See Depeche Mode Tempt Eve in NSFW 'Soothe My Soul' Video

New Wave anti-heroes continue long lustful streak

Chris Martins WRITTEN BY
Chris Martins

Jackie from Boston will be pleased — Depeche Mode's days of providing great "boning" music are hardly over. "Soothe My Soul" is imbued with the sort of lustful creepiness that the gothy New Wavers practically invented in the '80s, and it's hardly alone on the band's new album, Delta Machine, out now on Mute. The clip for first single "Heaven" involved those familiar old Eyes Wide Shut-style orgy masks plus a few Biblical allusions, and the brand new video for "Soothe" is risqué in its own way — timely too considering the "Adam and Steve" chatter currently going 'round as the Supreme Court debates the Defense of Marriage Act. Between shots of a slick-looking Dave Gahan singing into an old-timey microphone, we see a nude woman lounging in some sort of garden while a snake attempts to corrupt her. "I'm coming for you, my body's hungry," sings Gahan as the serpent slithers across her skin. She eventually succumbs to desire, kicking off what one can only imagine is the "wicked healthy sex life" that the aforementioned South By Southwest patron so earnestly praised.

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