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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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my tattoo...Lov e SOM! if you do....check Project Pitchfork and Profitess... T h a n k s , Andrew....fo r the greatness!!
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Well you then, are wise beyond your years! Continue to explore this genre (not to mention delving deeper into S of M themselves)& U will find it to be far superior to most everything else out there! Especially when comparing it to most of the contemporary music of today, with the exception of course to the artists of this genre who are still releasing gems to this day.
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I'm barely 17 and I prefer this type of music over the newer stuff that people my age like. The Sisters are one of my favorite bands, ever. Lucretia is my jam!
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Oh, how I wish we could figure out a way to get some of the live bootlegs from the past two decades (with all the new material that includes) onto Pandora. Crash and Burn, Suzanne, Slept, War on Drugs, Summer, Romeo Down, Arms, Far Parade... just to name a few! It never ceases to amaze me that Eldrich's best work is only available via live bootlegs, most with terrible sound quality. If you can find them, though, the Victorian Night and Visions at the Forum boots are amazing.
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Hey theandycrowe , who are you blasting off at? Everyone of these comments going back as far as you can go are positive (as they should be), maybe you're just launching a preemptive strike on any would be haters?! If so good on ya I suppose! Indeed, SoM are the best of their kind! Now if only Andrew would come out of his lair and bestow upon us a new album! (Oh to dream) We want MORE!
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one of my favorites. if you dont like this, GO F**K YA SELF
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Empire down is called Lucretia my reflection if that helps
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Where is I Hear Empire Down??? I can't find it anywhere!
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The Devil may care but I don't mind.
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Great music, a friend of mine turned me on to them when I was in college, been hooked ever since. Thanks James.
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My favorite pre first album song by sisters
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Awsome!!
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yep! gotta luv em! eldritch is the shiz!
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❤❤❤❤❤❤
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krj972
Rollins and Ice Cube. Yep that's another odd pairing.
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adventure_ra c e r
krj972...saw that show in Miami....soo n after, saw Henry Rollins and Ice Cube do a show at the same venue. Crazy!
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There is always a spot in my rotation for some sisters of mercy.
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Okay, the lyrics listed for for 'More' are for another song entirely! Other than that, I love these crazy guys. But Eldritch might take issue with you calling his band 'goth.' :-)
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bluhoneyband
The Sisters Of Mercy are awesome! I love them! Have you guys heard the band Kissing In Graveyards?? Another sweet Industrial band.
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Correction, it was Zeppelin who said they weren't heavy metal. Black Sabbath wear the heavy metal badge with honor!
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Pain looks good on other people, that's what there for.
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Sabbath said they weren't heavy metal, Bauhaus said they weren't goth. Who gives a s**t what category they fit in - this is my favorite band of all time. It's intelligent, it's mesmerizing. AE has always said he would rather effect a few of us deeply, than just "a bit" to the masses. He certainly has me.
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eugenekrauss 9
love mission uk also more more more
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jrsimpson66
Always liked the driving beat and imagery they created..... . j u s t close your eyes and listen!
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These guys are so delightfully weird. (Well, Eldritch is.) I first heard them - specifically the song Lucretia, My Reflection - when I was a sophomore in college looking up Youtube videos of the Cure. I stumbled upon Lucretia and the video just... mesmerized me. (I remember my first coherent thought being, So *this* was who Michael Jackson was trying to look like! lol) Now I have practically their whole discography, even Some Girls Wander By Mistake - good on Pandora for including that one!
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I'm thankful for the Sisters of Merci.
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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.
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saw them in 92 great show
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Saw them in ybor city at masquerades. Unreal show! Only Bauhaus put on a better goth show
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Hot metal and methedrine
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i saw them in concert in Germany in may of 1991. saw them right after my US Army Unit got back from Saudi Arabia
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Alice is my favorite!!!
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Alice is my all time favorite:)
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It's just a feeling I get sometimes
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They called the real Sisters of Mercy The Sisters of No Mercy. Oh! to be a catholic kid.
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Mags from Detroit here--SOM is one of the greatest goth bands EVER! St. Andrew's in '89, ah the memories...
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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
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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
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Love these guys reminds me of germany 89- 94
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I know this band through my mum... shes awesome :3
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Not acid rock at all......Dar k Wave :-)
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really a great band.If you are into gothic you have to know this band.
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Fantastic duet with Terri Nunn. I will always love SOM
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trace adkins lyrics for this song XD too funny!
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one of the greatest bands ever. oxoxox
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Germany 1985!!
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Acid rock? SusanRudie, you're on drugs.
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Reminds me of Saint Andrews Hall in the late 80's on Congress Avenue in Detroit
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This was popular before I even existed but I love it now
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I wish these guys would put out some new music. They're great!!
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