The roots of the British band The Cult dates back to
1981, when future members of the band formed a punk group called
Southern Death Cult. By 1983, the band had dissolved and a new
band, Death Cult, was formed. By 1984, the band changed shortened
the name of the band to The Cult. By the time the band had made it
to the USA in the late 1980's, they had changed their sound from punk
rock to hard edged rock, which is why we include them in the hair metal
section (it also explains their look in the image above; in later years,
they began looking more like Metallica).
Because the dichotomy between The Cult's punk rock days
and metal days, we focus primarily here on their metal days.
Although fans of The Cult should still consider checking out some of the
band's earlier work, as much of it is still harder edged. Songs
from these punk rock days that some of you may recognize, especially our
British fans, are "Spiritwalker", "Resurrection Joe", "She Sells
Sanctuary", "Rain", and "Revolution".
By 1987, the band's heavier edged Electric
album had caught the ear of still unknown Guns 'n' Roses in the USA, but
problems in the UK were causing the band to fall apart. After
reforming with some new members, they moved to Los Angeles and produced
(1989), which featured the songs "Fire Woman" and "Sweet Soul Sister".
The Cult toured with Aerosmith and Metallica in support. This was
clearly the heyday for the band.
To make along story short, The Cult continued
producing throughout the 1990's, although the band lineup often changed
and tension was prevalent. After a handful of breakups and
reformations, The Cult has continued touring and producing (and was
still active at the time of this writing in 2012). The Cult
Discography is as follows:1983: Death Cult (Death Cult)
1989: Sonic Temple
1990: Single's Collection
1991: Pure Cult: for Rockers, Ravers, Lovers, and Sinners
1994: The Cult
2000: Pure Cult: The Singles 1984–1995
2001: Beyond Good and Evil
2007: Born Into This
2012: Choice of Weapons