Basildon, Essex, England
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founding member and songwritter of Depeche Mode
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Martin Lee Gore
Martin Lee Gore (born 23 July 1961) is an English singer songwriter, guitarist, keyboardist, producer, remixer, and DJ. He is a founding member of Depeche Mode and has written the majority of their songs. His work now spans over three decades. Gore's best-known compositions include hits such as "Personal Jesus", "Enjoy the Silence", "Stripped","It's No Good", "In Your Room", "I Feel You", "People Are People","Precious","A Question of Time", "Policy Of Truth", "Everything Counts", "Behind the Wheel", "Shake the Disease", "Never Let Me Down Again" and many more.
Karen Gore Oldfield, Jacqueline Gore Hyde
Paul Freeguard, Andrew Fletcher
David Gore (step father)
Leonard Cohen, David Bowie, Iggy Pop
Sandwitch To The Tuna
The Make Up
John Lennon, David Essex, Nick Cave
Berlin in Germany
The Japanese Cooking, The Indian Cooking
The New Scientific
The Nail Polish, Gretsch Double Anniversary (guitar), Gretsch White Falcon (guitar)
Gary Glitter (Fashion Idol), Iggy Pop
St. Nicholas high school
Dave Gahan, Vince Clarke (Erasure, Yazoo), Alan Wilder (Recoil), Andy Fletcher, Daniel Miller
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Martin Lee Gore (born 23 July 1961) is an English songwriter, lyricist, singer, guitarist, keyboardist, remixer and DJ. He is a founding member of Depeche Mode and has written the vast majority of their songs. His work now spans over three decades. He is probably best known as the composer of hits such as "Personal Jesus", "Enjoy the Silence" and "I Feel You".
In addition to composing music and writing lyrics of the Depeche Mode songs, he has also sung some of them as the lead vocalist, and usually solo, (for example, "Somebody", "A Question of Lust", "One Caress", "Home", "The Things You Said", "Jezebel" and "Sweetest Perfection"), as evidenced by most of the Depeche Mode concerts, and has been a backing vocalist on many of the others.
In 1999 Gore received the Ivor Novello Award from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors for "International Achievement".
Gore's biological father was a black GI stationed in Britain. Gore was raised by his stepfather and biological mother and, as an adult, met his father in the American South. Gore responds to the source's information and is quoted in Miller's book saying, "It brings up family traumas" and "It's one of those things I'd rather not talk about."
In an interview for Revolver Magazine from 2001, writer J.D. Considine quotes Andrew Fletcher: "Actually, his (Gore's) dad is American, and he's black and lives in Virginia" says Fletcher. "Since then, Martin's met his dad... He looks the spitting image of Martin." The article briefly addresses Gore's lyrics from "Goodnight Lovers" from Exciter, positing a possible racial connotation with line "When you're born a lover, you're born to suffer / Like all soul sisters and soul brothers." Considine also poses the question of whether Depeche Mode can be considered an "American band," based on where the members resided at time of writing in 2001 and also Gore's biological heritage.
Gore currently lives in Santa Barbara, California. He is now divorced from his wife of twelve years, lingerie designer and model Suzanne Boisvert-Gore. He has three children: two daughters Viva Lee Gore (born June 6, 1991) and Ava Lee Gore (born August 21, 1995) and a son Calo Leon Gore (born July 27, 2002).
Martin is Dean Micheal Oldfield´s and Louis Hyde´s uncle, both from the band Basic, originated also from Basildon and playing synthpop influenced by Depeche Mode.
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Nephew : Dean Oldfield, Nephew : Louis Hyde
Music Genre (Text)
Alternative dance, synthpop, new wave, alternative rock
Guitar, vocals, keyboards, synthesizer, sampler, bass guitar, piano, theremin, organ, harmonium, accordion, melodica, recorder, banjo, percussion, tronichord, turntables
Mute, Sire, Reprise
Depeche Mode, VCMG
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