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The Sisters of Mercy


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Leeds, United Kingdom (1980 – present)

Originating from Leeds, the Sisters of Mercy were described by critic Steve Huey as playing “a slow, gloomy, ponderous hybrid of and , often incorporating dance beats.” The one constant in the band’s career has been deep-voiced singer Andrew Eldritch. The band is named after the Leonard Cohen song “Sisters of Mercy” according to Eldritch. The band originally formed in 1980 with guitarist Gary Marx and drummer-turned-vocalist Eldritch. Doktor Avalanche, the drum machine, joined them on their second single Alice. Guitarist Ben Gunn and bassist Craig Adams were added to make live gigs feasible, and the Sisters built a reputation through several singles and EPs. Gunn left the band in 1983 and was replaced by Wayne Hussey.

They signed to WEA in 1984 and released the Body and Soul single. This featured a re-recording of Body Electric, Train, and Afterhours. This was followed by Walk Away towards the end of the year. The B-sides were Poison Door and On the Wire. Early releases of this single came with the 7” flexi Long Train (amphetamix).

1985 started with the release of No Time to Cry (backed with Blood Money and Bury Me Deep) and their first album First and Last and Always. In 1985 Gary Marx chose to leave the band, leaving a few days after the recording of First And Last And Always and Marian for The Old Grey Whistle Test program. The final concert of the tour at the Royal Albert Hall was recorded and subsequentally released as Wake on VHS.


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