The excellent Quietus recently ran this feature on the Sisters second LP “Floodland” to mark its 25th anniversary (and there is also an in-depth look at the Sisterhood’s Gift LP just here).
With the benefit of 25 years hindsight, listening to Floodland now is to confirm the feelings that it elicited upon its release in November 1987 – this is an album of mass contradictions. The Sisters of Mercy were always a live band – albeit one with mechanised beats courtesy of drum machine Doktor Avalanche – and a damn fine one at that. Swathed in dry ice, this was a band that dug deep into a vast catalogue whilst gleefully playing obscure or wildly surprising cover versions. Abba’s ‘Gimme Gimme Gimme’ and Dolly Parton’s ‘Jolene’ [don’t forget “Emma guys” – best of the bunch!] were all given the Sisters’ gloomy yet thrilling overhauls and garnished with a Martini-dry sense of humour. Set lists would be poured over and analysed by their obsessive fan base and so, much like The Cramps, became one of the most bootlegged bands of the 80s.
read MUCH MUCH more here: The Quietus | Features | Anniversary | Dreams Of Rain: The Sisters Of Mercy’s Floodland 25 Years On.