ALBUMS

Gods Own Medicine

God's Own Medicine

  • Released: November 1986
  • Format: CD / LP / MC
  • Label: Mercury Records
  • Producer: Tim Palmer & The Mission
  • Chart position: UK: #14
  • Certification: UK: Gold
  • Singles: Stay With Me, Wasteland, Severina

Track Listing

  • Wasteland
  • Bridges Burning
  • Garden Of Delight (Hereafter)
  • Stay With Me
  • Let Sleeping Dogs Die
  • Sacrilege
  • Dance On Glass
  • And The Dance Goes On
  • Severina
  • Love Me To Death
  • Extra Tracks:
  • Blood Brother
  • Island In A Stream

Wayne: Like sex, your first gig, your first time in an aeroplane, you always remember your first. GOM still holds a very special place in my affections. Everything was wide-eyed, exciting and new.

The First Chapter

The First Chapter

Track Listing

  • Like A Hurricane
  • Over The Hills And Far Away
  • Naked And Savage
  • Serpents Kiss
  • Dancing Barefoot
  • The Crystal Ocean (extended version)
  • Garden Of Delight (extended version)
  • Wake (RSV)
  • Like A Hurricane (extended)
  • Extra track on the US version:
  • Tomorrow Never Knows (Amphetamix)

Wayne: The First Chapter captures the unbridled joy of escape from creative incarceration. This is the sound of a band finding its métier. Still sounds fresh to my tired old ears.

Children

Children

  • Released: 1988
  • Format: CD / LP / MC
  • Label: Mercury Records
  • Producer: John Paul Jones
  • Chart position: UK: #2
  • Singles: Tower Of Strength, Beyond The Pale, Kingdom Come (USA only)

Track Listing

  • Beyond The Pale
  • A Wing And A Prayer
  • Heaven On Earth
  • Tower Of Strength
  • Kingdom Come
  • Breathe
  • Child's Play
  • Shamera Kye (J. S. Webb)
  • Black Mountain Mist
  • Heat
  • Hymn (For America)
  • Extra tracks:
  • Fabienne
  • Dream On

Wayne: The Mission at their commercial peak and most bombastic, melodramatic, & grandiloquent with Tower Of Strength proving to be the band's evergreen anthem for the ages. Other highlights for me are Beyond The Pale & Heaven On Earth. A flawed work but beautifully so....

Carved in Sand

Carved In Sand

  • Released: February 1990
  • Producer: Tim Palmer
  • Format: CD / LP / MC
  • Label: Mercury Records
  • Chart position: UK: #7
  • Singles: Butterfly On A Wheel, Deliverance, Into The Blue, Hands Across The Ocean/Amelia

Track Listing

  • Amelia
  • Into The Blue
  • Butterfly On A Wheel
  • Sea Of Love
  • Deliverance
  • Grapes Of Wrath
  • Belief
  • Paradise (Will Shine Like The Moon)
  • Hungry As The Hunter
  • Lovely

Wayne: CIS was made by a 'big' band that was starting to believe its own press, starting to crack, but side one of this album remains quintessential Mission - every song a 'classic' of its kind. Side two, not so much. This is the one album I relinquished total creative control on and because of that it doesn't feel like a 'complete' album to me.

Grains of Sand

Grains Of Sand

  • Released: November 1990
  • Format: CD / LP / MC
  • Label: Mercury Records
  • Produced by Wayne Hussey & Tim Palmer
  • Chart position: UK: #28

Track Listing

  • Hands Across The Ocean
  • The Grip Of Disease
  • Divided We Fall
  • Mercenary
  • Mr. Pleasant
  • Kingdom Come (Forever And Again)
  • Heaven Sends You
  • Sweet Smile Of A Mystery
  • Tower Of Strength (Casbah Mix)
  • Butterfly On A Wheel (Troubadour Mix)
  • Love
  • Bird Of Passage

Wayne: This album is essentially the 'left-overs' - the b sides and singles extra tracks - from CIS. A couple of tracks on here I'd have had on CIS but I got down-voted when I opened the decision up to the floor. Bird Of Passage & The Grip Of Disease spring to mind. C'est la vie.....

Masque

Masque

  • Released: January 1992
  • Format: CD / LP / MC
  • Label: Vertigo Records
  • Chart position: UK: #23
  • Produced by Mark Saunders & Wayne Hussey
  • Singles: Never Again, Like A Child Again, Shades Of Green Pt. 2

Track Listing

  • Never Again
  • Shades Of Green, Pt. 2
  • Even You May Shine
  • Trail Of Scarlet
  • Spider And The Fly
  • She Conjures Me Wings
  • Sticks And Stones
  • Like A Child Again
  • Who Will Love Me Tomorrow?
  • You Make Me Breathe
  • From One Jesus To Another
  • Until There's Another Sunrise

Wayne: As Billy Corgan claimed of the fourth Smashing Pumpkins album, 'Adore' - which I coincidentally adore - Masque is my 'shoot-up-my-career' album. It's the sound of a band searching for new ways to go, new roads to explore. That being said Masque boasts a few of my very best songs, imho, with the lyrics for this album being written for the first time without the aid of amphetamine. I understand why the fan base didn't like this album but without it there'd be no Mission today, again imho.

Neverland

Neverland

  • Released: February 1995
  • Format: CD / 2xLP / MC
  • Label: Equator/Sony Records
  • Chart position: UK: #58
  • Singles: Raising Cain, Swoon, Lose Myself In You
  • Produced by Wayne Hussey & Joe Gibb

Track Listing

  • Raising Cain
  • Sway
  • Lose Myself In You
  • Swoon
  • Afterglow (reprise)
  • Stars Don't Shine Without You
  • Celebration
  • Cry Like A Baby
  • Heaven Knows
  • Swim With The Dolphins
  • Neverland (vocal)
  • Daddy's Going To Heaven Now

Wayne: This is the sound of the band licking its wounds. Two original members - Craig & Simon - had gone by this time and been replaced by MGT on guitar, Andy Cousin on bass, and the addition of Rik Carter on keys. It's the first album I get to co-produce, with engineer Joe Gibb, and in hindsight & truth it would've benefitted from some editing. A double vinyl album which should maybe have been just a single. It does, again though, boast some mighty fine tunes - Raising Cain, Swoon, Afterglow, & Daddy's Going To Heaven Now to name just three.

Blue

Blue

  • Released: June 1996
  • Format: CD / LP / MC
  • Label: Equator/Sony Records
  • Chart position: UK: #72
  • Singles: Coming Home
  • Produced by Wayne Hussey

Track Listing

  • Coming Home
  • Get Back To You
  • Drown In Blue
  • Damaged
  • More Than This
  • That Tears Shall Drown The Wind
  • Black & Blue
  • Bang Bang
  • Alpha Man
  • Cannibal
  • Dying Room
  • Evermore and Again

Wayne: This is the rawest album we ever recorded, both in sound and emotional content. The songs chronicled a marriage, and band, break-up but it was only with hindsight that it became evident to me. All the clues are right there in the song titles and lyrics but I had my head so deeply buried in the sand at the time that I didn't recognise it as such. Amongst the despair there are a couple of real jewels here: That Tears Shall Drown The Wind, Drown In Blue, & Damaged are the highlights for me.

AurA

AurA

  • Released: November 2001
  • Format: CD / 2CD / 2LP
  • Singles: Evangeline, Shine Like The Stars
  • Produced by Wayne Hussey, mixed by Steve Power, & David M Allen

Track Listing

  • Evangeline
  • Shine Like The Stars
  • (Slave to) Lust
  • Mesmerised
  • Lay Your Hands On Me
  • Dragonfly
  • Happy
  • To Die By Your Hand
  • Trophy/It Never Rains...
  • The Light That Pours From You
  • Burlesque
  • Cocoon
  • In Denial
  • Frozen (hidden track)

Wayne: Craig and I had put the band back together in 1999 for a tour of the USA, bringing back MGT and enlisting Scott Garrett on drums who'd been in The Cult with Craig. We enjoyed it so much that we carried on and ended up making a new album. This is a strong set of Mission songs, imho, crowned by The Light That Pours From You, Dragonfly, & In Denial. But take yer pick, they're all good. The only real flaw with this album is that it was the first we'd recorded using the-then industry standard Protools software and, to my ears, it does sound very digital.

Aural Delight

Aural Delight

  • Released: October 2002
  • Format: CD – Limited Edition
  • Produced by Wayne Hussey

Track Listing

  • Amelia
  • Even You May Shine
  • Spider And The Fly
  • Sorry
  • Anyone But You
  • Never Let Me Down Again
  • Never Again
  • Melt
  • Mesmerised
  • Swoon
  • Dragonfly
  • Can't Help Falling In Love

Wayne: This is an album made up left-over tracks from Aura, a few re-workings of older songs that we'd introduced into the live set, and a couple of covers. Oh, and a rather early piano version of Dragonfly that has became a staple of my live solo set. It's an album for the curious as opposed to essential Mission listening.

Dum Dum Bullets

God Is A Bullet

  • Released: June 2007
  • Format: CD / Digital
  • Label: Cooking Vinyl
  • Produced by Wayne Hussey
  • Singles: Keep It In The Family, Blush

Track Listing

  • Still Deep Waters
  • Keep It In The Family
  • Belladonna
  • To Love & To Kill With The Very Same Hand
  • Aquarius & Gemini
  • Blush
  • Chinese Burn
  • Father
  • Hdshrinkerea
  • Draped In Red
  • Running With Scissors
  • In Silhouette
  • Dumb
  • Absolution
  • Grotesque

Wayne: GIAB is the only album in the Mission canon that features only one original member of the band, namely me - unless you count Simon's soaring guest guitar solo on Grotesque - the line-up being MGT on guitar, Rich Vernon on bass, & Steve Spring on drums, and of course yours truly singing, playing, writing, & producing. That's a lot of hats for one person to wear at the same time, making a head over-burdened...Coulda done with a bit of pruning, this album, in retrospect, but it's an adventurous set running the gamut from the Floydian (as opposed to Freudian) Still Deep Waters to the unbridled joyous pop but with a dark, dark lyric of Keep It In The Family, to the aching regret of Father, the playful Blush, the lusty Chinese Burn, and finishing with the searing Grotesque. There are some very good pop tunes amongst this little lot.

Dum Dum Bullets

Dum Dum Bullets

  • Released: June 2010
  • Format: CD / Digital
  • Label: SPV
  • Produced by Wayne Hussey

Track Listing

  • It Don't Matter Anymore Anyhow
  • Refugee
  • Room 22
  • Chelsea Blue
  • Acoustic Blush
  • Thine
  • So Many Things
  • Still Deep Waters (Instrumental)
  • Katya's Lullaby
  • Aquarius & Gemini (A Capella)
  • The Earth You Walk Upon
  • Stranger In A Foreign Land
  • Blush Remodel
  • Dumb (Dambusters 617 Squadron Mix)

Wayne: I hit a rich vein whilst writing for GIAB, so much so that there are nine additional songs here recorded at around the same time as GIAB as well as various versions of songs on aforementioned album done for extra tracks etc. Stand-out song for me is Chelsea Blue, a coruscating, well articulated pointed lyric. Again, this is a collection of tunes more for the die-hard as opposed to being a 'complete' album. Worth a gander, though.

The Brightest Light

The Brightest Light

  • Released: September 2013
  • Label: USA: The End Records. Europe: SPV
  • Format: CD / Digital / Vinyl
  • Produced by Wayne Hussey & David M Allen
  • Singles: Sometimes The Brightest Light Comes From The Darkest Place, Swan Song

Track Listing

  • Black Cat Bone
  • Everything But The Squeal
  • Sometimes The Brightest Light Comes From The Darkest Place
  • Born Under A Good Sign
  • The Girl In A Furskin Rug
  • When The Trap Clicks Shut Behind Us
  • Ain't No Prayer In The Bible Can Save Me Now
  • Just Another Pawn In Your Game
  • From The Oyster Comes the Pearl
  • Swan Song
  • Litany For The Faithful

Wayne: After splitting the band in 2008 never intending to do it again, it took only three years to persuade me otherwise. 2011 marked The Mission's 25th anniversary and with both Craig and Simon signing up to play some celebratory shows it seemed churlish not to join them. Again, realising we made quite a good racket we decided to make a new album. Aided & abetted by Mike 'the boy' Kelly on drums we rattled this little lot down onto hard-drive at The Church studio in the wilds of Lincolnshire in the space of a feverish two week period. I took the hard-drive and Dave Allen back to Brazil with me to finish it off and mix it. Some cracking songs here that have transferred to the live arena with some aplomb, most notably the fan favourite Swan Song.

Another Fall from Grace

Another Fall From Grace

  • Released: 30 September 2016
  • Format: CD / LP / Digital
  • Label: Eyes Wide Shut
  • Produced by Wayne Hussey & Tim Palmer
  • Chart position: UK: #38
  • Singles: Met-Amor-Phosis, Tyranny Of Secrets, Blood On The Road, Only You & You Alone

Track Listing

  • Another Fall From Grace
  • Met-Amor-Phosis
  • Within The Deepest Darkness (Fearful)
  • Blood On The Road
  • Can't See The Ocean For The Rain
  • Tyranny Of Secrets
  • Never's Longer Than Forever
  • Bullets & Bayonets
  • Valaam
  • Jade
  • Only You & You Alone
  • Phantom Pain

Wayne: For me this is the perfect album to end the Mission's recording career. Highlights? Every single song......It joins up all the dots and is an amalgamation of ALL periods of the band and not just the missing link between The Sisters Of Mercy's First & Last & Always album and our first, God's Own Medicine, as I so naivély claimed upon its release. When I finished this album I was done, the well was dry. It was time to do something else for a while, to give myself time to replenish the well-spring of creativity. If The Mission never make another record then I'm more than happy for this to be our final testament.