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By this point, it was clear that the Sisters of Mercy would be whatever singer Andrew Eldritch decided it would be. Taking on the production duties and hiring an entire new band that included an unknown German guitarist, Andreas Bruhn, bassist Tony James of Generation X and Sigue Sigue Sputnik and guitarist Tim Bricheno of All About Eve, Eldritch moved back towards guitars and a harder rock sound with some political complaints aimed at the U.S. thrown in for good measure. From the first riffs of the title track it’s apparent that this is a very different group from the one who gave the world “Some Kind of Stranger” and “This Corrosion.” “Ribbons” has an unusually chipper dance groove backing its rant. “Detonation Boulevard” pumps with flashy back-up vocals. “Something Fast” is actually quite measured and introspective, sounding much like a David Bowie track. This “Remastered” version of the album includes a remix of “When You Don’t See Me,” an extended version of “Doctor Jeep” and live versions of “Ribbons” and “Something Fast” that are much weirder than their studio counterparts.


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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