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The Martyr Mantras

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Released  1990
Release date  1990
Artist  Jesus Loves You
Label  Virgin Records
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The Martyr Mantras (as Jesus Loves You) (1991)  Cheapness and Beauty (1995)
Genres  Pop music, House music, Soul music, Dance music, Deep house, Acid house, Balearic beat
Producers  Simon Rogers, Mark Brydon, Boy George, Jon Moss, John Themis, Bobby Z., Jeremy Healy
Similar  High Hat, Cheapness and Beauty, The Unrecoupable One Man, U Can Never B2 Straight, Tense Nervous Headache

The Martyr Mantras is a 1990 album by Jesus Loves You. It was credited to Jesus Loves You worldwide except in North America, where it was credited to Boy George upon its release there in 1991.



The Martyr Mantras contains many dance-oriented tracks, most of them with an electronic production. It is partly a collection of some of the songs that were released as one-off singles many months before ("No Clause 28" in 1988, "After the Love" in 1989, "Generations of Love" and "One On One" in 1990). The lead single was the Indian and house mash-up "Bow Down Mister" which reached the Top 30 in the UK Singles Chart.

George’s songwriting credits are also on another alias, as "Angela Dust".

Critical reception

In a contemporaneous review in Keyboard, Jim Aikin described the album as "blue-eyed soul for the '90s". He added that "[George] updates his British R&B roots very effectively with hip-hop beats and techno tricks". Aikin also noted that, whatever the mood of any particular track, "you feel that George is sincere".

In a retrospective review for AllMusic, William Ruhlmann found the music to be "largely anonymous, if danceable", but singled out "Bow Down Mister" as an exception.

Commercial performance

The Martyr Mantras was not a strong seller, only reaching #60 on the UK Albums Chart. Although it did fare better in European countries, The Martyr Mantras failed to enter the Billboard Top 200.

Track listing

  1. "Generations of Love" (Oakenfold Mix) (Angela Dust, Caron Geary, Simon Rogers)
  2. "One on One" (Brydon L.P. Mix) (Dust, Mark Brydon)
  3. "Love's Gonna Let U Down" (Popcorn Mix) (Dust, Brydon)
  4. "After the Love" (Ten Glorious Years Mix) (Dust, Jon Moss)
  5. "I Specialise in Loneliness" (Dust, John Themis)
  6. "No Clause 28" (Pascal Gabriel Mix) (Boy George O'Dowd, Glenn Nightingale, Ian Maidman, Richie Stevens, Steve Fletcher)
  7. "Love Hurts" (L.P. Mix) (Dust, Bruce Forest, Richard Cottle)
  8. "Siempre Te Amare" (Dust)
  9. "Too Much Love" (Dust, Brydon)
  10. "Bow Down Mister" (Dust)
  11. "Generations of Love" (Seventies Mix) (CD only)


  • Boy George – vocals
  • Jonathan Quarmby, Richard Cottle – keyboards
  • Colin Elliot – percussion
  • Jagdeep Singh – tabla
  • Simeon Lister – saxophone
  • Beverley Skeete, Derek Green, The Govinda All Stars, Helen Terry, Jacqui McKoy, Jagdeep Singh, Juliet Roberts, London Community Gospel Choir, Sharon McKoy, Stefan Ashton Frank – vocals
  • Production

  • Simon Rogers – producer (track 1 & 11)
  • Mark Brydon – producer (tracks 2 & 3)
  • Angela Dust – producer (tracks 4 & 9)
  • Jon Moss – producer (track 4)
  • John Themis – producer (track 5)
  • Bobby Z – producer (track 6)
  • Jeremy Healy – producer (track 6)
  • Bruce Forest – producer (tracks 7 & 10)
  • Zeo – producer (track 8)
  • Songs

    1Generations of Love (Oakenfold mix)7:13
    2One on One (Brydon LP mix)4:42
    3Love's Gonna Let U Down (Popcorn mix)6:10


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