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THE SISTERS OF MERCY

Mark Andrews

Paint My Name In Black And Gold : The Rise Of The Sisters Of Mercy

    Leeds, 1980. From the chaos of the city's vibrant post-punk scene emerges an unlikely band of young men who will, over the next five years, go on to invent goth as we know it and change the course of rock music forever, before blowing apart spectacularly on the verge of stardom. This is the story of the rise of the Sisters of Mercy.

    It focuses on the Sisters' two classic line-ups: Andrew Eldritch on vocals, Craig Adams on bass, Gary Marx and Ben Gunn - and later Wayne Hussey - on guitars, and a drum machine called Doktor Avalanche. Hussey and Adams were hard-living road dogs with fascinating musical back-stories; neither Gunn nor Marx were natural rock 'n' roll animals, but the latter performed with such abandon that it was hard to believe he also wrote the Sisters' most delicate and beautiful songs. Lead singer Eldritch was the most peculiar and compelling of them all, a singular and mesmerising amalgam of T.S. Eliot and David Bowie: in the period covered by this book, he staked a powerful claim to be the greatest rock star of his generation. Drawing on dozens of interviews with band members and key figures in the Sisters' journey, Paint My Name in Black and Gold is the definitive account of how - against the odds and all reasonable expectation - these men came to make transcendent and life-altering music.

    It is also about the glorious stupidity of being in a Leeds rock band in the early eighties, with tales involving a milk float, a hibernating snake, a wardrobe in a tree, an amyl nitrate-soaked effects pedal and the inopportune consumption of Dutch hash cake.

    The Sisters Of Mercy

    BBC Sessions 1982-1984

      BC Sessions 1982-1984 features three BBC sessions which have never been available on CD before. Two of the sessions were with admired radio broadcaster John Peel. Includes early versions of the singles ‘Walk Away’ and ‘No Time To Cry’ that would end up on their debut ‘First And Last And Always’. Includes covers of The Stooges ‘1969’, Dolly Parton’s ‘Jolene’ & Hot Chocolate’s ‘Emma’.

      This title charts their earliest days as an indie band in 1982 to the time they signed to Warner Records in 1984. Following on from the release on vinyl for the first time as part of Record Store Day 2021, it will all be available on CD from 27th August 2021.

      TRACK LISTING

      John Peel Session 1982:
      1. 1969
      2. Alice
      3. Good Things
      4. Floor Show

      David “Kid” Jensen Session 1983:
      5. Heartland
      6. Jolene
      7. Valentine
      8. Burn

      John Peel Session 1984:
      9. Walk Away
      10. Poison Door
      11. No Time To Cry
      12. Emma

      The Sisters Of Mercy

      BBC Sessions 1982-1984 (RSD21 EDITION)

        THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2021 EXCLUSIVE AND WILL BE AVAILABLE INSTORE ON SATURDAY JULY 17TH ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

        IF THERE ARE ANY REMAINING COPIES THEY WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE ONLINE AT 6PM ON THE SAME DAY (SATURDAY JULY 17TH).


        BBC Sessions 1982-1984 features three BBC sessions which have never been available physically before. Two of the sessions were with admired radio broadcaster John Peel. Includes early versions of the singles Walk Away and No Time To Cry that would end up on their debut First And Last And Always. Includes covers of The Stooges 1969, Dolly Parton's Jolení & Hot Chocolate's Emma. This title charts their earliest days as an indie band in 1982 to the time they signed to Warner Records in 1984. It will all be available on Smoky vinyl. 

        TRACK LISTING

        Side One - John Peel Session 1982: 1. 1969, 2. Alice, 3. Good Things, 4. Floor Show
        Side Two - David Kid Jensen Session 1983: 1. Heartland, 2. Jolene, 3. Valentine, 4. Burn
        Side Three - John Peel Session 1984: 1. Walk Away, 2. Poison Door, 3. No Time To Cry, 4. Emma


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