Wayne Hussey: "I spent all my money on birds, booze, drugs and guitars"
The Mission frontman Wayne Hussey answers our heavy questions for heavy rockers
The Mission were born out of Leeds band the Sisters Of Mercy after it became clear the latter couldn’t contain both Andrew Eldritch and Wayne Hussey’s giant egos. With Hussey at the helm, The Mission became goth prime movers, with Top 30 hits (Wasteland, Severina, Tower Of Strength) and a reputation as massive caners. Thirty years and several iterations later, The Mission are still recording and touring, while Hussey lives in São Paolo, Brazil.
The opening lyric of the first Mission album was: ‘I still believe in God, but God no longer believes in me.’ Do you believe in God?
The older I get, the more confused I am. I’d like to believe there is something else after this life, but I wouldn’t bank on it. I’m a baptised Mormon. I’ve tried my hardest to be excommunicated but they won’t have it.
Iggy Pop liked that lyric, didn’t he?
Yeah. That was his introduction to me. He came and tapped me on the shoulder and said: “Hi, I’m Jim. I love that line.” We became good friends.
Did you help invent goth?
It wasn’t invented, was it? When I was in the Sisters we went to certain kinds of clubs and hung out with certain kinds of people. Then people like you [ie journalists] decided to call it ‘goth’. If you were to see me at home, most days I’d be wearing shorts and flip-flops. That’s not very goth, is it?