depeche mode - songs of faith and devotionsash adelante

Returning to Copenhagen after a year of failure in Aarhus also meant a beginning of new musical discovery. In Aarhus I was introduced to The Cure and Depeche Mode. While I couldn’t cope with the voice of Robert Smith, Martin Gore and Dave Gahan were straight forward. Musically I had got closer to the Goth and industrial scene, but personally I had just grown older and had some unexpected life experienced.
In Copenhagen I met new friends. Jonas and Mikkel. And after moving in at Mikkels apartment in Holtegade the 80ies were introduced properly.
Kim Schumacher had in the late 80ies introduced me to popular music like Belinda Carlisle, Rick Astley and Grandmaster Flash on his radio show. It’s not because I remember it very well, but I found a mix tape. Ha!
But in these years The Cure, Cocteau Twins, The Smiths, Joy Division and Danish artist Martin Hall also became a part of my repertoire. Well. Actually The Cure and Martin Hall only. And some of the hits of the other mentioned artists. I also searched the catalogue of Depeche Mode, but never did I see them live. How could I share my intimate devotion with +20.000 other people at one time singing “In your Room”?

We (Mikkel and Casper) went a lot to the second hand shop Accord and within those years I bought 14 different CDS by Sash! Yeah. German Eurodance. And Antiloop. Swedish Eurodance. Hurrah. I’ll never forget my first mix tapes back in the 90ies.
I did also listened to the German Goth act Lacrimosa, rediscovered Bush and I began to understand music as impression and expression. Not only to act within this scope, but also formulating my interpretation. My view was broadened – and narrowed.

Part 2: Learning to fly. 1989 – 1992

Friday, 26 December, 2008


I’d like to imagine my musical taste in the early years in school was just as bad as anyone else. Listening to Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch while reading Mix (youth magazine) or even better to Vanilla Ice. I even went to see the Movie Cool as Ice just trying to figure out what was all this fuzz about being a fan and knowing stuff about the artist that was not directly related to the music?
Before – or was it at the same time as(?) – listening to these “hip hop” acts a school friend had a mix tape from his brother containing MC Hammer, Army of Lovers, Snap, KLF, Dr Baker, Del Tha Funkee Homosapien and Cut n’ Move. Or this is how I remember getting these acts to know.
MTV might have had its influence too, as I later was introduced to U96 “Das Boot”, A-ha “Take on me”, Genesis, Michael Jackson and other music videos in heavy rotation.
I remember a sunny summer holiday in lovely Austria where I watched a lot of MTV and stayed inside listening to my new tape “More Power Ballads“. I don’t remember how I got hold of it, but the classic songs – Scorpions “Send me an angel”, Mr Big “To be with you”, DAD “Laugh and ½” and Led Zeppelin “Stairways to heaven” among others – was played over and over.
I bought my two first CD’s in a record store in City 2, a horrible shopping mall. Dr Alban “Its my life” and Snap “Rhythm is a dancer”. I’m happy to tell You that I still have these marvellous albums.