Depeche Mode – Master And Servant
Domination's the name of the game
In bed or in life they're both just the same
Except in one you're fulfilled
At the end of the day
Let's play master and servant
So, there were also sexually explicit songs, in 80’s. One song definitively broke a very particular taboo, made of extreme sex, an anthem to S/M practices that, at the end of August 1984, became the single Master and Servant by Depeche Mode.
Of course, this song also fell under the fire of censors, being boycotted by several American radio stations; despite this, it made it to the Billboard Hot 100.
The song also risked a stop by BBC, but destiny wanted that, when they had to decide on this, the only staff member really sensible to the topic was on holiday and, damn it, as you know the scandal is never on holiday, so his colleagues set it up on the radio playlist.
In addition to the “sexual” aspect of the lyrics there are a couple of notable peculiarities: the album from which this single is taken (the magical Some Great Reward) is, like the previous and the next, recorded in Berlin.
For this reason it suffers from noisy industrial influences; in one part, the text launches into a similarity with the post-industrial society of the 80’s, in the verses that read “domination is the name of the game, in bed or in life it is the same, except with one you are satisfied at the end of the day, we play to the master and the servant”.
It should be noted that the same similarity is recalled by the obsessive refrain “it’s a lot like life”.
To conclude a dutiful tribute to Some Great Reward, one of the albums that illuminated the magical decade, also born in the fantastic year 1984-85 (as per official notation about school years). This album accentuates the change of pace already started with the previous (and with the indicative title) Construction Time Again, moving from basically and playfully new wave sonority to deeper lyrics and darker musical tones, proper to the dark world.
On the album there are several songs that cannot leave us 80s Dinosaurs indifferent: an 80’s poster song such as People Are People, the tragic fate of a teenager in Blasphemous Rumors, the search for the “other half apple” in Somebody.
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