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Ben Gunn (guitarist)

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Ben Gunn (b. Benjamin Matthews) is a British guitarist who was with The Sisters of Mercy from 1981 to 1983,[1] appearing on several of their early singles.

Ben Gunn
Birth nameBenjamin Matthews
GenresPost punk
Years active1981–1983
LabelsMerciful Release
Flame On
Associated actsThe 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[citation needed].

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

Year Title Formats Album
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)


  1. ^ Huey, Steve. "Biography: The Sisters of Mercy". Allmusic. Retrieved 30 July 2010.