Tower of Strength

Album: Children (1988)
Charted: 12
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Songfacts®:

  • A band composition, "Tower of Strength" was released as the second single from The Mission's Children album, which was produced by John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin. In our 2013 interview with frontman Wayne Hussey, he proclaimed this his favorite Mission song. "I think it's a celebration of our relationship with our audience," he said. "It's big. It's pompous. It's grandiose. It's melodramatic. It's everything the band were at the time and it's a song, even now when we play it live, there's still a great communal to and fro between us and the audience. So it has that about it. I still get a kick out of performing it."
  • In August 2013, Gary Numan hosted a one-hour music program on BBC Radio 6. Of this track he said that as a songwriter it is a song that he wished he'd written because of the way it is constructed. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England
  • Some UK NHS workers adopted the song as an anthem during the coronavirus pandemic. Reacting to this, Wayne Hussey enlisted various musicians to cover the song for a project dubbed "ReMission International." Among the artists joining Hussey on the track, retitled "TOS2020," are Depeche Mode's Martin Gore, The Cure's Lol Tolhurst, The Smiths' Andy Rourke, Midge Ure, Budgie of Siouxsie and The Banshees, and Bauhaus drummer Kevin Haskins.

    Also involved is Gary Numan, which is interesting in the light of the previous Songfact.

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