Personalities | The Cult | Eighties | Rock

(Vocal/instrumental group, 1984–95, 2001–02, 2006–present)

Centred on singer Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy (guitar), The Cult (initially Southern Death Cult), released the goth/psychedelic Dreamtime in 1984. An alliance with producer Rick Rubin in 1987 resulted in third album Electric, influential on many nu metal bands and Guns N’ Roses (who stole drummer Matt Sorum). Sonic Temple (1989) was more mainstream rock and made the US Top 10; after that the band trod water. Astbury ‘played’ Jim Morrison when The Doors reunited in 2002.

Styles & Forms | Eighties | Rock
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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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