A Question of Time

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"A Question of Time"
Single by Depeche Mode
from the album Black Celebration
B-side "Black Celebration [Live]"
Format Vinyl record (7" and 12"), CD (1991 box set)
Genre New wave, synthpop
Length 4:09 (album version)
4:00 (remix/radio edit)
Depeche Mode singles chronology
"A Question of Lust"
(1986)
"A Question of Time"
(1986)
"Strangelove"
(1987)

"A Question of Time" is Depeche Mode's seventeenth UK single, released on 11 August 1986, following the similarly titled "A Question of Lust" single.

The 7" remix of "A Question of Time" runs at a slightly faster tempo and pitch than the original "Black Celebration" album version. A version of the remix with an even faster tempo appeared on The Singles 86-98.

There is no new track for a B-Side (the first Depeche Mode single, other than the Double A-Side "Blasphemous Rumours / Somebody" without one), but instead includes a remix of "Black Celebration" and various live tracks.

The "New Town Remix" directly segues into the "Live Remix" on the limited 12" single.

The music video for "A Question of Time" is the first DM video to be directed by Anton Corbijn, and was the start of a relationship with him and the band which still lasts to this day. It was included on the Strange video and The Videos 86-98.

Track listings[edit]

7": Mute / 7Bong12 (UK)[edit]

  1. "A Question of Time (Remix)" – 4:04 (remixed by Phil Harding)
  2. "Black Celebration (Live)" – 6:05

12": Mute / 12Bong12 (UK)[edit]

  1. "A Question of Time (Extended Remix)" – 6:38 (remixed by Phil Harding)
  2. "Black Celebration (Live)" – 6:05
  3. "Something to Do (Live)" – 3:50
  4. "Stripped (Live)" – 6:21

12": Mute / L12Bong12 (UK)[edit]

  1. "A Question of Time (New Town Mix)" – 6:59 (remixed by Rico Conning)
  2. "A Question of Time (Live Remix)" – 4:10
  3. "Black Celebration (Black Tulip Mix)" – 6:32 (remixed by Rico Conning)
  4. "More Than a Party (Live Remix)" – 5:05

CD: Mute / CDBong12 (UK)[edit]

  1. "A Question of Time (Remix)" – 4:04
  2. "Black Celebration (Live)" – 6:05
  3. "Something to Do (Live)" – 3:50
  4. "Stripped (Live)" – 6:21
  5. "More Than a Party (Live)" – 5:07
  6. "A Question of Time (Extended Remix)" – 6:38
  7. "Black Celebration (Black Tulip Mix)" – 6:32
  8. "A Question of Time (New Town Mix/Live Remix)" – 11:08

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

CD: Intercord / Mute INT 826.850 (W.GERMANY)[edit]

  1. "A Question of Time (Extended Remix)" – 6:39
  2. "Stripped (Live)" – 6:22
  3. "Black Celebration (Live)" – 5:54
  4. "Something to Do (Live)" – 3:50
  5. "A Question of Time (Remix)" – 4:06
  • Live tracks recorded on 10 April 1986 at the Birmingham N.E.C.

12": Sire / 0-20530 (US, 1989)[edit]

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

All songs written by Martin L. Gore
All live tracks were recorded at the Birmingham N.E.C., on 10 April 1986.

Music video[edit]

The music video features all of the band members holding babies. In the beginning of the music video, Alan Wilder is shown on a porch waiting for something. A man dressed almost like a daredevil rides a motorcycle with a baby. He drives to Alan on the porch and hands him the baby. The video shows the other members of the band holding a baby. One baby grabs onto Martin's hair and yanks it profusely while he smiles.

Cover versions[edit]

  • Dutch electronic band Clan of Xymox recorded the song on their cover theme album Kindred Spirits (2012)[1]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Clan Of Xymox to release Kindred Spirits ft covers of New Order, The Cure, Depeche Mode + more". Strangeways Radio. 3 September 2012. Retrieved 22 January 2013.