God's Own Medicine

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Not to be confused with God Medicine.
Gods Own Medicine
Studio album by The Mission
Released November 1986
Recorded August–September 1986 at Ridge Farm and Utopia studios
Genre Gothic rock
Length 57:41
Label Mercury
Producer Tim 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

Gods Own Medicine [sic] is the debut studio album by English gothic rock band The Mission. It was released in November 1986, through record label Mercury.


God's Own Medicine 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 listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Wayne Hussey, all music composed by The Mission (Craig Adams, Mick Brown, Simon Hinkler).

No. Title Length
1. "Wasteland"   5:42
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
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. "Island in a Stream"   5:25

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

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".[2] AllMusic described it as "the marker for goth rock's invasion of the U.K. charts for a good chunk of the late '80s".[1]


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 restraints of vinyl. Consequently, its insertion has not been taken into account in the tracklist 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.

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


Additional personnel
  • Tim Palmer – production
  • Julianne Regan (All About Eve) – additional vocals
  • Adam Peters – string arrangements
  • The Leisure Process – sleeve design
  • Sandy Ball – sleeve design
  • KEV – mastering


  1. ^ a b c True, Chris. "God's Own Medicine – The Mission UK : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  2. ^ Robbins, Ira. "trouserpress.com :: Mission (UK)". trouserpress.com. Retrieved 13 February 2013. 

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