Some Girls Wander by Mistake

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Some Girls Wander by Mistake
Compilation album by The Sisters of Mercy
Released 27 April 1992
Recorded 1980–1983
Genre Gothic rock, post punk, dark wave
Length 79:31
Label Merciful Release / Eastwest / Warner Music UK.
Producer Andrew Eldritch, others
The Sisters of Mercy chronology
Vision Thing
(1990)
Some Girls Wander by Mistake
(1992)
A Slight Case of Overbombing
(1993)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Q 3/5 stars[2]

Some Girls Wander by Mistake is a compilation album by UK band The Sisters of Mercy, released on the band's own label Merciful Release under distribution to Eastwest/Warner Music UK on 27 April 1992 (barcode number is 090317647623).

The album collects the complete and unedited studio recording work of the band from 1980 to 1983: Both vinyl sides of their first single "The Damage Done", both vinyl sides of their second single "Body Electric", the vinyl a-side of their fourth single "Anaconda", both vinyl sides of their first EP "Alice", both vinyl sides of their second EP "The Reptile House" and both vinyl sides of the 12" edition of their fifth single "Temple of Love".

"Temple of Love" is the only song from the 1980 to 1983 time period, that has an actual extended version. The album contains the extended version of the original recording, but "Temple of Love" was re-recorded in 1992 to promote the compilation album's release. "Temple of Love 1992" features Israeli vocalist Ofra Haza. Like the original recording, the re-recording has an extended version. The "Temple of Love 1992" single-CD (barcode number 090317738420) contains the extended version of the re-recording.

As those were tracks on the compiled vinyl single sides, the cover versions of "1969", originally recorded by the Stooges, and "Gimme Shelter", originally recorded by the Rolling Stones, are included on the album as well.

The album exists as a limited edition CD with artwork "postcards" of the early vinyl singles and as a regular CD without such cards.

The album title comes from the Leonard Cohen song "Teachers" from the 1967 album Songs of Leonard Cohen, which was the band's live staple throughout its career. The full line is "Some girls wander by mistake / Into the mess that scalpels make". Note that "Songs of Leonard Cohen" is the same album the Cohen song "Sisters of Mercy" is on.

Due to conflict between Merciful Release and Warner Music, a North American edition (Elektra 075596130622) was cancelled after release.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Original E.P./Single Length
1. "Alice"   Eldritch Eldritch Alice 3:34
2. "Floorshow"   Eldritch Craig Adams, Eldritch, Gary Marx Alice 3:40
3. "Phantom"   Eldritch Adams, Marx Alice 7:10
4. "1969"   James Osterberg Dave Alexander, Asheton, Asheton, Osterberg Alice 2:45
5. "Kiss the Carpet"   Eldritch Eldritch The Reptile House E.P. 5:55
6. "Lights"   Eldritch Eldritch The Reptile House E.P. 5:51
7. "Valentine"   Eldritch Eldritch The Reptile House E.P. 4:44
8. "Fix"   Eldritch Eldritch The Reptile House E.P. 3:41
9. "Burn"   Eldritch Eldritch The Reptile House E.P. 4:49
10. "Kiss the Carpet (Reprise)"   Eldritch Eldritch The Reptile House E.P. 0:36
11. "Temple of Love (Extended Version)"   Eldritch Eldritch Temple of Love 12" 7:42
12. "Heartland"   Eldritch Eldritch, Marx Temple of Love 12" 4:47
13. "Gimme Shelter"   Mick Jagger Jagger, Keith Richards Temple of Love 12" 5:57
14. "The Damage Done"   Eldritch Eldritch, Marx The Damage Done 3:03
15. "Watch"   Marx Marx The Damage Done 3:11
16. "Home of the Hit-Men"   Marx Marx The Damage Done 0:34
17. "Body Electric"   Eldritch Eldritch Body Electric 4:18
18. "Adrenochrome"   Eldritch Eldritch Body Electric 2:57
19. "Anaconda"   Eldritch Eldritch, Marx Anaconda 4:06
Total length:
79:31

Personnel[edit]

Tracks 1–13, 17–19
Track 14–16
  • Andrew Eldritch – vocals (lead on 14), guitar, drums
  • Gary Marx – vocals (lead on 15 and 16), guitar

Cover versions[edit]

The 1983 song "Temple of love" was covered in 1997 by German band Crematory.

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