Originally released on vinyl in 1985 as DECEMBER 24, 1984--A PAGAN DAY, this 1994 CD reissue finds Psychic TV in the same sort of live improv setting that leader Genesis P. Orridge favored in his previous band, Throbbing Gristle. Indeed, PAGAN DAY was originally released during Psychic TV's first '84-'85 burst of live albums, just before their infamous barrage of 23 live albums released on the 23rd of each month between 1985 and 1987, each titled after the city where the performance was located.
PAGAN DAY is less extreme than some of those albums. Song structure is observed, and Orridge and cohort Alex Ferguson keep a fairly tight rein on things. The 14 songs include two untitled fragments originally released as a seven-inch single with early copies of the album, and most of them have a clearly defined musical logic and progression. Fans of Psychic TV's more out-there work might find this distressingly restrained, but it's a remarkable performance nonetheless.