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The Mission

Described by critics as melodramatic and bombastic, the Mission, as they were known in their native U.K. (their name had to be changed in America owing to a Philadelphia R&B band with the same moniker), nonetheless attracted a core audience of goth rock fans. The Mission was formed in 1986 by guitarist/singer Wayne Hussey and bassist Craig Adams, who both left the Sisters of Mercy to do so. (Hussey had also played with the Walkie Talkies and Dead or Alive.) The two recruited Artery guitarist Simon Hinkler and former Red Lorry Yellow Lorry drummer Mick Brown and called themselves the Sisterhood, to which Sisters of Mercy leader Andrew Eldritch objected strenuously. The Mission released two successful independent singles in the U.K. and signed to Mercury in 1986. The group soon completed its debut album, God's Own Medicine, which went on to produce a handful of U.K. hits, while critics found much of the record to be reminiscent of Led Zeppelin and Yes. Although the band toured extensively in the U.K. and America; Adams had to return home from the latter leg after suffering from exhaustion. Produced by Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones, their third album Children, widened the band's audience, reaching number two on the U.K. album charts. 1990's Carved in Sand shed some of the Mission's Zep fascination for more refined songwriting. Hinkler left the band midway through the supporting tour and was eventually replaced permanently by Paul Etchells. Meanwhile, several Mission members backed Slade members Noddy Holder and Jim Lea on the Christmas charity single "Merry Xmas Everybody."

By 1992, Hussey was the only original member left; following the 1994 Sum and Substance retrospective, he recorded the 1995 album Neverland with a new Mission lineup. Blue followed a year later, with the greatest-hits retrospective Resurrection appearing in fall 1999. The 2001 album Aura was followed by a world tour that slowly saw the new line-up dissolving. By the time God Is a Bullet arrived courtesy of the 2007 version of the band, Hussey was living in Brazil. He announced that the Mission would actively promote the album through early 2008, after which he would be focusing on solo work. His first release to fall into this category was Bare, a Hussey album largely made up of cover versions which appeared before the end of that year. Next, an album of outtakes from the God Is a Bullet sessions was issued in 2010, under the name Dum Dum Bullets, before Curios -- an album of covers and original material -- appeared in 2011 under the Hussey-Regan moniker, re-kindling Hussey's creative relationship with the All About Eve founder Julianne Regan. For much of 2011 and 2012, Hussey appeared live under The Mission name in celebration of their 25th anniversary and by 2013 fans of the band were awaiting a rumored tenth studio album which was expected that September. ~ Steve Huey & James Wilkinson, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Brightest Light (Deluxe)

Disc 1

1. Black Cat Bone

2. Everything But The Squeal

3. Sometimes The Brightest Light Comes From The Darkest Place

4. Drag

5. Born Under A Good Sign

6. The Girl In The Furskin Rug

8. Ain't No Prayer In The Bible Can Save Me Now

9. Just Another Pawn In Your Game

10. From The Oyster Comes The Pearl

11. Swan Song

12. Litany For The Faithful

Disc 2

2. The Long Way Round Is Sometimes The Only Way Home

3. The Girl In The Furskin Rug (Wayne Hussey Demo)

4. Born Under A Good Sign (Wayne Hussey Demo)

5. Black Cat Bone (Wayne Hussey Demo)

6. From The Oyster Comes The Pearl (Wayne Hussey Demo)

7. When The Trap Clicks Shut Behind Us (Wayne Hussey Demo)

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Track List: Live At The Bbc

Disc 1

1. Like A Hurricane (Live At The Bbc)

2. Severina (Live At The Bbc)

3. Sacrilege (Live At The Bbc)

4. And The Dance Goes On (Live At The Bbc)

5. Wasteland (Live At The Bbc)

6. Shelter From The Storm (Live At The Bbc)

7. Wishing Well (Live At The Bbc)

8. Tomorrow Never Knows (Live At The Bbc)

9. Blood Brother (Live At The Bbc)

10. And The Dance Goes On (Live At The Bbc)

11. The Grip Of Disease (Live At The Bbc)

12. Belief (Live At The Bbc)

13. Kingdom Come (Live At The Bbc)

14. Deliverance (Live At The Bbc)

15. Butterfly On A Wheel (Live At The Bbc)

16. Bird Of Passage (Live At The Bbc)

Disc 2

1. Wasteland (Live At The Bbc)

2. And The Dance Goes On (Live At The Bbc)

3. Like A Hurricane (Live At The Bbc)

4. Kingdom Come (Live At The Bbc)

5. Wake (Live At The Bbc)

6. Bridges Burning (Live At The Bbc)

7. Childs's Play (Live At The Bbc)

8. 1969 (Live At The Bbc)

9. Shelter From The Storm (Live At The Bbc)

10. Serpent's Kiss (Live At The Bbc)

11. Severina (Live At The Bbc)

12. Belief (Live At The Bbc)

13. Stay With Me (Live At The Bbc)

14. Tower Of Strength (Live At The Bbc)

15. Crystal Ocean (Live At The Bbc)

Disc 3

1. The Grip Of Disease (Live At The Bbc)

2. Dream On (Live At The Bbc)

3. Sacrilege (Live At The Bbc)

4. 1969 (Live At The Bbc)

5. Beyond The Pale (Live At The Bbc)

6. Like A Hurricane (Live At The Bbc)

7. Dancing Barefoot (Live At The Bbc)

8. Amelia (Live At The Bbc)

9. Wasteland (Live At The Bbc)

10. Serpent's Kiss (Live At The Bbc)

11. Into The Blue (Live At The Bbc)

12. Severina (Live At The Bbc)

13. Butterfly On A Wheel (Live At The Bbc)

14. Sea Of Love (Live At The Bbc)

15. Kingdom Come (Live At The Bbc)

16. Deliverance (Live At The Bbc)

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Track List: Grains Of Sand

1. Hands Across The Ocean

2. The Grip Of Disease

3. Divided We Fall

5. Mr. Pleasant

9. Tower Of Strength

10. Butterfly On A Wheel

12. Bird Of Passage

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When critics talk sh!t about this band it's only because the Mission's music makes them uncomfortabl e . No critic wants to actually THINK while listening to music. That's just too much work.
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I hate how critics keep panning these guy's. I saw them for the butterfly tour and they rocked.
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