06-14 - Bravo (Germany) -  Depeche Mode Star Album

[Many thanks to Sabu for sending in this scan!]




Martin
Der Video-Freak
Auf Video-Spiele fährt Martin Gore (geb. 23.7.61) voll ab. Wenn sich der Gitarrist von Depêche Mode mal nicht mit Video-satelliten rumschlägt, zieht er gern mit seinem Kumpel Andy Fletcher durch die Pubs ihrer Heimatstadt Basildon. Martin wohnt noch bei seinen Eltern, und die "trainiert" er gerade auf seinen neuesten Tick: vegetarische Kost.

Alan
Chef und Beichtvater
Alan Wilder (geb. 1.6.59) - seit 1981 bei den Depêches - wird von allen als Chef anerkannt. Der Gruppenälteste spielt of Beichtvater und Ratgeber. Als einziger wohnt Alan in London, wo der Synthi-Mann als Toningenieur arbeitete. Seine große Leidenschaft ist das Fotografieren: Er hält Depêche Mode in allen Lebenslagen fest.

Dave
der Depêche-Designer
Dave Gahan (geb. 9.5.62) braust in jeder freien Minute mit seiner Geländemaschine durch die Gegend. Sonst entwirft der studierte Designer ind Sänger der Band die Bühnenklamotten für Depêche Mode oder zieht mit Freundin Joanne durch die Londoner Clubs.

Andy
Der wilde Mann
Auf der Bühne spielt Andy Fletcher (geb. 8.7.62) immer den wilden Mann, privat ist er ganz friedlich. Der gelernte Versicherungskaufmann und leidenschaftliche "Bücherwurm" war schon bei Depêche Mode, als sie noch in Hinterhöfen spielten.

[Translation by me:]

Martin
The video Freak
Martin Gore (born 07/23/61) loves to play video games. When the guitarist of Depeche Mode is not struggling with video satellites, he is going with his buddy Andy Fletcher to the pubs in their hometown Basildon. Martin still lives with his parents, and he "trains" them on latest tick: vegetarian food.

Alan
Chef and confessor
Alan Wilder (born 1/6/59) is, since 1981 a part of the Depeches, recognized by all as a chef. The oldest one of the group often plays a confessor and counselor. Alan is the only one living in London, where the synth-man worked as a sound engineer. His great passion is photography: He captures Depeche Mode in all situations.

Dave
Depeche designer
Dave Gahan (born 05/09/62) roams at every free minute on his road bike through the area. If not, then the professional designer and singer is designing the stage clothes for Depeche Mode, or goes with girlfriend Joanne to the London clubs.

Andy
The wild man
On the stage, Andy Fletcher (born 07/08/62) is always the wild man, but privately he is very peaceful. The qualified insurance salesman and passionate "bookworm" was already in Depeche Mode when they still were playing in the backyard.
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Re: 1984: Some Great Reward
« Reply #35 on: 24 June 2012 - 03:40:16 »
1984-06-21 - Bravo (Germany) - Martin ist der Neue Boss

[Thanks to Milik for offering to send in this scan!]



[I typed out the text:]

Depêche Mode
Martin ist der neue Boß

Fotos:
Depêche Mode: "Wir sind keine Teenie-Band mehr".
Martin Gore: Der neue Zeremonienmeister der Depêches verbietet das Lachen.
Dave Gahan: Auf der Autobahn wurde sein Wagen demoliert.
Depêche Mode: Wenig Licht und dunkle Hintergründe fordern Depêche Mode für alle Fotos.
Andy Fletcher: "Ultravox" ist der beste Beweis, daß es auch ohne Zahnpasta-Grinsen geht.
Alan Wilder: Seine Freundin Jeri rasiert ihm jede Woche das Haar.

"Ich bin ein Berliner!" Lange dauert es nicht mehr, dann kann Depêche Mode-Sänger Martin Gore diesen Satz stolz verkünden. Martin, dessen deutsche Freundin Christine in Berlin lebt, ist von der Stadt mit der Mauer total fasziniert. Zur Zeit muß er seine Umzugspläne jedoch etwas aufschieben, bis die neue LP fertig ist. Alan, Dave, Andy und Martin sind erst einmal von der Bildfläche verschwunden.
Nach dem Erfolg ihrer Hit-Single "People are People" und dem Album "Construction Time Again" hocken die vier in einem Londoner Plattenstudio und basteln an neuen Tracks.
Martin hat sich auch zum neuen Boß und Zeremonienmeister der Crew aufgeschwungen. Damit ist Alan, bisher Gruppenältester und Beichtvater, etwas aus dem Rennen. Martin läßt sich nur noch im Profil ablichten, weil er da besser wirkt. Er stellt die Gruppenfotos selbst, mischt sich überall in technischen Fragen ein und verlangt von den Fotografen nur noch karges Licht und dunkle Hintergründe.
Er sagt auch an, welche Klamotten Depêche Mode tragen, wie sie benehmen sollen und wann interviews gegeben werden. Dave Gahan machte in England kürzlich Schlagzeilen: Auf der Autobahn von London in seine Heimatstadt Basildon raste ihm ein anderer Wagen hinten rein und schrob sein Auto fast in den Straßengraben.
Daves brandneuer Escort-XRi-Flitzer was ziemlich demoliert. Dave und seine Freundin Joanne kamen mit ein paar Kratzern davon. Sie waren angeschnallt.
Übrigens: Alan Wilders Bürstenhaarschnitt mit den geschorenen Seite ist jetzt garantiert Hausemarke. Freundin Jeri schneidet ihm höchstpersönlich jede Woche die Haare. Die neue Depêche-Mode-Devise taucht immer wieder auf: "Wir lachen nicht mehr auf Befehl", brumme sie mißmutig und verweisen dabei auf Midge Ure und Ultravox, ihre Vorbilder. "Die sind der beste Beweis, daß es auch ohne Zahnpasta-Grinsen geht..."

[Translation by me:]

Depeche Mode
Martin is the new boss

Photos:
Depeche Mode: "We are not a teens band more."
Martin Gore: The new ceremonial master of Depeche Mode forbids laughter.
Dave Gahan: On the highway, his car was demolished.
Depeche Mode: Depeche Mode demand low light and dark backgrounds for all photos.
Andy Fletcher: "Ultravox" is the best proof that it can be done without toothpaste grins.
Alan Wilder: His girlfriend Jeri shaves his hair every week.

"Ich bin ein Berliner!" It will not take long for Depeche Mode singer Martin Gore to proudly announce that sentence. Martin, whose German girlfriend Christine lives in Berlin, is fascinated by the 'city with the wall'. At the time, however, he must postpone his plans to move until the new album is ready. Alan, Dave, Andy and Martin have once disappeared from the scene.
After the success of her hit single "People are People" and the album "Construction Time Again", the four sit in a London recording studio and working on new tracks.
Martin has also declared himself as the new boss and ceremonial master of the crew. Thus, Alan, formerly the group elder and confessor, is somewhar out of the race. Martin may only be photographed in profile, because it looks better. He arranges the group photos himself, delves everywhere into technical questions and demands of the photographer to use only low light and dark backgrounds.
He also says which clothes Depeche Mode should wear, how they should behave and when interviews are given. Dave Gahan made headlines in England recently: On the highway from London to his hometown Basildon another car rushed past him and pushed his car almost into the ditch.
Dave's brand new escort XRi Racer was pretty much demolished. Dave and his girlfriend Joanne escaped with only a few scratches. They had their buckles on.
Incidentally, Alan Wilder's brushed-up haircut with the shaven sides is now a guaranteed home brand. Girlfriend Jeri cuts his hair herself every week. The new Depeche Mode motto appears again and again: "We do not laugh on command," they mumble morosely and refer to Midge Ure and Ultravox, their role models. "They are the best proof that it can be done without toothpaste grins..."
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Re: 1984: Some Great Reward
« Reply #36 on: 24 June 2012 - 03:40:58 »
1984-06-28 - Bravo (Germany) - Maschinen-Sound wie 1000 Volt & Autogrammkarte

[Many thanks to Sabu for sending in this scan! I transcribed/translated it:]



bravo-autogrammkarte
Depêche Mode
Maschinen-Sound wie 1000 Volt

Fotos:
Action-Man Dave heizt den 40,000 Open Air Fans ein.
Auf der Bühne: Andy Fletcher verzichtet aus Eitelkeit auf seine braune Hornbrille.
Martin Gore mit seiner deutschen Freundin Christine. Er zieht demnächst zu ihr nach Berlin.
Dave ist einer der besten Tänzer der Szene. Martin greift bei "And Then" sogar die Gitarre.
Alan Wilder ist bei Depêche Mode der ruhende Pol.
Martin testet das Super-Tele unseres Fotografen.
Nach dem Depêche-Gig kümmert sich Andy ausschließlich und intensiv um seine Fans.

Wie auf Kommando sind die 40,000 Fans im Ludwigshafener Süd-West-Stadion in Bewegung. Für Depeche Mode lassen selbst eingefleischte Open-Air-Fans die mit Wein und Bier gefühlten Plastik-Kanister stehen und springen hoch von ihren Schlafsäcken und Camping-Matten.
Die Masse drängelt und schubst nach vorne in Richtung Bühne, um sich von den Sound-Hexenmeistern aus nächster Nähe antönen zu lassen.
Eingekeilte Sanitäter mit Tragbaren haben Mühe, sich selbst zu retten. War es schon am Nachmittag bei den Acts von Gianna Nannini, Howard Jones und Joan Baez verdammt eng im Halbrund um die riesige Bühne, bei Depeche Mode weiß man, wie sich Ölsardine in der Büchse fühlt.

Das dumpf-monotone Metall-Drumming der englischen Synthi-Meister verwandelt das Stadion in Null Komma nichts in eine glühende Hammerschmiede.
Superstar Elton John ist übrigens derselben Meinung: Bevor er als Headliner dem Open-Air die Krone aufsetze, plauderte er mit den vier Synthi-Stars. Väterlich legte er dabei den Arm um Martin und gestand: „"People are People" ist mein absoluter Top-Hit…“

Schon die saftige Einstiegsdroge "Everything Counts" geht bei den Fans voll ab. Von hellen Glockentönen bis zum brutalen Baß-Rumpeln fehlt nichts im tierischen Depeche-Live-Sound.
Stück für Stück drehen sie das Tempo immer höher. Die absolute Bühnen-Action besorgt Front-Mann und Sänger Dave Gahan. Obwohl er nie Ballett-Unterricht hatte, ist er bestimmt einer der besten Tänzer das Szene.

Bei "Construction Time Again" schwingt er seinen Mikrophonständer wie ein Samurai-Schwert, das er sich jeden Moment in den Bauch stoßen will. Dann jagt er wie von 1000 Volt geschüttelt quer über die Bühne und verkrallt sich kreisend in den Monitorboxen.
Absoluter Höhepunkt: "People are People". Da lassen sich auch Andy, Alan und Martin in puncto Action nicht lumpen. Alan drischt mit einer riesigen Keule auf ein Wellblech, Martin schlägt seine Sticks an einem E-Drum zu Bruch.
Die 40,000 stehen wie unter Strom: Wie aus einer Röhre grölen sie den Text ihrer neuen Lieblingsnummer, unterstützen den geilen Maschinen-Sound mit Nebelhörnern und Trillerpfeifen.

Für "And Then" wagt sich Martin Gore sogar hinter seinen Synthi-Wänden vor und klinkt sich mit der Akustik-Gitarre in Daves Donner-Hall ein. "Kein Saxophone, keine Geige, trotzdem irre Musik", schreit mir ein Familienvater ins Ohr, der soeben von Depeche Mode "bekehrt" wurde.


[Translation:]

Bravo-autographcard
Depeche Mode
Machine-sound like 1000 volts

Photos:
Action Man Dave excited 40,000 Open Air fans.
On stage: Andy Fletcher takes off his brown horn-rimmed glasses out of vanity.
Martin Gore and his German girlfriend Christine. He moves to Berlin soon because of her.
Dave is one of the best dancers in the scene. Martin grabs during "And Then" even a guitar.
Alan Wilder is the calming influence at Depeche Mode.
Martin tests the super-lens of our photographer's camera.
After the Depeche gig, only Andy intensively cares for the fans.

As if on cue, the 40,000 fans at the Ludwigshafen’s Süd-West-Stadium are in motion. Depeche Mode can even motivate the hardcore open-air fans who are holding wine and beer in plastic cups to jump up from their sleeping bags and camping mats.
The mass pushes and slides forward toward the stage to see the sound emanating from the wizards as closely as possible.
Wedged medics with stretchers struggle to keep themselves together. During the acts of Gianna Nannini, Howard Jones and Joan Baez in the afternoon it was already really tightly packed around the huge stage, but with Depeche Mode you will know how sardines in a can will feel.
The low, monotonous metallic drumming of the English synth-masters changes the stadium in no time at all into a glowing forge.
Superstar Elton John incidentally agrees: Prior to crowning the Open-Air festival as the headliner, he chatted with the four synth-stars. Fatherly, he put his arm around Martin and said: “"People are People" is my absolute favourite hit...”

Even the juicy gateway drug " Everything Counts " drives the fans wild. From bright bell sounds to brutal bass rumbling, nothing lacks in Depeche’s animalistic live sound .
Track by track they speed up the pace higher and higher. The absolute stage action is delivered by front man and singer Dave Gahan. Although he never has had ballet lessons, he is definitely one of the best dancers on stage.

During "Construction Time Again" , he swings his microphone stand like a samurai sword which he wants to stick at any moment into the stomach. Then he spirals wildly, like having 1000 volt running through him, across the stage and and yells into the monitor speakers .
The absolute highlight: "People are People". Now even Andy, Alan and Martin are not lacking in action. Alan smashes with a huge bar on a corrugated steel wall, Martin beats his drum sticks on an E-Drum until it will break.
The 40,000 people are standing as if they’re electrified: Like pipes, they bawl the lyrics of their new favourite songs, and support the hot engine sound with fog horns and whistles.

For "And Then", Martin Gore even dares to come forward from behind his synth wall and backs up Dave’s thundering echo with an acoustic guitar. "No saxophone, no violin, and yet crazy music," shouts in my ear a family man who has just been "converted" by Depeche Mode.
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Re: 1984: Some Great Reward
« Reply #37 on: 24 June 2012 - 03:41:37 »
1984-06-30 - Okej #13 (Sweden) - Depeche Mode med ny politisk image

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1984-06-xx - Unknown (UK) - Masters of Change

[Thanks to meldepeche for this article. The month of publication is my guess. I typed out the text.]

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Depeche Mode
Masters of change

Between Duran Duran and Culture Club and the ambitious boys of Wham! The charts and music scene are kept fairly busy. After a while, it's hard to remember when pop was less glamourous. All these trendy suits, unusual visuals, ever changing hair cuts and colours and sun tans.

Yet, in between the gimmicks of Frankie and idiocy of Agadoo', there is Depeche Mode. The closest thing to glamour is a few blond streaks in Dave Gahan's hair. That's about it. The quartet of Martin Gore, Dave Gahan, Andy Fletcher and Alan Wilder look almost bleak by glam standards because they prefer to wear plain jeans and chain store tops. But the subtely of appearance suits them. Depeche Mode make great music, and concentrating on their sound instead of what they look helps.
'Master and Servant' will follow their earlier hit 'People Are People' into the charts. 'People Are People' became a number one hit in Germany and that's where the group cut both the 7 and 12" versions of the new single. They used the Hansa Tonstudio which has been used by British musicians like David Bowie and David Sylvian.
Martin Gore spends a lot of time in West Germany because he lives there with his German girlfriend. But the others enjoyed a change of scenery from England. Of course, when you're in a studio making music all day you hardly get to see the sights, do you?
Still, the group seem happy with the way their career keeps changing. "Our fans are growing with us" explains Martin. "They seem to be getting older as we do. Therefore, they like to change as much as we do. Our audiences don't seem to scream as much as years ago. They listen. That's a great feeling for us. It can be a bit depressing to get onstage and face a wall of screaming fans who aren't listening to what you're doing. This may not be as exciting, but it's rewarding."
It's not only the fans who are quietening down and changing. Depeche Mode report that their music making approach is also seeing some changes.
"We're using fewer conventional instruments" said Dave. "We still write our material before we go into the studio. We also make make up 'demos': samples of what the finished track should sound like before we go into the studio to cut the real thing. It's a mixture of using instruments and computers. People may say it's sounding harsher. But you could look back at our early songs and say they were silly love songs. It all depends which angle you want to start from."
Last year, Depeche did brilliantly during their winter tour of Britain. It's too soon to know when they will hit the road again. First, they're putting the finishing touches on the album that will follow 'Construction Time Again'. Can't wait!
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Re: 1984: Some Great Reward
« Reply #38 on: 24 June 2012 - 03:42:04 »
1984-06-xx - Popcorn (Germany) - Ganz kühl mit Gefühl

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Depeche Mode
Ganz kühl mit Gefühl

Das neue Image: schwarzer Look, kein Lächeln, coole Mienen

Cool ist "in". Glasklare, sterile Synthi-Töne, präzise gestanzter Tanzbeat und dazu die aufreizend seelenlose Stimme von David Gahan (22), die einem den hypnotischen Refrain ins Gehirn hämmert: "People are people, so why should it be, you and I should go along so awfully." Zu deutsch: "Menschen sind Menschen, warum muß es dann sein, daß du und ich so schlecht miteinander auskommen." Selten wurde über Gefühle so cool gesungen. Depeche Mode, die in Deutschland schon immer etwas erfolgreicher waren als zuhause in England, kamen damit im Blitzschuß auf Platz 1 der deutschen Hitparaden - in Großbritannien reichte es "nur" zum 3. Rang. Und passend zu ihrem chromkalten Synthie-Sound schlüpften die vier jungen Musiker (all zwischen 21 und 25) in ein passendes Image: Ein Look ganz in Schwarz, ernste Gesichter, Kühle im Blick. Wie Musikroboter vom Fließband. Wer die vier Jungs nochmal richtig lachen sehen will, sollte sich an unser Poster in der Heftmitte halten, das kurz vor der Imagewende aufgenommen wurde.
"Lachen ist uncool", meint Alan Wilder (25) heute, "wir sind jetzt keine Teenieband mit harmlosen Electronic-Pop mehr. Wir empfinden uns seit dem Album 'Construction Time Again" also experimentelle Speerspitze der elektronische Rockmusik." Ganz offensichtlich haben die vier von Depeche Mode (ähnlich übrigens wie Kajagoogoo) einen Heißhunger auf künstlerische Anerkennung. Und wer ihre Story kennt, kann das auch verstehen. Vor vier Jahren formierten sich Depeche Mode (der Name ist der umgedrehte Titel des französichen Modejournals "Modedepeche") im der englischen Kleinstadt Basildon. Gründer und motor war damals Vince Clark, der inzwischen ausgestiegen ist und mit Yazoo ("Only You") erfolgreich war. Die Stilrichtung von Depeche Mode war vor vier Jahren noch revolutionär: Der Sound kam fast ausschließlich aus Synthesizern, die Jungs wurden "Spezialisten im Knöpfchendrücken" (David Gahan).
Man hatte Kraftwerk und Tangerine Dream im Ohr und wollte daraus etwas Neues entwickeln. Immerhin: Die erste Single "Dreaming of me" (März '81) kam in die englischen Top Thirty, die zweite "New Life" (Mai '81) in die Top Twenty und die dritte "I just can't get enough" schaffte wenig später die Top Ten. Mit dem Ohrwurm "I just can't get enough" schafften Depeche Mode bei uns den Durchbruch. Erste Disco-Tourneen waren erstaunlich erfolgreich, es folgten zahlreiche TV-Auftritte und steil steigende LP-Verkäufe. Vom dritten Album "Construction Time Again" (dt: "Es ist wieder Zeit für einen Aufbau") wurden schon vor dem Hiterfolg über 100.000 Exemplare abgesetzt.
Diese Scheibe bekam übrigens den letzten Schliff in Berlin - das dortige "Hansa-Studio" besitzt nach Ansicht der Gruppe das beste Abmischstudio der Welt. Martin Gore: "Wir waren vorher regelrecht auf Soundjagd gegangen und hatten unter Eisenbahnbrücken, an Flughäfen und in Fabriken die verrücktesten Geräusche eingefangen - viel davon ist auf dem Titel "Pipeline" zu hören. Dann nahmen wir in London die Rohfassung der Nummern auf und mixten alles in Berlin zusammen. Wir finden Berlin überhaupt sehr inspirierend, da gibt es tolle Gruppen wie zum Beispiel Einstürzende Neubauten, denen es übrigens ähnlich geht wie uns. Die sind in England sehr viel bekannter als in Deutschland..."
Die Liebe zu Berlin hat bei Martin Gore, dem blonden Wuschelkopf, noch private Gründe: seit längerem ist er mit einer Berlinerin namens Christine zusammen, die er mal auf Tour kennenlernte. Im Juni kommen Depeche Mode übrigens wieder nach Berlin, um bereits die nächste LP abzumischen, die im September erscheinen soll. Auf vierwöchige Deutschlandtournee geht die Gruppe dann im November. Wer sie vorher live erleben will, hat dazu am 2. Juni in Ludwigshafen Gelegenheit: An diesem Tag tritt die Band im Vorprogramm des Open Air-Konzerts von Elton John auf.

MARTIN GORE ist der musikalische Kopf von Depeche Mode. Er lebt zur Zeit noch zuhause bei seinen Eltern in Basildon und nervt seine Geschwister Jaqueline (16) und Karen (15) zur Zeit mit einer absoluten Videospielmanie. Seine Berliner Freundin Christine will ihn aber dazu überreden, nach Berlin zu ziehen. Martin ist Vegetarier, steht total auf schwarze Klamotten und läßt mit seinen ausdruckstarken Augen die Mädchenherzen schmelzen...

ALAN WILDER ist der Boß von Depeche Mode. Sein kleines Zwei-Zimmer-Appartment mitten in London will er demnächst aufgeben, um in eine weniger hektische Gegend zu ziehen. Alan ist leidenschaftlicher Fotograf und steht auf intelligent gemachte Filme. Vor seinem Einstieg bei Depeche Mode 1981, war Alan Tontechniker in einem Londoner Tonstudio.

DAVID GAHAN ist der Sänger und steht auf Wasser! Ob er in seiner knapp bemessenen Freizeit angelt oder schwimmen geht - feucht muß es sein. Außerdem braust er gerne mit seinem Motorrad durch die Straßen von seiner Heimatstadt Basildon. Seine Freundin Joanne, mit der er seit zwei Jahren fest zusammen ist, leitet den Depeche Mode Fan-Club. Adresse: 42 Hillway, Billericay (Essex), England.

ANDY FLETCHER war zwei Jahre lang als Versicherungskaufmann angestelt, ehe er feststellte, daß diese Laufbahn für ihn doch nicht das Wahre ist. Andy (22) ist politisch sehr interssiert und befaßt sich ausführlich mit den Problemen dieser Welt. Seine Freundin Grainne Mullan studiert Biologie und Physiologie. Auf der Bühne sorgt Andy für Action, privat ist er eher still.


Translation:

Depeche Mode
Very cool with feeling

The new image: a black look, no smile, cool face expression

Cool is "hot". Crystal clear, sterile synth tones, precisely cut dance beats, and to add to that, the provocative soulless voice of David Gahan (22), who is hammering a hypnotic chorus into the brain: "People are people, so why should it be, you and I should go along so awfully." Rarely was feelings being sung so coolly about. Depeche Mode, who have always been somewhat more successful in Germany than at home in England,  entered the German charts with it in a flash, right onto the number 1 spot - the UK gave it "only" a third rank. And accommodating to their chrome, cold synth sound, the four young musicians (all between ages 21-25) slipped into a suitable image: an all black clothing look, with serious faces and coolness in mind. Like music robots coming off the assembly line. If you want to see the four boys properly laughing again, you should stick to our poster in the centre of this issue, which was captured just before their change in image.
"Laughing is uncool," says Alan Wilder (25) today, "we are no longer a teen band with harmless, electronic pop. We feel that since the album "Construction Time Again" we belong at the experimental forefront of electronic rock music." Quite obviously, the four of Depeche Mode (just like Kajagoogoo) have developed a strong craving for artistic acknowledgement. And if you know their story, you can understand that. Four years ago, Depeche Mode were formed (the name is the reversal of the title of the French fashion journal "Modedepeche") in the small English town Basildon. Founder and drive behind the band back then was Vince Clark, who has since dropped out and became successful with Yazoo ("Only You"). The style of Depeche Mode was already revolutionary four years ago. The sound came almost exclusively from synthesizers, the boys were "specialists in pressing buttons" (David Gahan).
They had Kraftwerk and Tangerine Dream in their ears and they wanted to develop something new. And then, the first single "Dreaming of Me" (March '81) came into the UK Top thirty, the second one, "New Life" (May '81) in the top twenty, and the third, "I just can't get enough" managed to get to the top ten a bit later. With the catchy "I just can't get enough", Depeche Mode managed to get a breakthrough over here. The first discotheque tours were amazingly successful, and was followed by numerous television appearances and quickly rising LP sales. Of the third album "Construction Time Again" have been sold over 100.000 copies before its hit success.
This disc, by the way, got its final touch in Berlin - the local "Hansa-Studio " has, according to the group, the best mixingstudio in the world. Martin Gore: "Before that, we had literally gone on a sound hunt, and had captured the craziest noises, under railway bridges, at airports and factories - much of it can be heard on the track "Pipeline". Then we recorded the raw versions of the songs in London and mixed them all in Berlin. We find Berlin also very inspiring, since it's got great groups such as Einstürzende Neubauten, who, by the way, are having similar success as us. They are much better known in England than in Germany..."
The love for Berlin that Martin Gore, the blond curlyhead of Depeche Mode,has, also has its private grounds: he has been together for a long time with a Berliner named Christine, whom he met while on tour. In June, Depeche Mode will incidentally come back to Berlin already in order to mix the next album, which will be released in September. The group will then go on a four-week tour through Germany, in November. Those of you who want to experience them live before then will have that opportunity in Ludwigshafen on the 2nd June: On this day, the band performs as the opening act of the open-air concert by Elton John.

MARTIN GORE is the musical head of Depeche Mode. He still currently lives at home with his parents in Basildon, and presently annoys his siblings Jaqueline (16) and Karen (15) with his absolute video game mania. But his Berlin girlfriend Christine wants to persuade him to move to Berlin. Martin is a vegetarian, is really into black clothes and melts with his expressive eyes girls' hearts...

ALAN WILDER is the boss of Depeche Mode. His small two-room apartment in the heart of London, he will soon give up in order to move to a less hectic area. Alan is a passionate photographer and is available on intelligently made ​​films . Prior to joining Depeche Mode in 1981 , Alan was a sound engineer at a London recording studio.

DAVID GAHAN is the lead singer and is crazy about water! Whether he's fishing in his limited spare time, or going swimming - it has to be something wet. He also likes to make his motorcycle roar through the streets of his home town Basildon. His girlfriend Joanne, with whom he has been firmly together for two years, manages the Depeche Mode fan club. Address: 42 Hillway, Billericay (Essex), England.

ANDY FLETCHER was employed as an insurance salesman for two years before he realised that this career wasn't the one for him. Andy (22) is very interested in politics and is always extensively engaged with the problems of this world. His girlfriend Grainne Mullan studies biology and physiology. On stage, Andy brings the action, but privately, he is rather quiet.
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Re: 1984: Some Great Reward
« Reply #39 on: 24 June 2012 - 03:42:20 »
1984-07-19 - Bravo (Germany) - People are People

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



Depêche Mode
Sie sind inzwischen die Kult-Figuren des englische Synthi-Pop: Depêche Mode. Mit dem Reißer "People are People" räumten Alan Wilder, Martin Gore, Andy Fletcher und Dave Gahan die europäischen Hitparaden ab. Jetzt tüffeln sie an ihrer neuen LP. Das Werk stellen sie auf ihrer Deutschland-Tour im Herbst vor.

Depeche Mode
They are by now the cult figures of the English synth-pop: Depeche Mode. With the winner "People are People", Alan Wilder, Martin Gore, Dave Gahan and Andy Fletcher have secured the European charts. Now they are working on their new LP. They will present that work on their Germany tour in the fall.
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Re: 1984: Some Great Reward
« Reply #40 on: 24 June 2012 - 03:47:26 »
1984-07-xx - Depeche Mode - Information Sheet 7

http://www.tuug.utu.fi/~jaakko/dm/sheets/is847.txt

Depeche Mode Official Information Service

                  INFORMATION SHEET NO. 7/84

I have enclosed the requested items/information which I hope are satisfactory. Please do not hesitate to write back to me if there is anything else about Depeche mode that you would like to know and I will do my best to answer your questions. Please send a stamped, self addressed envelope to the address below quoting the number 8/84 at the end of July for Information Sheet No. 8/84.

Record News: The follow up single to 'People are People' will be released on August 20th; as yet untitled it was written by Martin, as was the B-side which is very 'boystown'!

A new album is being recorded in London, the mixing of which will take place in Berlin throughout July. There is no title for this either. but Depeche Mode hope to release it in September.

Television   The BBC decided not to use one of the band in the current series of 'Pop Quiz'.

There are no programmes, nor press, lined up at the moment, but with the release of the single no doubt you'll see the band featured, so keep watching!

Tour News: Tickets for the UK concerts are now on sale (or will be shortly) and are available from the relevant box offices and agencies; not from me I'm afraid.
      September   27th   St. Augustell Coliseum
            28th   Hanley Victoria Hall
            29th   Liverpool Empire
      October       1st   Oxford Apollo
             2nd   Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
             4th   Dublin SFX
             5th   Dublin SFX
             6th   Belfast Ulster Hall
             8th   Manchester Apollo
             9th   Gloucester Leisure Centre
            10th   Cardiff St. David's Hall
            12th,13th   Birmingham Odeon
            14th   Blackburn King George's Hall
            16th   Glasgow Barrowlands
            17th   Aberdeen Capitol
            18th   Edinburgh Playhouse
            19th   Sheffield City Hall
            20th   Newcastle City Hall
            22nd   Bristol Colston Hall
            23rd   Brighton Dome
            24th   Portsmouth Guildhall
            27th    Ipswich Gaumont
            29th   Leicester de Montford
            30th   Southampton Gaumont
      November 1st,2nd,3rd,4th  Hammersmith Odeon
      From November 15th there will be concerts in Copenhagen, Stockholm,
      Lund, Essen, Ludwigshafen, Siegen, Freiburg, Italy, Basel, Munich,
      Berlin, Munster, Hanover, Aldenburg, Hamburg, Kiel, Stuttgart,
      Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Paris, Belgium, Amsterdam.

Next lot of clues to crossword on 5/84 are;
ACROSS 20) 'Just Can't ___ Enough' (3)
    22) Andy's nickname (6)
    25) 'Any _____ ___' (6,3)
    27)(and 24 down) I run the Info Service (2,3)
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Re: 1984: Some Great Reward
« Reply #41 on: 24 June 2012 - 03:49:30 »
1984-07-xx - Rip it Up (New Zealand) - YEAH,YEAH HE'S A MODE



http://tiptopwebsite.com/websites/index2.php?username=depechemodefile&page=9

YEAH,YEAH HE'S A MODE
Interview with Dave Gahan
By George Kay

Depeche Mode, one-time Basildon pop pixies fronted by Vince Clarke, have been searching for credibility, a music that will last. And being a synth band this search is going to be hard work with acceptance even harder.
DM's Dave Gahan sounds just like any other cockney on the phone - cheerful, hopeful and quite confident that the band is progressing and taking its audience with it.
Last year's concussive Construction Time Again was a departure from the candyfloss blows of Speak and Spell and Broken Fame [sic]. Did the band find it difficult to break out of the wimpy synth stereotype?
"No, because the label we're on, Mute Records, allowed us a lot of freedom to develop over the four years we've been together, and now we're starting to reach the point in production and general recording techniques where we're a lot better. So now we know how to make a record and sound good. It's all about learning."
Has the band felt that there's been a backlash against the feel of synthesisers in favour of more human instruments like guitars?
"A lot of people feel that but I don't agree there's been a backlash because if you listen to every pop record these days these's at least a few synthesisers in there and even a Linn drum. People are getting into the technology and it's making music a lot more accessible because young groups don't have to be so technically good as musicians to put their ideas across on computers or synthesisers. I think that's very healthy.
"But then again we've crossed that phase as our records sound very human unlike the records of someone like Gary Numan. The synthesiser is a very good instrument and you can use it the way we do and create good pop songs."
Looking at Depeche Mode's three albums it would be easy to argue the case that they're primarily a singles band who lack the staying power and emotional depth to make a satisfying long player. 'Just Can't Get Enough', 'Leave In Silence', 'The Meaning of Love', 'Get The Balance Right', 'Everything Counts' and now 'People Are People' are the real signs of their development.
In fact Yazoo's Alison Moyet said in these very pages a couple of years ago that the only song she liked by Depeche Mode at the time was 'Leave In Silence'. Comments?
"Well, at that time we weren't thinking about what we'd been doing. When we started recording 'Leave In Silence' we felt strong about it because it was a better style and we wanted to do something different and it was a very good song with plenty of atmosphere."
It was also a Martin Gore song, post Vince Clarke. Is it possible that if Clarke stayed with the band that he could have been a barrier to progress?
"Yeah, that may be true as Martin was just waiting to come out of his shell and he's come on so much and now he's a very good songwriter. When Vince left it gave us a good kick up the arse but it was the best time for him to leave as Martin had some good songs. When 'See You' became a big hit we gained even more confidence and it helped establish us."
Is commercial success important?
"Yeah, it is a worry and it's difficult but you have to develop first and from there hits are a plus. We're developing all the time, we're not trying to make another hit."
Are Depeche Mode reluctant pop stars?
"The pop star thing is just a name you get tagged with because of commercial success but basically we haven't changed as people, we're just wiser to the music business."
Depeche Mode's new single 'People Are People' is perhaps the strongest they've come up with. The twelve inch format almost buries the song with its percussive synthesiser thwack but the chorus refrain of 'I just can't understand/What makes a man/Hate another man/Help me understand' [sic] is one of the most moving insights you'll hear for a while.
"Martin's lyrics have really come on and he feels really concerned about things, like he's not into violence. But he's also a very private person and he doesn't like to talk about it.
"With 'People Are People' we had the same excitement in the studio as we had with 'Everything Counts' because we knew it was such a good song. And the sleeve is also important as it's a strong symbol showing a soldier and a priest and that those two people could meet together despite the fact that they are opposites."
At the time of this interview the band is in the process of recording their fourth album. Is there an awareness of making the music too overtly political, a feature that was too apparent in Construction Time Again?
"Yeah, very much and that's why the new album isn't going to be dealing with socialist and political things. There'll be some love songs and some on general topics other than social. What we've recorded so far is very good. We can't afford to rest on the success of the last record."
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Re: 1984: Some Great Reward
« Reply #42 on: 24 June 2012 - 03:49:57 »
1984-08-02 -Bravo (Germany) - Singen über Sex

http://www.spontis.de/schwarze-szene/dunkle-vergangenheit/berlin-1984-depeche-mode-singen-uber-sex/



[Converted into text using OCR:]

BRAVO beobachtete sie in Berlin in Plattenstudio:
DEPECHE MODE SINGEN ÜBER sEX

Fotos:
Andy, Alan, Dave und Martin arbeiten an jedem Song gemeinsam und stimmen über das Ergebnis ab: Oft gibt's Meinungsverschiedenheiten.
Die Depêches sitzen of bis spät in die Nacht im Studio und tüfeln an ihrem Sound. Mit Obst halten sie sich fit.
In einem extra gemieteten Studio stehen nur Mikrophone. Daves Donner-Gesang kann hier am besten eingefangen werden.

Die Musik von Depêche Mode muß sich stark verändert haben. Als das BRAVO-Team bei 30 Grad im Schaffen die vier Sound-Hexer im Berliner Platten-Studio besuchen wollte, dröhnte ihnen auf einmal ,,Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht“ und ‚.Oh Tannenbaum“ durch die Studiotür entgegen.
Schon leicht verunsichert, ob man sich um ein halbes Jahr verspätet habe oder auf der falschen Veranstaltung gelandet sei, gingen wir der Sache noch.
Tatsächlich saß in dem Plattenstudio ein biederes Streichquartett, das den Anblick verdutzter Gesichter offensichtlich gewohnt war.
„Depêche Mode — einen Stock höher“, meinte einer der Weihnachtsmänner, ohne die Frage abzuwarten.
Im dritten Stock werden die Töne allerdings vertrauter: dumpfe Syntesizer-Schläge und endloser Rhythmus-Donner. Eingepfercht zwischen unzähligen Synthis, Computern und einem Doppelbett-großen Mischpult hocken Alan, Andy, Dave und Martin rund um einen kleinen Monitor.
In fluoreszierend grüner Schrift wandern darauf Zahlen- und Buchstabenreihen hin und her; im passenden Rhythmus dröhnen die riesigen Wand-Boxen. „Das ist die Grund-Melodie eines neuen Songs“, erklärt Dave, der ab und zu einen kleinen roten Knopf drückt und das Tempo kaum merklich beschleunigt.
Die neue Single von Depêche Mode, die am 20. August erscheinen soll, heißt „Master and Servants“ (Herr und Diener); fünf Wochen später wollen die vier dann die LP rauslassen.
„Bei der neuen Single geht es im Grunde nur um Sex“, verrät Martin, der als Songschreiber der Gruppe auch eigene Erfahrungen mit einfließen ließ, wie er spottet: „Die Beziehung von Herrschern zu Sklaven, von Mann zu Frau, von Staat zu Gesellschaft, meine ich, die durch ihre unterschiedliche Machtpositionen oft sexuelle Probleme schaffen.“
Auch bei den übrigen Songs ihrer neuen Scheibe wollen Depêche Mode großes Gewicht auf kritische Texte legen. „Der Text ist für uns ebenso wichtig, wie die Musik“, sagt Dave, „außerdem wollen wir erzählen, was in unserer Umgebung abläuft.“
Wie entsteht bei Depêche Mode eigentlich eine Platte? „Die meisten Tracks haben wir bereits vorher in einem kleinen Studio in London eingespielt“, erklärt Alan.
„Hier in Berlin setzen wir die einzelnen Stücke zusammen, experimentieren mit allen möglichen Verfremdungen und mischen herkömmliche Instrumente dazu.“
Für den optimalen Raum-Klang von Daves Röhre haben sich die vier noch ein zusätzliches Studio gemietet, in dem nur Boxen und Mikrophon stehen. Die Arbeit, die bei den Depêches total demokratisch abläuft, beschert den Jungs aus Basildon aber auch eine Menge Schwierigkeiten.
„Wir stimmen über jeden Sang ab, und manchmal heißt das Ergebnis: 2:2“, sagt Andy. „Entweder wir fangen dann von vorn an oder unser Manager und Chef-Techniker Daniel entscheidet.“
Nicht nur das Studio hat die vier nach Berlin gelockt, sondern auch Martin setzte sich dafür ein. Er hat sich mit seiner Berliner Freundin Christina eine Zweizimmerwohnung gemietet, während die anderen im Hotel schlafen.
Nach den fünf Wochen im Studio geht’s für alle erst einmal in Urlaub: Martin und Andy fliegen mit ihren Freundinnen nach Mauritius, Alan zieht sich mit Jeri und ihrem Kind nach Malta zurück, und Dave will sich in Griechenland die Sonne auf den Bauch brennen lassen.
Anschließend starten sie im Herbst ihre riesige Europa-Tour. „Wir haben schon ein paar tolle Überraschungen ausgeheckt“, versprechen Depêche Mode.

Reinhard Haas

[Translation by me:]

BRAVO observed them in a Berlin recording studio:
DEPECHE MODE SING ABOUT SEX

Photos:
Andy, Alan, Dave and Martin are working together on every song and vote on the result: often there's a disagreement.
The Depeche are often staying up late at night in the studio and work on their sound. They keep fit with fruit.
In an extra rented there are only studio microphones. Dave's thunder-singing can best be captured here.

The music of Depeche Mode must have changed a lot. As the BRAVO team are about to visit the four sound wizards working in a Berlin record studio at 30 degrees celcius, "Silent Night, Holy Night" and "Oh Tannenbaum" are blasting out of the studio's door.
Being slightly uncertain if we had mistaken the date by half a year or if we had landed on the wrong event, we nevertheless went in.
Turns out that, in the recording studio, a unsophisticated string quartet was sitting, who were obviously used to seeing puzzled faces.
"Depeche Mode - one floor up", said one of the Santas, without waiting for a question.
On the third floor, the sounds became familiar then: syntesizer-muffled beats and endless rhythm-thunder. Penned between countless synths, computers and a large mixingboard the size double bed, Alan Andy, Dave and Martin are are sitting around a small monitor.
On it in fluorescent green writing wander series of numbers and letters back and forth; in the appropriate rhythm, the huge wall boxes are roaring. "This is the basic melody of a new song" explains Dave, who now and then presses a small red button barely noticeably accelerates the tempo.
The new single by Depeche Mode, on the 20th of August to appear, is called "Masters and Servants" [sic], and five weeks later, the four want to release the LP.
"The new single is basically all about sex", says Martin, who as a songwriter of the group also incorporates his own experiences, as he scoffs: "The relationship from rulers to slaves, from man to woman, from state to society, I mean, which often create sexual problems through their different positions of power."
Also with the other songs on their new album Depeche Mode want to place great emphasis on critical texts. "The text is just as important as the music", says Dave, "and we want to say what is happening in our environment."
How is actually a Depeche Mode record created? "Most of the tracks we have previously recorded in a small studio in London," says Alan.
"Here in Berlin, we put the pieces together, experimenting with all sorts of distortions and mix it with conventional instrument."
For the best possible surround sound of Dave's voice, the four also hired an additional studio in which there are just speakers and a microphone. The work that takes place is totally democratic, but it brings the boys from Basildon also a lot of difficulties.
"We vote on each song, and sometimes the result is 2:2", says Andy. "Either we then start from scratch or our manager and chief engineer Daniel decides."
Not only the studio has lured the four to Berlin, but also Martin argued for it. With his friend Christina he has hired a two-room apartment in Berlin, while the others sleep in a hotel.
After five weeks in the studio all of them are going on a holiday for the first time: Martin and Andy fly with their girlfriends to Mauritius, Alan goes with Jeri and her child back to Malta, and Dave wants the sun in Greece to give his belly a tan.
Then they start their huge European tour in the fall. "We already have planned a few surprises", promise Depeche Mode.

Reinhard Haas
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Re: 1984: Some Great Reward
« Reply #43 on: 24 June 2012 - 03:51:03 »
1984-08-16 - Smash Hits (UK) - Construction Time Again

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CONSTRUCTION TIME AGAIN
[Smash Hits, 16th August 1984. Words: Tim de Lisle. Pictures: Mike Putland.]
" “Master & Servant” sounds wonderful but it’s hard to imagine how it would come across on the radio. “All right,” Dave Gahan says, “we’ll put it through small speakers.” It still sounds wonderful. "
Summary: An article that makes no secret of advertising the forthcoming "Master And Servant" single. The writer interviews Martin and Andy while the band mix the single in Berlin, and is consequently wide-eyed at all things technical. A light article, but with some discussion on studio matters and the band's changing fan base. [951 words]


 If you wanted to give your grandmother a nice holiday, you wouldn’t send her to Berlin.
    The West side is dirty, noisy, sleazy and overrun by teenagers – the girls all look like Nena and the boys all look like the boys in her band. The East side is clean, silent, prim and drab, and the Wall between the two sides is horrible, a constant reminder of what’s wrong with the world.
    But then your grandmother isn’t – or I assume she isn’t – a pop star. In the eight years since David Bowie, Brian Eno and Iggy Pop worked together in Berlin everyone from David Sylvian to Killing Joke has followed them across Northern Europe. The studio that they all use is the Hansa Tonstudio, set in a typically post-nuclear Berlin landscape and well within firing distance of the East German soldiers on the Wall. This is where Depeche Mode have come to mix their fourth album, though the only things being mixed when Mike Putland and I arrived one lunchtime were several kinds of muesli – breakfast for Daniel Miller, the band’s manager, producer and record company boss.
    The band turn up soon afterwards, Martin Gore from the flat he shares with his German girlfriend, the others from the Hotel Intercontinental. They sit around the mixing desk, drinking coffee, talking hard and cracking jokes. The first thing Andy Fletcher says to me is “What happened in the test match?” Like many cricket fans, he’s fond of facts and figures: when the conversation turns to Frankie Goes To Hollywood the only thing he has against them is that they look like equalling Gerry And The Pacemakers’ feat of going to Number One with their first three singles.
    This is Depeche Mode’s eleventh day in Berlin – before that they did two months’ recording in North London – and, like the first ten, it’ll be spent mixing the new single “Master & Servant”. The 7” version is complete and, for my benefit, they play it through the studio’s biggest speakers. They’re slightly smaller than the doors and could probably make “The Smurf Song” sound impressive. “Master & Servant” sounds wonderful but it’s hard to imagine how it would come across on the radio. “All right,” Dave Gahan says, “we’ll put it through small speakers.” It still sounds wonderful.
    The plan is to finish the 12” today, which means adding two minutes or so to the seven they’ve already got. The sounds are all laid down on tape: it’s just a matter of putting them down in the best possible order – like doing a jigsaw puzzle when the pieces fit a thousand different ways. This would be complicated for one person: for six (the band, Daniel, and Gareth Jones the engineer and co-producer) it’s tortuous. Gareth looks like a computer programmer in his grey suit, white shirt and stripey tie, and that’s more or less what he is. Most of the noises on the single have been put through a computer and on the mixing desk there are two video screens as well as 2000 switches.
    Over lunch in the studio restaurant I ask Martin if making a record now has more to do with technology than music.
    “Not really, ‘cause all the songs are written before we get into the studio, and we demo everything before we sample the sounds.”
    Sampling, he explains, means feeding non-musical noises into something called a Synclavier, which “sequences” them i.e. turns them into musical noises. [1]
    “We’ve used quite a lot of toy instruments. Me and Andy went to Hamleys and bought nearly everything in the musical department – xylophones, toy pianos, toy saxophones.”
    So how much do they use conventional instruments?
    “Less and less. We’re up to at least 50% sampled sounds now, maybe 60%.”
    Is the single typical of the new LP?
    “Typical of some of the songs,” says Martin, who writes them. “But I think there’s quite a cross-section. We tried to get away from the kind of theme we had running through the last album. Some of the songs, the new single for instance, could be called an extension of that [2], whereas some are different – there’s a couple of love songs, which we’re bound to be slagged for, but I think they’re more honest than the earlier ones – things like “See You” were very concocted love songs. The new album is very sincere!”
    Do they have any ambitions left?
    “We never really had ambitions,” Andy says. “It’s never been our ambition to be Number One, say, ‘cause we feel we’d never get to Number One anyway. Too many people hate us.”
    Who are their fans now? “It’s about 50-50 girls and boys,” Andy says, “and they’re mainly 16-20 now. It used to be mainly girls, and mainly younger than that. We don’t get them screaming any more – we’re not that good-looking, are we? Not exactly pin-ups!”
    After a quick go on the video game in the restaurant – Martin and Andy are addicts and Martin announces that he’s the “seventh best player in the world” – it’s back upstairs for another eight hours’ work on the “Master & Servant” 12”. For everyone except Gareth this means sitting and thinking rather than doing anything, but it’s hard work nonetheless. Snatches of the track are played over and over again.
    Fortified with coffee, mineral water and a copy of Smash Hits (they were delighted with the letter from Tony Shaw of Derby who called himself “Probably Their Greatest Fan Of All Time”) they eventually complete the job at 12:30am. The lights are turned down, the volume right up, and the 12” is played straight through twice to the tapping of toes and the nodding of heads.
    They’re pleased with it. And rightly so.
[1] - If the technical side of this album interests you, try this excellent article. 
SAMPLING MODE
[International Musician And Recording World, November 1984. Words: Adrian Deevoy. Pictures: Les Drennan.]
[2] - This comment from Martin surely gives the lie to the lingering doubts that can be sensed in the press in the wake of Master And Servant's release. When faced with a possible ban on the grounds of indecency in the lyrics, Depeche Mode's defence was that the song was not in fact about sexual relationships, but about working relationships while using sex as imagery. Sometimes, press write-ups on the matter come across as if they don't quite believe the band on this count. The fact that even before the song's release Martin is describing it as continuing the imagery of Construction Time Again proves, to me, that they were not bending over backwards to get out of the indecency charges at all.



1984-08-18 - Sounds (UK) - On the Mode again

[Photo found on eBay.]



On the Mode again
DEPECHE MODE, the limp-as-lettuce-leaf synthpop lovelies, follow their recent hit 'People Are People' with a new single called 'Master And Servant'/'(Set Me Free) Remotivate Me' out on Mute on August 20. Produced by the band and electro legend Daniel Miller in London and Berlin, the 12" version will have longer takes as well as an instrumental of the A-side thrown in.
Depeche Mode are currently working in Berlin's Hansa Studio on an LP for Autumn release, to be followed by tours of the UK and Europe.
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Re: 1984: Some Great Reward
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1984-08-23 - Bravo (Germany) - Das Liebespaar bei Depeche Mode

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[I typed out the text:]

Das Liebespaar bei Depêche Mode: wie Christina sich Martin Gore angelte

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Alan, Andy, Dave und Martin nehmen in Berlin ihre neue Platte auf.
"Kuche und Abwasch sind meine Sache", tönt Martin. Meinstens gehen die beiden aber auswärts zum Essen.
Martin und Christina haben sich für eine kleine Wohnung entschieden, denn da muß man nicht viel aufräumen...
Martin liebt schwarze Klamotte über alles...

Das Wohnzimmer eines Pop-Stars ohne riesige Stereo-Anlage? Martin Gore hat keinen Bedarf: "Mir reicht der Piano-Spieler über uns voll und ganz. Der klimpert den ganzen Tag", stöhnt der Depêche-Mode-Songschreiber, als ihn BRAVO in seiner neuen Wohnung in Berlin besuchte.
Etwas zurückgesetzt von der vierspurigen Haupstraße im Stadtteil Chartlottenburg bewohnt Martin sein ein paar Wochen mit seiner Berliner Freundin Christina eine kleine 2-Zimmer-Wohnung.
"Es war eigentlich Martins Idee, hierher zu ziehen", erzählt die angehende Fremdsprachenkorrespondentin. "Wir lernten uns vor einem Jahr in einer Berliner Disco kennen. Martin was so begeistert von der Stadt - und hoffentlich auch von mir -, daß er spontan beschloß: wir nehmen uns gemeinsam eine Wohnung."
Als die Depêches dann von vier Wochen nach Berlin kamen, stand Martin bereits vor vollendeten Tatsachen: Christina hatte die zwei Zimmer komplett eingerichtet, selbst gestrichen und mit Gemälden ihrer Schwester geschmückt.
"Ich hatte erwartet, hier vor dem totalen Chaos zu stehen", erinnert sich Martin. "Aber Christina hat meinen Geschmack genau getroffen."
Im Schlafzimmer der beiden liegen zwei Matratzen auf den Boden, ein riesiger Spiegel lehnt an der Wand, und in einem dunklen Metall-Regal hat Martin seine Klamotten aufgestapelt.
In dem Berg von Nietengürteln, weiten Schlabber-Anzügen, Lederhosen und Netzhemden ist kein einziger Farbtupfer zu sehen. Martin steht voll auf Schwarz.
Auch das Wohnzimmer ist eher nützlich als prunkvoll eingerichtet. "Wir haben bewußt eine kleine Wohnung gesucht, wo wir nicht viel aufräumen müssen", erläutert Martin und läßt sich auf eine alte Couch fallen, die als Fernseh-Sessel, Gästebett und Sitzecke zugleich fungiert.
Mit einer weiß lackierten Kommode, dem großen Schreib- und Eßtisch sowie einem Metallregal ist die Küche behauptet Martin: "Kochen und Abwasch sind meine Sache." Christina lacht sich hinter seinem Rücken fast kaputt. Am liebsten gehen die beiden nämlich auswärts zum Essen - meist indisch. Wenn doch zu Hause gekocht wird, dann aus der Dose. Die zweite Leidenschaft von Martin und Christina ist gemeinsames Lesen.
"Ich lese auf deutsch vor", erklärt Martin, "und Christina korrigiert mich, wenn ich einen Fehler mache. Ebenso funktioniert es umgekehrt; und so lernen wir beide."
Schon lange foppt Martin die Journalisten damit, daß er fast perfekt deutsch spricht. "Daß ist sehr praktisch, wenn sie heimlich über mich reden wollen", witzelt er.
Bis die beiden ihre Wohnung jedoch richtig genießen können, wird es noch einige Zeit dauern. Während der Plattenaufnahmen muß Christina vormittags in die Schule; Martin ist bis spät in die Nacht im Studio beschäftigt. Danach wollen sie sich zwar zwei Wochen Urlaub auf Mauritius gönnen, aber im September soll schon die große Europa-Tour von Depêche Mode steigen. Wenn Martin dann im Januar endlich Zeit hat, ist Christina bereits mit ihren Prüfungen fertig und möchte am liebsten nach England.

[Translation by me:]

The lovers in Depeche Mode: How Christina caught Martin Gore

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Alan, Andy, Dave and Martin are recording their new album in Berlin.
"Kitchen and doing the dishes are my thing," Martin laughs. Thry mostly go out for dinner.
Martin and Christina have chosen a small apartment, because then there is not much you have to clean up...
Martin loves black clothes most of all...

The living room of a pop star without huge stereo system? Martin Gore has no need "We can hear the piano player above us loud and clear. He strums all day," groans the Depeche Mode songwriter, as BRAVO visited him at his new home in Berlin.
Near the four-lane main road in the district Chartlottenburg, Martin lives with his Berlin girlfriend Christina in a small two-room apartment since a few weeks.
"It was actually Martin's idea to move here," says the aspiring foreign language correspondent. "We met a year ago at a Berlin disco. Martin was so taken away by the city - and hopefully also by me - that he decided spontaneously: we are taking an apartment together."
When the Depeches then came to Berlin four weeks ago, Martin was met by a fait accompli: Christina had furnished the two bedrooms completely, had painted them herself and decorated them with paintings from her sister.
"I expected to stand here before a total mess," Martin recalls. "But Christina has exactly my taste."
In their bedroom there are two mattresses on the floor, a huge mirror leaning against the wall, and in a dark metal case Martin has piled his clothes.
In the mountain of studded belts, wide baggy suits, leather pants and net shirts, not a single spot of color can be seen. Martin completely adores black.
Also, the living room is decorated more practically than ornately. "We have deliberately decided upon a small apartment, where we do not have to clean up a lot," explains Martin and plops down on an old couch which also acts as a TV chair, guest bed and sitting area.
With a white painted chest of drawers, a great writing/dining table and a metal shelf, the kitchen is Martin's territory: "Cooking and washing are my thing." Christina laughs hard behind his back. That's because the two prefer to go out to eat - mostly Indian food. If it is cooked at home, then it's from the can. The second passion of Martin and Christina is reading together.
"I will read aloud in German," says Martin, "and Christina corrects me if I make a mistake. It also works vice versa; and so we both learn."
Martin has long been teasing the journalists with the fact that he speaks German almost perfectly. "That is very convenient when they are secretly talking about me," he quips.
It will still take some time before both of them can really enjoy their apartment. During the album recordings Christina must go to school in the morning; Martin is busy in the studio late into the night. Then they want to indulge on a two week holiday in Mauritius, and in September the big European tour is already starting for Depeche Mode. Then in January when Martin finally has time, Christina has already finished her exams and would prefer to go to England.
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