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David Gahan

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David Gahan (born May 9, 1962 in Epping, England) is the lead singer for English synth-pop stalwarts, Depeche Mode.
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Early Career

In 1980, at a jam session for local talent, Vince Clarke (Yazoo, Erasure) was impressed with Gahan's vocal rendition of David Bowie's "Heroes" and invited him to join his band, Composition of Sound. Gahan then joined the newly formed Depeche Mode (French for "fast fashion") shortly thereafter. The group released their debut record, Speak and Spell in 1981 for Mute.


Personal troubles

In August 1995, Gahan was alleged to have "attempted suicide" with a razor blade. He was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Beverly Hills, California and released shortly after. On May 28, 1996, Gahan overdosed on heroin and cocaine in a Los Angeles hotel room. Gahan was revived by paramedics and taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He was arrested upon his release two days later, and ordered by the court to complete a 9 month rehabilitation. The drug charges against Gahan were eventually dropped in September 1997.

Non-musical background

Dave was only five when his family broke up and his father was never heard from again. The young Dave Gahan compensated for the loss of his father by becoming something of a "real wide boy with a chip on my shoulder, a real yob." His crimes as a youth include stealing cars, vandalism, and spray-painting graffiti on walls, and as a result he had visited juvenile court three times before he was 14. (Gahan has since had several run-ins with the law, and has long been troubled by drug addiction.)

Solo

In 2003 he released his first solo album, Paper Monsters, followed by a world tour.de:Dave Gahan pl:David Gahan sv:David Gahan

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