The Sisters of Mercy are an English rock band that formed in 1980. After achieving early underground fame in UK, the band had their commercial breakthrough in mid-1980s and sustained it until the early 1990s, when they stopped releasing new recorded output in protest against their record company. Currently, the band is a touring outfit only.
From the Floodland album, “Lucretia My Reflection” was the third and last Sisters single for the next two-and-a-half years, a remix of “Lucretia My Reflection” was released on 27 May 1988.
As Eldritch spent a month at Slaughterhouse Recording Studios in Driffield in the spring of 1988,the 7 inch mix and the extended 12 inch mix were probably made during these sessions. Studio owner Russell Webster: “Andrew Eldritch spent a whole month on his own at the studio. We had a lot of fun together and I loved his dynamic music so much that I thought I should do something similar myself.”Patricia Morrison: “The remix is really over the top. I liked it when I first heard it and I still do.”
The song’s lyrics mentioned the words “long train”, so the eponymous Sisters track was selected as a B-side. “Long Train” was originally released as a flexi disc in 1984 and had already become a collector’s item.
The video was filmed in India with director Peter Sinclair, at a “Bombay cotton factory”and other places. Additionally a video to “1959” was filmed in India. For a while Eldritch had toyed with the idea of releasing “1959” as a single. It was however released as a promo for the radios.
In the UK the single reached number 20 in the charts. A mimed performance on Top of the Pops on 16 June 1988 was the last public appearance of The Sisters for the next two years.
In the USA the single did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but on 20 August 1988 reached number 30 in the Billboard Club Play chart.
In Germany the single did not chart.
Lucretia My Reflection 9:52
Long Train (1984) 7:25