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Simon Price on Depeche Mode - You wait for ages for a different sort of frontman, then two show up at once
Saturday 01 June 2013
For a man who has been through not just one fire, but two – heroin addiction and cancer – Dave Gahan is a highly dynamic frontman. And Depeche Mode effectively have a spare one of those, in the shape of Martin Gore. Both men, tonight, are exercising the right to bare arms. Beyond that, their styles are different: Gahan the tanned rock god in tattoos and Cuban heels, Gore the glamourpuss in blue eyeshadow, silver kilt and a star guitar borrowed from the Glitter Band.
Wednesday 29 May 2013
“Words are meaningless and forgettable,” broods Dave Gahan on Martin Gore's elegantly written “Enjoy the Silence”. Unfortunately, the words on Depeche Mode’s latest, widely derided Delta Machine are a teensy bit unmemorable and even after numerous listens the new tunes lack "stickability".
Monday 13 May 2013
This survey of YBA Richard Patterson’s career so far is bold, sensuous, and feels fresh rather than old hat recycled from the Freeze/Sensation years.
Saturday 23 March 2013
An artist's most avid fans are often their worst friends, relishing their pain and suffering from a safe distance.
Saturday 09 March 2013
In which suave synth duo Theo Hutchcraft and Adam Anderson take things in a darker and heavier direction.
Tuesday 27 November 2012
Martin Gore said the X Factor boss should be shot for his influence on the music industry
Friday 09 November 2012
"We're doing the huddle in the Champions League."
Tuesday 21 August 2012
Singer David Gray has fallen out with his neighbours over his plans to convert famed north London recording studios into flats.
Sunday 20 May 2012
The production team of Rich Machin and Ian Glover previously recorded with Mark Lanegan as primary vocalist (with cameos from the likes of Mike Patton and Gibby Haynes).
Friday 06 April 2012
The pop music of the Eighties was bright, bouncy and shiny – and the biweekly magazine Smash Hits displayed the same qualities while providing the perfect handbook for teenagers throughout the British Isles and beyond to follow the latest bands and trends. A mainstay of the much-loved publication throughout the first half of the Eighties, the photographer Eric Watson shot many of its iconic covers, including those featuring Madonna, Madness and Morrissey, and helped define the "heroic" look of many of the acts from the period.
Friday 30 March 2012
To the younger generation of music fans, "indie" is a genre, a ubiquitous term used to describe artfully scruffy purveyors of white-boy guitar pop. In the late Seventies and Eighties, however, it was an abbreviation of "independent", used to distinguish the small, self-financed, artist-friendly record labels - the type started in garages, garden sheds and behind the counters of record shops - from their corporate counterparts.
Wednesday 20 July 2011
The Vintage Festival, the UK’s best new festival, will transform The Royal Festival Hall into a multi-venue vintage playground for London’s most uplifting and stylish party this summer - and The Independent has a pair of tickets for the whole weekend - worth £450 - to give away!
Tuesday 08 March 2011
The Uruguayan's match-winning display on Sunday coupled with Carroll's debut means Liverpool are buzzing again
Friday 14 January 2011
Friday 14 January 2011
For their third album, Brighton's itchy electronic groove machine opted to record in California with the producer Thom Monahan, best known for his work with folk-rockers like Vetiver and Devendra Banhart.
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
Greece crisis: The wider lesson is that it’s time to abandon this failed experiment in currencies
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture
- 1 Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
- 2 James Blunt was special guest on the highest-rating Top Gear episode ever
- 3 People all over the world are getting semicolon tattoos to draw attention to mental health
- 4 Van driver who comforted Clark Carlisle and called 999 after suicide attempt dies age 24
- 5 Baby rescued 1km out to sea after parents forgot about her