A Pagan Day

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A Pagan Day
Pagan Day Pic.jpg
Studio album by Psychic TV
Released 1984
Label Temple Records TOPY 003
A Pagan Day
TOPY 017 1986, black vinyl

A Pagan Day is a 1984 album by electronic music group Psychic TV.

This recording was first released as TOPY 003 on 23 December 1984 as a picture disc, limited to 999 copies. One side was a full color photograph of Carresse P-Orridge as a baby, the other side had text in red on white. It was only available to shops and distributors between 11 am and 12 am on launch day.

All music was recorded on a 4-track cassette machine under the guidance of Alex Fergusson, an original co-founder of the group, with Genesis P-Orridge. A Pagan Day was subtitled Pages From A Notebook as the material was a sketch of the songs, revealing of the process itself.

All songs were written by Genesis P-Orridge and Alex Ferguson, with the exception of Translucent Carriages written by Tom Rapp of the group Pearls Before Swine.

Reception[edit]

AllMusic described the album as "less extreme" than previous albums, writing "Song structure is observed, and Orridge and cohort Alex Ferguson keep a fairly tight rein on things. The 14 songs include two untitled fragments originally released as a seven-inch single with early copies of the album, and most of them have a clearly defined musical logic and progression. Fans of Psychic TV's more out-there work might find this distressingly restrained, but it's a remarkable performance nonetheless."[1]

Temple Records releases[edit]

Side One[edit]

  1. "Cadaques"
  2. "We Kiss"
  3. "Opium"
  4. "Cold Steel"
  5. "L.A."
  6. "Iceland"

Side Two[edit]

  1. "Translucent Carriages"
  2. "Paris"
  3. "Baby's Gone Away"
  4. "Alice"
  5. "New Sexuality"

The 1984 picture disc release was limited to 999 copies (TOPY 003) and had the scratched message "Just Like Arcadia". High collector prices being paid for the original picture disc.[2]

The 1986 black vinyl unlimited edition (TOPY 017) was released due to popular demand[citation needed] and had the scratched message "TOPY 017: for Alex".

Cleopatra Records CD release[edit]

Pagan Day
Pagan Cleo.jpeg
Studio album
Label Cleopatra Records CD, CLEO 94692,1994

Rereleased in 1994 as "Genesis P-Orridge & Psychic TV – Pagan Day", with a cover noting the original date as 25 December 1986, incorrectly, by Cleopatra Records (CLEO94692).

Track listing[edit]

  1. Cadaques
  2. We Kiss
  3. Opium
  4. Cold Steel
  5. Lost Angeles
  6. Iceland
  7. Translucent Carriages
  8. Paris
  9. Baby's Gone Away
  10. Alice
  11. New Sexuality
  12. Farewell

Bonus Tracks (listed on sticker on shrinkwrap only):

  • As Tears Go By - originally issued on the "Live In Toronto" LP
  • Unclean (Gen's mic mix) - previously unreleased
  • Pirates - originally issued on the William S. Burroughs "Thee Films" VHS soundtrack

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "A Pagan Day – Psychic TV | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 13 August 2016. 
  2. ^ e.g. $125 at an online marketplace, accessed 24 June 2008

References[edit]

  • A Pagan Day, cover notes, Temple Records TOPY 003, 23 December 1984
  • Pagan Day, cover notes, Temple Records TOPY 017, 1986
  • Pagan Day, cover notes, Cleopatra Records, 1994