Your help is wanted for an article I'm doing for UNSCENE Mag

THE place for your Sisters-related comments, questions and snippets of Sisters information. For those who do not know, The Sisters of Mercy are a rock'n'roll band. And a pop band. And an industrial groove machine. Or so they say. They make records. Lots of records, apparently. But not in your galaxy. They play concerts. Lots of concerts, actually. But you still cannot see them. So what's it all about, Alfie? This is one of the few tightly-moderated forums on Heartland, so please keep on-topic. All off-topic posts will either be moved or deleted. Chairman Bux is the editor and the editor's decision is final. Danke.
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Age : 36
Songs : Blood Money, Burn, 9w9, Temple 92, WYDSM
Album : First And Last And Always
Line Up : Eldritch/Pears/Varjak
Gigs : 22
Best Gig : Lokeren 2005
Worst Gig : Tilburg 2005
T-Shirt : Shut The f**k Up, Roadkill 96
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Joined: 24 Jan 2009, 19:28
Location: Portugal

Your Age :39
Top 5 Sisters songs ever : Floorshow, Afterhours, Body Electric (1984 version), Suzanne, Ribbons
Favourite Album : FALAA
How many times approx. have you seen The Sisters: 3
Favourite Sisters Line-Up: :von: , Marx, Hussey, Adams, Avalanche
Favourite Gig: Lisbon 1991
Worst Gig : Marés Vivas 2008 (it really sucked...)
Best Tee-Shirt : F..K Me and Marry me Young
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RobF wrote:...I'd give a bollock to see a Von/Marx/Adams/Gunn gig. Not sure why nostalgia fiends always pick 84/85 instead of the vastly more fun 82/83.
I hear ya: the 82/83 era would've been my pick also if it wasn't for the spring tour of 84, right up to their best little tour ever: the Dutch one at the end of May/beginning of June. The Nijmegen bootleg being the best Sisters disc around for me. They were so firing on all cilinders at that time. By the time of the Black October tour in Oct/Nov they lost some of their edge sadly... :wink:
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Your Age: 41
Top 5 Sisters songs ever ;Temple Of Love, Body Electric (84), Heartland, FALAA, Never Land (full length)
Favourite Album ;FALAA
How many times approx. have you seen The Sisters ;16 or 17. Some were a little bit hazy & I not cos of the smoke.
Favourite Sisters Line-Up ;Von, Marx, Hussey, Adams, Avalanche
Favourite Gig ;Toss up between Crystal Palace 1993 & Brighton 1984
Worst Gig ;None really stand out, but Budapest 2006 could have been better
Best Tee-Shirt ; Official:-SISTERS 31.7.93, Bootleg:- TOL
Just like the old days

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* 52
* Driven Like The Snow / Good Things / Valentine / Vision Thing / Afterhours
* Floodland - a work of brilliance, every track a gem
* Any with a real bass player
*7 or 8
* NEC 1992 - I saw Numan in the audience
*All of them. I never saw them in the 80's. I go as it is the only product available. To use a cricket simile, it is like going to Lourdes every year expecting the miracle that never happens.
*Utterly Bastard Groovy
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Your Age ; 46
Top 5 Sisters songs ever ; Marian, Nine While Nine, Flood II, Summer & Gimme Shelter (if covers allowed)
Favourite Album ; Floodland
How many times approx. have you seen The Sisters ; about 40
Favourite Sisters Line-Up ; Adams / Eldritch / Hussey / Marx
Favourite Gig ; Leeds Riley Smith 1982 or Leeds Refectory 1984
Worst Gig ; Manchester Apollo 1997
Best Tee-Shirt ; People's Republic
....if I have to explain, then you'll never understand....
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Here ya go:

Age - 33
Top 5 Sisters songs ever - Body Electric, Flood II, Summer, Crash And Burn, Burn
Favourite Album - Floodland
How many times approx. have you seen The Sisters - 13 times
Favourite Sisters Line-Up - I like all of them...
Favourite Gig - RockTernat 2001 along with both Leeds 2003 gigs
Worst Gig - Cologne 2006
Best Tee-Shirt - People's Republic Of West Yorkshire
"For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's future. And we are all mortal." (John F. Kennedy, 1963)
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Thanks for all your replies :D
Keep them coming ......
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Your Age :


Top 5 Sisters songs ever:

Can't tell - depending on my mood the answer would differ every day. What I can tell is that I play way more live recordings than studio stuff.

Favourite Album:

probably Floodland - but it's also smething "mood depending"

How many times approx. have you seen The Sisters:


Favourite Sisters Line-Up:

Eldritch - Christo - Catalyst

Favourite Gig:

MeraLuna2010, Suikerrock 2008

Worst Gig:

Hamburg 2009

Best Tee-Shirt:

f**k you and marry me young^^

Band connections/experiences:

Not really. I've contacted Ben a few times via MySpace - he's always nice and seems to be interested to maintain a conenction with the fans. I appreciate that a lot because this is not something I would call "his duty". He also put me on the guestlist once after sending him a DVD.

I made another, less positive experience in Dresden, anno 2009. I got caught filming the show by one of the band roadies. That monkey pulled me across the venue (pretty roughly) to the merch guy where I had to delete my recording. Later he didn't wanted to sell me a shirt after the gig :lol:

I still have the moment I got caught there on tape, see:

(at the end of the clip)
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Five songs,Alice/Nine While Nine/Ribbons/Under The Gun/We Are The Same,Suzanne
Fave album Vision Thing
Seen live - 7 I think !
Fave gig London Forum 1998
Worst gig Nottingham Rock City 2006
Best shirt ? Blimey. Exxile On Euphoria.

Oh,fave line up,the current one.
"I've seen Andrew Eldritch in an ice hockey shirt onstage, and I've given him the benefit of the doubt"
Tom G Warrior of Celtic Frost

we fall to rise
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Your Age: 36

Top 5 Sisters songs ever: Possession, Ribbons, Crash and Burn, Nine While Nine, Anaconda

Favourite Album: First and Last and Always

How many times approx. have you seen The Sisters: around 40 times

Favourite Sisters Line-Up: Bruhn, James, Bricheno, :von:

Favourite Gig: Leeds 2003

Worst Gig: Deinze 2003

Best Tee-Shirt: Event Horizon (don't know the exact name)
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Joined: 20 Jun 2006, 13:37

Age 45
Top 5 Sisters Songs Ever: Alice, Marian, Walk Away, Lucretia, Suzanne
How Many times - a dozenish if memory serves, which it doesnt...
Favourite Album: A Slight Case of ..
Favourite line up Adams / Eldritch / Hussey / Marx
Favourite gig : Newcastle 85
Worst gig cannot exist
Best T : Peoples Repuplic
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Your Age ; 33
Top 5 Sisters songs ever ; Dominion/Mother Russia, Crash & Burn, More, Alice, Can I cheat & also have both Flood I and Flood II as one entry?
Favourite Album ; Floodland (my mum bought her own copy when I moved out, as she missed it being played first thing every morning!)
How many times approx. have you seen The Sisters ; 11
Favourite Sisters Line-Up ; Having not seen all the line-ups live, I don't feel qualified to answer.
Favourite Gig ; Leamington Spa 2010 (for various reasons, including the band being on top form) :innocent: Josephs Well, Leeds in 2005 is a close second place.
Worst Gig ; I thought that the Forum gig in London 2009 was terrible, I spent most of the set wishing I had sold my ticket to a tout outside the venue, as I think tickets were changing hands for up to £75! I don't understand why it was so terrible, as Leeds the day before had been most enjoyable.
Best Tee-Shirt ; I like both my embroidered hoody (sadly looking rather tired after probably 10 years of wear) and embroidered long sleeve thermal top the best. I did nearly thieve Mr. Spig's original f**k me and marry me young t-shirt :twisted: , but I thought I'd already done enough damage ...
As for memories, erm York 2001, I'd consumed far too much vodka and other stuff, then after the gig, Eldritch kindly signed my ticket, but then I tried to kiss him & he told me to f**k off (hangs head in deranged fangirl shame) I've been mostly sober at every other Sisters gig I've attended since! :oops:
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nightmusic wrote: Favourite Gig : Norwich 2006 (!)
I was there too, I thought it was one of their better shows & I liked the venue, as I'm sure the floor sloped towards the stage to make it easier for everyone to see.

My only problem with Norwich was finding a decent pub that served food before the gig! in the end I gave up & ate in Burger King :(
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age: 38
top 5 (currently): heartland, FALAA, flood(s), something fast + we are the same, suzanne
album: floodland
gigs: 29
favourite gigs: brixton 21.12.93 / joseph wells 02.08.05 / zurich 10.08.05 / zottegem 26.07.07 / leamington spa 03.08.10
worst gigs: none - even the not very good ones (which include st vith 28.07.02, warsaw 30.02.09 and krakow 31.03.09)
favourite line-up: current
favourite t-shirt: 16.02.81

shook :von: hand after vanbrugh college 16.02.01 gig and got his autograph before blank canvas 27.04.03

didn't recognise ben in luxembourg city street before 29.04.06 gig and asked him if he was going to the gig after spotting his sisters t-shirt and him politely explaining he
was in the band

smoking fags + chatting with chris after norwich uea 06.05.06 gig.
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Location: near Frankfurt

Your Age: 41

Top 5 Sisters songs ever: Burn, Heartland, A Rock And A Hard Place, Arms, Marian

Favourite Album: The Reptile House E.P.

How many times approx. have you seen The Sisters: around 20 times

Favourite Sisters Line-Up: every Line-Up has something special

Favourite Gig: Frankfurt 1984, London 1993, Zurich 2009, Mer Luna 2010

Worst Gig: Munich 1998

Best Tee-Shirt: People´s Republic
2020: Maastricht, Nijmegen, Groningen, Nürnberg, Saarbrücken, Frankfurt, Ulm, Mailand, Winterthur, Karlsruhe, Hildesheim
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Your Age: 36

Top 5 Sisters songs ever: Ribbons/Summer/Marian/First and Last and Always/Nine While Nine

Favourite Album: First and Last and Always

How many times approx. have you seen The Sisters: 6

Favourite Sisters Line-Up: They're all good!

Favourite Gig: Wembley 1990(1st night)

Worst Gig: None really terrible...

Best Tee-Shirt: Sisters Gegen Nazis.
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Age : 35
Songs : Floorshow, Kiss, Burn, Ribbons, Neverland
Album : First And Last And Always
Line Up : Eldritch/Marx/Adams/Gunn
Gigs : 32
Best Gig : Crystal Palace 1993
Worst Gig : Copenhagen 2006
T-Shirt : 31.07.93
...I’ve never had the desire to make a record unless I have something to say...
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Cyberbio wrote:Favourite Album: The Reptile House E.P.
finally someone who knows what they're talking about! :kiss: :notworthy: :notworthy:
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I've split out some off-topic replies.

The less said about that the better methinks. :urff:
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markfiend wrote:I've split out some off-topic replies.

The less said about that the better methinks. :urff:

"as we walk on the floodland"
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Age :38

Top 5 Sisters songs: Body Electric, Alice, Temple Of Love, Amphetamine Logic, Lucretia My Reflection

Favourite Album: Floodland

How many times have you seen the Sisters: 24

Favourite Sisters Line-Up: Eldritch, Bruhn, Bricheno, James & Dr Avalanche

Favourite Gig: Reading Festival 25/08/91

Worst Gig: Leeds O2 Academy 08/04/09

Best Tee-Shirt: Slept Lyrics

Encounters: Glasgow Barrowland 24/04/03 - my wife picked up a couple of backstage passes after helping out a very drunk and distressed young girl, who had been handed said passes earlier by those presumably in charge of arranging a suitable coterie for after the gig.
Long story short, this must rank as two of the most boring hours I have spent in my life. No booze available, Eldritch holed up in his dressing room with a couple of young girls, and Adam Pearson informing my wife that her cigarette smoke was bothering him (what Adam really meant was that we were cramping his style with the piece of jail bait he was trying to impress/seduce). :urff:

Two nights later at the Blank Canvas in Leeds I spot Eldritch, hood up, lurking at the side of the venue pre-gig. Fanboy that I am, I decide to doorstep him:

Me: "You're Andrew Eldritch and I claim my five pounds."
AE: "You can claim whatever you want."

I proceed to tell him that I've wanted the opportunity to meet/speak to him for years and other embarrassing "I'm not worthy" style nonsense.
Eldritch, realising I'm not going to leave, announces he needs to go off and get drunk. :oops:
You are what you drink - I'm a bitter man!
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You should have asked him about Hegel.
The most successful tyranny is not the one that uses force to assure uniformity but the one that removes the awareness of other possibilities, that makes it seem inconceivable that other ways are viable, that removes the sense that there is an outside.
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Age : 46
Songs : Some Kind of Stranger, On The Wire, Ribbons, 9W9, Emma
Album : First And Last And Always
Line Up : Eldritch, Marx, Hussey, Adams
Gigs : 3
Best Gig : Rock City 2006
Worst Gig : Leeds 2006 (only because I was expecting too much with it being Leeds, was still a great gig though)
T-Shirt : Bootleg SBTSB - with all the European tour dates on the back.

Met Ben after the Manchester 2006 gig, very nice guy. Have also contacted him through his MySpace & again he was always helpful & down to earth.
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By the side of the ocean, headed for Sunset

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sultan2075 wrote:You should have asked him about Hegel.
I was going to but I was worried he might think I was a bit of a Kant.
You are what you drink - I'm a bitter man!
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