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"Wake (Choruses From Under The Rock)" marks the end or an era for The Sisters Of Mercy - the last time they played as the "classic" line up of Hussey, Adams and Eldrtich. The show was recorded in The Royal Albert Hall on 18th June 1985. The video was produced by (then) pop video supremo who's most noted work was with Adam And The Ants. The sound track for "Wake" was highly polished (compared to the bootleg of the concert I have) - and there are a few tracks missing from this video, notably the version of "Gimme Shelter" by the Rolling Stones. Although given permission by the stones to use it, they were denied video rights. Strange - as was the decision for the production crew to pack up when they did, if they didn't we would have had "Ghost Rider" and "Louie Louie" as well. Train was another one missed off the video as well. What we did get, however, was the majority of the first album "First And Last And Always" with the earliest track being the favourite (even today) "Alice". It is hard to make out much on the video as The Sisters always used (and still do) tons of dry ice (proberbly just as well as Eldrtich has worn some awful shirts over the years) so I wonder why they didn't release a live album instead of this video (the Sisters then record company wouldn't finance the video so they got Channel 5 to do it - not the TV station that is) As a Sisters concert goes, it was average. Unlike many from the time, the obvious smug comments from Eldritch are not here and these one-liners are, to be honest, very good. Think of him as a "goth" version of Bernard Manning - no-one can reply ones he starts. He just shuts everyone up anyone who unwisely heckles him, which this concert does not do. Basically, "Wake" doesn't represent a Sisters show at all and I suppose that was why it was released.
"Wake" is a live recording of a Sisters of Mercy concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London. This is quite an old video - the concert is from 1985 and the video was released in 1987. Therefore due to the age it concentrates on early Sisters round about the time of the "First, Last and Always" album. This album is my favourite Sisters album so far so perhaps I am slightly biased in this review! The video lasts about an hour and covers all their major songs from the aforementioned album. The running order is - First and Last and Always Body and Soul Marian No time to cry Walk away Possession Emma Amphetamine Logic A rock and a hard place Floorshow Alice There are also two encores - Fix and the Sisters infamous cover of Knocking on Heavens Door, which I really like! The video is really good as it carries over the atmosphere of a Sisters concert. I was at their last concert in Glasgow, which I have also written an opinion about so I felt I could judge this! There are plenty of camera effects e.g. reverse negative, blurry psychedelic episodes and plenty of shots of the band. I don't see the point of music videos that show you more of the audience than they do of the band. I want to watch the band not the people in the front row getting squashed! Thankfully the person directing this video knew what they were doing. We get plenty of close ups of a rather young looking Mr Eldritch with impressive sideburns, aviator shades and a very sweaty face. Mr Eldritch is on fine form as usual keeping talk to a minimum, in fact I think he only said two song titles and that was it. His voice is as amazing live as it is on record and the songs remain true to their album version - no silly remixes or vocal variations. It's not a hugely exciting video to watch but then recorded concerts never are. If you like early Sisters then you will like the video and apprec iate it. I found it in a charity shop for the bargain price of £3.50 so I was very pleased. Its an excellent video to do the ironing to - you don't have to watch it all the time and you can sing along very loudly as well (as long as no one else is in the house)!
In my lowly opinion, 'This Corrosion' was the greatest music promo ever made. This song, a totally Dionysian exercise in everything over-the-top and soulful, was intesified by the image of Andrew Eldritch, everyones favorite dark den of the mysterious and existential swordfish, presides over the rejected and disenchanted remnants of an outcast society amidst the thundering rain and twisted metal and rust, all the while Patricia Morrisson- the Lol Tulhurst of the Sisters, parades in black leather and pretends to play bass, all making for a sublime video and song which will make the hairs on the back of your kneck stand up. Well, SHot 2.0 is the refined version of an earlier collection of Sisters clips, including the 'Vision Thing' era and the dissappointing vid for 'Under the Gun' ( Andrew+shaved head= NOT A GOOD THING). There is nothing to liven up the inbetweens that you would find in, say the Cure's collections. But the promos speak for themselves. You get all the clips from 'Floodland'( Andrew's solo LP basically), which are the 1 million dollar 'Dominion', shot in Jordan; the screeching metal beat of 'Lucretia My Reflection'( Andrew gives a good bruce lee impression with his metal pole!), and the Eldritch-directed '1959'. 'More' is neat,complete with stripper/back-up female singers, the band playing in what looks like an S&M club and All About Eve's Tim Bricheno looking out of place. 'Doctor Jeep' is charming, and 'Detonation Boulevard's mix and video are travesties. The dissappointing thing is there are NO REAL Sisters videos( I'm talking about all four of the buggers: Andrew, Gary, wAYNE, Craig)- and the cassette suffers from the exclusion of 'Body and Soul', 'Walk Away' and 'No Time to Cry'. 'Temple of Love 92(touched by the hand of ofra haza)' is dissappointing, just a collage of clips from previous incarnations of the Sisters on v ideo; but 'This Corrosion' is worth the price alone. Long-time Sisters fans and newcomers will both like it.