The Sisters of Mercy

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About The Sisters of Mercy

The Sisters of Mercy are inextricably tied to ’80s gothic rock, even if vocalist Andrew Eldritch isn’t always thrilled that his band is associated with the movement. However, it’s impossible to deny the midnight-dark vibe of “This Corrosion” and “Lucretia My Reflection,” both of which embody the group’s drum-machine-aided, maximalist music. Eldritch and guitarist Gary Marx formed The Sisters of Mercy in Leeds, England, in 1980 and promptly issued their debut single, “The Damage Done.” After some lineup shuffling—most notably the addition of said drum machine, dubbed Doktor Avalanche—the band started playing live and released seminal singles including 1982’s “Alice” and 1983’s “Temple of Love.” Wayne Hussey (later of The Mission) joined The Sisters of Mercy and appeared on their 1985 full-length debut, First and Last and Always, though both he and Marx left the band after the LP’s release. The addition of Patricia Morrison kicked off the band’s most commercially successful era, highlighted by a pair of well-received albums, 1987’s Floodland and 1990’s Vision Thing. These proved to be their final recorded offerings before sporadic reunion tours, including one in 2022.

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