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From: frequently asked questions
From: Sergio Bayarri Gausi
Can you explain to us why Vince Clarke left the band? Did the other members ever explain to you the real reasons for his departure?
It really isn't my place to speak for Vince - I'm sure he had his reasons at the time but you'll have to ask him what they really were.
From: Connor Toal
I happened to see the Erasure video for 'Respect' the other day and at one point Vince Clarke spray paints all over a symbol that looks remarkably like the loudspeaker logo from 'MFTM'. Was this slight the result of an open feud at the time and was the pettiness reciprocated by DM?
I think it was just a bit of fun from Vince, nothing more than that.
From: Scott Coolidge
Were you aware that Dave told KROQ (in a recent phone interview) that he missed touring with you and hopes you will come see the band in London? It was a very nice and very sincere statement.
Yes - several people were kind enough to e-mail me about this. It was a really nice comment to make - I miss Dave too.
During the promotion for 'Ultra', I think Martin actually referred to you as a 'misanthropist' which according to my dictionary means 'anti-social, people hating and generally miserable' - a definition that seems far from accurate considering the amount of time you spend communicating with your fans!
Well there's probably an element of truth in this but 'misanthropist' is perhaps a little harsh. I don't have a huge army of so-called 'friends' because I don't suffer fools gladly and I'm also not so insecure that I need an entourage of sycophants singing my praises all the time. I'm very selective about the people I socialise with. I suspect Martin meant that I was cynical and sarcastic which is pretty much right.
From: Giuntia Tonino
I know that Martin supports Arsenal and Fletch supports Sheffield. Did you have any fights with them about football? Was Dave interested in that sport?
Fletch actually supports Chelsea and Dave's not really that interested in football. We never had any fights, just a bit of banter.
Do you know what the other members of DM think about Recoil?
To be honest, none of them have ever really commented on Recoil.
Do you know if Martin, Dave or Fletch have visited your website and if not, do you think they will?
As far as I know they don't have much interest in the internet.
In the beginning of 'A Question Of Lust' video, Martin wants to appear naked in front of the camera. Was it for real or just a fun idea for the video?
It was real. We were in a club somewhere and, as usual, Martin managed to take all his clothes off. The director Clive Richardson decided to bring his camera along and that's what he got.
From: Mark Stewart
Although it maybe let you express yourself more, did it ever bother you that Martin didn't really care about the production?
Sometimes, but it gave me more space to do what I enjoy.
From: John Setlik
You've mentioned frequently that you still receive royalties from any Mode projects that you've been involved with. Do you have any idea if Vince still gets the odd royalty cheque for 'Speak & Spell' and 'The Singles '81-'85' / 'Catching Up'?
Exactly the same principle applies to him.
From: Carsten Vogt
Can you think of any examples where Martin's version of a song was preferred to yours?
It was never as clear cut as that.
Have you got any idea why Dave prefers to live in the U.S.?
Some girls I work with a few years ago saw Martin outside Peter Stringfellows - a bit worse for wear - and he asked them to go to a party. They too were a bit 'tipsy', recognised him and started singing 'Master And Servant', to which he apparently got in a 'bit of a huff' and stormed off... Why get in a huff over such a great song?
Why do you think? I'm sure he was very embarrassed. I'd probably do the same.
From: Robert Sokolowski
Is it true that Fletch has recorded solo material but never released it?
An album called ' Toast Hawaii' (Fletch's favourite dish from Hansa Studios cafe) which featured Fletch singing cover versions of his favourite tunes - accompanied by myself and/or Martin on piano - does exist somewhere. It was recorded in Berlin (on a cassette machine) in about 1983 and I took the photo for the album cover - a shot of Fletch. We did however, have problems convincing Dan Miller that it was worth releasing ;-)
Is there any truth to the rumour in Dave Thompson's book "Some Great Reward" that Martin recorded the song "Somebody" in the noddy?
Yes, it's absolutely true.
From: Martin Siden
'Never Let Me Down Again' is about drugs, right? It has got to be. I mean, "We're flying high, we're watching the world pass us by" etc. How do you feel about that? Did Martin use drugs when writing this song? I knew he had some alcohol problems but I never heard of him using drugs.
I can't speak for Martin's songs - I know as much about what they mean as you do. I also can't speak for Martin's lifestyle, you'll have to ask him personally if you want the answer to that one.
From: Brian Hodge
Okay, Dave's been in several fights (and been busted), Mart has stripped in public (and been busted), Fletch is Fletch (and skipped a tour) - what is Alan Wilder's most embarrassing tour moment? Come on, you can tell US....
Oh, I've had my fair share but I'm not willing to divulge the sordid details....;-)
From: Kevin L. Bass
In the '101 video', Dave is seen holding a child. Also, there is a young lady present. Is this his child? And was that his wife or girlfriend?
It must have been his son Jack and first wife, Jo.
From: Mario Vella
Martin has continually denied that he has specifically written songs for Dave. Have you ever considered that he may have been directing some of his lyrics towards you and your relationship with him?
I have no idea what Martin has in his mind when writing lyrics.
If a film was to be made about the life and times of Depeche Mode, who would you like to see cast as yourself? Any casting suggestions for the other members and crew?
Me - Gary Oldman? Martin - Barbara Windsor, Dave - Daniel Day Lewis, Fletch - Howard Jones
From: Ana Turunen
What was your attitude and reactions towards David when you found out that he was using and how did it affect your work?
It was disappointing. Not for any moral reasons but because his drug use adversely affected his personality and more specifically his greatest asset, his sense of humour. There was also an increase in general apathy and a distance which I found sad considering what an enthusiastic and vital person he really is. By all accounts his unique wit has now fully returned ;-)
Your opinion on Daves scrotom ring?
When you were in DM, apart from recording sessions and being on tour, would the four of you ever decide to meet and socialise together as mates?
As a complete group, never. You have to remember that we were working for most of the year together, so any period of 'downtime' would have invariably been used for holidays and private times with our families.
With regards to some DM lyrics, in the song 'Question Of Time', there is the line "You're only fifteen and you look good" and then there is the song 'Little 15' along with several references to "my little girl" - ie. Enjoy The Silence' and 'Behind The Wheel'. Is this 15 year old and the little girl real people or the same person or are they just part of Martin's imagination?
I can't speak for Martin.
My boyfriend and I were watching 'Devotional' last night and though the performance is haunting indeed and quite powerful, it really made us cringe to see the way Dave carried on. I mean, stage diving?! What goes through your mind when you look back at him during that period of time?
Looking back with the aid of hindsight, there are good and bad elements of the any stage show and we were all responsible for them. I think Dave had a very demanding job to go out there every night and engage the audience so it would be unfair to criticise him for a particular move, no matter how much of a rock cliché it was.
From: Jason Seals
In the latest issue of 'Q', they list the 100 richest people in rock from the U. K. Why are you not listed when Dave is supposedly worth 5 million pounds, Fletch 10 million, and Martin 15 million? Roughly how much would you say you are worth?
There are thousands of other people they could (and should) have mentioned in their article which, as with every survey I've ever seen on rock stars and their wealth, was WILDLY off the mark. Some of the figures mentioned are laughable. They are based on massive assumptions and almost pure conjecture. I used to quite like 'Q' as a magazine but it's gone rapidly downhill over the last few years. As for my personal wealth - that's a private matter which I don't really wish to disclose.
When you first heard about Dave's last overdose, what was your reaction?
Obviously I was saddened but not totally surprised by the news. It seems like it shocked him out of his stupor though, so at least some good came out of it.
From: Alexandra Chlup
Although the fans are interested in what the members of DM and you are doing in private, I felt very irritated about the openness of Dave in many interviews, where he told everything about his private life. I really thought that it was too much. What do you think about this? Don't you agree that there is a point where a person has to decide what details to keep private?
Well, in general I have to agree that there is something rather undignified about airing your dirty laundry in public - it's not my style - and I don't really think a lot of people want to hear rich pop stars whining about how tough it is to survive their privileged lives. However, there are cases when it's necessary to be absolutely honest about a situation and, to an extent, humble oneself in order to confront the damage that's been done. If this kind of confession has been therapeutic for Dave, then it's perhaps not such a bad thing.
Hep, as you met Alan during the 'Devotional' tour, how did you get on with the other 3 guys (especially David)?
Dave is very much like Alan - very funny and extremely charming. He used to tease me a lot and call me 'Beelzebub'(?!). I'm very fond of him. Martin is also very nice but quite a Jekyl and Hyde character - he's a total extrovert when bombed out of his brains and completely the opposite when sober.
I'd like to thank you personally for not bleaching your hair along with Dave and Fletch back in 1985-ish. Who suggested that?
Nobody. I suppose it was just the 'in' thing to do.
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