The Cult

Genres: Pop / Rock
Descriptive "tags": hard rock rock gothic rock 80s classic rock Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Originally known as first Southern Death Cult, then Death Cult, this UK rock band was formed by lead singer Ian Astbury (14 May 1962, Heswall, Cheshire, England) in 1981. After a youth spent in Merseyside, Scotland and Canada (where he gained early exposure to the culture of native Indians on the Six Nations Reservation, informing the early stages of the band’s career), Astbury moved into a house in Bradford, Yorkshire, and discovered a band rehearsing in the basement. The personnel included Haq Quereshi (drums), David ‘Buzz’ Burrows (guitar) and Barry Jepson (bass). As their vocalist, Astbury oversaw a rapid rise in fortunes, their fifth gig and London debut at the Heaven club attracting a near 2, 000-strong audience. Southern Death Cult made their recording debut in December 1982 with the double a-side ‘Moya’/‘Fatman’, and released a self-titled album on Beggars Banquet Records. They supported Bauhaus on tour in early 1983....

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