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"
Released14 April 1986
FormatVinyl record (7-inch and 12-inch), Cassette, CD (1991 box set)
RecordedLate 1985
Songwriter(s)Martin Gore
Producer(s)Depeche Mode, Daniel Miller, Gareth Jones
Depeche Mode singles chronology
"A Question of Lust"
"A Question of Time"

"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".

The single hit number 28 in the UK single charts. In West Germany, the single became a top ten hit on the sales chart.


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. It also became the last music video the band filmed before the arrival of Dutch director Anton Corbijn, who since August 1986, became a regular collaborator for the band until mid-2010s.[1]

Track listings[edit]

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

  1. "A Question of Lust" – 4:29
  2. "Christmas Island" – 4:51
  • The single version is basically the album version but without the cross-fade from the previous track ("Fly on the Windscreen").[2]

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)" – 6:49
  • Released on CD in Germany by Intercord: INT 826.841 (1986)

Cassette: Mute / CBong11 (UK)[edit]

  1. "A Question of Lust (Flood Mix)" – 5:07 [*]
  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.
  • Released on 12" in Germany by Intercord: INT 126.844 (L12Bong11) (1986). This was the only vinyl release of the UK Mute CBONG11 cassette
  • Released on CD in France by Virgin: 30167 (1986). This was the only, very rare CD release of the CBONG11 cassette.
  • Alan Wilder is quoted as saying that when Flood eventually delivered his remix of 'A Question Of Lust', the band were surprised to hear that half of the sounds had been omitted. They were understandably annoyed therefore when it emerged that Mute Records hadn't actually sent him both the multitrack tapes.[3]

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)" – 6:49

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 (Robert Margouleff Remix)" – 3:45
  2. "A Question of Lust" [Edit] – 4:14 [*]
  • The Edit version of "A Question of Lust" on the US commercial 7" single is not actually labelled as such. The only difference between the "Edit" and the normal single version is that it is faded about 20 seconds earlier.[4]

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

  1. "A Question of Lust (Minimal)" – 6:49
  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 titled "A Question of Lust (Extended Version)"
  • Double A-Side with "A Question of Time"

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


  1. ^ "1986". depechemodebiographie.de. Retrieved 7 November 2016.
  2. ^ http://archives.depechemode.com/audio/releases/aquestionoflust.html
  3. ^ http://archives.depechemode.com/audio/releases/aquestionoflust.html
  4. ^ http://archives.depechemode.com/discography/singles/16_aquestionoflust.html

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