Happy Birthday, Dave Gahan: 5 Essential Depeche Mode Songs

Today Depeche Mode singer Dave Gahan turns 50 years old. This is a remarkable achievement, in that he was once declared legally dead but still looks like he's 20. Not only that, but he, Martin Gore and Andrew Fletcher are easily the most popular and influential electronic-rock band of all time, still going strong and making some of the best music of their career. DM is now working on a new album and plans to tour the world, again, next year.

I would like to extend my own personal birthday wishes to Gahan. I admire him because not only has he been one of my favorite rock and roll singers for a long time -- his sultry, smoldering style has a little Bryan Ferry, a little Bowie -- he is also one of the only other people I know of who has managed to drive himself into a heart attack at younger than 40. It's not easy to do, even if you work at it.

That was in October 1993, when Gahan was only 31 and having a little too much fun on Depeche Mode's Devotional Tour. But two days later, he was onstage singing at the Summit. He's a tough dude.

KEEP THE HOUSTON PRESS FREE... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
Contact: Chris Gray