David Alan Hughes (born in Birkenhead, Wirral, Merseyside, England, April 25, 1960) is an English keyboardist who played in different New Wave bands, and later became successful making music for films.
New Wave years
A self taugh musician, David Hughes founded Dalek I Love You, in 1977, alongside guitarist Alan Gill, bassist David Balfe and Chris Teepee. He, alongside Gill, was a remaining member, playing on the first three singles and the debut album, Compass Kumpas, in 1980. However in January 1980, he left the band, and the album was released in May, when he had left.
Leaving Dalek I Love You, in January 1980, he joined Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, as percussionist, the same month, although he switched to keyboards, and did presentations, playing live at the Old Grey Whistle Test. There were some recordings of him with the band, among them the second Peel Sessions which the group did and the backing tracks for the song "Souvenir", creatred by himself. Hughes left OMD in November 1980 and "Souvenir" was released for the first time as a single in August 1981 and also on the Architecture and Morality album, in 1982. He was subsequently replaced by Martin Cooper.
After leaving OMD, he teamed up with Keith Hartley, forming with him the synthpop duo Godot. The duo released a like-Dalek I's Compass Cumpas EP, Extended Player, in 1981. However, in that year, Alan Gill solicited the help of Hartley, in a reformed line-up of Dalek I Love You, and the latter joined. So, Hughes called for new members, being joined by Freeze Frame members Ronnie Stone on guitar and Steve Byrne on vocals, Martin Cooper, who replaced him in OMD, on saxophone, after playing it in the Extended Player EP, and a drummer. The band toured with Dalek I Love You, but shortly afterwards, Stone left to join China Crisis, and Godot split up. In August 1982, Something's Missing, their last single, was released.
Later, he joined Freeze Frame for gigs. In 1983, he reformed synthpop band Games, although they only played one gig. He also played with Lotus Eaters.
Collaborated with Thomas Lang.
Currently composes for film and television, such as the Discworld films, as well as work in producing films. His first was Awaydays and more recently Powder, set in Liverpool and starring up and coming extra's Patrick Long, Kristoper "Gizzy" John, Karl Gill, David McHugh, Tom Filer, Philip Woods, Christopher Pickering, and Joe Edwards to name but a few.
With Dalek I Love You:
Freedom Fighters single (1979)
Dalek I Love You (Destiny) single (1980)
Compass kum'pəs (1980)