Circus Maximus (Momus album)

Circus Maximus is the debut album by Scottish musician Momus, released on January 15, 1986[2] on Creation Records. It deals primarily with Biblical and Ancient Roman themes,[3] making reference to figures such as Saul, St. Sebastian, Lucretia, and Solomon. The title, Circus Maximus, refers to the ancient Roman chariot racing and entertainment venue of the same name.

Circus Maximus
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 15, 1986
RecordedSeptember 1985
StudioAlaska Studio
GenreFolk, indie
Labelél Records
Momus chronology
Circus Maximus
The Poison Boyfriend
Singles from Circus Maximus
  1. "Nicky"
    Released: 1986
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic [1]

Background and Influences

The Guardian has characterized the lyrical content of Circus Maximus as a "skewed reading of certain classical and biblical themes," adding that "the urgent, whispering [Momus] professes himself a masochistic St. Sebastian ('preferring the ache to the aspirin') and sings of 'The Rape of Lucretia' like a Morrissey who had not stopped at an enthusiasm for Oscar Wilde but mined the whole decadent tradition: Pater, Swinburne, Huysmans."[4]

Track listing

All songs written by Nicholas Currie (Momus).

  1. "Lucky Like St. Sebastian" - 3:19
  2. "The Lesson Of Sodom (According To Lot)" - 3:43
  3. "John The Baptist Jones" - 3:12
  4. "King Solomon's Song And Mine" - 3:17
  5. "Little Lord Obedience" - 5:13
  6. "The Day The Circus Came To Town" - 3:25
  7. "The Rape Of Lucretia" - 4:57
  8. "Paper Wraps Rock" - 3:58
  9. "Rules Of The Game Of Quoits" - 4:03


  • Artwork [Cover Painting] – Keith Grant
  • Backing Vocals – Jane Davies
  • Engineer – Noël Thomson
  • Producer – Momus
  • Synthesizer [Emulator 2] – Neill Martin
  • Written-By – Currie[5]


  1. Taylor, Ken. "", AllMusic. Retrieved 17 February 2018.
  2. "Circus Maximus". Google Play. Retrieved 17 February 2018.
  3. Currie, Nicholas. "Click Opera". iMomus. Retrieved 17 February 2018.
  4. Dillon, Brian (2009-09-18). "Momus aka Nick Currie has written his first novel. Brian Dillon salutes him". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-11-08.
  5. "Discogs entry". Discogs. Retrieved 17 February 2018.
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