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Wayne Hussey

I leafed through a fashion magazine supplement recently and saw yet another feature on Goth style (fashion magazines love Goth), this one featuring a gallery of style inspirations over the years. And right there was a photo of the Sisters of Mercy. Thing was, it was the version of the band with just Andrew Eldritch and Patricia Morrison. This was the version that had a hit with “This Corrosion,” but any Sisters fan — and I to some extent still am one — can tell you this was not the classic lineup of the band. The classic lineup featured Wayne Hussey and his creepy, beautiful 12-string-guitar playing.

After a falling out with Eldritch, Hussey and bassist Craig Adams split off to form the Mission, or the Mission U.K., as it was called in the States. Now, to Sisters fans like my sister and me, the Mission was a second-rate version of the real thing. That didn’t stop us from buying the records and going to the shows, but we were total smartasses about it. When I went off to college, we used to sign our letters to each other, “Love, Wayne.”

Flash forward a number of years, and Wayne Hussey is touring behind his first solo album. It’s a collection mostly of standards and covers like “My Funny Valentine” and “With or Without You.” It won’t make you want to sell your Chet Baker or U2 albums, but it’s not bad. Eldritch hasn’t put out an album in years, though he takes a version of the Sisters on tour whenever the coffers start running low. So who’s the real thing now?

WAYNE HUSSEY, Casbah, Sunday, September 21, 8:30 p.m. 619-232-4355. $15.

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I leafed through a fashion magazine supplement recently and saw yet another feature on Goth style (fashion magazines love Goth), this one featuring a gallery of style inspirations over the years. And right there was a photo of the Sisters of Mercy. Thing was, it was the version of the band with just Andrew Eldritch and Patricia Morrison. This was the version that had a hit with “This Corrosion,” but any Sisters fan — and I to some extent still am one — can tell you this was not the classic lineup of the band. The classic lineup featured Wayne Hussey and his creepy, beautiful 12-string-guitar playing.

After a falling out with Eldritch, Hussey and bassist Craig Adams split off to form the Mission, or the Mission U.K., as it was called in the States. Now, to Sisters fans like my sister and me, the Mission was a second-rate version of the real thing. That didn’t stop us from buying the records and going to the shows, but we were total smartasses about it. When I went off to college, we used to sign our letters to each other, “Love, Wayne.”

Flash forward a number of years, and Wayne Hussey is touring behind his first solo album. It’s a collection mostly of standards and covers like “My Funny Valentine” and “With or Without You.” It won’t make you want to sell your Chet Baker or U2 albums, but it’s not bad. Eldritch hasn’t put out an album in years, though he takes a version of the Sisters on tour whenever the coffers start running low. So who’s the real thing now?

WAYNE HUSSEY, Casbah, Sunday, September 21, 8:30 p.m. 619-232-4355. $15.

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