Mystical Shit

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Mystical Shit
Mystical Shit (King Missile album) coverart.jpg
Studio album by
StudioNoise New York
(New York City, New York)
LabelShimmy Disc
ProducerMark Kramer
King Missile chronology
Mystical Shit
Mystical Shit & Fluting on the Hump

Mystical Shit is the third studio album by experimental music band King Missile, released in 1990 by Shimmy Disc.[1] It is the first of their albums to be recorded after guitarist Dave Rick and bassist Chris Xefos had joined and composer Stephen Tunney had departed the group to form Dogbowl. The album was first issued on vinyl record in 1990 and was later included on the compilation album Mystical Shit & Fluting on the Hump.[2][3]


Professional ratings
Review scores
The Village VoiceB ((choice cut))[5]

Stewart Mason of AllMusic described Mystical Shit as "a transitional album" and said "Dogbowl had decamped for a solo career and King Missile was firmly in Hall's hands; as a result, the album is much less musically interesting, the songs consisting of little more than noodly jams underneath Hall's surreal, often funny monologues. The critic went on to describe the album as "weaker than both its predecessors and King Missile's later career high point, Happy Hour, where Hall would finally regain the proper balance between music and lyrics." commended Hall for "spearheading New York's electric poetry movement" and said "the revamped King Missile sounds more focused than before, with the humor coming off as conceptual rather than jokey.[6] Robert Christgau chose the track "Jesus Was Way Cool", written by Hall and bassist Chris Xefos, as the album's "choice cut".[5]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics are written by John S. Hall, except "Love You More" by Pete Shelley.

Side one
1."King Missile"3:09
2."Rock-n-roll Will Never Die"1:55
3."No Point"
  • Hall
  • Rick
4."Gary & Melissa"
  • Hall
  • Rick
5."Frightened & Freezing"
  • Hall
  • Xefos
6."How to Remember Your Dreams"3:07
7."The Fish That Played the Ponies"
  • Hall
  • Rick
8."Jesus Was Way Cool"
  • Hall
  • Xefos
Side two
  • Freeman
  • Hall
  • traditional
2."The Sandbox"
  • Hall
  • Rick
3."The Neither World"
  • Hall
  • Tunney
4."She Didn't Want"
  • Hall
  • Rick
5."Cheesecake Truck"
  • Hall
  • Rick
  • Hall
  • Rick
7."Love You More" (Buzzcocks cover)Pete Shelley1:46
  • Hall
  • Xefos


Adapted from the Mystical Shit liner notes.[7]

King Missile

Production and design

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
United States 1990 Shimmy Disc CS, LP shimmy 029
Netherlands LP SDE 9016


  1. ^ Thompson, David (November 1, 2000). Gravy. Alternative Rock: Third Ear – The Essential Listening Companion. Miller Freeman, Inc. p. 784. Retrieved September 6, 2020.
  2. ^ Blum, Joshua; Holman, Bob; Pellington, Mark (March 30, 1996). John S. Hall. United States of Poetry. Harry N. Abrams. p. 171. Retrieved September 6, 2020.
  3. ^ Buckley, Jonathan (2003). John S. Hall. The Rough Guide to Rock. Rough Guides. p. 558. Retrieved September 6, 2020.
  4. ^ Mason, Stewart. "King Missile: Mystical Shit > Review". AllMusic. Retrieved September 6, 2020.
  5. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (July 3, 1990). "King Missile: Mystical Shit (Shimmy-Disc)". The Village Voice. Retrieved September 6, 2020.
  6. ^ Gehr, Richard; Robbins, Ira. "King Missile (Dog Fly Religion)". Trouser Press. Trouser Press LLC. Retrieved September 6, 2020.
  7. ^ Mystical Shit (sleeve). King Missile. New York City: Shimmy Disc. 1990.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)

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