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Martin Gore explained in the May 2003 issue of D-Side magazine (translated from French):

"I definitely wanted to cover a Nick Cave song, simply because I think that he has proven to be a very talented composer in the last twenty years. Furthermore, I really liked some of the tricks in the Birthday Party era. There were other tracks from them that I would have loved to cover but this was the one that was chosen. I thought I could make an interesting and different version of his song and I think I succeeded. My version has nothing to do with Nick Cave's."

Gore continued in the April 2003 issue of Jalouse magazine (translated from French):

"'Loverman' seemed to be a great song to cover, because it was really very difficult to reinterpret it, since a cover is only interesting if you preserve the original essence of the whole track while reinterpreting it. I hope to get to know his opinion on this cover one day..."

Gore explained how he approached 'Loverman' in the April 2003 issue of Rolling Stone France (translated from French):

"I'm a great fan of Nick Cave since The Birthday Party. At first I wanted to take one of his B-sides, 'Cassiel's Song', but I did not like what we did with it. 'Loverman' is a song that addresses the themes of lust and fate, and I tried to make it a more sensual version than the original. I think I've never sung so loud in my life. I had to bark, really, because Nick Cave does that for me."

Dates with available recordings of Loverman

There are currently 13 recordings of Loverman available.

Dates where Loverman was played

2003 "A Night With Martin L. Gore" (Martin L. Gore solo)

Loverman was played 8 times during this tour.

1981-1985: Dreaming of MeNew LifeJust Can't Get EnoughSee YouThe Meaning Of LoveLeave in SilenceGet The Balance Right!Everything CountsLove In ItselfPeople Are PeopleMaster And ServantBlasphemous RumoursSomebodyShake The DiseaseIt's Called A Heart
1986-1989: StrippedBut Not TonightA Question Of LustA Question Of TimeStrangeloveNever Let Me Down AgainBehind The WheelLittle 15Route 66Personal Jesus
1990-1999: Enjoy The SilencePolicy of TruthWorld In My EyesI Feel YouWalking In My ShoesCondemnationIn Your RoomBarrel Of A GunIt's No GoodHomeUselessOnly When I Lose Myself
2000-2009: Dream OnI Feel LovedFreeloveGoodnight LoversPreciousA Pain That I'm Used ToSuffer WellJohn the RevelatorLilianMartyrWrongPeaceFragile TensionHole To Feed
2010-2017: HeavenSoothe My SoulShould Be HigherWhere's The RevolutionGoing BackwardsCover Me
1992-1998: Faith HealerDriftingStalkerMissing Piece
2000-2008: Strange HoursJezebelPreyAllelujah
2003-2008: Dirty Sticky FloorsI Need YouBottle LivingHold OnA Little PieceKingdomSaw SomethingDeeper And Deeper
2012-2015: Longest DayTake Me Back HomeAll Of This And NothingShine
1989-2003: CompulsionStardustLoverman
2012: SpockSingle BlipAftermaths