The Cult rose to fame from the streets of London to become one of rock’s biggest attractions of the mid-80’s and 90’s. Critically acclaimed records and radio hits such as “She Sells Sanctuary,” “Wild Flower,” “Love Removal Machine,” “Edie” and “Fire Woman” propelled the band to arena status.
Formed in the UK in 1983, the band initially performed under the name Death Cult, which was an evolution of the name of lead singer Ian Astbury’s previous band Southern Death Cult.
Interview: The Cult’s Ian Astbury on 30 years of ‘Sonic Temple’, making nice with Dave Grohl, and all things sonic
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For Ian Astbury, The Cult Is Not a Legacy Act
Even in middle life, Cult frontman Ian Astbury flashes the wide-eyed bemusement of an adolescent punker struggling to identify with stodgy, sensible grown-ups. As his band of three decades preps the release of its 10th album of elegant hard rock, he’s a starburst of creative ambition and hyper-curiosity, frustrated by the fiscal realities of digital-age music commerce and the stylistic expectations foisted upon veteran acts.