I did a poll on my Instagram story yesterday where I asked if you knew what band I was playing the music in the background and 71% said no. Clearly, that is what inspired me to create this post. To introduce this band to younger generations.
The band I was talking about were “The Sisters of Mercy”.
- First and Last and Always (which includes hit song “Marian”)
- Floodland (“Lucretia My Reflection” is perhaps their most recognizable song)
- Vision Thing (Perhaps the album with the most hits, including “Temple of Love” and “Alice”).
In the 1980s, The Sisters of Mercy were what The 1975 or Arctic Monkeys are today. They were the major band, the one that was shaping the gothic subculture and overall scene of rock and roll.
The original line-up consisted of:
- Andrew Eldritch (frontman)
- Gary Marx (guitar and vocals)
- Craig Adams (bass)
- Doktor Avalanche (drum machine).
British music magazine calls them the leaders of the gothic scene and Eldritch becomes the only possible successor of Peter Murphy (Bauhaus frontman).
Being the peak of Hussey and Marx’s composition powers and Eldritch’s dark vocals, the album reached number 4 in UK music chart.
- Andrew Eldritch (songwriter and composer)
- Doktor Avalanche (drum machine)
- Lucas Fox (drums)
- Patricia Morrison (bass and vocals)
- James Ray (vocals and guitar)
- Alan Vega (synthesis and vocals).
And with his label “Merciful Release” they release the single “Giving Ground” which will be number one on the British independent chart.
With heavy rock sound and Eldritch’s brilliant sense of humor, the album peaked at number 11 in the UK music chart.
In August of 1991, they perf
orm as a leading group at the Reading Festival in the UK.
In October of the same year, Tony James left the group and started his solo career.
In 1992, the band decides to re-release their first independent singles from 1980-1983.
With the re-release of “Temple of Love“, the band reaches their greatest success. The single would be played in radios all over Britain and further and would go straight at number 3 at the UK music chart.
Not only would it be the most listened song of the year, but it would become one of the most played singles of the 1990s.
“Some Girls Wander by Mistake” would also be a success with peaking at number 5 at UK music chart.
Because of the disagreements between Eldritch and American label EastWest, the singles were never released in the US.
In June of 1992, Tim Bricheno left the group to start a solo career.
In 1993, Merciful Releases and EastWest get together as labels. The single “Under the Gun” reaches number 19 at the UK music chart. During this time, Adam Pearson would replace Bricheno.
In September of the same year, their greatest hits compilation (“A Slight Case of Overbombing… Greatest Hits Volume One”) reached number 14 at UK music chart.
In December of 1993, Andreas Bruhn left the band while Andrew Eldritch stopped being in control of the band thanks to his feud between the American record label.
There starts a four-year-long feud between Eldritch and record label EastWest.
After that period, “The Sisters of Mercy” still remain active, but their fame has never even come close to what it used to be.
For that matter, I think it’s not needed to talk about the following years, there are still there with remaining members being the everlasting Andrew Eldritch, Chris Catalyst, and Ben Christo.
During the present days, a band is a concert group and they had still performed at major venues. In 2011, the band had their 30th-anniversary tour across Europe, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. But America, America is forever dead for “The Sisters of Mercy”.
I won’t be only covering music and reviewing the old times, I will write about my life, my fashion outfits, but underneath the aesthetic of dreamy rock’n’roll.
I hope you’ll enjoy it!
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