31 Dec Episode 47 – This is Self-Destructing Turnip, Come in Radish: Porcupine Tree’s Curious Debut
After firing up a band called No Man Is An Island (later shortened to No-Man), a young Steven Wilson corralled a couple friends and some wild ideas to sculpt homespun cassette recordings under the strange name Porcupine Tree. These then-obscure tapes, Tarquin’s Seaweed Farm (1989) and The Nostalgia Factory (1991), were edited and re-sequenced as an oddball album, On the Sunday of Life, in 1992. Debuting on the newly-formed Delerium label, it was all an entirely English enterprise, right down to its freewheeling Gong-ish whimsy and hallucinogenic Lewis Carroll-esque playfulness. Begun as a not-very-serious project, the darkness of direction taken later by Porcupine Tree shows up here only in fits and starts, but what a start…we find this album a fascinating view into the mind of a young genius and a curious portent of the colorful vistas Wilson would later visit with the band once he started actually taking it seriously.
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Music cited, in order of appearance:
[all from On the Sunday of Life, 1992]
“This Long Silence”
“Message from a Self-Destructing Turnip”
“Third Eye Surfer”
“On the Sunday of Life”
“Linton Samuel Dawson”
“The Nostalgia Factory”
“And the Swallows Dance Above the Sun”
“Queen Quotes Crowley”
“It Will Rain for a Million Years”
“Begonia Seduction Scene”
episode 48 preview: Albino Slug, “Thorbud” (Albino Slug, 1993)
Radical Research is a conversation about the inner- and outer-reaches of rock and metal music. This podcast is conceived and conducted by Jeff Wagner and Hunter Ginn. Though we consume music in a variety of ways, we give particular privilege to the immersive, full-album listening experience. Likewise, we believe that tangible music formats help provide the richest, most rewarding immersions and that music, artwork, and song titles cooperate to produce a singular effect on the listener. Great music is worth more than we ever pay for it.
This is Radical Research Podcast episode 47.