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 Porcupine Tree
Released July 1992
Recorded 1986-1990
Genre Space rock
Length 75:47
Label Delerium
Producer Steven Wilson
Porcupine Tree chronology
The Nostalgia Factory
On the Sunday of Life...
Up the Downstair
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Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

On the Sunday of Life is the debut album of English progressive rock band Porcupine Tree, first released in July, 1992 (despite the official Porcupine Tree website stating 1991). 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 after 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.[2] The album, over time, eventually sold in excess of 20,000 copies.[3]

The version of "Radioactive Toy" that featured on the album is re-recorded. The original version was later released on Yellow Hedgerow Dreamscape.

Track listing[edit]

All music by Steven Wilson, all lyrics by Alan Duffy except "Radioactive Toy" by Wilson

Part I - 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 II - Second Sight

  1. "Space Transmission" – 2:59
  2. "Message from a Self-Destructing Turnip" – 0:27
  3. "Radioactive Toy" – 10:00
  4. "Nine Cats" – 3:53

Part III - Third Eye

  1. "Hymn" – 1:14
  2. "Footprints" – 5:56
  3. "Linton Samuel Dawson" – 3:04
  4. "And the Swallows Dance Above the Sun" – 4:05
  5. "Queen Quotes Crowley" – 3:48

Part IV - Fourth Bridge

  1. "No Luck with Rabbits" – 0:46
  2. "Begonia Seduction Scene" – 2:14
  3. "This Long Silence" – 5:05
  4. "It Will Rain for a Million Years" – 10:51


Polish progressive rock/metal band Riverside played their cover version of "Radioactive Toy" at a gig in Sjiwa, Baarlo, The Netherlands, in 2005 [4]

The drum track on "Third Eye Surfer" and "On the Sunday of Life" is taken from the drum solo track "5 from 13 (for Phil Seamen with love & thanks)" from Soft Machine's album Six.

Steven Wilson played "Radioactive Toy" on tour supporting his album "The Raven that Refused to Sing", in 2013.


  • Steven Wilson – vocals, performed all music
  • John Marshall – drums on "Third Eye Surfer"
  • Solomon St. Jemain – additional guitar & voice on "Queen Quotes Crowley"
  • Master Timothy Masters – oboe

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