The Sisters of Mercy discography

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The Sisters of Mercy discography
A male singer wearing sunglasses performing on stage
Andrew Eldritch performing live with The Sisters of Mercy in 2006.
Releases
Studio albums 3
Compilation albums 2
EPs 2
Singles 16
Video albums 3
Music videos 9

The discography of the British rock band The Sisters of Mercy consists of three studio albums, two compilation albums, two extended plays (EPs), and sixteen singles. The Sisters of Mercy were formed in Leeds in 1980 by Andrew Eldritch (vocals, drums) and Gary Marx (guitar) and they released their debut single, "The Damage Done" in the same year on their own independent record label, Merciful Release. In early 1981, Craig Adams (bass) joined the band and they started to use a drum machine, which was christened Doktor Avalanche. Ben Gunn joined the band as a second guitarist by the end of 1981 and this line-up recorded four more singles and two EPs during 1982 and 1983. Guitarist Wayne Hussey replaced Gunn in early 1984 and, after building up their live reputation,[1] The Sisters signed with WEA, who distribute the band's releases on Merciful Release in the United Kingdom and on Elektra Records in the United States. The band's next single, 1984's "Body and Soul", became their first charting effort in the UK when it reached number 46. Three more singles were released before the band reached number 14 on the UK Albums Chart with their debut album, First and Last and Always, which was released in March 1985. Following the album's release, Marx left the band, before the rest of the group disbanded in mid-1985.

After releasing a single and album with The Sisterhood, and a legal dispute with Adams and Hussey over ownership of the band name The Sisters of Mercy,[1] Eldritch reformed The Sisters of Mercy with himself as vocalist and Patricia Morrison on bass. The band continued to be supplemented by the drum machine known as Doktor Avalanche. This new line-up reached number seven in the UK with their first single, "This Corrosion", which was released in September 1987. Floodland, released in November 1987, also made the top ten when it reached number nine on the UK Albums Chart. Two further singles from Floodland – "Dominion" and "Lucretia My Reflection" – reached numbers 13 and 20 in the UK in early 1988.

Another line-up change in early 1990 saw Morrison being replaced on bass by Tony James; guitarists Tim Bricheno and Andreas Bruhn were also recruited. This line-up released the single "More" and the album Vision Thing in October 1990, which reached numbers 21 and 11 on the UK Singles Chart and UK Albums Chart respectively. A further single, "Doctor Jeep", was released from Vision Thing in December 1990 and reached number 37 in the UK. James left the band in 1991 before the single "Temple of Love (1992)", a re-recording of their 1983 single, was released in April 1992 and became the band's highest-charting single when it reached number three in the UK. Some Girls Wander by Mistake, a compilation of the band's early material was also released in April 1992 and reached number five in the UK. With Bricheno leaving the band by the end of 1992, a new guitarist, Adam Pearson, was recruited before the band recorded the single "Under the Gun", which was released in August 1993 and reached number 19 in the UK. A greatest hits compilation album, A Slight Case of Overbombing, was also released in August 1993 and reached number 14 on the UK Albums Chart. Although The Sisters of Mercy have not made any more commercial releases, they continue to tour under various line-ups with Eldritch as the only main stable member.

Studio albums[edit]

Year Details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
UK
[2]
AUT
[3]
NZ
[4]
SWE
[5]
SWI
[6]
US
[7]
1985 First and Last and Always 14 23 UK: Gold[8]
GER: Gold[9]
1987 Floodland
  • Released: 13 November 1987
  • Labels: Merciful Release, Elektra
  • Formats: LP, CD, Compact Cassette
9 28 28 24 101 UK: Gold[8]
1990 Vision Thing
  • Released: 13 November 1990
  • Labels: Merciful Release, Elektra
  • Formats: LP, CD, Compact Cassette
11 21 38 22 22 136 UK: Silver[8]
GER: Gold[9]
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Extended plays[edit]

Year Details
1983 Alice[10]
The Reptile House E.P.
  • Released: May 1983
  • Label: Merciful Release
  • Format: 12-inch single
1984 Body and Soul
  • Released: June 1984
  • Label: Merciful Release/WEA
  • Format: 12-inch single

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Details Peak chart positions Certifications
UK
[2]
AUT
[3]
GER
[11]
NZ
[4]
SWE
[5]
SWI
[6]
1992 Some Girls Wander by Mistake
  • Released: 27 April 1992
  • Labels: Merciful Release, EastWest
  • Formats: 2×LP, CD, Compact Cassette
5 7 9 27 17 22 UK: Silver[8]
GER: Gold[9]
1993 A Slight Case of Overbombing
  • Released: 23 August 1993
  • Labels: Merciful Release, EastWest
  • Formats: 2×LP, CD, Compact Cassette
14 11 11 21 UK: Gold[8]
GER: Gold[9]
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
UK
[2]
AUT
[3]
GER
[12]
IRE
[13]
NZ
[4]
SWE
[5]
US Mod
[14]
US Club Play
[14]
1980 "The Damage Done" non-album single
1982 "Body Electric"
"Alice" Alice
1983 "Anaconda" non-album single
"Temple of Love"
1984 "Body and Soul" 46 Body and Soul
"Walk Away" 45 First and Last and Always
1985 "No Time to Cry" 63
1987 "This Corrosion" 7 17 6 38 Floodland
1988 "Dominion/Mother Russia" 13 7 30
"Lucretia My Reflection" 20 22 30
1990 "More" 14 14 10 41 1 Vision Thing
"Doctor Jeep" 37 45
1991 "When You Don't See Me" 74
1992 "Temple of Love (1992)" 3 16 5 15 24 A Slight Case of Overbombing
1993 "Under the Gun" 19 40 17
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Video albums[edit]

Year Album details
1987 Wake
  • Label: PolyGram Music Video
  • Formats: VHS, LD
1988 Shot
1992 Shot Rev 2.0
  • Label: Warner Music Vision
  • Format: VHS

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Director
1984 "Body and Soul"
1985 "Walk Away"
"No Time To Cry"
"Black Planet"[15]
1987 "This Corrosion" Stuart Orme[16]
1988 "Dominion" David Hogan[16]
"Lucretia My Reflection" Peter Sinclair[16]
"1959"
1990 "More" Dominic Sena
"Doctor Jeep"
"Detonation Boulevard"
1992 "Temple of Love (1992)"
1993 "Under the Gun" John Klein[17]

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ a b Strong, p. 751.
  2. ^ a b c Roberts, David (editor) (2006) [1977]. British Hit Singles & Albums (19th edition). London: HiT Entertainment. p. 504. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  3. ^ a b c "The Sisters of Mercy in der Österreichischen Hitparade". Austriancharts.at (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved on 22 September 2009.
  4. ^ a b c "The Sisters of Mercy in New Zealand Charts". Charts.org.nz. Hung Medien. Retrieved on 22 September 2009.
  5. ^ a b c "The Sisters of Mercy in Swedish Charts". Swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved on 22 September 2009.
  6. ^ a b "The Sisters of Mercy in Swiss Charts". Swisscharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved on 22 September 2009.
  7. ^ "The Sisters of Mercy > Charts & Awards". Allmusic. Macrovision. Retrieved on 22 September 2009.
  8. ^ a b c d e "Certified Awards Search". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved on 22 September 2009. Note: User needs to enter "Sisters of Mercy" in the "Search" field, "Artist" in the "Search by" field and click the "Go" button. Select "More info" next to the relevant entry to see the full certification history.
  9. ^ a b c d "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Sisters+of+Mercy)" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 22 September 2009. 
  10. ^ "The Sisters of Mercy". Allmusic. All Media Guide. Retrieved 2010-12-31. 
  11. ^ "Chartverfolgung / Sisters of Mercy / Longplay". Musicline.de (in German). PhonoNet. Retrieved on 22 September 2009.
  12. ^ "Chartverfolgung / Sisters of Mercy / Single". Musicline.de (in German). PhonoNet. Retrieved on 22 September 2009.
  13. ^ "Search the Charts". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved on 23 September 2009. Note: User needs to enter "sisters of mercy" in "Search by Artist" and click "search".
  14. ^ a b "The Sisters of Mercy > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Macrovision. Retrieved on 23 September 2009.
  15. ^ ""Sisters of Mercy Rock Video Shoot "Black Planet" - 1985"" by Robert Webb.
  16. ^ a b c Shot. [VHS]. Warner Music Vision. 1988. 244053-3.
  17. ^ "Under the Gun | Sisters of Mercy | Music Videos". MTV. Retrieved on 23 September 2009.

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