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Published on October 15th, 2017 | by Alan Cross

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Attention Depeche Mode Fans: Wanna Buy Dave Gahan’s “Shake the Disease” Jacket

If you’re a Depeche Mode fan, here’s an item guaranteed to come with Dave Gahan DNA. It’s sweaty DNA, but stiil, right? It’s the exact jacket that Dave wore in this video.

An Ontario dude came into possession of said jacket and is now selling it on eBay. Just remember that Dave is wee and it might not fit a robustly-built Canadian. it would never fit me.

This thing has solid provenance, too.

1) Worn in the “Shake the Disease” video.

2) In the inner sleeve of the 1985 album “Catching Up with Depeche Mode” and “The Singles 81 – 85” is a photo of David Gahan wearing this jacket from the “Shake the Disease” video, location on the London docks, April 1985.

3) On March 31, 2016 CNN aired a new original series program called “The Eighties”, a television documentary produced by Emmy award winning producers Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman. On May 26, 2016 episode #7 entitled “Video Killed the Radio Star” aired. This episode includes a discussion of bands such as The Cure, New Order, The Smiths, The Police and Depeche Mode. At 6:38 you will see David Gahan wearing this leather jacket on stage.

4) David Gahan wore this jacket on the MTV interview with Mark Goodman on July 3, 1985. (Reference: Please Google the video: “Depeche Mode – Mark Goodman interview 1985 – CZ 2”).

5) David Gahan wore this jacket on the German television show called “Thommys Pop Show” in 1984 for the song “People are People”. (Reference: Please Google the video: “People are People (4D) (1984) Live 2DF).

6) David Gahan wore this jacket on the German television show called: “Tele Illustrierte” in 1984 for the song “Blasphemous Rumors”. (Reference: Please Google the video: “Depeche Mode – Blasphemous Rumours (Tele Illustrierte Germany 10.12.1984)).

7) David Gahan wore this jacket on the German television show called “Bayerisher Rundfunk Alabama” for the song Blasphemous Rumors”. (Reference: Please Google the video: “Depeche Mode – Blasphemous Rumours & Interview (Bayerisher Rundfunk Alabama 19.11.84)).

8) David Gahan wore this jacket on stage for some of the concerts in Europe in 1984, specifically in Italy and Poland and perhaps in other countries as well.

9) David Gahan wore this jacket on an Italian television interview at a fair ground. (Reference: Please Google the video: “Depeche Mode intw in a fair ground, Italian TV 1984).

10) The German author Diddi Zill wrote a book called: “Depeche Mode Photos 1982-197”. This book contains photos of David Gahan wearing the leather jacket.

And it goes on. Knock yerself out, DM fans.




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In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.


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