Former Bauhaus frontman Peter Murphy has credited a childhood stammer with his distinctive vocals.
The Bela Lugosi's Dead singer admits he has always suffered from the speech impediment but it makes his performances onstage and in the studio extra special.
He tells Spin magazine, "With a stammer, you always have to control it, but it's very difficult, because once you look at it, it's there. So you can't really work on it. It's fear-based.
"When I was a kid, I would be terrified to go on a bus to ask for a ticket. I could say the word, say it a thousand times, until the moment the woman says, 'Yes, where are you going?'
"But, if I didn't stammer, I wouldn't sing so well. When I sing, I speak."