In 1985 the two original guitarists, Wayne Hussey & Gary Marx, left The Sisters Of Mercy and formed separate bands. The Sisters Of Mercy became a vehicle for singer Andrew Eldritch who enjoyed some commercial success. Wayne Hussey also experienced some commercial success, to a lesser degree, with a similar style of dark and moody goth rock – all dry ice, dark glasses, cowboy hats and tassels. While Gary Marx joined forces with singer Anne Marie Hurst, formerly of goth rockers The Skeletal Family.
Bizarrely, Hurst’s female vocals and Ghost Dance’s lighter goth pop overtones gave them a more commercial radio sound than the Sisters or The Mission. But unlike their contemporaries, they failed in their quest for Top 40 success.
In 1989 Ghost Dance released their second album, Stop The World on Chrysalis Records. Though it was their first studio album, as their debut, Gathering Dust was a compilation of their first three EPs. Stop The World included the singles ‘Celebrate’ and ‘Down To The Wire’ (which reached the Top 75) but has long been deleted. So this deluxe edition will be welcomed by forty-somethings as they blow the cobwebs from their memories and indulge in a bit of 1980s goth nostalgia.
Stop The World: Deluxe Edition is a 2 CD 20 track reissue which includes the original album plus a bonus disc of non-album material which includes b-sides, an alternate single version of ‘Celebrate’ and three live tracks. Anne Marie Hurst was joined by other members in compiling this release, which includes a booklet with rare photos, music paper articles, quotes and memorabilia from the period.
Stop The World: Deluxe Edition by Ghost Dance is released on Cherry Red Records.