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The Cult are a British rock band formed in 1983. Before settling on their current name in January 1984, the band performed under the name Death Cult, which was an evolution of the name of lead singer Ian Astbury's previous band Southern Death Cult. They gained a dedicated following in the UK in the mid-1980s as a post-punk/gothic rock band, with singles such as "She Sells Sanctuary", before breaking mainstream in the United States in the late 1980s as a hard rock band with singles such as "Love Removal Machine" and "Fire Woman". According to music critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine, the band fuse a "heavy metal revivalist" sound with the "pseudo-mysticism ... of The Doors [and] the guitar-orchestrations of Led Zeppelin ... while adding touches of post-punk goth rock". Since the initial formation of Southern Death Cult in Bradford in 1981, the band have had various line-ups; the longest-serving members are Astbury and guitarist Billy Duffy, the band's two songwriters.

After moving to London, the band released their second album Love in 1985, which charted at No. 4 in the UK and included singles such as "She Sells Sanctuary" and "Rain". On their third album, Electric (1987), the band supplemented their post-punk sound with hard rock; the polish on this new sound was facilitated by producer Rick Rubin. Their fourth album, Sonic Temple (1989), proceeded in a similar vein, and these two albums enabled them to break into the North American market.

By the early 1990s, The Cult were fraying behind the scenes due to alcohol abuse, which prompted the band to split up in 1995. The band reunited in 1999 and recorded the album Beyond Good and Evil, and they reissued all of their albums in Asia and Eastern Europe in 2003 and Japan in 2004. In 2006, the band reformed once again to perform a series of worldwide tours. In October 2007, the band released the album Born into This on Roadrunner Records.

In July 2009, Astbury announced that The Cult would not record any more studio albums, focusing on EPs and digital releases instead for new material. However, the band have since released two more studio albums: Choice of Weapon (2012) and Hidden City (2016).

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Discography

Album

Year Title RatingReleases
1984 Dreamtime 3 3
1985 Love 5 13
1987 Electric 5 11
1989 Sonic Temple 3.5 9
1991 Ceremony 5
1994 The Cult 2 4
2001 Beyond Good and Evil 2
2007 Born Into This 4
2012 Choice of Weapon 2
2013 Electric Peace 1
2016 Hidden City 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1993 Pure Cult: For Rockers, Ravers, Lovers and Sinners 6
1996 High Octane Cult: The Ultimate Collection 1984-1995 1
2000 Pure Cult: The Singles 1984-1995 3
2000 Best of Rare Cult 2
2000 Rare Cult 1
2002 Rare Cult: The Demo Sessions 1
2006 Cult Comp. 1

Album + Demo

Year Title RatingReleases
2012 Weapon of Choice 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1992 London 1986 1
1992 New York City Blues 1
1993 Live Marquee London MCMXCI 1
1993 The Phoenix 1
1994 1994-10-29: Coming Down Live: Toad's Place, New Haven, CT, USA 1
2002 Live Cult: Music Without Fear 1
2008 Music Without Fear 1
2009 Cult Live 2
Dreamtime: Live at the Lyceum 1
Europe 1991 1
Live in Argentina 1

Single

Year Title RatingReleases
1984 Spiritwalker 1
1984 Resurrection Joe 1
1985 Rain 2
1985 Revolution 1
1985 She Sells Sanctuary 3
1987 Wildflower 1
1987 Lil' Devil 3 3
1989 Edie (Ciao Baby) 2
1989 Fire Woman 2
1989 Fire Woman 1
1989 Sun King / Edie (Ciao Baby) 1
1990 Sweet Soul Sister 2
1991 Wild Hearted Son 1
1994 Coming Down 2
1994 Star 1
2001 Breathe 1
2001 Rise 2
2007 Dirty Little Rockstar 2
2008 Illuminated 1
2016 Hinterland 1

EP

Year Title RatingReleases
1988 The Manor Sessions 2
1991 Fire Woman / Edie (Ciao Baby) / Sun King 1
1991 Love Removal Machine / Lil' Devil 1
1991 Rain / Revolution 1
1991 Resurrection Joe / She Sells Sanctuary 1
1991 Spiritwalker / Go West 1
1991 Sweet Soul Sister / Live 1987-1989 1
1991 Wildflower / Live 1986-1987 1
1992 Heart of Soul 1
1993 The Witch 1
1997 The White EP 1

Other + Interview

Year Title RatingReleases
Words About Music: Interview Disc 1

Other + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
2001 Live in Dallas 2001 1

Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1985-10-31: Hammersmith Odeon, London, England, UK 1

Remix

Year Title RatingReleases
1989 The Electric Mixes 2
1989 The Love Mixes 1
1993 Sanctuary MCMXCIII Mixes 2

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