The Damage Done (single)
The Damage Done was The Sisters' first single, recorded "...to hear ourselves on the radio."
Some further interesting details on the broadcast of The Sisters' first single can also be found in the lovely
I Was A Teenage Sisters of Mercy Fan blog under Sisters Mysteries V – did Peel play Damage Done?.
On this question, see also this thread @The Heartland Forums and John Peel Shows 1980-85.
Another decade-long mystery in Sisters History has been the front cover photo, i.e. the church it shows.
Several fanbase attempts to track down the building ended in always another dead-end. However, now
- eventually - the secret is resolved !!! It is St Andrew's Church in West Tarring, West Sussex.
Read everything about that glory day of fanbase detective work in the above mentioned blog
at Sisters Mysteries VI - The Damage Done sleeve church found! ... :-))) ...
The Merciful Release logo on the cover back, which would accompany every future release by The Sisters
of Mercy in one or other incarnation, was inspired by Gray's Anatomy, a much-praised English book
on the anatomy of the human body.
The original tracks of the Damage Done single were re-issued in 1992 by The Sisters of Mercy
on their 2LP-compilation of early Sisters singles Some Girls Wander By Mistake
- Label: Merciful Release
- Format: 7" single
- Catalogue#: MR7
- Released: 11/80 (UK)
- Gary Marx - Guitars, Vocals
- Andrew Eldritch - Vocals, Drums
|Side A||Duration||Side B||Duration|
|A1 The Damage Done||3:04||B1 Watch||3:12|
|B2 Home Of The Hit-Men||0:34|
- Home Of The Hit-Men is only listed on the label of side b, not on the cover.
- Published by Copyright Control
- Pressed at Portland Recording Studios Ltd., London.
- This was an edition of 1,000 copies only.
Half of them have, however, the labels reversed and pressed on the wrong side.
- The single did not sell all that well and a certain stock remained stored for some time,
until - according to "F Is For Fake - these copies were distributed by Red Rhino Records
around the release of the Alice single in 1982, adding a small information insert and somewhat
palming them off as a "re-release".
- The original Damage Done acetate and at least one white-label test pressing,
both with Portland Studios invoice, do still exist.
Real and fake versions
- The tracks of this very first single appear on a countless number of Studio Bootlegs, on vinyl just as much as in CD format.
- The single itself has been faked on several occasions! The most famous - and also the first and insofar quite searched for - fake copy is the Japanese one.
- Some obvious remakes, which do not attempt to fool customers as they have the release year 2009 printed on the back cover, were produced by bootleggers
- as well, see The Damage Done (Australian re-release) and/or The Damage Done (2009). Even less mistakable are the 1987 Primary releases...
- A The Damage Done Russian flexi does of course exist as well. And - of course - a Greek picture disk ...
There appear to be more fakes of The Damage Done in circulation than genuine copies.
As the real ones can reach very high prices nowadays, it is important to know the difference.
The Heartland Image Gallery has scans of both, the real and the fake sleeves, along with pointers
on how to tell the difference, check them out at Damage Done genuine and fake sleeve scans,
and F is for Fake. Another interesting read and related Heartland Image Gallery item is this article
on The Damage Done test pressing "7.
Bizarrely enough, some collectors seem to take the stance that, in particular, the Japanese fake is
nearly as rare as the genuine one, and thus in recent times even the fake has become a collectible.
A clear feature to distinguish original from fake copies are the typical Porky run-outs:
Matrix / Run-outs The Damage Done original 7" single
- Side A: MR-7-PICTURE-1 / EG / A PORKY PRIME CUT / FOR SPIGGY
- Side B: MR-7-WORDS-1 / EG / ANUDDER PORKY PRIME CUT / FOR TRIXIE
see also the pictures below.
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