On the Sunday of Life...

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On the Sunday of Life...
Porcupine tree on the sunday of life.jpg
Cover art by Andy Cleal
Studio album by
Released12 May 1992[1]
StudioNo Man's Land (Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England)
GenreProgressive rock, psychedelic rock, space rock
ProducerSteven Wilson
Porcupine Tree chronology
The Nostalgia Factory
On the Sunday of Life...
Up the Downstair
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[2]

On the Sunday of Life... is the debut album of English progressive rock band Porcupine Tree, first released in May 1992. It compiles tracks that Steven Wilson produced and recorded for two cassette-only releases, Tarquin's Seaweed Farm (1989) and The Nostalgia Factory (1991). The rest of the music from these tapes was released three years later in the compilation album Yellow Hedgerow Dreamscape.

Most of the lyrics were written by Alan Duffy, a school friend with whom Steven Wilson had lost touch a few years before the album was released. The album title was chosen from a long list of nonsense titles compiled by Richard Allen of Delerium.

A small run of 1000 copies in a deluxe gatefold sleeve were released in early 1992.[3] The album, over time, eventually sold in excess of 20,000 copies.[4]

The version of "Radioactive Toy" that featured on the album is re-recorded. The original version was later released on Yellow Hedgerow Dreamscape. In addition, the original versions of "The Nostalgia Factory", "Queen Quotes Crowley", and "This Long Silence" are about a minute shorter on this album.

Track listing[edit]

All music by Steven Wilson, all lyrics by Alan Duffy except "Radioactive Toy" by Wilson. ("Footprints" quotes several lines from the Beatles song "Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds", written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.)

Part 1: First Love
1."Music for the Head"2:42
2."Jupiter Island"6:12
3."Third Eye Surfer"2:50
4."On the Sunday of Life..."2:07
5."The Nostalgia Factory"7:28
Part 2: Second Sight
6."Space Transmission"2:59
7."Message from a Self-Destructing Turnip"0:27
8."Radioactive Toy"10:00
9."Nine Cats"3:53
Part 3: Third Eye
12."Linton Samuel Dawson"3:04
13."And the Swallows Dance Above the Sun"4:05
14."Queen Quotes Crowley"3:48
Part 4: Fourth Bridge
15."No Luck with Rabbits"0:46
16."Begonia Seduction Scene"2:14
17."This Long Silence"5:05
18."It Will Rain for a Million Years"10:51


External links[edit]


  1. ^ Porcupine Tree - On the Sunday of Life... on delerium.co.uk Retrieved 12 May 2019
  2. ^ Raggett, Ned (2011). "On the Sunday of Life - Porcupine Tree | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 6 July 2011.
  3. ^ "Porcupine Tree - Background". porcupinetree.com. Retrieved 6 April 2008.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 19 April 2012. Retrieved 18 April 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)