Past the Mission

Last updated
"Past the Mission"
Tori Amos Past the Mission UK US cover.jpg
Standard cover art for most editions
Single by Tori Amos
from the album Under the Pink
B-side "Black Swan"
Released16 May 1994 (UK limited edition)
23 May 1994 (UK CD2) [1]
4 July 1994 (AUS) [2]
27 September 1994 (US)
RecordedApril 1993
Genre
Label Atlantic, EastWest
Songwriter(s) Tori Amos
Producer(s) Tori Amos
Tori Amos singles chronology
"Pretty Good Year"
(1994)
"Past the Mission"
(1994)
"Caught a Lite Sneeze"
(1996)

"Past the Mission" is a song by American singer-songwriter and musician Tori Amos. It was released as the third single from her second studio album Under the Pink in Europe, Australia and North America; but was the fourth release worldwide, due to a varied released schedule in different countries. "Past the Mission" was released in May 1994 by EastWest Records in the UK, in July 1994 in Australia, and in September 1994 by Atlantic Records in North America. Two different CD singles containing live B-sides were released in the UK, and the second of these was released in continental Europe and Australia. In the US, the single was only released commercially on cassette, although a promotional CD single was produced.

Contents

Background

Regarding the origins of the song, Amos commented:

"Past the Mission" refers to a personal experience with sexual violence, which I had a song about on Little Earthquakes also. So, the remark 'I once knew a hot girl' is painful. Where’s she gone? On this record there are songs about the healing from that experience, like "Baker Baker" ('Make me whole again'), "Past the Mission", "Yes, Anastasia". The idea is to rescue myself from the role of a victim. That I have a choice left. Though I can't change what has happened, I can choose how to react. And I don't want to spend the rest of my life being bitter and locked up. That’s also the thought behind the phrase 'past the mission/I smell the roses'. [3]

Trent Reznor, founder of the industrial rock group Nine Inch Nails, sings background vocals on this track.

"Past the Mission" had less commercial success than the previous "Under the Pink" singles. It reached the top 40 in both the UK [4] and Ireland, [5] but failed to chart on the US Hot 100, [6] and peaked outside the top 100 in Australia. [7]

An alternate mix of "Past the Mission" appears on Amos' compilation box set A Piano: The Collection (2006).

Music video

The video begins with Tori holding hands with two young women, walking along a dirt road. As the three begin walking through a town, other women join them in their march until there's a large parade as the men look on. The women are eventually confronted by a male priest, who blocks their pathway. One by one the women move to the ground, laying flat as the priest walks around and steps over them. The priest is then joined by the rest of the men, who all walk away as the women stand up and continue their march, eventually finding themselves in the open field seen at the beginning of the video. The video ends with a young boy running to catch up with the ever advancing parade of women.

Track listing/Releases

The UK CD single set was sold in two parts. The non-limited part (CD 2) comes in a slim jewel case and the disc features a photo-negative image of Amos playing a piano. The limited edition (CD 1) comes in a triple gatefold digipak case with two slots to house each CD in the set. In place of the second disc there is a cardboard cutout that looks like the CD. The owner can replace the cutout with the actual CD from the other half of the set. The second CD was also released in Germany and looks nearly identical excepting that the image on the disc is a positive image, not photo-negative.

UK limited edition CD single
  1. "Upside Down" (live) – 5:57
  2. "Past the Mission" (live) – 4:21
  3. "Icicle" (live) – 7:50
  4. "Flying Dutchman" (live) – 6:31
UK CD single 2/German CD/Australian CD
  1. "Past the Mission" (LP edition) – 4:05
  2. "Winter" (live) – 6:37
  3. "The Waitress" (live) – 3:29
  4. "Here. In My Head" (live) – 6:05
UK 7" single/UK, German and Australian cassette
  1. "Past the Mission" (LP edition)
  2. "Past The Mission" (live in Chicago March 1994)
US cassette single
  1. "Past the Mission" – 4:05
  2. "Black Swan" – 4:04

Charts

Chart (1994)Position
Australian Singles Chart [7] 116
Irish Singles Chart [5] 25
UK Singles Chart [4] 31

Related Research Articles

Professional Widow 1996 single by Tori Amos

"Professional Widow" is a 1996 song written by singer-songwriter Tori Amos. It is a harpsichord-driven rock dirge and was included on her 1996 album Boys for Pele. The eponymous "professional widow" is widely rumoured to be Courtney Love, lead vocalist of the band Hole, whom Trent Reznor blames for the destruction of the friendship between himself and Amos. In 1999, Reznor's band Nine Inch Nails released a single called "Starfuckers, Inc.", with "Starfucker" being a word that appears in "Professional Widow".

<i>Boys for Pele</i> 1996 studio album by Tori Amos

Boys for Pele is the third studio album by American singer and songwriter Tori Amos. Preceded by the first single, "Caught a Lite Sneeze", by three weeks, the album was released on January 22, 1996, in the United Kingdom, on January 23 in the United States, and on January 29 in Australia. Despite the album being Amos's least accessible radio material to date, Boys for Pele debuted at number two on both the US Billboard 200 and the UK Albums Chart, making it her biggest simultaneous transatlantic debut, her first Billboard top 10 debut, and the highest-charting US debut of her career to date.

<i>Under the Pink</i> 1994 studio album by Tori Amos

Under the Pink is the second studio album by singer-songwriter Tori Amos. Upon its release in January 1994, the album debuted atop the UK Albums Chart on the back of the hit single "Cornflake Girl", and peaked at number 12 in the US.

Crucify (song) 1992 single by Tori Amos

"Crucify" is a song by American singer-songwriter and musician Tori Amos. It was released as the fifth single from her debut studio album Little Earthquakes, on May 12, 1992, by Atlantic Records in North America and on June 8 by EastWest Records in the UK.

Blue Skies (BT song) 1996 single by BT featuring Tori Amos

"Blue Skies" is a song by American electronica artist BT with featured vocals by Tori Amos. Released as a single in the United Kingdom in October 1996, it hit number one on the United States Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart in January 1997. "Blue Skies" also appears on the Party of Five soundtrack. Many versions (remixes) of the song exist.

Silent All These Years

"Silent All These Years" is a song by American singer-songwriter and musician Tori Amos. It was released as the second single from her debut studio album Little Earthquakes. It was originally released in November 1991 in the UK by EastWest Records. It was released in North America in April 1992 by Atlantic Records and was later used to promote awareness of the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN). In the UK the single was re-released on August 10, 1992.

Cornflake Girl 1994 single by Tori Amos

"Cornflake Girl" is a song by American singer–songwriter and musician Tori Amos. It was released as the first single from her second studio album Under the Pink, on January 10, 1994, by EastWest Records in the United Kingdom, and on May 5, 1994, by Atlantic Records in North America. Singer Merry Clayton provided backup singing and sang the "man with the golden gun" bridge.

Cyndi Lauper discography

American singer Cyndi Lauper has released eleven studio albums, six compilation albums, five video albums and fifty-one singles. Worldwide, Lauper has sold approximately 50 million albums, singles and DVDs.

China (Tori Amos song)

"China" is a song by American singer-songwriter and musician Tori Amos. It was released as the third single from her debut studio album Little Earthquakes. It was released January 20, 1992 by EastWest Records in the UK. It was the first song written for Little Earthquakes and was originally titled "Distance"; a recurring lyric and theme in the song. It was originally submitted to the Library of Congress in 1987.

God (Tori Amos song) 1994 single by Tori Amos

"God" is a song by American singer-songwriter and musician Tori Amos. It was released as the fourth single from her second studio album Under the Pink. It was released on February 3, 1994 by Atlantic Records in North America, on May 2, in Australia, and on October 3 by EastWest Records in the UK. The song reached number 44 on the UK Singles Chart, as well as number one on the US Modern Rock Tracks chart. It also became Amos' first single to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 72.

Winter (Tori Amos song)

"Winter" is a song by American singer-songwriter and musician Tori Amos, first released in 1992. The song was written about Amos' relationship with her father, who is a minister.

Tori Amos discography

Tori Amos is an American pianist and singer-songwriter whose musical career began in 1980, at the age of seventeen, when she and her brother co-wrote the song "Baltimore". The song was selected as the winning song in a contest for the Baltimore Orioles and was recorded and pressed locally as a 7" single. From 1984 to 1989, Amos fronted the synth-pop band Y Kant Tori Read, which released one self-titled album with Atlantic Records in 1988 before breaking up. Shortly thereafter, Amos began writing and recording material that would serve as the debut of her solo career. Still signed with Atlantic, and its UK counterpart East West, Amos' initial solo material was rejected by the label in 1990. Under the guidance of co-producers Eric Rosse, Davitt Sigerson and Ian Stanley, a second version of the album was created and accepted by the label the following year.

Caught a Lite Sneeze 1996 single by Tori Amos

"Caught a Lite Sneeze" is a song by Tori Amos, released as the first single from her 1996 album Boys for Pele. It reached number 60 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number 20 on the UK Singles Chart and Canada's RPM Top Singles chart. Despite being one of her higher-charting singles, it does not appear on her best-of collection, Tales of a Librarian.

Talula 1996 single by Tori Amos

"Talula" is a song by Tori Amos, released as the second single from her 1996 album Boys For Pele. It reached number 22 on the UK Singles Chart and appeared in the Jan de Bont film Twister.

<i>Hey Jupiter</i> 1996 EP by Tori Amos

"Hey Jupiter" is a song written and recorded by American singer-songwriter Tori Amos. It was the fourth single from her album Boys for Pele and was her first EP since Crucify in 1992. Hey Jupiter features a remixed version of "Hey Jupiter" followed by four live tracks recorded during her Dew Drop Inn Tour of 1996. The song is also featured on the double-A CD singles released in the UK and Australia.

1000 Oceans Song

"1000 Oceans" is a song by Tori Amos, released as the second single from her 1999 album To Venus and Back. It reached number 22 on the Hot 100 Singles Sales, though it did not chart on the Hot 100. The song deals with issues of love and loss, and is based on the singer's personal experiences. It was released on September 7, 1999, and was generally well received by critics.

Spark (Tori Amos song) 1998 single by Tori Amos

"Spark" is a song by Tori Amos, released as the first single from her 1998 album From the Choirgirl Hotel.

<i>To Venus and Back</i> 1999 studio album by Tori Amos

To Venus and Back, the fifth album released by singer and songwriter Tori Amos, is a two-disc album set including a studio album and a live album. The first disc, titled Venus: Orbiting, features eleven original songs that find Amos experimenting heavily in electronica. It spawned the singles "Bliss", "1000 Oceans", "Glory of the 80's", and "Concertina". The second disc, Venus Live, Still Orbiting, is a thirteen-track album compiling live tracks recorded from her Plugged '98 tour. This is the first official live release of Amos's career.

Glory of the 80s

"Glory of the 80's" is a song by American singer-songwriter Tori Amos. It is the fourth track on Amos' 1999 album To Venus and Back. It was issued as the first single from the album in Europe and Australasia. Part one of the single was released in Australia on October 11, 1999, and both parts were released a month later in Europe and the UK on November 1, 1999. The song reached #46 on the UK singles chart, having the lowest debut since her 1994 single God when both parts of the single were recalled early for a misprint in the credits. In Australia, the single peaked at #81 on the ARIA singles chart, becoming Amos' final single to reach the top 100 there.

Pretty Good Year 1994 single by Tori Amos

"Pretty Good Year" is a single by the American singer-songwriter Tori Amos, taken from her second album Under the Pink. It was released as the second single from the album in Europe in March 1994, and the fourth single from the album in Australia in November 1994. It was not released as a single in North America.

References

  1. "Tori Amos Past the Mission (UK promotional display flat)". imgur.com. Retrieved 2016-03-13.
  2. "New Release Summary – Product Available from: 04/07/1994 > Singles (from The ARIA Report Issue No. 229 – Week Ending 3rd July 1994)". ARIA . Retrieved 2016-04-09.
  3. St Louis Dispatch - July 15, 1994
  4. 1 2 "Official Charts > Tori Amos". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 2016-03-13.
  5. 1 2 "The Irish Charts – All there is to know > Search results for Past the Mission". Fireball Media. Retrieved 2016-03-13.
  6. http://www.hereinmyhead.com/collect/under/ptmuk.html -- hereinmyhead.com
  7. 1 2 "Response from ARIA re: chart inquiry, received 2014-06-17". imgur.com. Archived from the original on 2014-11-29. Retrieved 2016-03-13.