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" EP edition of their fifth single, "Temple of Love".

"Temple of Love" is the only song from the 1980-1983 time period that had 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" featured Israeli vocalist Ofra Haza. Like the original recording, the re-recording had an extended version. The "Temple of Love 1992" CD single contained 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, both of which appeared as B-sides (on the "Alice" and "Temple of Love" 12" EPs, respectively), were 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 derived from the Leonard Cohen song "Teachers" from the 1967 album Songs of Leonard Cohen, which was a staple live cover for the band throughout its career. The full line is: "Some girls wander by mistake / Into the mess that scalpels make". Songs of Leonard Cohen also included Cohen song "Sisters of Mercy", which provided the band's name.

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" 12" EP 3:34
2. "Floorshow"   Eldritch Craig Adams, Eldritch, Gary Marx "Alice" 12" EP 3:40
3. "Phantom"   Eldritch Adams, Marx "Alice" 12" EP 7:10
4. "1969"   James Osterberg Dave Alexander, Asheton, Asheton, Osterberg "Alice" 12" EP 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" EP 7:42
12. "Heartland"   Eldritch Eldritch, Marx "Temple of Love" 12" EP 4:47
13. "Gimme Shelter"   Mick Jagger Jagger, Keith Richards "Temple of Love" 12" EP 5:57
14. "The Damage Done"   Eldritch Eldritch, Marx "The Damage Done" 7" 3:03
15. "Watch"   Marx Marx "The Damage Done" 7" 3:11
16. "Home of the Hit-Men"   Marx Marx "The Damage Done" 7" 0:34
17. "Body Electric"   Eldritch Eldritch "Body Electric" 7" 4:18
18. "Adrenochrome"   Eldritch Eldritch "Body Electric" 7" 2:57
19. "Anaconda"   Eldritch Eldritch, Marx "Anaconda" 7" 4:06
Total length:
79:31

Note that digital versions of the album available through services such as iTunes and Rdio featured the extended version of "Temple of Love (1992)" replacing the original extended version.[3]

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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