Martin L. Gore

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 2000s

Biography

23 July 1961, Basildon, Essex, England. Gore has spent most of his music career as the keyboard player and main songwriter with the highly successful Depeche Mode, happily surrendering the spotlight to the band’s more flamboyant frontman Dave Gahan. Gore was one of the original founding members of Depeche Mode with Vince Clarke and Andy Fletcher, and following the departure of Clarke he took over the songwriting duties. Lyrically, Gore introduced sado-masochism (‘Master And Servant’), capitalism (‘Everything Counts’), and religious fetishism (‘Personal Jesus’) into the UK charts, but wrapped his dark impulses in highly commercial melodies. Gore’s first solo venture was the Counterfeit EP, released in 1989 during a hiatus in band activities. Somewhat surprisingly, the songwriter chose to tackle six cover versions by a range of artists including Sparks and the Comsat Angels. Gore’s sweet tenor voice failed to raise the...

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