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The Mission UK

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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Melodramatic and Bombastic is not a compliment. If a band needs to act that way, it's a given that they need gimmicks to hide the fact that they have little or no talent.
Got to see them on my bday at the palace, la. Ca. Then the fire marshall shut it down, awsome.
doreenprata7 7 7 9
Wanna get that groove on mission UK awsome
Love Wayne! Will never lose my crush.
penultimateo n e e
Amazing band, great 80's alternative sound: wispy, deep, esoteric
This is one of the truly great bands of their time...aside from Dream On most of their remakes are much better than the original versions. While opening for U2 Bono claimed "these a**holes are sounding better than us every night"...
With a CD name such as "God is a Bullet", you know they are worth listening to.! Enough said.
Immensely underrated, The Mission was one of the best rock bands of the past 30 years. Listen to Masque, Neverland, and arguably their best album, Carved in sand. Lead singer Wayne Hussey's lyrics often talk about magic, myth, love, and heartache in beautiful ways. The Mission is the first band that I embraced as my favorite group, and had to listen to everything they did. I finally got to see them in concert in 2000 for their Resurrection Tour, and got a picture with me and Wayne, as well a
krapperkeepe r
I call this D&D music. I feel like kicking a level 10 elfmagecleri c now.
I hate to say it, but I'm with the critics, pretentious, pompous and dull. The cover of Arrowsmith's "Dream On" is a prime example. When it came on my player I was sure it had to be a joke. It evokes images of old guys in pastel blazers on stage in some long forgotten sector of Vegas playing 70's hard rock covers in that 80's gay crooner style.
Boring
This band is awesome. I haven't heard any of the newer stuff... like the last ten years or so :)
John Lennon Probably wishes he would have done his song "Love" like these guys did! Out of this world. One of the most underrated bands ever. Angst, Dark, Melodic and with a purpose.
Much maligned and misunderstoo d , the press gave the band little credit but their influence is far-reaching . Little known fact that Radiohead are huge fans of the band to mention all but one... (for those more into the mainstream, fans include Brad Pitt).

AurA and God Is A Bullet proved that The Mission are (or were) as f
hmmmmm ok old s**t is pretty hott but i havent herd the newer s**t on this f**kin site yet but i say pretty decent
How could I not like them? Look where they came from!!
Love them! I was thinking it was Ian McCollaugh from Echo & the Bunnymen, but guess I was wrong. Reminds me also of my romance w/my Liverpool husband back in the early 80's. Sisters of Mercy were one of the tops on our list of greats!
Awesome music! Sophisticate d ! Angsty! Great lyrics! Love the guitar! Love the drums! Whatever else is in there!!!!! Keyboards?
layolanda
The music of THE MISSION plays a distinct role in the many nostalgic memories my husband and I share of our teenage romance... Thanks for the music. Still rocks!
I don't know why, but I keep thinking of The Cult!

Yeah, but remember (are you old enough to?) when it was all 'God is dead,'--what a crock. Anyway, I love this band and their music!!!! Especially 'Wasteland'! !
I love this band but i can see why they are considered pompous. At the beginning of wasteland he states " I believe in God but God no longer believes in me " ahhhhhhhhhhh h h duuhhhhhhhhh h h h h h h h h h h h h

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