Bat For Lashes
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Bat For Lashes
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Bat For Lashes
Writer(s) Martin L. Gore
Producer(s) Natasha Khan
David Kosten
Released 20 February 2011
Length 3:15

"Strangelove" is a song originally by Depeche Mode covered by Bat For Lashes for a Gucci Guilty for Men campaign. The cover song was made available for free on Gucci's Facebook page.

Background[]

Bat For Lashes was picked to cover the song by Gucci's Creative Director Frida Giannini:[1]

"Natasha’s voice is bewitching and her music is dark yet fascinating."

When interviewed by a Australian website prior to her performance at the Sydney Opera House in 2011, Natasha discussed how the collaboration with Gucci came along:[2]

The Gucci thing obviously was really interesting coz I got to just spend a couple of days in the studio, completely reforming and retranslating this Depeche Mode song. I’ve done it with The Cure, ‘A Forest’ before and I just sort of like to take it as a bit of a challenge to do covers in my own way and I find that quite inspiring sometimes.

In the studio Christopher and I just sort of starting playing around with piano chords and weird old instruments… just seeing whether [the song for Gucci] had any legs, basically. Sometimes I’ll know straight away if it’s not going to work but this time I sort of quite enjoyed singing it and then we really got into it and I was quite proud of the song so, in the end I was happy for them to use it. I think it’s good to keep somehow involved in what’s going on even while I’m holed away, hibernating (laughs) you know just to keep the cogs turning slightly so I don’t get too rusty…

Lyrics[]

Strangelove
Strange highs and strange lows
Strangelove
That's how my love goes
Strangelove
Will you give it to me?
Will you take the pain?
I will give to you
Again and again
And will you return it

There'll be times
When my crimes
Will seem almost unforgivable
I give in to sin
Because you have to make this life livable
But when you think I've had enough
From your sea of love
I'll take more than another riverful
Yes, I'll make it all worthwhile
I'll make your heart smile

Strangelove
Strange highs and strange lows
Strangelove
That's how my love goes
Strangelove
Will you give it to me?
Will you take the pain?
I will give to you
Again and again
And will you return it

Again and again, pain
Pain, will you return it
I'll say it again - pain
Pain, will you return it
I won't say it again

Strangelove
Strange highs and strange lows
Strangelove
That's how my love goes
Strangelove
Will you give it to me?
Will you take the pain?
I will give to you
Again and again
And will you return it

References[]

  1. "Bat for Lashes Covers Depeche Mode". 23 February 2011. Spin.
  2. "An interview with Bat For Lashes". 2011. The Thousands. Archived from the original on 26 June 2011.
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