Anglo For Your Ear: Depeche Mode’s “A Question of Lust”

Dave Gahan is the band’s face and, usually, its voice, but songwriter Martin Gore is truly the brains behind Depeche Mode. Gore sings lead on a handful of DM songs, and my favorite is “A Question of Lust,” a ballad from the 1986 album Black Celebration. Gore’s yearning tenor is much better at conveying vulnerability than Gahan’s deep, almost singsong tone, and it suits the confessional lyrics of this song: “Fragile like a baby in your arms/Be gentle with me/I’d never willingly do you harm.” The above clip is a grainy videotaping from the Black Celebration tour back in ’86, but Gore’s performance still comes through.

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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