Sisters Of Mercy

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s


A post-punk UK rock outfit whose flirtations with gothic imagery have dogged the public and media perception of them throughout an eclectic career. Taking their name from a Leonard Cohen song, the Sisters Of Mercy formed in Leeds, Yorkshire, England, in 1980, when Leeds and Oxford University drop-out Andrew Eldritch (Andrew Taylor, 15 May 1959, England; vocals) teamed up with Gary Marx (b. Mark Pairman, England; guitar) and a drum machine. After releasing ‘The Damage Done’ (on which Eldritch played drums and guitar, and Marx sang) on their own Merciful Release label, the band expanded to include Ben Gunn (guitar) and Craig Adams (bass) for supports with Clash, Psychedelic Furs and the Birthday Party. A cult reputation in the north of England was augmented by excellent press, and further enhanced by the release of their third single ‘Alice’. A magnificent gothic dance saga, together with the subsequent ‘Temple Of Love’ (which reached...

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