The Reptile House EP
After Alice, The Sisters of Mercy's second EP ...
There is an interesting and entertaining article about this record on the I Was A Teenage Sisters of Mercy Fan blog.
Check out the entry Eldritch's crowning glory? - The Reptile House EP.
- Label: Merciful Release
- Catalogue#: MR023
- Format: vinyl single, 12" only
- UK release: 16 May 1983
- UK/France release (repress): June 1983
- US - Brain Eater Records release: 10 July 1983
- Dutch Re-issue: 1989
- The first 5,000 initial copies included a lyric sheet.
- From the beginning, some covers have had a violet on crimson print instead of a dark pink on black one.
- Over the years, repressings in many shades of violet and pink have obviously been produced and distributed.
- On the spine of the repressings "Made In England" is noted instead of the catalogue number MR023.
- For information about the origin of the cover artwork see this astonishing thread at the Heartland Forums
- According t-shirts were printed and distributed as well.
- * our thanks for the t-shirt pictures go to HL Forum member ribbons69.
- Side A: MPO / MR 023 A2
- Side AA: MPO / MR 023 AA2 / For Spiggy - Paint it Black
- "MPO" is crossed out on the Dutch re-issues,
- instead 08-025198-20-1/2 was added.
Band / Recording Personnel
- Andrew Eldritch - Vocals
- Gary Marx - Guitars
- Ben Gunn - Guitars
- Craig Adams - Bass
- Doktor Avalanche - Drums
|A1 Kiss The Carpet||5:55|
|B4 Kiss The Carpet (Reprise)||0:36|
- Other than on Some Girls Wander By Mistake
- Kiss The Carpet is shortened to Kiss on the EP cover.
- Kiss The Carpet (Reprise) is not mentioned at all,
- neither on the label, nor on the sleeve of the EP.
- The version of this song on the EP does not fade out or quieten
- down like the version on Some Girls Wander By Mistake.
- Three tracks from the EP were broadcast by John Peel on
- various occasions - Kiss The Carpet, Lights and Valentine
- - 14 June 1983 John Peel Show, Radio One - Kiss The Carpet
- - 19 June 1983 John Peel's Music, BFBS - Kiss The Carpet
- - 06 July 1983 John Peel Show, Radio One - Lights
- - 06 July 1983 John Peel's Music, BFBS - Valentine
- - 20 August 1983 John Peel's Music, BFBS - Kiss The Carpet
Different Releases - Overview
|Merciful Release||MR023||EP 12"||16 May 1983||UK|| The first 5000 came with a lyric sheet. Some copies are violet on crimson instead of |
pink on black. Kiss The Carpet (Reprise) is not listed on the cover. MR023 printed on
the spine. No barcode.
|Merciful Release||MR023||EP 12"||10 July 1983||UK|| Braineater version - pressing for US-distribution. Comes with a green or white sticker |
on the back side and an insert (lyrics sheet). Allegedly, some copies also include a
b/w promo sheet. No barcode.
|Merciful Release||MR023||EP 12"||June 1983||UK/France||Repressing."Made In England" printed on the spine. No lyrics sheet. No barcode.|
|Merciful Release||MR023||EP 12"||1989||The Netherlands|| Repressing, comes with barcode 5016554002310 printed on the back sleeve.|
"Made in Holland" and catalogue# 08-025198-20-1/2 on the labels and in the run-outs.
This version has a reddish sleeve and comes without lyrics sheet or other insert,
some have a "MADE IN HOLLAND" sticker.
- Please click into files for larger views -
Braineater and Original UK release (1983)
Dutch re-issue (1989)