This Corrosion

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"This Corrosion"
Single by The Sisters of Mercy
from the album Floodland
B-side "Torch" (7", 12", CD)
"Colours" (12" and CD)
Released September 1987
Format 7", 12", CD
Recorded 1987
Genre Dark wave, Wagnerian rock
Length 10:55
Label Merciful Release
Writer(s) Andrew Eldritch
Producer(s) Jim Steinman
The Sisters of Mercy singles chronology
"No Time to Cry"
"This Corrosion"
"Dominion/Mother Russia"

"This Corrosion" is a song from the album Floodland by The Sisters of Mercy. It was released as a single in 1987 reaching number 7 in the UK Charts.

The song was written by Andrew Eldritch, and produced by Jim Steinman. It is generally recognised as one of the band's most well-known songs, using a 40-piece choir, with the LP version of the song lasting for nearly 11 minutes (the single versions are substantially shorter). Eldritch's lyrics concern his previous band members leaving The Sisters of Mercy to form The Mission.

The track was featured in the 2013 science-fiction comedy film, The World's End, with star Simon Pegg playing a 40-something who had been a "goth"/alternative rock fan in the 1980s as a youth and one who still styled himself on The Sisters of Mercy front man, Andrew Eldritch. The 7" version/single edit (4:27) appears on the soundtrack to the film.


7": Merciful Release / MR39[edit]

  1. "This Corrosion" - 4:27
  2. "Torch" - 3:50

12": Merciful Release / MR39T[edit]

  1. "This Corrosion" - 8:37
  2. "Torch" - 3:50
  3. "Colours" - 7:13

CD: Merciful Release / MR39CD[edit]

  1. "This Corrosion" - 11:21
  2. "Torch" - 3:55
  3. "Colours" - 4:16

While none of the mixes have names, the 7", 12" and CD versions of "This Corrosion" are all different. "Colours" is an edited version on the CD single.

Cover versions[edit]

There is also a 1999 cover version by the German band In Extremo, a 2002 cover by the US-American band Lambchop, a 2003 cover by the German band Unheilig and a 2007 cover by the Swedish band Maryslim, featuring vocals from Jyrki 69 of The 69 Eyes. This song is also covered by Diane Birch on her 2010 covers album The Velveteen Age.

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