A Question of Lust

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"A Question of Lust"
Single by Depeche Mode
from the album Black Celebration
B-side "Christmas Island"
Released 14 April 1986
Format Vinyl record (7" and 12"), Cassette, CD (1991 box set)
Recorded Late 1985
Genre New wave, synthpop
Length 4:11 (edit)
4:20 (album version)
4:29 (7"/single version)
5:09 (12" version)
Label Mute Records
Writer(s) Martin Gore
Producer(s) Depeche Mode, Daniel Miller, Gareth Jones
Depeche Mode singles chronology
"Stripped"
(1986)
"A Question of Lust"
(1986)
"A Question of Time"
(1986)

"A Question of Lust" is Depeche Mode's sixteenth UK single, released on 14 April 1986.

It is the second Depeche Mode single with Martin Gore on lead vocals, after "Somebody" and the first to be released in its own right. However, the 12" single was released as a double A-side with "A Question of Time" in the US, like "Somebody".

B-sides[edit]

The B-side is an instrumental called "Christmas Island", named after the island of the same name. It is penned by both Martin Gore and Alan Wilder and was produced by Depeche Mode themselves.

The live tracks available on some versions of the single are taken from a 1984 concert in Basel, Switzerland.

Music video[edit]

The music video for "A Question of Lust" features the return of director Clive Richardson for his last video with the band.

Track listings[edit]

7": Mute / 7Bong11 (UK)[edit]

  1. "A Question of Lust" – 4:29
  2. "Christmas Island" – 4:51

12": Mute / 12Bong11 (UK)[edit]

  1. "A Question of Lust" – 4:29
  2. "Christmas Island (Extended)" – 5:37
  3. "People are People (Live)" – 4:21
  4. "It Doesn't Matter Two (Instrumental)" – 2:49
  5. "A Question of Lust (Minimal)" – 6:46

Cassette: Mute / CBong11 (UK)[edit]

  1. "A Question of Lust (Flood Mix)" – 5:08
  2. "Christmas Island" – 4:51
  3. "If You Want (Live)" – 5:16
  4. "Shame (Live)" – 4:13
  5. "Blasphemous Rumours (Live)" – 5:25
  • This format came in a 7"-sized card envelope with an insert and a badge. CBong11 was released as a 12" single in Germany and as a very rare CD single in France.

CD: Mute / CDBong11 (UK)[edit]

  1. "A Question of Lust" – 4:29
  2. "Christmas Island" – 4:51
  3. "Christmas Island (Extended)" – 5:37
  4. "People are People (Live)" – 4:21
  5. "It Doesn't Matter Two (Instrumental)" – 2:49
  6. "A Question of Lust (Minimal)" – 6:46

The CD single was released in 1991 as part of the singles box set compilations

7": Sire / 7-28697-DJ (US)[edit]

  1. "A Question of Lust" [edit] – 4:11
  2. "A Question of Lust (Robert Margouleff Remix)" – 3:50

12": Sire / 0-20530 (US)[edit]

  1. "A Question of Lust (Minimal)" – 6:47
  2. "Black Celebration (Live)" – 6:05
  3. "A Question of Time (Extended Remix)" – 6:38
  4. "Something to Do (Live)" – 3:50
  • "A Question of Lust (Minimal)" is falsely titled "A Question of Lust (Extended Version)"
  • Double A-Side with "A Question of Time"

12": Intercord / INT 126.844 (L12Bong11) (GER)[edit]

  1. "A Question of Lust (Flood Mix)" – 5:08
  2. "Christmas Island" – 4:51
  3. "If You Want (Live)" – 5:16
  4. "Shame (Live)" – 4:13
  5. "Blasphemous Rumours (Live)" – 5:30

This was the only 12" release of the UK Mute CBONG11

CD: Intercord / INT 826.841 (GER)[edit]

  1. "A Question of Lust" – 4:29
  2. "Christmas Island (Extended)" – 5:37
  3. "People are People (Live)" – 4:21
  4. "It Doesn't Matter Two (Instrumental)" – 2:49
  5. "A Question of Lust (Minimal)" – 6:46

The Germany CD was released in 1986

CD: Virgin / 30167 (FRA)[edit]

  1. "A Question of Lust (Flood Mix)" – 5:08
  2. "Christmas Island" – 4:51
  3. "If You Want (Live)" – 5:16
  4. "Shame (Live)" – 4:13
  5. "Blasphemous Rumours (Live)" – 5:30

This was the only CD release of UK Mute CBONG11. It was released in 1986

All songs written by Martin L. Gore, except "Christmas Island" was written by Martin Gore and Alan Wilder and "If You Want" was written by Alan Wilder.

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