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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 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. Despite ceasing studio recordings, Eldritch kept the band active as a performing entity through the first decade of the 2000s and beyond. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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krj972
Anybody remember when Sisters Of Mercy did a show with Public Enemy? No joke. Interesting mix of fans at that one.
saw them in 92 great show
Saw them in ybor city at masquerades. Unreal show! Only Bauhaus put on a better goth show
Hot metal and methedrine
i saw them in concert in Germany in may of 1991. saw them right after my US Army Unit got back from Saudi Arabia
Alice is my favorite!!!
Alice is my all time favorite:)
It's just a feeling I get sometimes
They called the real Sisters of Mercy The Sisters of No Mercy. Oh! to be a catholic kid.
Mags from Detroit here--SOM is one of the greatest goth bands EVER! St. Andrew's in '89, ah the memories...
etherealxox
Every time I hear This Corrosion, I want to watch The World's End again :( hahah i think the first SOM song I heard was More when I was 13
this band literally changed my life in regards to the way I approached guitar playing and music in general...no t h i n g short of revolutionar y
Love these guys reminds me of germany 89- 94
I know this band through my mum... shes awesome :3
Not acid rock at all......Dar k Wave :-)
really a great band.If you are into gothic you have to know this band.
Fantastic duet with Terri Nunn. I will always love SOM
trace adkins lyrics for this song XD too funny!
one of the greatest bands ever. oxoxox
Germany 1985!!
Acid rock? SusanRudie, you're on drugs.
Reminds me of Saint Andrews Hall in the late 80's on Congress Avenue in Detroit
This was popular before I even existed but I love it now
I wish these guys would put out some new music. They're great!!
susanrudie
I wish the program won't mistake the sisters of mercy for Mercy River, Mercy River is a Christian group!!! Sisters of Mercy is an Acid rock band!!!!
The name definitely comes from Leonard Cohen's song. The title for one of their albums (some girls wander by mistake...) is part of the lyrics from the Cohen song Teachers from the album The Songs of Leonard Cohen, released in 1967.
one of my all-time favorite bands.
launaluna56
Floodlands is and has been from the first time listening my favorite album
dwoodham
I first heard SoM in a small record store in Paris in 1987. They were playing the Floodland album loudly, and it was so hypnotic that I had to buy it (the cassette!!) on the spot.
I could dance to this until my feet fall off. I get so lost in it
kenis138
Dear Pandora: can you stop playing SoM more than the misfits on my misfits station? Do my thumbs down mean nothing to you?
pgawlik02
ome kind of strangers
disko.komman d o
*uck me this is such good stuff, takes me back! so powerful for me
I have been listening to (SoM) Since the Mid 80's and I love their music just as much now as I did then.
djgforce11
Sisters got some cool tunes but often come across like pretentious fux!
@jsbattista ...Gothic, Darkwave, whatever. That and others like Industrial were all played a lot in the 80s Goth clubs. I tend to classify music into only two genres: Music I Enjoy (like SOM) and Music I Do Not Enjoy. @mombobbie.. . t h e r e is nothing wrong with Floodland, it is a great album.
After vision thing I lost contact, thank Dog for Some Girls...
Some girls is the best ever.
AE and I had an email thing going back when the Internet was first getting started. We were both on Compuserve . I miss him and hope he is doing well. All the best Andrew. Cheers, Seething Cauldron of Discontent (formerly of Dallas)
Heh. I got married to First and Last and Always. Good to hear them again.
waited 15 yrs. to see SOM live.Now I can hear em` anytime.
sherylsteph
Finally music I love yessss....! Miss the hell out of this.
SOM4LIF
susanvee2011
favorite
sisters rule
SOM is Goth?

Even Eldrich says otherwise and he is known to make fun of the goths in the audience. In House of Blues in Orlando some years back he wore a Startfleet Academy shirt as a way to tell everybody what a bunch of geeks they were.

SOM is basically what it is and nothing more. Sure Eldrich's style of vocals has been taken and used a lot on the "goth" genre, but SOM is not goth nor do they intend to be.
this the music vampires listen to. I know because my sister is one
soterix9
There is misinformati o n in the bio. Wayne Hussey did not form Sisterhood, that was Eldrich.

To mombobbie: Floodland is a fantastic album.
sbholl84
Wow. I really can't disagree more. Floodland is an amazing album. Not a bum track to be found.
mombobbie
Nothing after "First and Last and Always" is worth a ####
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