Patricia Anne Rainone (born January 14, 1958), better known by her stage name Patricia Morrison, is an American retired bass guitarist, singer and songwriter. She worked with Bags, the Gun Club, Fur Bible, The Sisters of Mercy, and the Damned.
|Birth name||Patricia Anne Rainone|
|Also known as||Pat Bag|
|Born||January 14, 1958|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Genres||Punk rock, gothic rock, punk blues|
|Instruments||Bass guitar, vocals|
|Years active||1976–2004, 2019|
Patricia Anne Rainone was active in the Los Angeles, California punk rock scene after graduating from high school in 1976, and was a founding member of the Bags. She left the band after a falling out with co-founder Alice Bag. She began Legal Weapon in 1980, releasing an EP called No Sorrow in 1981. In the same year she assumed the surname Morrison after marrying Rick Morrison of Catholic Discipline.
Morrison joined The Gun Club in 1982 after being brought in by former Bags drummer Terry Graham, quitting after her second tour with them. She then formed the band Fur Bible with Kid Congo Powers, performing as the opening act for Siouxsie and the Banshees. Australian rocker and vocalist Tex Perkins was also offered a spot in Fur Bible and travelled to the UK to perform in band rehearsals. However, on arrival into the UK, Perkins was denied entry due to him not having secured any form of visa prior to leaving Australia. During this time Morrison was contacted by Andrew Eldritch, asking her to join The Sisters of Mercy. She performed on the 1986 album Gift (released under the group name The Sisterhood) and on The Sisters of Mercy's 1987 album Floodland.
According to Jennifer Park:
[T]he choice of Patricia Morrison as bassist — beginning with her work on Floodland (1987) — was not a decision made without weighing its aesthetic value. Music videos and promotional photographs showcased the perfect goth pin-up girl with her high arched eyebrows, black eyeliner, blood-red lips, teased-out hair, long black nails, and fetish-meets-renaissance wardrobe.
The Sisters of Mercy song "Lucretia My Reflection" was written by Eldritch about Morrison. The lyrics compare her to the historical figure of Lucrezia Borgia. She left the band in 1990, claiming money that was owed by Eldritch was not paid.
In 1994, Morrison released a solo album, Reflect on This.
In 1996, she joined The Damned after bassist Paul Gray was injured by a fan in concert. In 1997, Morrison married the Damned's lead singer Dave Vanian. After giving birth to Emily Vanian in 2004, Morrison retired from the Damned.
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- Media related to Patricia Morrison at Wikimedia Commons