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.

Simon: Being the first album, many of the songs are the ones we were playing live on those early tours before being signed and recording them. The studio work that went into GOM defined the band's sound and demanded not to be ignored. Probably my favourite if I was forced to choose just one.

Craig: It was a glorious summer and we made a glorious record. We were all very excited, we had just come back from some European shows and the tour bus dropped us at the studio. So from live 24 hours earlier to recording...We were ready.

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.

Simon: Much more the sound of the band as we were from the outset. A far less augmented production than GOM and so retaining the sense of four lads banging it out.

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....

Simon: By now, the band is in full swing, to the point of having a 15 week residential studio budget and rock legend producer. There were times it felt like we didn't need to be spending all that time, but it's still great. The album has both Tower of Strength and Beyond The Pale, so I mean...

Craig: Listening today I feel we occasionally got a bit too clever for our boots with the arrangements. The obvious hit was Shamera Kye. The record company could not see it so they went with those other songs. Totally Rocktastic.

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.

Simon: It was a beautiful summer in Surrey, yet minds were frayed and fried. Not least of all my own. Although there are some real solid favourites on CIS, I get a sense of the track listing as a whole not being right.

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 four.

Mark Gemini Thwaite: This was my debut album with the mighty Mission, the first of four or five studio albums worked on with the band over the years. We were holed up in Wapley Barn on the Welsh border in the early 90s, Wayne had set up his recording gear and a bunch of ADATs in a residential farmhouse and there were sheep waking me up in the mornings. I felt like I’d joined Led Zeppelin. And that was a good thing… The album took a couple of years to complete, as we took breaks to tour and slowly find our feet… stand out tracks for me include Afterglow - a newly re-recorded version to the one featured on the ‘Sum and Substance’ singles collection released the year before, with this revised and extended version featuring some fantastic harmonica by Anthony Thistlethwaite of the Waterboys (no relation). Also Neverland (vocal), Heaven Knows, and Daddy’s Going To Heaven Now, which featured possibly my favourite lead guitar part I recorded with the band, either that or Sway, which always sounded great live as well. .

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.

Mark Gemini Thwaite: After the disappointing response to Neverland, Wayne decided on a brave move to experiment with the band’s sound and direction once more on Blue, our follow up in 1996. There are echoes of the music we were listening to at the time, including P.J Harvey, Radiohead, Oasis and the Brit pop scene that had blown big at the time. Liam Gallagher even showed backstage at one of our gigs in Paris and declared himself a fan… Personal faves include Drown in Blue and Dying Room. Blue was a brave and raw album, but we could sense all was not well with Our Glorious Leader and after the poor sales and response to this album, Wayne disbanded the group and moved to the States.

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.

Mark Gemini Thwaite: During the three year hiatus after Blue, I had joined Tricky’s band and was pleasantly surprised when Wayne invited me to return to the reformed Mission. Aura marked a distinct return to form for the band, the three year break had done Wayne some good, he had rediscovered his muse, and he came back with a fistful of new songs and a fighting spirit. I hadn’t been in the band with Craig before, he had departed the year before I joined back in ’92, so there was a different band dynamic during this period. Some great tunes on this album, including Dragonfly, Shine Like The Stars and Slave (To Lust), one of my fave riff contributions. Due to touring commitments with Tricky leading to a schedule clash, I fell out of favour with the band on the eve of this album's release, so it's ultimately a bittersweet record for me, but as they say, never say never...

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.

Mark Gemini Thwaite: Wayne invited me to rejoin the band in 2005 after we had mended our bridges, just in time to make another Mission studio album, and found myself in yet another lineup, this time featuring Rich and Steve. We had a great time making this record at 'NAM, the new lineup chemistry was good, and it was probably my favourite album to make with the band over the years. We had a good rapport and there’s some great songs on this opus, including In Silhouette, Father and my personal contributions - Belladonna, Hdshrinkea, & Dumb.

Rich Vernon: My musical career so far has given me experiences that some people can only dream of having, but somehow The Mission exaggerated those and condensed them into 7 years. The band gave me lifelong friends and depths of emotion that beggar belief. It made me incandescent with rage, made me smile so much that my face hurt, made me cry with laughter and gave me goose bumps of emotion. Can’t really ask more of a band can you?

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. Room 22 is pretty damn fine also as is Thine. Again, this is a collection of tunes more for the die-hard as opposed to being a 'complete' album. Worth a gander, though.

Mark Gemini Thwaite: This marked my last involvement as a member of the band, as we disbanded yet again in 2008, and this collection was a posthumous companion piece released in 2010. The GIAB sessions were plentiful and productive, and just as with Grains of Sand to Carved in Sand, there's some great songs on here that should have been on the main release, most notably Chelsea Blue and Thine. The final track on this album was my ambitious Dumb (Dambusters 617 Squadron remix), added at the very last moment by management, and in retrospect it was an honourable parting gift to the band.

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.

Simon: It all happened so quickly! From first getting the four of us in a room together and working out what we were doing, to finishing recording, was four weeks. I hardly knew what had just happened. For me it ended in a place I didn't expect it to (nor did anyone else probably) but I must say I do like this album.

Mike: The Brightest Light was the first of two Mission studio albums I have been involved in (so far!) They could not be more different in approach and recording techniques. TBL was a full studio recording of old style. Digital recording but through Neve and Telefunken pre's and a lovely old desk. It was mostly Craig and myself.. drum and bass groove recorded to Wayne playing guitar and singing - all live. The feel was put down first, and overdubbed on top of. To me it has that classic feel of a yesteryear rock record. I love the feel of the recordings. It was so much fun working with Dave Allen, so easy to work with. A sweetheart of a man and a great laugh.

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.

Simon: By complete contrast, and as a reaction to The Brightest Light, this took ages. In fact, as an album, it is quite the opposite. We didn't actually meet up to record it, which I missed. A good helping of strong songs though.

Mike: AFFG was a totally different idea. Never once were we all in the same room. It started from recordings Wayne did in Sao Paulo. This record had more of an electronic drum feel and I was to add more percussive stabs and overdub sections. Wayne and I did some bits in my little studio looking out at the sea in Brighton, and he then took the files to Brazil. Wayne carefully put all the stuff together in his studio, and then took it to the USA to mix. Wayne wanted the feel of a very early Mission record, and I think everyone will agree he certainly did make it fit right into the sound of that era.! Old but new..?!! 🙂