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The Sisters of Mercy

One of England's leading goth bands of the 1980s, the Sisters of Mercy play a slow, gloomy, ponderous hybrid of rock and psychedelia, 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. Dr. 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 [album]Body And Soul[/album] single. This featured a re-recording of [track]Body Electric[/track], Train, and Afterhours. This was followed by Walk Away towards the end of the year. The B-sides were Poison Doo and On the Wire. Early releases of this single came with the 7" flexi Long Train (ampetamix). 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. During rehearsals for the next album, Craig Adams walked out and was followed by Wayne Hussey. The two of them formed a band and started gigging under the name The Sisterhood. For the full story on this go here. Eldritch retired to Hamburg in Germany and started working on the new album. He enlisted the help of former The Gun Club bassist Patricia Morrison although it is still unclear to how much she contributed musically to the project. This Corrosion (originally written to be part of The Sisterhood project), was released as a single in 1987. The single was backed with Torch (apparently the song that caused Craig Adams to walk out) and Colours (re-recorded from The Sisterhood album). This was followed by the album Floodland. The CD version of the album contained Torch and Colours as extra tracks. Dominion was released as a single after this and the video was filmed in the ancient Jordanian city of Petra.

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