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The Sisters of Mercy were a volatile group during the best of times, but singer Andrew Eldritch also had a drive to keep his future intact. While the earlier works of the group were often loud and abrasive, for the follow-up to their brilliant debut album, First and Last and Always, Eldritch hired Meat Loaf producer Jim Steinman to bulk up and smooth over the production on two songs and used producer Larry Alexander and a ton of keyboards to make up for any lost members. The Gun Club’s Patricia Morrison was seen as a perfect foil. Where Eldritch had formerly disparaged any notion that his group was ‘Goth,” with Floodland, he calmly accepted his fate and delivered the kind of dark and foreboding material his audience craved. From the opening “Medley” through tunes such as “Flood 1,” “Flood II,” “Lucretia My Reflection” and the epic “This Corrosion,” the Sisters of Mercy became the leaders in a genre that had few contenders.


Formed: 1980 in Leeds, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

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...
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