|Birth name||Patricia Anne Rainone|
|Also known as||Pat Bag|
|Born||January 14, 1958|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Genres||Punk rock, gothic rock, punk blues|
|Instruments||Bass guitar, vocals|
|Years active||1976–2004, 2019|
Patricia Anne Rainone (born January 14, 1958), better known by her stage name Patricia Morrison, is an American retired bass guitarist, singer and songwriter. She worked with Bags, the Gun Club, Fur Bible, The Sisters of Mercy, and the Damned.
Patricia Anne Rainone was active in the Los Angeles, California punk rock scene after graduating from high school in 1976, and was a founding member of the Bags.She left the band after a falling out with co-founder Alice Bag. She began Legal Weapon in 1980, releasing an EP called No Sorrow in 1981. In the same year she assumed the surname Morrison after marrying Rick Morrison of Catholic Discipline.
Morrison joined The Gun Club in 1982 after being brought in by former Bags drummer Terry Graham, quitting after her second tour with them.She then formed the band Fur Bible with Kid Congo Powers, performing as the opening act for Siouxsie and the Banshees. Australian rocker and vocalist Tex Perkins was also offered a spot in Fur Bible and travelled to the UK to perform in band rehearsals. However, on arrival into the UK, Perkins was denied entry due to him not having secured any form of visa prior to leaving Australia. During this time Morrison was contacted by Andrew Eldritch, asking her to join The Sisters of Mercy. She performed on the 1986 album Gift (released under the group name The Sisterhood) and on The Sisters of Mercy's 1987 album Floodland .
According to Jennifer Park:
[T]he choice of Patricia Morrison as bassist — beginning with her work on Floodland (1987) — was not a decision made without weighing its aesthetic value. Music videos and promotional photographs showcased the perfect goth pin-up girl with her high arched eyebrows, black eyeliner, blood-red lips, teased-out hair, long black nails, and fetish-meets-renaissance wardrobe.
The Sisters of Mercy song "Lucretia My Reflection" was written by Eldritch about Morrison. The lyrics compare her to the historical figure of Lucrezia Borgia. She left the band in 1990,claiming money that was owed by Eldritch was not paid.
In 1994, Morrison released a solo album, Reflect on This.
In 1996, she joined The Damned after bassist Paul Gray was injured by a fan in concert. In 1997, Morrison married the Damned's lead singer Dave Vanian.After giving birth to Emily Vanian in 2004, Morrison retired from the Damned.
In 2020, Morrison provided the voice of the character Annabelle on horror punk band Creeper's sophomore album, Sex, Death & the Infinite Void .
The Damned are an English rock band formed in London, England, in 1976 by lead vocalist Dave Vanian, guitarist Brian James, bassist Captain Sensible, and drummer Rat Scabies. They were the first punk rock band from the United Kingdom to release a single, "New Rose" (1976), release an album, Damned Damned Damned (1977), and tour the United States. They have nine singles that charted on the UK Singles Chart Top 40.
Gothic rock is a style of rock music that emerged from post-punk in the United Kingdom in the late 1970s. The first post-punk bands which shifted towards dark music with gothic overtones include Siouxsie and the Banshees, Joy Division, Bauhaus, and the Cure.
The Sisters of Mercy are an English rock band, formed in 1980 in Leeds. After achieving early underground fame there, the band had their commercial breakthrough in the mid-1980s and sustained it until the early 1990s, when they stopped releasing new recorded output in protest against their record company WEA. Currently, the band are a touring outfit only.
Andrew Eldritch is an English singer, songwriter and musician. He is the frontman and only remaining original member of the Sisters of Mercy, a band that emerged from the British post-punk scene, transformed into a gothic rock band, and, in later years, flirted with hard rock.
Floodland is the second studio album by English gothic rock band the Sisters of Mercy. It was released on 16 November 1987, through Merciful Release internationally and distributed by WEA, with Elektra Records handling the United States release. After the release of the band's debut studio album, First and Last and Always (1985), members Craig Adams and Wayne Hussey left to form the Mission, causing the dissolution of the Sisters of Mercy. As a result, band frontman Andrew Eldritch formed a side project known as the Sisterhood, recording new material with them. After the project's first album was received negatively overall, he went back to recording as part of the Sisters of Mercy and hired the Sisterhood member Patricia Morrison for the recording of a new album.
Vision Thing is the third and most recent studio album by English gothic rock band the Sisters of Mercy. It was released on 22 October 1990 through Merciful Release and East West Records, with Elektra Records handling the US release.
A Slight Case of Overbombing is a greatest hits album by English gothic rock band the Sisters of Mercy. It was released on 23 August 1993 on the band's own label, Merciful Release, under distribution contract with East West Records. All the tracks featured on this album are in reverse chronological order of release.
David Vanian is an English rock musician, and lead singer of the punk rock band the Damned. Formed in 1976 in London, the Damned were the first British punk band to release a single, release an album, have a record hit the UK charts, and tour the United States. With a fluid line-up since their founding, Vanian has been the only ever-present member. His rich baritone voice has been described as "impressively sonorous".
Grave Disorder is an album from the punk rock band The Damned, released in August 2001. It was their first release since signing to Nitro Records.
Bags were an American punk rock band formed in 1977, one of the first generation of punk rock bands to emerge from Los Angeles, California.
The Sisterhood was a musical project led by Andrew Eldritch. With guest musicians, the Sisterhood recorded songs he had originally intended for a second album by the Sisters of Mercy.
"Little Miss Disaster" is a song by punk rock band the Damned, released 1 December 2005 on their own Lively Arts label. It was the band’s first single release since "Shut It" in 1996.
"Dominion" is a song by English rock band The Sisters of Mercy. It was released as the second single from their second studio album, Floodland, in February 1988. The version on Floodland features "Dominion" as well as a coda piece titled "Mother Russia". It was written by band frontman Andrew Eldritch and produced by Larry Alexander, Eldritch, and Jim Steinman.
"Lucretia My Reflection" is a song by English rock band the Sisters of Mercy. Released as the third and final single from their second studio album, Floodland, in June 1988, it peaked at number 20 on the UK Singles Chart.
"This Corrosion" is a song by English rock band The Sisters of Mercy, released as the lead single from their second studio album, Floodland (1987), in September 1987. The song peaked at number 6 in Ireland, number 7 in the UK, and number 17 in Germany.
Stu West was the bassist for the English punk band the Damned from 2004 to September 2017. He joined in 2004, when the past bassist, Patricia Morrison, left the band due to pregnancy. She had a daughter, Emily, by her long-time partner and Damned vocalist, Dave Vanian. Morrison never rejoined the band. It was announced on 11 September 2017, that West was no longer with the band, having been replaced by Paul Gray.
Legal Weapon were a Southern California-based punk band, initially composed of singer Kat Arthur and guitarist Brian Hansen, bassist Patricia Morrison, drummer Charlie Vartanian and guitarist Mike R. Livingston.
Alicia "Alice" Armendariz, known professionally as Alice Bag, is an American punk rock singer, musician, author, educator and feminist archivist. She is the lead singer and co-founder of the Bags, one of the first wave of punk bands to form in the mid-1970s in Los Angeles. Her first book Violence Girl, From East LA Rage to Hollywood Stage is the story of her upbringing in East Los Angeles, her eventual migration to Hollywood and the euphoria and aftermath of the first punk wave. This bilingual former elementary school teacher continues as an author, outspoken activist, feminist and a self-proclaimed troublemaker.
The discography of the British rock band The Sisters of Mercy consists of three studio albums, two compilation albums, two extended plays (EPs), and sixteen singles. The Sisters of Mercy were formed in Leeds in 1980 by Andrew Eldritch and Gary Marx (guitar) and released their debut single, "The Damage Done", the same year on their own independent record label, Merciful Release. In early 1981, Craig Adams (bass) joined the band and they started to use a drum machine, which was christened Doktor Avalanche. Ben Gunn joined the band as a second guitarist by the end of 1981 and this line-up recorded four more singles and two EPs during 1982 and 1983. Guitarist Wayne Hussey replaced Gunn in early 1984 and, after building up their live reputation, The Sisters signed with WEA, who distribute the band's releases on Merciful Release in the United Kingdom and on Elektra Records in the United States. The band's next single, 1984's "Body and Soul", became their first charting effort in the UK when it reached number 46. Three more singles were released before the band reached number 14 on the UK Albums Chart with their debut album, First and Last and Always, which was released in March 1985. Following the album's release, Marx left the band, before the rest of the group disbanded in mid-1985.
The F Club was a punk rock and post-punk club night in Leeds that ran between 1977 and 1982. It was held at various venues across the city during its tenure, including Leeds Polytechnic, the Ace of Clubs, the Continental Club and Brannigan's. In Karl and Beverley Spracklen's book The Evolution of Goth Culture it was described as the space "where gothic rock was born in the form it is now". The club was foundational in the emergence of the goth subculture and led to other high profile clubs in the scene, such as the Batcave. It was frequented by members of many influential post-punk and gothic rock groups such as the Sisters of Mercy, Gang of Four, The March Violets, New Model Army and Southern Death Cult.
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