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Depeche Mode’s Dave Gahan covers soul classic ‘The Dark End Of The Street’

The Depeche Mode frontman follows in the footsteps of Aretha Franklin, Frank Black and more in covering the song

By Patrick Clarke

Dave Gahan standing in front of a red curtain
Dave Gahan's new covers project is his third album with production duo Soulsavers (Picture: Spencer Ostrander)

Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode has shared the latest taste of his forthcoming covers record. You can hear his take on ‘The Dark End Of The Street’ below.

First recorded by James Carr in 1968, ‘The Dark Side Of The Street’ has been covered memorably by the likes of Aretha Franklin, Dolly Parton, Elvis Costello and Pixies’ Frank Black, with Gahan’s version taking a blues-based approach to the track.

Announced earlier this month, the rock icon is preparing to release ‘Imposter’, a new album with longtime collaborators and production duo Soulsavers which features unique takes on songs by the likes of PJ Harvey, Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Nat King Cole and many more

Gahan and Soulsavers’ Rich Machin and Iain Glover recorded the album at Rick Rubin’s Shangri-La Studios at the end of 2019. It’s set to be released on November 12, with their take on Cat Power’s ‘Metal Heart’ shared earlier this month.

“These were the artists that had carried me throughout my life,” Gahan told Rolling Stone UK as he released ‘Metal Heart’, discussing the musicians he has reinterpreted on the record.

“Music is what I always come back to, listening to records is always what I come back to and find the most information about what’s going on around me and usually by the end of the day, about myself.”

He added: “I never felt in the recording that it was a collection of covers, I felt like we were all trying to perform these songs to the best we could and capture this atmosphere that sounded like it came from the same place.”

‘Imposter’ will be Gahan’s fifth album away from Depeche Mode, and his third collaboration with Soulsavers. They first teamed up on 2012 album ‘The Light The Dead See’, which was credited to Soulsavers but featured lyrics and vocals entirely by Gahan. 2015’s ‘Angels & Ghosts’ was the first to be credited to both.

Before ‘Imposter’, Gahan’s most recent album was with his main outfit Depeche Mode, coming in the form of 2017’s ‘Spirit’.