The Sisters of Mercy - Did You Know?

The Sisters of Mercy - Did You Know?April 8, 2019

Music facts, music trivia, interesting stories and much more. Introducing the "Did You Know" page about English rock band, The Sisters of Mercy.




The Sisters of Mercy are an English rock band that was formed in Leeds in 1980. The band has achieved early underground fame in the UK and had their commercial breakthrough in the mid-1980s and sustained it until the early 1990s, that was when the band stopped releasing new recorded output in protest against their record company WEA.

The Sisters of Mercy share their name with an order of catholic nuns, but band members Marx and Eldritch took it from a 1967 song by Leonard Cohen, "Sister of Mercy," a song that they heard in the Robert Altman film McCabe & Mrs. Miller.

The band's debut album, First And Last And Always, was crafted during a series of intense recording sessions that pushed the band to its breaking point. Marx, Adams and Hussey decided to leave the band shortly after as they were increasingly frustrated with Eldritch and his perfectionist tendencies.

Overall, The Sisters of Mercy has released three original studio albums, with the last album being released in 1990. Each album was recorded by a different line-up. The band stopped recording activity in 1993, when they went on strike against Time Warner, which they accused of incompetence and withholding royalties.

Currently, the band are a touring outfit only.

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