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Postby the tenant » 20 Sep 2006, 17:46

i went to see the Cult last night and i must warn anyone who is going to see them not to bother, rubbish sound, Astbury thinks he IS the reincarnation of Jim Morrison, Billy Duffy is a poor mans David Beckham and they managed to make Spiritwalker sound awful, something i thought could never happen, Astbury cannot even hold a note, bad!!!

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Postby shaeve » 21 Sep 2006, 05:24

Tis a sad day when your old idols prove themselves to be just that OLD. To be honest Electric was the nail in the coffin for me with the Cult. Although some tracks on the goat album were so good I went out and bought it.

I cant see them coming to Sunny NZ and if they did, I would go and see them if only to see how bad they were

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Postby Red Sunsets » 11 Apr 2007, 00:48

I have to say they never really impressed me. Some good tunes but they looked like dicks and the way they swapped image was a bit... :oops:
forgot I was Sisters fanatic... :twisted:
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Postby shaeve » 11 Apr 2007, 11:38

I actually saw the Sisters more times than I saw the cult. I loved the sisters. Then it all went Gnarly and they split, after that Andrew on his own with Patty and then Tony , it was all DROSS.

Now Poison Door ..that was real dross...damn I hear it in the car(FALAA is on continual repeat)but I cant listen to that song..train is the only good B side from the added tracks.

I find I can listen to Holy Barbarians and the Astbury solo album more than I can to the Cult now..altho Goat is still half good( other half is bad)

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Postby Banjo » 12 Apr 2007, 12:27

I used to love The Cult beyond reason! The Death Cult EP still sounds up to anything recorded since as a classic imo. And to follow that up with God's Zoo, Resurrection joe, Spiritwalker, etc was just amazing. Add to that a couple of dozen fantastic gigs and it's no wonder they were the best band on the face of the planet. But they went downhill so much and so quickly! I thought the studio version of Dreamtime was weak and over-produced, robbing them of all their live energy, and making everything seem so quiet and controlled. The free live LP was much MUCH better - the Cult at their best and I still play this today. After that, they never got that initial energy back for me. Their emerging fascination with heavy rock was disastrous, as they lost all their individuality and started to sound like their idea of a 'classic rock' band. I hated Love and never forgave them/never liked them again afterwards

Damn shame! :(
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Postby shaeve » 15 Apr 2007, 02:54

Love wasnt a bad album , altho when they released revolution as a single I was very distressed, The snake which appeared as a B side on Sanctuary I think was one of the better songs from the love era but got sadly overlooked. I remember a gig in Birmingham and Ian said heres a new one caleed the snake and the crowd just went quiet..Very sad , as it was a great tune...I digress.

Electric was the end for me really, I didnt buy it and I will not buy it or listen to it..very strange choice of direction altho I suspect it made them a few million..maybe it wasnt a strange choice.

If Play dead had gone the stadium rock direction, who knows they may still be here

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Postby maximus » 16 Apr 2007, 19:44

Must agree with all postings.

To be honest, I always thought they were shit - even in their 'supposed' heyday.

I know one should judge a band not by their individual personalities, but by their musical prowess... however, having met Astbury on numerous occasions during the indie years, including once where the Play Dead crew took on the Cult crew at a game of football in Brixton, Astbury always came over as a real ponce. But worst of all, he played football like a bloody fairy.

I wouldn't even bother turning my head around if they decided to play a gig behind my sofa..... Born to be Mild.

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Postby giab » 01 Aug 2007, 03:32

The free live LP was much MUCH better

I've just put my old Live At The Lyceum VHS onto dvd if anyone uis interested in a copy.
Only PAL I'm afraid, but it does look pretty good

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Postby shaeve » 01 Aug 2007, 08:41

Pm sent...I went to the gig in manchester 3 or 4 days before the Lyceum one. It was probably one of the best gigs by the cult I ever went to. Would like to see it on DVD I have the VHS, but no video..
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Postby Dark Eyes » 01 Aug 2007, 12:36

Does anybody have a copy of the 'Peace' album, the original version of 'Electric' recorded in Oxford before they went to America and went all 'rock' ?
I remember hearing a session on the Janice Long show, when they played 3 or 4 of the tracks, and I have the Manor Sessions CD. I believe it was included on one of the many 'limited edition collectors boxsets' that they seem to have released over the last 10 years, but I wasn't prepared to pay ?40+ just for that CD.

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Postby shaeve » 02 Aug 2007, 06:43

I have extracts from it, somewhere in the bottom of the big box

Let me did around, Ill drop U a pm

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Postby giab » 03 Aug 2007, 01:21

I've got MP3's of it.
It's not very good, I can see why it never got released.
A couple of the best tracks (zap city & conquistador i think) made it onto a couple of singles from Electric.

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Re: the Cult

Postby tomcurren » 09 Jun 2018, 20:44

Life is up and down. I saw them few years ago with The Mission in London when Killing Joke left before the was very good.

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