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From: Anu Nousiainen
E-Mail: shuntanu@depechemode.com

I must admit I'm a curious and, I suppose, a foolishly sentimental person. So......did you meet up with David while you were in New York [during promo. for 'Liquid'] and is there anything you could share with us?

Yes, Hep and I did visit the Gahan household and it was great to meet his wife, Jennifer, daughter Stella Rose and of course, to see Dave. He is in fantastic shape and we had a good laugh about lots of things - old and new. He is obviously besotted with Stella Rose and seems very content all round. I took a copy of 'Liquid' for him.

From: Chris Nunley
E-mail: drifter2k@hotmail.com

You had mentioned that you had given a copy of 'Liquid' to Dave during your visit in New York. What was his feedback on the new album?

You're joking, I didn't let him get near his guitar ;-)

From: Jeff
E-mail: nightbreed@depechemode.com

We all know that YOU are a classically trained musician and have talent playing keyboards/synthesizers, piano and drums. What OTHER instruments can you play?

That's about it. I did learn the flute but haven't played it for years, I can fumble my way around a bass and I can bash out a few chords on guitar.

What about Martin (other than guitar & keyboards and that weird instrument that he plays in 'Everything Counts')?

I don't think he plays anything else although he has been known to strum the banjo while impersonating George Formby.

And Dave (has he ever contributed instrumentally on any albums that you were a part of)?

Dave plays a unique form of guitar. He has his own 'special' style. We used some of his playing as sound effects in one of the crossfade sections of 'Violator'.

And Fletch (other than clapping & waving and the occasional pre-programmed sound effect)?

He says he used to play bass guitar in the very early incarnation of DM but I've never actually heard it put to the test.

From: Maggie Gahan
E-mail: ms_lc_gahan@hotmail.com

Is Dave Gahan just a complete butt-munch or something? For his birthday, a lot of people sent e-mail's to the official DM site and it's August and we haven't heard a word about his responses!!! Is he always such a jack ass?

No, he just doesn't get computers. Somehow, I doubt whether he has internet or e-mail access yet. It's possible that he hasn't even seen the DM website. Don't be too hard on him - I'm sure he appreciates everybody's wishes.

And if you see Dave anytime soon, tell him he's an ungrateful turd, and will continue to be so until we get a thank-you!

Will do.

From: Pit-R
E-mail: pit-r@w.pl

I would like to know if Dave can play any musical instrument?

He plays the guitar (in his own, unique style).

From: Shanne
E-mail: Dpchmd1@aol.com

Several years ago (91-92) the girls from Lush were on KROQ's 'Lovelines', and during the course of the show they made references to some situation involving David, themselves and an apple core. These comments were followed by "He's your boyfriend" - "God no, he's yours" and so on. My question is whether or not your aware of what they were referring to.

I've no idea I'm afraid, and I didn't know what 'Lovelines' was until one of the collaborators who is staying with us at the moment told me.

From: Simon
E-mail: simon.bush@ lineone.net

Is it true that Dave Gahan got married recently? Did you get invited to his wedding and if so, did you go? Who did he marry?

Yes, we did get an invitation but couldn't make it because we had a vocalist over during the same weekend. He married his girlfriend of the last few years, Jennifer who I haven't met but have heard is very nice.

From: Crystal Chauvin
E-mail: Jedsia@aol.com

I saw a picture of Martin playing guitar left handed, so is he ambidextrous or just an in-the-closet lefty? ;-)

Have you considered that the photo may have been printed back to front?

From: Lech
E-mail: lech@netg.se

Is it true you almost (accidentally :)) knocked Fletcher's head off while filming 'Stripped'?

No, but there was one particular video shoot prior to that where a fight between two band members did occur - not involving me, I might add (more of a lover's tiff actually ;-). Not that I'm mentioning any names of course except to say that when Dave tried to attract my attention to witness this amusing spectacle, I was preoccupied with something else and missed it - shit....

From: Jammy (gone all soft and soppy)
E-mail: Jam007DM@aol.com

Let's say you see an old Depeche buddy like Fletch, Mart, or somebody from the crew etc. Would you approach that person or ignore them?

Of course I would speak to them.

From: Johannes K. Arnason
E-mail: 101@isholf.is

What do you think of Martin´s 'Counterfeit' E.P.?

I quite liked his choice of songs (especially the Comsat Angels song) but I didn't think he developed his versions beyond the demo stage.

Do you think Dave had an inferiority complex at any point because the band wasn't a loud guitar band?

Inferiority complex? - don't know about that but there were times when it was obvious that Dave would have liked the band to 'rock out' more. Even though I wouldn't have necessarily advocated the use of more guitars, I could sometimes share his sense of frustration at the lack of dynamics - something I go on about a lot as well because I believe it is so important within music.

From: Jam
E-mail: Jam007DM@aol.com

Did you see or speak to Dave in 1991 or 1992 before recording 'SOFAD'? For example, do you have pictures of him when he was growing his hair long?

I only spoke to him a couple of times on the 'phone during that year.

If Dave were to get married again and he invited you, would you go? And who do you think his best man would be?

I'd go if he asked me. Maybe J. Kessler would be best man but I have no idea really.

From: Lars Bruun
E-mail: lars101@post3.tele.dk

When voting for something in DM, whatever it could be, had Fletch and Martin always the same opinion about things?

Not always.

From: Bruno Ouvrein
E-mail: bo@wanadoo.fr

On the last US MTV's '120 Minutes', Dave said he misses your input a lot in Depeche Mode. Any comment?

Dave's always been willing to recognise the contribution of others - he has a very generous nature and I believe he is sincere in his comments. I was possibly the closest to him in the group and I would imagine (DM having been a very insular group for many years) that it's been pretty strange working with all sorts of new people in the studio and on stage - perhaps this is part of what he means. In many ways it would be easier for him to avoid the subject and say nothing, so the fact that he has gone out of his way to say such nice things about me recently makes me feel good. Although I'm happy doing what I do now, I also miss having him around, and in some ways I've missed out on the 'new' Dave.

From: Craig Bryant
E-mail: somethingtodo32@hotmail.com

When you all got back together to record 'SOFAD', what was your first impression of Dave's new image?

He looked like he'd been living in L.A. for a year.

From: John P
E-mail: John.persson@2.sbbs.se

Were you involved in Martin Gore's solo project 'Counterfeit' in any way?


From: Lyndsie
E-mail: lyndsie@cableinet.co.uk

When Dave was really into all the drugs, did anyone from D.M. or the tour crew do anything to stop him, or at least to try to help him? If so, who, and what did they do? If not, why not?

Yes, of course everybody tried to help him in their own way but it's not easy to just stop somebody who's on a mission.

After his overdose, did you visit him in hospital or at home?

No, I was in England at the time.

Have you had any contact with him at all recently?

Yes. I received a very nice message from him a couple of weeks ago. I sent a nice message back.

Are you still friends with him?

Absolutely, we've always been friends although we haven't seen much of each other since '94.

From: Richard Hanson
E-mail: hanson_rp@geocities.com

I am disturbed by the latest issue of Q where they have a review of a DM live show. The closing paragraph explicitly states that Dave is a less interesting and charismatic person now that he is not a junkie. Do you find this attitude towards drugs somewhat worrying, especially in relation to an acquaintance
of yours?

Is this a direct quote? The only reason I would find it worrying is because it's such a cliché. It would not be the first time that it's been said an artist is at their most interesting when under the influence. I can't see how the journalist can say Dave is a more or less interesting person without meeting him both before and after his drug experience. If he has done this, then he is entitled to his opinion. If he means his performance isn't as good, well, he's also entitled to his opinion.

From: Elizabeth
E-mail: eroque2.dzn.com@users.dzn.com

What was it like for all the members of DM when Dave was strung out on heroin? Were any others strung out?

It didn't necessarily turn him into a monster or anything but, obviously, Dave was in his own world. Consequently this made normal communication more difficult, which was an added pressure in an already quite tense group relationship. It was just a bit sad from my point of view because he wasn't really 'there' a lot of the time and I missed his sharp wit. Nobody else in DM has ever taken heroin as far as I know so I imagine Dave felt alien to the rest of us at this time.

From: Michael Stern
E-mail: mstern0@concentric.net

Did Vince Clarke contact you when you left the group? Do you have any type of relationship with him?

No, I hardly know Vince at all.

From: Petr Mrna
E-mail: recoil@volny.cz

You recently spoke to Dave Gahan and I wondered if his language has changed over the years he has been living in America?

Dave's taken on a classic mid-Atlantic accent although as the old adage goes, you can take the boy out of Basildon but you can't take Basildon out of the boy...

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