|Birth name||Martin Lee Gore|
|Born||23 July 1961|
Martin Lee Gore (born 23 July 1961)is an English songwriter, musician, singer, record producer, and DJ. He is one of the founding members of the electronic rock band Depeche Mode and is its primary songwriter. Gore is the band's guitarist and keyboardist, contributes backing vocals, and occasionally provides lead vocals. Gore possesses a tenor singing voice which contrasts with Dave Gahan's dramatic baritone and is also known for his flamboyant and (sometimes) androgynous stage persona. Gore has also released several solo albums and collaborated with former Depeche Mode member Vince Clarke as part of VCMG.
Gore's lyrics included themes such as sex, religion, and politics.Gore has said he feels lyrical themes which tackle issues related to solitude and loneliness are a better representation of reality, whereas he finds "happy songs" fake and unrealistic. At the same time, he asserts that the band's music contains "an element of hope."
In 1999, he received the Ivor Novello Award from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors for "International Achievement", the Moog Innovation Award "for his many contributions to the exploration of sound in popular music" in 2019, and became a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member in late 2020 with fellow Depeche Mode members, Andrew Fletcher and Dave Gahan.
Martin Lee Gore was born in London, England. Gore's biological father was an African-American G.I. stationed in Britain.Gore was raised by his stepfather David Gore and biological mother Pamela who both worked at the Ford of Britain motor plant in Dagenham. He believed his stepfather was his biological father until age 13, when he learned of his biological father. As an adult, Gore met his biological father in the American South. Gore has described his upbringing as "normal" and "stable" but said he was also an introvert and preferred to spend time reading alone rather than with school peers. However, he also stated that he enjoyed his time at school and took part in foreign exchange trips.
Gore taught himself to play keyboard from the 1970s, never receiving formal tuition. He learned to perform chart hits, figuring out their structures via the magazine Disco 45 .Gore left Nicholas Comprehensive, Basildon after completing his A-levels in 1979 and took a job as a bank cashier. During evenings, weekends and any other spare time, he was involved with the local band Norman and the Worms. Gore became interested in electronic music upon hearing acts such as Kraftwerk, the Human League and Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD). He borrowed a Korg 700S from a friend, before purchasing a Yamaha CS5, his first synthesizer.
Gore has two younger half-sisters, Karen, born in 1967, and Jacqueline, born in 1968.
In 1980, Gore met Andy "Fletch" Fletcher at the Van Gogh club. Fletcher recruited Gore into his band Composition of Sound along with Vince Clarke. Soon the band drafted Dave Gahan to be the band's lead singer after hearing him sing "Heroes" by David Bowie.Gore is the band's keyboardist, contributes backing vocals, and occasionally provides lead vocals.
When explaining the choice for the band name Depeche Mode (which was taken from French fashion magazine Dépêche mode),Gore said, "It means hurried fashion or fashion dispatch. I like the sound of that." However, the magazine's name (and hence the band's) is "Fashion News" or "Fashion Update".
Gore wrote two tracks on Depeche Mode's debut album, Speak & Spell : "Tora! Tora! Tora!" and the instrumental "Big Muff"."Any Second Now (voices)" features Gore's first lead vocals for the band. When Clarke announced his departure from Depeche Mode in 1981, Gore became the principal songwriter for the band. Songs Gore wrote for Depeche Mode's second album, A Broken Frame (1982) differed musically and lyrically from Clarke's. Gore's writing became gradually darker and more political on subsequent Depeche Mode albums. He sings lead vocals on several of the band's songs, notably ballads – his tenor voice provides a contrast to Gahan's dramatic baritone.
Gore sometimes plays guitar (typically his Gretsch White Falcon or Gretsch Double Anniversary) on Depeche Mode songs.The first time guitar was used as the main instrument was on "Personal Jesus", although he used small guitar parts on previous songs, such as "Behind the Wheel" and "Love, in Itself". Gore's guitar playing developed even more on Songs of Faith and Devotion . However, in live performances, he switches his keyboards for his guitar on some older Depeche Mode songs, such as "Never Let Me Down Again" and "A Question of Time". In mid-1990, Gore said, "I think in a way we've been at the forefront of new music; sort of chipping away at the standard rock format stations."
Gore has released the following solo albums: Counterfeit (1989), Counterfeit2 (2003), MG (2015) and The Third Chimpanzee (2021).
Former Depeche Mode colleague Vince Clarke collaborated with Gore for the first time since 1981 as techno duo VCMG on an instrumental minimalist electronic dance album called Ssss, released on 12 March 2012. The first single, Spock was first released worldwide exclusively on Beatport on 30 November 2011.The second, Single Blip was once again first released exclusively on Beatport on 20 February 2012, and the third one, Aftermaths was released on 20 August 2012.
In late February 2015, several teaser images were displayed on Gore's official Facebook page,citing a hashtag "MGxMG" which was later revealed to be a promotional tool for his new solo studio album, titled MG (named after his previous collaborative album, VCMG, with Vince Clarke from 2012). In a news post on his official website and various social media on 2 March, this confirmation of his new studio album announced its release would be on 27 or 28 April and previewed a track, Europa Hymn, from the new album.
Gore has a personal studio in Santa Monica with a sizeable collection of Euroracks, Moog and Erica synthesizers (among others), where he recorded his solo work and wrote music for Depeche Mode.
On 27 May 1999, Gore was presented with an award by Daniel Miller for "International Achievement" by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors at the 44th Ivor Novello Awards.
Martin received the Moog Innovation Award "for his many contributions to the exploration of sound in popular music" in 2019.
Musical pioneer Martin Gore's masterful electronic meditations on the human condition have illuminated the connection between transformative sound and pure emotion for decades. A founding member of the band Depeche Mode, Gore's sensual electronic compositions and introspective lyrics have resonated with faithful audiences around the world and impacted the direction of countless visionary artists from Trent Reznor to Johnny Cash. Gore's enduring ability to connect the rawest aspects of the human experience to the dance floor defined an era and perpetually reminds us what it means to be human through the emotional power of electronic sound.
Gore lives in Santa Barbara, California.He started dating lingerie designer and model Suzanne Boisvert after meeting in Paris in 1989. They married in August 1994, had three children and divorced in 2006. He remarried with Kerrilee Kaski in June 2014 and had two daughters.
He suffered from stress-induced seizures during the band's 1993 Devotional Tourand publicly acknowledged his past alcoholism. He also became a vegetarian for health and moral reasons (along with Alan Wilder) in 1983.
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|"In a Manner of Speaking"||In a Manner of Speaking|
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|1995||"Coming Back To You"||Tower of Song: A Tribute to Leonard Cohen||Gore sings lead vocals on a cover version of the Leonard Cohen song.|
|2004||"Overdrive"||City||Recorded with female duo Client. Gore sings backing vocals on this track.|
|2009||"Master and Servant (feat. Martin Gore)"||3||Cover of the 1984 Depeche Mode hit, recorded with French band Nouvelle Vague. Lead vocal by Melanie Pain, with Gore on backing vocals.|
|2010||"Once You Say"||Industrial Complex||Recorded with Nitzer Ebb. Gore sings backing vocals on this track.|
|2011–12||"Man Made Machine"||Man Made Machine||Recorded with Motor. Gore sings lead vocals on both EP version (2011), and on the album of the same name (2012).|
|2012||All tracks||Ssss||All songs co-written and performed with Vince Clarke as the duo VCMG (see below).|
|2016||"Only You & You Alone"||Another Fall from Grace||Backing vocals on the album from the English band The Mission.|
Depeche Mode are an English electronic music band formed in Basildon in 1980. The group consists of a trio of Dave Gahan, Martin Gore and Andy Fletcher (keyboards).
Dave Gahan is an English singer-songwriter, best known as the lead singer of the electronic band Depeche Mode since their debut in 1980. Q magazine ranked Gahan No. 73 on its list of the "100 Greatest Singers" and No. 27 on its list of "The 100 Greatest Frontmen". Gahan is known for his "commanding presence on stage" and his "huge, deep baritone voice".
Vincent John Martin, known professionally as Vince Clarke, is an English synth-pop musician and songwriter. Clarke has been the main composer and musician of the band Erasure since its inception in 1985, and was previously the main songwriter of several groups, including Depeche Mode, Yazoo, and the Assembly. In Erasure he is known for his deadpan and low-key onstage demeanour, often remaining motionless over his keyboard, in sharp contrast to vocalist Andy Bell's animated and hyperactive frontman antics.
Speak & Spell is the debut studio album by English electronic music band Depeche Mode. It was released on 5 October 1981, or possibly 29 October 1981, by Mute Records. It was the band's only album to feature Vince Clarke, and is much lighter in tone than their subsequent releases.
Some Great Reward is the fourth studio album by English electronic music band Depeche Mode. It was released on 24 September 1984 by Mute Records. The album peaked at number five in the United Kingdom and number 51 in the United States, and was supported by the Some Great Reward Tour.
A Broken Frame is the second studio album by English electronic music band Depeche Mode. It was released on 27 September 1982 by Mute Records. The album was written entirely by Martin Gore and was recorded after the departure of Vince Clarke, who had left to form Yazoo with singer Alison Moyet. Alan Wilder was part of a second band tour in the United Kingdom prior to the release of A Broken Frame, but had not officially joined yet and does not appear on the album.
Ultra is the ninth studio album by English electronic music band Depeche Mode. It was released on 14 April 1997 by Mute Records. It was the band's first album following the departure of Alan Wilder, who had become disillusioned with life in the band. Wilder's departure and lead singer Dave Gahan's drug problems, which culminated in a near-fatal overdose, had caused speculation that Depeche Mode was finished. Ultra was the first album the band recorded as a trio since A Broken Frame (1982); it was also their first where the band members were not involved with production.
Exciter is the tenth studio album by English electronic music band Depeche Mode. It was first released on 14 May 2001 in the United Kingdom by Mute Records and a day later in the United States by Reprise Records. The album was produced by Mark Bell, and was supported by the Exciter Tour, one of the band's most successful tours.
Songs of Faith and Devotion is the eighth studio album by English electronic music band Depeche Mode. It was first released on 22 March 1993 in the United Kingdom by Mute Records and a day later in the United States by Sire Records and Reprise Records. The album incorporated a more aggressive, darker rock-oriented tone than its predecessor Violator (1990), largely influenced by the emerging alternative rock and grunge scenes in the United States.
Andrew John Fletcher, sometimes known as Fletch, is an English keyboard player, DJ and a founding member of the electronic band Depeche Mode.
Playing the Angel is the eleventh studio album by English electronic music band Depeche Mode. It was first released on 13 October 2005 through Mute Records internationally, and through Sire Records and Reprise Records in the United States. It was supported by the Touring the Angel tour and the four singles "Precious", "A Pain That I'm Used To", "Suffer Well", and "John the Revelator" / "Lilian". The album reached number one in over 10 countries and entered the top 10 in the United Kingdom and United States.
101 is a live album and documentary film by English electronic music band Depeche Mode. It was released on 13 March 1989 by Mute Records. It chronicles the final leg of the band's Music for the Masses Tour and the final show on 18 June 1988 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.
"Behind the Wheel" is a song by English electronic music band Depeche Mode from their sixth studio album, Music for the Masses (1987). It was released on 28 December 1987 as the album's third single, reaching number 21 in the United Kingdom, number four in Switzerland and number six in West Germany.
Touring the Angel: Live in Milan is a live video album by English electronic music band Depeche Mode, released on 25 September 2006 by Mute Records. It was directed and filmed by Blue Leach at Fila Forum in Assago, near Milan, Italy, on 18 and 19 February 2006, during the band's 2005–06 Touring the Angel concert tour.
Sounds of the Universe is the twelfth studio album by English electronic music band Depeche Mode. It was released on 17 April 2009 by Mute Records. The album was supported by the 2009–2010 concert tour Tour of the Universe. Three singles were released from the album: "Wrong", "Peace", and a double A-side of "Fragile Tension" and "Hole to Feed". "Perfect" was also released in the United States as a promotional single.
Remixes 2: 81–11 is a remix compilation album by English electronic music band Depeche Mode. It was released on 6 June 2011 by Mute Records. The album is the band's second remix collection, following Remixes 81–04 (2004). It spans the band's entire career up that point and includes new arrangements by former Depeche Mode members Vince Clarke and Alan Wilder. The compilation concludes the band's recording contract with EMI.
VCMG are an English electronic music duo, consisting of Vince Clarke and Martin L. Gore. Reuniting the two original members of the original Depeche Mode lineup over 30 years after Vince Clarke left the band after the release of their debut album Speak and Spell. Their debut album, titled Ssss, was released on 12 March 2012 by Mute Records. An EP titled Spock was released on 30 November 2011. Their second EP, Single Blip, was also released initially exclusive to Beatport on 20 February 2012. Their third EP, Aftermaths was released on 20 August 2012.
Delta Machine is the thirteenth studio album by English electronic music band Depeche Mode. It was released on 22 March 2013 by Columbia Records and Mute Records. It is the band's first album released under Columbia. Recorded in 2012 in Santa Barbara, California and New York City, the album was produced by Ben Hillier and mixed by Flood. A deluxe edition was also released, containing a bonus disc with four bonus tracks, as well as a 28-page hardcover book including photos by Anton Corbijn.
MG is the second solo studio album by English musician and Depeche Mode member Martin Gore, and the first to include self-penned material rather than cover-versions. It was released on 27 April 2015 by Mute Records and consists of sixteen electronic instrumentals. A music video for "Europa Hymn", directed by M-I-E and incorporating illustrations by Jan L. Trigg, was released to YouTube in February 2015.
Spirit is the fourteenth studio album by English electronic music band Depeche Mode. It was released on 17 March 2017 by Columbia Records and Mute Records. The album was recorded with new producer James Ford, and was preceded by the single "Where's the Revolution".
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