The Mission were probably the most ridiculous band of the 80s. More pompous than U2, the missing link between The Cure and The Sisters of Mercy with semi religious gothic imagery, acres of dry ice and the occasional catchy tune. When we first saw them on TV, their preposterous promo for ‘Wasteland’ – all wind swept hills and flying flags – had us in stitches. But for a brief time, we were heavily into them, like we were into wearing black and purple clothing. A bit like you might have been into Bros as a teenager. Except we weren’t technically teenagers anymore.
I saw them live on three occasions. Which I am going to tell you about – but not now. Come back for updates. For now: some music.
- Wake (live, Tilburg 1987, real audio)
- Wasteland (live, Amsterdam 1987, real audio)
- Love me to Death (radio session, 87, real audio)
One day we’ll look back at this
And laugh and laugh and we’ll die laughing
One day we’ll look back at this and laugh