Wednesday, August 03, 2005


Where the Hell is Alan Wilder?

People have been writing me in response to my Depeche Mode post and I'm happy that at least some people still care. And, we all agree that DM was better when Alan Wilder was around. So, in true DM fashion, lets all get really depressed and read Alan Wilder's original resignation letter:

"Due to increasing dissatisfaction with the internal relations and working practices of the group, it is with some sadness that I have decided to part company from Depeche Mode. My decision to leave the group was not an easy one particularly as our last few albums were an indication of the full potential that Depeche Mode was realising.

Since joining in 1982, I have continually striven to give total energy, enthusiasm and commitment to the furthering of the group's success and in spite of a consistent imbalance in the distribution of the workload, willingly offered this. Unfortunately, within the group, this level of input never received the respect and acknowledgment that it warrants.

Whilst I believe that the calibre of our musical output has improved, the quality of our association has deteriorated to the point where I no longer feel that the end justifies the means. I have no wish to cast aspersions on any individual; suffice to say that relations have become seriously strained, increasingly frustrating and, ultimately, in certain situations, intolerable.

Given these circumstances, I have no option but to leave the group. It seems preferable therefore, to leave on a relative high, and as I still retain a great enthusiasm and passion for music, I am excited by the prospect of pursuing new projects.

The remaining band members have my support and best wishes for anything they may pursue in the future, be it collectively or individually."

1st June, 1995.


I always have this secret hope that one day they will all get back together again. Wilder's brilliant musical talent helped to give DM some of their best songs. While I do enjoy some of their more recent efforts (Ultra was incredible) it seems hit and miss (Exciter... not so much). I am hoping their new album is worth the wait!
I'm with you on all of it. And like dave2, I have wished they do one of those original line-up reunion tours... I guess seeing the current DM in Vancouver is as close as I'll get. Grrr.

ps. Xtine... any ideas how to get Brad Pitt on my morning show (radio... already emailed the VP of publicity who's handling the media right now... I figure you being in television you may have a tip or two... please?!?!)
Holly- call SAG (screen actors guild) get his agent or pr fax# and fax a letter. pitch what you want to discuss with him on the radio. Send the fax - follow up with a phone call 4 days later.
Its really hard to get big stars unless they are doing press for a film. But when they are call the publicist for the film and get on the press tour/junket.
Your best bet for Pitt is at a press junket. I am sure he is a super hard get so good luck!
Big time thanks!!!!
I always forget that Alan resigned on his birthday... my birthday... a GREAT day :)

Rather than rehash my usual in detailed form, I will simply say:
1) Dave's vocals have improved
2) Alan's production has improved [with Recoil]
3) Mart's writing has deteriorated - lyrically and rhythmically
4) Fletch is Fletch (no more, no less - just a decent fellow)

Unfortunately, Alan's vocal and pop sensibilities are clearly lacking (how many spoken word artists can he collect???).

Reminds me of how pop-friendly McCartney's solo work was [though lyrically devoid], and obscure Lennon's solo work was [and lyrically powerful].
For Russian fans - DM is the Dave, Martin, Andy & Alan (especially for girls). DM music without Alan has become rough & easy (excuse me, Martin). Where are you mister Wilder? bug197004&
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