“It’s a lot like life”….Depeche Mode

Amazing how a brand new R13 T-shirt can throw you back 34 years:

R13 Depeche Mode Master and Servant Tee (click photo to purchase)

“Master and Servant” is Depeche Mode‘s eleventh UK single (August 20th,1984) It is the second single from the Some Great Reward album. The subject is BDSM relationships, which caused some controversy. It reached #9 in the UK Singles Chart, #49 in the American Dance Chart and #87 on the Billboard Hot 100

The overtly sexual, BDSM-themed lyrics of “Master and Servant” — complete with synthesized whip-and-chain sound effects — reportedly meant that the song was banned by many radio stations in the United States (though the song reached the Billboard Hot 100 chart anyway, albeit only at number 87 and for only a three-week chart stay).

Reportedly, the song narrowly avoided a radio ban by the BBC as well. “Master and Servant” might have been banned if the one BBC staffer who wanted to ban the record had not been away on holiday when the other staffers voted on whether to add “Master and Servant” to their playlist.

Original Depeche Mode Video

Live At The Pasadena Rose Bowl, June 18th 1988

A female version struck dievca’s fancy, you heard this group before on her blog here.

 

 

 

 


7 Comments on ““It’s a lot like life”….Depeche Mode”

  1. Cinn says:

    Can’t get the video to work 😐

  2. I’d love to assemble a list of songs like this one………


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