On the Sunday of Life…


“On the Sunday of Life” is named after a 1965 French movie. Dir. Jean Herman

Tracks A1 through B2, an edited version of track B5 and tracks C1, D1 and D3 were released on the official debut album, On the Sunday of Life…, in 1992. The rest of the songs besides “Sinatra Rape Scene” were released on Yellow Hedgerow Dreamscape, a collection of leftovers from On the Sunday of Life, in 1994 (although “Colours Dance Angels Kiss” was retitled as “Track Eleven”, and “Hokey Cokey” was retitled as “Execution of the Will of the Marquis de Sade”). An edited version of “Sinatra Rape Scene” was released on Up the Downstair, the second album, in 1993 under the title “Monuments Burn into Moments”.


nostalgia factory

seaweed – Even though Porcupine Tree have only been officially active since 1987, some of these songs can be dated back to 1986 according to the liner notes of the 2000 vinyl reissue of Yellow Hedgerow Dreamscape.

mussolini – The song “Out” was later included on the vinyl edition of the compilation album Yellow Hedgerow Dreamscape and the 2013 CD reissue of the album. “It Will Rain for a Million Years” shares its name with a track in On the Sunday of Life… but is a totally different song and is not available anywhere else.


according to the wiki for Tarquin, “Hole” starts at 8:17 of The Cross/YHD

The following extract is included in the booklet:


Love, Death and Mussolini is an E.P.

E.P. stands for ‘extended player.’

An ‘extended player’ is longer than a single but not long enough to be called an L.P. (a long player).

Here then are 3 songs and 2 instrumentals, new material from the band Porcupine Tree.

These 5 tracks last for about 20 minutes in total. 20 minutes is a good duration for an ‘extended player’.

However, Love, Death and Mussolini takes advantage of the cassette medium by including an additional 17 minutes of music taking it to L.P. (long player) length.

This is known as ‘value for money’.

In the music industry it is known as ‘marketing’.

Do your accounting to the sound of Porcupine Tree.




nostlagia factory – Writing Credits: All tracks written by Steven Wilson except “Footprints”, “Linton Samuel Dawson”, “And The Swallows Dance Above The Sun”, “Colours Dance Angels Kiss”, “The Nostalgia Factory”, “This Long Silence” and “Nine Cats” written by Steven Wilson / Alan Duffy, “Queen Quotes Crowley” written by Malcolm Stocks, “Begonia Seduction Scene” and “Landscare” written by Steven Wilson / Malcolm Stocks and “Split Image” written by Steven Wilson / Michael France

seaweed farm – Writing Credits: All tracks written by Steven Wilson except “Jupiter Island” written by Steven Wilson / Alan Duffy, “Clarinet Vignette” and “The Cross” written by Prince

mussolini – Writing Credits: All tracks written by Steven Wilson except “Footprints”, “Linton Samuel Dawson” and “And The Swallows Dance Above The Sun” written by Steven Wilson / Alan Duffy, “Queen Quotes Crowley” written by Malcolm Stocks and “Begonia Seduction Scene” written by Steven Wilson / Malcolm Stocks




Was there any significance in the words “cream cakes”, “pate” and “cream cheese” as heard backwards on Queen Quotes Crowley or was it just your shopping list? Pete Millar

Ah – is that what the words are ? I suspect that Malcolm Stocks (for it is he) was just coming up with the most ludicrous words he could think of so that people couldn’t read any significance in to them ! Perhaps he failed on that count.



2016 CD: When I purchased my first digital tape machine in 1989, I copied the Porcupine Tree analogue mixes onto DAT and used these digital copies as the source for all releases from then on. None of this really mattered when I was just duplicating the music onto cassettes, but when it was later released on CD and vinyl I carried on using the 16 bit DAT copies in the belief that they faithfully represented the original analogue tapes. I also felt I needed to do something about the tape noise / hiss on many of the tracks, so the music was subjected to various denoising processes, EQ and filtering to minimise it.  Consequently previous editions of the album were never exactly satisfactory to me, but I always assumed that this was down to the sonic limitations of the recordings. That was until I listened to the original analogue tapes for this edition, and was surprised to find that the tone of the music was much richer and the stereo image wider, and I now realise how poor the analogue to digital convertor must have been on that first generation DAT recorder. 

Anyway, the upshot of this is that while I’m certainly not going to claim that this album is some kind of sonic masterpiece, this is at least the best On the Sunday of Life… has ever sounded, with a wider stereo image, greater dynamic range, and much more vibrant and natural sonics.  




talk about Tape Experiments 85

delerium box set

How much of a band is Porcupine Tree and, how much of it is your singular vision and can you tell us bit about some of the other musicians that have passed through or contributed to Porcupine Tree’s music?


For the first two albums and the ‘Voyage 34′ single, Porcupine Tree was Steven Wilson and Steven Wilson was Porcupine Tree.  My friend Malcolm Stocks appeared on certain tracks on the first album, and on the ‘Yellow Hedgerow Dreamscape’ collec­tion. He can’t really play that well – he won’t mind me say­ing so! – but he adds a certain bizarre flavour to whatever he con­tributes to. Malcolm has been important to Porcupine Tree in other ways, particularly early on, because a lot of the early tracks were recorded for his amusement only – he also helped me invent the fictional history printed with the cas­sette releases. In fact at one stage we were going to make the Incredible Expanding Mindfuck his project and record some albums under that name with him on vocals and guitar.