Body Electric (song)

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Body Electric - 7" single Cover (front)
Body And Soul - Cover (front)
Some Girls Wander By Mistake - Cover (front)

Body Electric, like Alice exists in two officially recorded versions:

Beyond that, there is an early demo from 1981 with slightly different lyrics and - thanks to endemoniada75 - available for a listen here.
Another fully instrumental demo can be found in the same channel here.

As the wonderful fanbase of John Peel have found in their John Peel Wiki, the 7" version of Body Electric was broadcast on BBC Radio One
during the John Peel Show of 16 January 1984. On this issue, we recommend you also check the lovely - Teenage Sisters of Mercy Fan blog
under Sisters Mysteries V – did Peel play Damage Done? for more details and some interesting read, or this thread @The Heartland Forums
and in addition look under John Peel Shows 1980-85.

Body Electric has always been one of the best loved songs of The Sisters of Mercy and has been part of their live sets ever since the release in 1982
as can be seen in the videos of live performances down below, which give some impressions from over the years.


Through the cables and the underground now
The faceless breathless calls
This is Babel, sensurround now
This place is death with walls (repeat x4)

Too much contact, no more feeling
The Sound around them all
Acid on the floor so she walk on the ceiling
And the body electric flashes on the bathroom wall (repeat x2)
Crawling to the corners where the idiot children call
See the body flashing on the bathroom wall
(repeat all)

Music & Lyrics: Andrew Eldritch
Lyrics and music are property and copyright of their respective rights holders and provided only for study purposes.

1959 and all that logo.jpg


Some basic analysis has been done at 1959 and all that ...

Check also the following threads on the Heartland Forums:

Live performances

The first known live recording of 9 October 1982 at Leicester Polytechnic, Leicester, England
Body Electric performed live on 31 July 1993
at Crystal Palace, London, England
Body Electric (still video only) recorded live on
6 March 2001 at Palladium, Cologne, Germany
A more recent recording of 13th September 2016 at Circo Volador, México City, México

Our thanks go to all the uploaders of these video on YouTube. Check their channels and you will definitely find more wonderful treasures ...