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 bands 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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