The Sisters of Mercy – Floodland
Again, my wife is totally to blame for this! She went to see Depeche Mode at Crystal Palace and The Sisters of Mercy were supporting. She’d bought me a ticket and for some reason, because I was doing the gardening or something boring, I decided not to go and I’ve regretted it ever since. She came back and she was raving about it so the next time The Sisters of Mercy played – I think it was at the NEC in Birmingham – I didn’t want to miss out so I went to it. I had met them before when I did Top Of The Pops and ‘This Corrosion’ had come out and they were doing that and I was doing some shit from my middle years and I thought they were amazing.
It was a real eye-opener. I was doing some horrible fucking shit and watching them doing that made me think, ‘Oh Christ! I should be doing something like that!’ My career is littered with me hearing people doing things and thinking that’s what I should be doing. You need a kick up the arse every now and then and that was another one.
So I saw that gig and came back a massive fan. I loved every song they did and they sounded huge and powerful. I played Floodland and heard ‘This Corrosion’ and said, ‘I remember that!’ I’ve always loved that song. That was it, really.