Haven’t seen this before, albeit three years old… an excellent Quietus article in defence of the Sisters of Mercy.
Along with The Birthday Party. The Sisters Of Mercy shared a deep and abiding love of The Stooges but where Nick Cave’s mob pursued the chaos of Funhouse, Eldritch and co adhered to the strict metronomic and sub-moronic riffing of the eponymous 1969 debut. Early tracks ‘Adrenachrome’ and ‘Floorshow’ owe much to the original noises that first emanated from Ann Arbour. And yet there was more to the Sisters’ sound. In addition to the Gary Marx’s spidery guitar lines, Ben Gunn’s intertwining six-string interaction and the strict mechanoid precision of drum machine Doktor Avalanche, much praise needs to be heaped on the booming bass lines of Craig Adams. While Marx would frequently be found utilising every inch of the stage as he threw the kind of shapes that marked him out a nascent guitar hero, Adams remained rooted to the spot, simply rocking backwards and forwards as his deeply unfashionable long hair covered his face as he belted out monolithic bass lines that transformed the sound of the band.
Indeed, it’s with their third single, ‘Alice’, where The Sisters of Mercy finally hit their stride. ‘The Damage Done’ had been a curio and ‘Body Electric’/’Adrenachrome’ found the band making significant strides to their signature sound but it all coalesced with ‘Alice’. Opening with Doktor Avalanche’s idiosyncratic beats – beats that were to become as instantly recognisable as John Bonham’s intro to Led Zeppelin’s ‘Rock ’n’ Roll’ – the track gives way to beautifully twisting guitars and Adams’ driving, droning and single-minded bass playing. The flipside, ‘Floorshow’, was every bit the equal of the parent track. Powerful in its simplicity, Eldritch’s attack on the pop values of the day was as damning as it was compelling on the dance floor. In retrospect, their reading of The Stooges’ ‘1969’ is a little to obvious but for a generation still to discover the delights of Iggy Pop, the track served as a gateway to world that was seriously at odds with the prevailing view of the 1960s as being little more than a hotchpotch of paisley, pot and patchouli.
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