The Sisters of Mercy are five human units: Ben Gunn, Gary Marx, Lerch Adams and Andrew Eldritch - and an all important drum machine.

"We are probably the first people in this country to take the sound of the drum machine and actually do something different with it. If you could know how to use them, these things can be immensely powerful."

The Sisters pull out the full verbal swagger, partly through a conviction of their own power and direction, and partly through simple perversity. Fashion is there to be flaunted, they argue, and they do so delightedly.


 

Alice

Alice pressed against the wall
So she can see the door
In case the laughing strangers crawl and
Crush the petals on the floor Alice in her party dress
She thanks you kindly
So serene
She needs you like she needs her tranqs
To tell her that the world is clean
To promise her a definition
Tell her where the rain will fall
Tell her where the sun shines bright
And tell her she can have it all
Today
Pass the crystal spread the Tarot
In illusion comfort lies
The safest way the straight and narrow
No confusion no surprise Alice in her party dressed to kill
She the thanks you turns away
She needs you like she needs needs her pills
To tell her that the world's okay
To promise her a definition
Tell her where the rain will fall
Tell her where the sun shines bright
And tell her she can have it all
Today, Today Alice: Don't give it way......No!