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Formed 1980 in Leeds, England
Genres Rock
Style Alternative Pop/Rock, Goth-Rock
Labels Elektra (15), Merciful Release (2), Brain Eater (2), Antilles (2), American Gramaphone (2)

 


One of England's leading "goth" bands of the 1980s, the Sisters of Mercy play a slow, gloomy, ponderous hybrid of metal and psychedelia, often incorporating dance beats; the one constant in the band's career has been deep-voiced singer Andrew Eldritch. (There is some disagreement as to whether the group took its name from an order of Catholic nuns or from the Leonard Cohen song of the same name.) Eldritch originally formed the band in 1980 with guitarist Gary Marx and recorded its first single with a drum machine dubbed Doktor Avalanche. 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.
The Sisters of Mercy recorded their first full-length album, First and Last and Always, in 1985, but two years later, internal dissent had split them apart; Marx left to form Ghost Dance, and Adams and Hussey departed shortly thereafter. A legal dispute ensued over the rights to the name Sisters of Mercy; Adams and Hussey attempted to use the name Sisterhood, but Eldritch released an EP under the name to prevent its usage, and the two finally settled on the Mission. Eldritch chiefly utilized a corps of temporary sidemen from this point on (although former Gun Club bassist Patricia Morrison was an official member of the group for a short time) and rebounded with his two biggest-selling American LPs, Floodland and Vision Thing. He is currently the group's only member.

 

Similar
Artists
Gene Loves Jezebel , The Cure , Sex Gang Children
Southern Death , Cult , Love and Rockets
Perfomed
Songs By
 Andrew Eldritch, Wayne Hussey, Gary Marx, Jim Steinman, Craig Adams, Bob Dylan

 

1985 First and Last and Always Elektra
1987 Floodland Elektra
1990 Vision Thing Elektra
1991 Enter the Sisters  
1992 Some Girls Wander by Mistake Elektra 
1993 Singles Compilation Mute 
1993 A Slight Case of Overbombing: Greatest Hits vol.1 Elektra 
1978 1978 Vibrators V2 Vocals   
1982 Alice [EP] Brain Eater
1983 The Reptile House [EP] Brain Eater 
1984 Body and Soul [EP] Merciful Relea 
1988 Dominion Amer. Gramas
1990 Doctor Jeep Amer. Gramas
1991 When You Don't See Me  
1992 More Elektra
1993 Under the Gun Merciful Releas
1985 Disguised in Black Antilles
1988 Conversation AVI
1991 More Sisters, Vol. 1 1981-1983  
1991 More Sisters, Vol. 2 1983-1985   
1991 Possession Antilles
1991 Psychedelic Sessions  
1991 Rare Obscurities  
1991 Live in Newcastle 13.3.1985  
1991 Knocking on Heaven's Door  
1991 Ripsters of Mercy   
1991 Pinell Andrew Heartland: Anthology of Issues 1, 11 and 111 Heartland