830 603-1 Gods Own Mecicine
Produced by Tim Palmer and The Mission
Released on November 1986
UK CHART POSITION #14 . . . US CHART POSITION #108
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830 603-1 cover
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I f I ever found myself in one of those five-minute, speed-dating marathons I would start every conversation off with “I still believe in God but he no longer believes in me,” then sit back and enjoy four minutes and fifty-five seconds of well-earned silence. Gods Own Medicine (yes, I know, it’s missing an apostrophe and it drives me crazy every time I see it) is what the lemurs with the label guns called goth rock (they still call it that, in fact), no better and sometimes worse than The Damned’s Phantasmagoria, Echo & The Bunnymen’s Reverberation and any number of albums by The Cure. I know Cure fans’ antennae went up on that last reference, but you’ll want to retract them until you hear me out. The debut album from The Mission is strictly house-label horrorshow and not the top-shelf stuff. (The band was actually called The Mission U.K. in the US because a stateside band already called The Mission protested. If I were the United Kingdom, and I’m not, I would have protested them using U.K. in their name.) If you’re convinced that goth rock is the ultimate form of musical expression, then maybe this’ll fix what ails you (or let you continue to suffer in pain, depending). If you’re like me, you’ll give this the raised, hairy eyebrow it deserves. For example, and I’m not English, but I’m pretty sure they pronounce “dance” and “glass” the same way, so why is it sung as “dance on glahs” on the song of the same name? Wouldn’t it be “dahnse” then? As I’ve said, I’m not English, or England, or any of England’s imperial outposts, but I have questions, probing ones. Those questions start with the Trouser Press, whose rarely erring Ira Robbins called this “a horrible amalgam of Led Zeppelin, Yes and Echo and the Bunnymen.” Now you’re intrigued too, aren’t you? Trust me, where Led Zeppelin and Yes are concerned, he has not a clue. As a goth rock genre exercise, Gods Own Medicine is only marginally lamer than The Damned’s Phantasmagoria, but that was as far on the margin as I cared to tread in the first place.

830 603-1 back cover
830 603-1 back cover

TRACK LISTING

  1. WASTELAND    5:42
  2. BRIDGES BURNING    4:08
  3. GARDEN OF DELIGHT (HEREAFTER)    3:42
  4. STAY WITH ME    4:37
  5. (CD/CS bonus track:) BLOOD BROTHER
  6. LET SLEEPING DOGS DIE    5:53
  7. SACRILEGE    4:45
  8. DANCE ON GLASS    5:10
  9. AND THE DANCE GOES ON    4:10
  10. SEVERINA    4:15
  11. LOVE ME TO DEATH    4:38
  12. (CD/CS bonus track:) ISLAND IN A STREAM

    All music by Adams/Brown/Hinkler/Hussey, all words by Hussey

CREDITS

CRAIG ADAMS --
MICK BROWN --
SIMON HINKLER --
WAYNE HUSSEY --
Adam Peters -- string arrangements
Julianne -- additional vocals
Sandy Ball and The Leisure Process -- sleeve design

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK November 1986 Mercury LP/CS MERH102 gatefold cover, picture sleeve
WW 1986 Mercury LP/CD 830 603  

 

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