Ben Gunn (guitarist)
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|Birth name||Benjamin Matthews|
|Labels||Merciful Release |
|Associated acts||The Sisters of Mercy |
Ben Gunn joined the band after the band released "The Damage Done", after Craig Adams joined, and the band first started using Doktor Avalanche.
He played on the singles from "Body Electric" until "Temple of Love", despite some people believing he was there only for live purposes. However, he didn't play on The Reptile House EP. Subsequently, the band signed to WEA and Ben Gunn quit in disgust, claiming personal differences between himself and Eldritch (the same reason as was later stated when Gary Marx, Wayne Hussey and Craig Adams left between 1984 and 1985). He claimed that the Sisters started as a joke on rock outfits, and now they'd become one.
He later played in a band named Torch, and afterwards formed Anabas (on his own label 'Flame On'), releasing two singles under this banner. Whilst in bands he often would not allow himself to be photographed by interviewers.
Following the lack of success for his post-Sisters of Mercy projects, Matthews left the music industry. It is believed[by whom?] he studied economics at Liverpool University and, following post graduate study, later qualified as an accountant.
Singles with The Sisters of Mercy
|1982||"Body Electric"||7"||compiled on Some Girls Wander by Mistake|
|1982||"Alice"||7"||compiled on Some Girls Wander By Mistake|
|1983||"Anaconda"||7"||compiled on Some Girls Wander By Mistake|
|1983||"Alice"||EP 12"||compiled on Some Girls Wander By Mistake|
|1983||"Temple of Love"||7", 12"||compiled on Some Girls Wander By Mistake|
with Torch = TBC (1983)
with Anabas = "Barricades" / "Dream Dance" 7" (Flame On-FLAME 003-1983)