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Gods Own Medicine [sic] is the debut studio album by the English gothic rock band The Mission. It was released in November 1986 through by the Phonogram label Mercury Records. The original LP version contains 10 songs.[1] The CD and cassette versions had the songs "Blood Brother" and "Island in the Stream" added.[2][3] Both had previously appeared on the "III" (Stay With Me) single.[4]

Gods Own Medicine
God's Own Medicine.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 1986
RecordedAugust–September 1986
StudioRidge Farm and Utopia Studios
GenreGothic rock
ProducerTim Palmer, The Mission
The Mission chronology
Gods Own Medicine
The First Chapter
Singles from Gods Own Medicine
  1. "Stay with Me"
    Released: 1986
  2. "Wasteland"
    Released: 1986
  3. "Severina"
    Released: 1987


The band had spent much of 1986 touring around Europe and had performed two radio broadcasts for the BBC. In the summer of that year, they signed with Phonogram Records after releasing two independent singles. Much of the material had featured on the tour and the band completed Gods Own Medicine within a period of four weeks.[5] The record was produced by Tim Palmer and the Mission and recorded at Ridge Farm and Utopia Studios.

Three singles were released from the album, "Stay With Me", "Wasteland" and "Severina".

Track listingEdit

All lyrics are written by Wayne Hussey; all music is composed by Craig Adams, Mick Brown, Simon Hinkler and Wayne Hussey.

2."Bridges Burning"4:08
3."Garden of Delight (Hereafter)"3:42
4."Stay With Me"4:37
5."Blood Brother"5:16
6."Let Sleeping Dogs Die"5:53
8."Dance on Glass"5:10
9."And the Dance Goes On"4:10
11."Love Me to Death"4:38
12."Island in a Stream"5:25

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [6]

The now-defunct American publication Trouser Press described the album as a "dull and insipid guitar/keyboard/string bombast", and "a horrible amalgam of Led Zeppelin, Yes and Echo & the Bunnymen".[7] AllMusic described it as "the marker for goth rock's invasion of the U.K. charts for a good chunk of the late '80s".[6]


A remastered version appeared in June 2007 with four bonus tracks, including the original intro to "Love Me to Death" (previously available only on the "Wasteland" video-cd) that had to be cut due to the time constraints of vinyl. Consequently, its insertion has not been taken into account in the track list of the remaster—listing the two tracks as "Love Me to Death (Original Full Length Version)"—and thus all tracks after eleven are mislabelled as being one track ahead of where they actually appear on the album.[8]

It was certified gold in the UK.[citation needed]


The MissionEdit

Additional personnelEdit

  • Tim Palmer – production
  • Julianne Regan – additional vocals
  • Adam Peters – string arrangements
  • The Leisure Process – sleeve design
  • Sandy Ball – sleeve design
  • KEV – mastering


  1. ^ "Mission, The - Gods Own Medicine". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-07-17.
  2. ^ "Mission, The - Gods Own Medicine". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-07-17.
  3. ^ "Mission, The - Gods Own Medicine". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-07-17.
  4. ^ "Mission, The - III". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-07-17.
  5. ^ Roach, Martin (1993). Names Are For Tombstones, Baby. London: IMP. pp. 50–60.
  6. ^ a b c True, Chris. "God's Own Medicine – The Mission UK : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 13 February 2013.
  7. ^ Robbins, Ira. " :: Mission (UK)". Retrieved 13 February 2013.
  8. ^ "Mission, The - Gods Own Medicine". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-07-17.

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