* taken from FB @officialcult


Ian Robert Astbury (born 14 May 1962, Heswall, Cheshire, England)

1981: Founding member of the positive punk band Southern Death Cult in Bradford, UK. 1981. Southern Death Cult lasted until March 1983, when it was dissolved. Along with guitarist Billy Duffy, bassist Jamie Stewart and drummer Raymond Taylor Smith, Astbury formed a new band, Death Cult. Later became The Cult.

In 1994 his creative differences with guitarist Duffy reached their peak, and the former walked out on The Cult. Inspired by his sudden change in direction, Astbury soon after assembled another group of musicians and began writing new songs. He called the group The Holy Barbarians, and in 1996 the band released the album Cream.

Personal difficulties and a drive for further introspection drove Astbury away from his new group, as he began working on a solo album (eventually released as Spirit\Light\Speed  in 2000)

Check out the submenus for Southern Death Cult, Holy Barbarians and Ian's solo album.

Other musical ventures:

Harry, Deborah - Def, Dumb & Blonde, CD, HOL, 3 21650 2
Ian vocals on `Lovelight´

Jones, Steve - Fire And Gasoline, CD, USA, MCAD 6298
produced by Ian, contribution to ´I did u no wrong´


Fuzztones - Nine Months Later, 12", UK, SIT61T, white label promo w/ Rushes release sheet
Fuzztones - In Heat, Ltd. Ed. 1989 tour souvenir, 10", UK, SIT61P, picture disc
Ian vocals on 'Down On The Street'


Four Horsemen, The - Nobody Said It Was Easy, CD, USA, 9 26561-2
Ian contributes tambourine and backing vocals

Circus Of Power - Magic & Madness, CD, USA, CK 48871
Ian lends his vocals to the track ´Shine´

Messiah - 21st Century Jesus, CD, USA, 9 45168-2
Ian lends his vocals to the track ‘Creator’

Zen Mafia - California, CDS, USA, RDJ 65840-2
chorus/ad lib vocals by Ian

Iommi, Tommi w/ Ian Astbury - Flame on, CDS, USA, acetate 1-track, 'Rent a Label', no sleeves

Stoned Immaculate – The Music of the Doors, CD, USA, 7559-62475-2
Wild Child (The Cult) and Touch Me (Ian)

Doors: a celebration VH-1 storytellers, DVD, EU, 88304 9
Ian sings Whiskey Bar, Back Door Man and Wild Child

Zilch - Skyjin, CD, JAP, CTCR-17071
Ian Astbury lends his vocals to the tracks: Hide And Seek, Make The Motherfuckers Wake Up, and Tekmotophychosister - Virusmaker7.

Zilch - Mimizuzero, CDS, JAP, CTCR-40063
Zilch - Mimizuzero, CDS, JAP, CTCR-40063, sealed promo copy
Ian lends his vocals to the track 'Ape Messiah'

Ian became lead singer of The Doors of the 21st Century. The group also featured the original Doors members Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek

* signed 'to Patrick' at the backside by photographer Michelle Campbell, at December 8th, 2013

Doors of 21st Century feat. Ian - LA Woman Live, DVD, EU, 82876 613230 9

Ian performed with surviving members of MC5 at the 100 Club in London.

Unkle - Self Defense (Boxset Highlights), CD, UK,  GUUNKBX1CD, promo
Ian vocals on 
'Burn My Shadow' (Junkie XL Remix)


Unkle - Burn My Shadow, 7", UK, SURR004S, picture disc
Unkle - Burn My Shadow, 12", UK, SURR004T, white label promo 'wrong a-side written on plain sleeve'
Unkle - Burn My Shadow, 12", UK, SURR004T, red vinyl
Unkle - Burn My Shadow, CDS, UK, SURR004CDP, promo, radio edit + album version
Unkle - Burn My Shadow, CDS, UK, SURR004CD, 3-track
Unkle - Burn My Shadow Remix Promo, CDS, UK, All Surrender label, 8-track promo
Unkle - Burn My Shadow - War Stories, CDS, JAP, TRCP-5, 1-track promo
Ian vocals on 'Burn My Shadow'

Unkle - War Stories, CD, UK, SURR005CDX
Ian vocals on ´Burn My Shadow´ and ´When Things Explode´

Fuzztones - Illegitimate Spawn 2, CD, EUR, TWIST BIG29, double cd
Ian vocals on 'Cheyenne Rider'

Slash - Ghost, CDS, GER, RR PROMO 1217, 1-track promo w/ cardboard sleeve       

Boris & Ian Astbury - BXI, 12", USA, LORD120LP, white label promo #3/5 w/ Southern Lord release sheet
Boris & Ian Astbury - BXI, 12", USA, LORD120LP, black vinyl
Boris & Ian Astbury - BXI, 12", USA, LORD120LP, pink vinyl w/ poster
Boris & Ian Astbury - BXI, CDS, JAP, DYMC-126, digipack
Boris & Ian Astbury - BXI, CDS, USA, LORD120

Boris - Heavy Rocks, CD, USA, SH058
Ian contributes to 'Riot Sugar'

Unkle - Only The Lonely, CDS, AUS, PODCD0757. promo
Ian vocals on 'Forever'

George Fest - a night to celebrate the music of George Harrison, CDx2/DVD, EU, 538187717
Ian sings 'Be Here Now'