Allegory and Self

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Allegory and Self
Compilation album by
GenrePsychedelic pop, Jangle pop, Post-punk, Experimental rock
LabelTemple Records
ProducerGenesis P-Orridge
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]

Allegory and Self is a LP released by Psychic TV in 1988 that comprises a varied selection of their work.

Several versions have appeared, including the original picture disc (TOPY 035) and black vinyl (TOPY 038) versions in 1988 on Temple Records, Fundamental Records (SPIN 1006) and on pink marbled vinyl (666 copies). It has also appeared on CD in at least two versions, on Spin and Cleopatra (CLEO94912 - with 3 bonus remixed tracks). It has also been reissued in Russia.

The cover graphics feature Austin Osman Spare's General Allegory and other illustrations from his Automatic Drawings and Book Of Satyrs. In the original release there was included a book of what seems to be P-Orridge's own Book of Satyrs, with very Spare-ish pen-and-ink drawings and illuminations and key lyrics, handwritten.

The line-up for this recording included long-time PTV friend and collaborator Monte Cazazza.


Trouser Press described "Godstar" as "a catchy pop single".[2]

Track listing[edit]

12" vinyl[edit]

Side One:

  1. "Godstar"
  2. "Just Like Arcadia"
  3. "Southern Comfort"
  4. "We Kiss"
  5. "She Was Surprised"
  6. "Caresse Song"

Side Two:

  1. "Starlit Mire"
  2. "Thee Dweller"
  3. "Being Lost"
  4. "Baby's Gone Away"
  5. "Ballet Disco"



  1. ^ Bush, John. "Allegory and Self – Psychic TV | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
  2. ^ Robbins, Ira. " :: Psychic TV". Retrieved 13 August 2016.

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