Patricia Morrison

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Patricia Morrison
Patricia Morrison (aka "Pat Bag"), circa 1978
Patricia Morrison (aka "Pat Bag"), circa 1978
Background information
Birth name Patricia Anne Rainone
Born (1962-01-14) January 14, 1962 (age 54)
Los Angeles, California
Genres Punk rock, Gothic rock, Punk blues
Instruments Bass guitar
Years active 1976–2004
Associated acts

Patricia Morrison (born January 14, 1962) is an American bass guitarist, singer and songwriter. She worked with Bags, The Gun Club, The Sisters of Mercy and The Damned.[1]


She was active in the Los Angeles, California punk rock scene in her mid-teens, and was a founding member of The Bags in 1976.[2] She left that band and began Legal Weapon in 1981, releasing an EP called No Sorrow.

Morrison joined The Gun Club in 1982, quitting after her second tour with them,.[3] She then formed the band Fur Bible with Kid Congo Powers, performing as the opening act for Siouxsie and the Banshees. It was during this time Morrison was contacted by Andrew Eldritch, asking her to join The Sisters of Mercy. She performed on the 1986 album Gift (released under the group name The Sisterhood) and on The Sisters of Mercy's 1987 album Floodland.[4]

According to Jennifer Park:

The Sisters of Mercy song "Lucretia My Reflection" was written by Eldritch about Morrison. The lyrics compare her to the historical figure of Lucrezia Borgia. She left the band in the early '90s,[6] claiming money that was owed by Eldritch was not paid.[7]

In 1994, Morrison released a solo album, Reflect on This.[8]

In 1996, she joined The Damned after bassist Paul Gray was injured by a fan in concert. That same year Morrison married the Damned's lead singer Dave Vanian.[9] After giving birth to Emily Vanian in 2004, Morrison retired from the Damned.[10]


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  2. ^ "AGONY SHORTHAND TALKS ELECTRONICALLY WITH ALICE BAG....". Women in LA Punk. Retrieved 8 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Kris Needs (April 2005). "The Blonde Ambition, Blind Drunk Visions & Beautiful Soul Of Jeffrey Lee Pierce." (Article). trakMARX 19. Retrieved 8 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "The Sisters of Mercy — A brief(ish) history". Pravda: The GPS News Service. April 1999. Retrieved 8 May 2012.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  5. ^ Jennifer Park, "Melancholy and the Macabre: Gothic Rock and Fashion," Gothic: Dark Glamour by Valerie Steele and Jennifer Park, p. 146.
  6. ^ "The Sisters of Mercy". Lilith: The Gothic eZine. Lilith. Retrieved 8 May 2012. 
  7. ^ Mike Gitter (July 1991). "Sisters of Mercy - Sex & Violence" (Article). RIP Magazine. Retrieved 8 May 2012. 
  8. ^ "Patricia Morrison – Reflect On This". Discogs. Discogs. Retrieved 8 May 2012. 
  9. ^ "Patricia Interview". Archived from the original on March 8, 2012. Retrieved 8 May 2012. 
  10. ^ "Patricia Morrison". Ltd. Retrieved 8 May 2012.