THE CULT (1994)


*taken from FB @officialcult
 


IAN ASTBURY - VOCALS, (ACOUSTIC) GUITAR
BILLY DUFFY - GUITAR
CRAIG ADAMS - BASS
SCOTT GARETT - DRUMS
(TOURING MUSICIAN 1994/1995: JAMES STEVENSON - RHYTHM GUITAR)
(TOURING MUSICIAN 1993: MIKE DIMKICH - RHYTHM GUITAR)


The Cult
 is the self-titled sixth studio album from English rock band, The Cult. It was released in October, 1994 on Beggars Banquet Records and it is also the band's last album on Sire Records in the USA. . It is also commonly referred to as the "Black Sheep" record, due to the image of a Manx Loaghtan black sheep on the front cover. The record also features one of the very rare times when Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy have shared songwriting credit with anyone: bassist Craig Adams is credited as co-author of "Universal You".

The style of music on the album is more reminiscent of the grunge, alternative music popular at the time, also, noise music, with its use of distortion and feedback. 

Vocalist Ian Astbury referred to the record as "very personal, and very revealing" songs about his life, with the subject matter ranging from sexual abuse at the age of 15, to the death of Nigel Preston (friend and former drummer for The Cult), to his directionless years spent in Glasgow in the late 1970s.

        

During the Black Rain tour of South America in spring of 1995, despite the fact that several more new songs had already been recorded, the tour was cancelled after an appearance in Rio de Janeiro in March, and the band split up citing unspecified problems on a recent South American tour. Astbury started up a garage band called Holy Barbarians a few months later.