Formed in 1980 in Leeds, the Sisters of Mercy achieved early underground fame in the UK. After a commercial breakthrough in the mid-1980s, they stopped releasing new recorded output in the 1990s in protest against their record company. Currently, the band is a touring outfit only ... (read more at Wikipedia).
Links to Peel
Peel first played the band's debut single in 1980 with the track Damage Done  and according to the band, the song was played twice by Peel. However by the mid-80's, Peel was disillusioned with Sisters Of Mercy's material and on his Peel 011 (BFBS) show from 1985 after playing their track Body And Soul, he mentioned:
- ''It does, I think, rather lack the vitality of their previous work.'
When talking to John Walters on Peeling Back The Years 4 (Transcript) in 1987, Peel ultimately rejected any requests from anybody wanting the Sisters Of Mercy:
- "Well, I always, every time I do one of my terrible gigs, whatever records I play in the course of it, which tend to be not the ones which people request...people come up and say to me, "Can you play something by the Sisters Of Mercy?", I just say, "Under no circumstances whatsoever am I going to play anything by the Sisters Of Mercy!"
Festive Fifty Entries
Two sessions. No known commercial release.
- 1969 / Alice / Good Things / Floor Show
- Walk Away / Emma / The Poison Door / No Time To Cry
Other Shows Played
(The list below was compiled only from the database of this site. Please add more information if known.)
- 30 January 1983 (BFBS): Floorshow (7" - Alice) Merciful Release MR 015
- 17 April 1983 (BFBS): Anaconda (7" - Anaconda / Phantom) Merciful Release MR 019
- 14 June 1983: Kiss The Carpet (EP - Reptile House)
- 19 June 1983 (BFBS): Kiss The Carpet (12" - The Reptile House E.P.) Merciful Release
- 06 July 1983: Lights (12" - The Reptile House) Merciful Release
- 06 July 1983 (BFBS): Valentine (12" - The Reptile House EP) Merciful Release MR 023
- 20 August 1983 (BFBS): Kiss The Carpet (12" EP - The Reptile House E.P.) Merciful Release MR 023
- 28 September 1983: Watch (7" - The Damage Done) Merciful Release
- 22 October 1983 (BFBS): Temple Of Love (7") Merciful Release MR 027
- 28 November 1983: Alice
- 27 December 1983: Alice (7 inch) Merciful Release FF#27
- 28 December 1983: Temple Of Love (7") Merciful Release FF#19
- 16 January 1984: Body Electric (7") CNT
- Peel March 1984: Temple Of Love (Extended Version) (12") Merciful Release
- 30 May 1984: Body And Soul (12") Merciful Release MR029T
- 26 December 1984: Emma' (Peel Session) (JP: "Possibly the longest fade in the history of recorded music...") FF#15
- 01 January 1985: Walk Away (7 inch) Merciful Release FF#08
- Peel March 1985: No Time To Cry
- Peel 011 (BFBS) (unknown date, April 1985): 'Body And Soul (7")' (Merciful Release / WEA) (JP: "It does, I think, rather lack the vitality of their previous work.")
- 16 December 1985: Some Kind Of Stranger (LP - First And Last And Always) WEA FF#43
- 17 December 1985: Marian (LP – First And Last And Always) WEA FF#36