The Reptile House EP

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The Reptile House EP - Cover (front)
The Reptile House EP - Cover (back)


After Alice, The Sisters of Mercy's second EP ...

Release Notes

  • Catalogue#: MR023
  • Format: vinyl single, 12" only


Release dates

  • UK release: 16 May 1983
  • UK/France release (repress): June 1983
  • Braineater Records release for US-market: 10 July 1983
see the United States Copyright Office Website
  • Dutch Re-issue: 1989


The Reptile House EP - Lyrics sheet

Remarks

  • 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.
  • According t-shirts were printed and distributed as well.
* our thanks for the t-shirt pictures go to HL Forum member ribbons69.


Original "The Reptile House E.P." t-shirt

Run-out Grooves

  • 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




The Reptile House EP - Braineater Release (front)
The Reptile House EP - Label Side A


Tracks

The Reptile House EP - Braineater Release (back)
The Reptile House EP - Label Side B
Side A  Duration
A1   Kiss The Carpet                                     5:55
A2   Lights     5:51



Side B

B1   Valentine     4:44
B2   Fix     3:41
B3   Burn     4:49
B4   Kiss The Carpet (Reprise)                       0:36




Note:

the song Kiss The Carpet is called in short Kiss on the EP cover.
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



We recommend you check also the lovely John Peel Wiki and the - Teenage Sisters of Mercy Fan blog under Sisters Mysteries V – did Peel play Damage Done?

or this thread @The Heartland Forums for more information and some interesting read on this issue, see also John Peel Shows 1980-85.


Different Releases - Overview

  Label   Catalogue#      Format   Released     Country   Notes
  Merciful Release      MR023    EP 12"      16 May 1983          UK    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 back side  
   and an insert (lyrics sheet). Allegedly, some copies also with 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.
   Reddish sleeve and without lyrics sheet or other insert, some with "MADE IN HOLLAND" sticker.


Additional Pictures

- Please click into files for larger views -

Braineater and Original UK release (1983)

The Reptile House EP - Violet Print on Crimson Cover Braineater Version (front)
The Reptile House EP - Violet Print on Crimson Cover Braineater Version (back)
The Reptile House EP
- Braineater Version - Label Side AA
The Reptile House EP
- Violet Print on Crimson Cover (back) with White Braineater Sticker
The Reptile House EP
- Cover (back) with Green Braineater Sticker
The Reptile House EP
- Relatively Violet Braineater Cover (front)
The Reptile House EP - Original UK-Release
- Relatively Pink Cover (front)
The Reptile House EP - Release Promos Testprints


Dutch re-issue (1989)

The Reptile House EP - Dutch Re-issue 1989
- Cover (front)
The Reptile House EP - Dutch Re-issue 1989
- Cover (back) with Barcode and Sticker
The Reptile House EP - Dutch Re-issue 1989
- Label Side A with Catalogue# 08-025198-20-1
The Reptile House EP - Dutch Re-issue 1989
- Label Side AA with Catalogue# 08-025198-20-2