Razor Smiles

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Razor Smiles - Cover (front)
Razor Smiles - Cover (back)

A live 7" bootleg single featuring various covers
played by The Sisters of Mercy.

The bootleg is mostly famous, though, for the
recording of Andrew Eldritch and Wayne Hussey
joining the Skeletal Family on stage at
Markthalle in Hamburg in September 1985.

Together, they performed a unique version of
Knockin' On Heaven's Door - at a moment in
time and history when The Sisters of Mercy had
already played their famous last gig at the Royal
Albert Hall
in London, UK and shortly before the
eventual break-up of the band.

Release Notes

  • Label: Crack Down (as noted on back cover)
  • Catalogue#: KROL 3212
  • Format: 7" vinyl single
  • Released: 1986

Razor Smiles - with green vinyl
Razor Smiles - with red vinyl


  • The record runs at 33 ⅓ RPM
  • The vinyl comes in either green or red colour.
Various sources also mention black issues
to exist, but no evidence for these have been
found so far. In addition, the original artwork
was sold in 2009 together with a green
and a red issue, respectively.
See the large picture down below
the one of the first and the second reissue
of the Floorshow EP.
  • According to the labels produced by K. Mann
  • Matrix / Runouts:
Side A: KROL 3212 A
Side B: KROL 3212 B
  • The vinyl comes in a b/w wrap-around cover and with a white inner sleeve.
  • The recording date of track B1 is wrongly noted as 17.4.84.
  • The venue of track B2 is also wrongly named St. George's Hall.


  • Track A recorded live on September 21rst, 1985 with Skeletal Family @Markthalle, Hamburg, Germany

Track List

Track Note
A1   Knockin' On Heaven's Door Skeletal Family with Andrew Eldritch on vocals and Wayne Hussey on guitar
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B1   Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)   ;              Original by ABBA
B2   Stairway To Heaven Original by Led Zeppelin

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Additional Pictures

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Razor Smiles - Green Vinyl (Side 1)
Razor Smiles - Green Vinyl (Label Side 1)
Razor Smiles - Red Vinyl (Side 1)
Razor Smiles - Red Vinyl (Side 2)
Razor Smiles - Original Pre-Print Cover Art with Red And Green Vinyl