Pope Adrian 37th Psychristiatric

Label
Outer Himalayan
Release date
1995
Running length
12 tracks
Running time
43:07

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Pogo Pope 3:26 2,033
2 The Pope With No Name 3:22 1,827
3 Hadrianich Relique 3:27 1,365
4 Il Papus Puss 3:59 1,542
5 Muse Sick (Sic) 4:25 1,452
6 Vatican't City Hearse 2:01 1,548
7 I'm a Dream 4:06 1,441
8 We're Gonna Destroy Life the World Gets Higher and Higher 3:51 1,036
9 Pills, Popes and Potions 4:08 1,369
10 Ireland Sun 3:47 1,436
11 Regicide Chaz III 3:50 1,264
12 Iron Lung 2:45 1,417

About this album

Pope Adrian 37th Psychristiatric is a concept album by the band Rudimentary Peni, originally released in 1995. It has been rumoured that the album was written while lead singer/guitarist Nick Blinko was being detained in a psychiatric hospital under Section 3 of the UK 1983 Mental Health Act. The subject matter of the album is purported to be based on the delusions Blinko was experiencing at the time, particularly the idea that he was to assume the Papcy, and become “Pope Adrian 37th”, the second English pope in history. The first, Nicholas Breakspeare, was coincidentally from Blinko’s hometown of Abbotts Langley. Musically, Pope Adrian 37th Psychristiatric has the band venturing into expanded song structures (their typical song prior to this being one or two minutes long) and relentless, cyclical riffs.The repetitive lyrical phrases and blistering sounds create an oppressive and compelling atmosphere which does much to reinforce the ideas of obsession which shroud both the concept and mythology of this utterly unique album.

The album is set to be reissued in May 2013 in a remastered version including vinyl (it was only previously available on CD).

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