Astbury wanted a more gritty sound while Duffy and Bob Rock wanted to pursue a big stadion friendly commercial hard rock sound. The album was released through Beggars Banquet in September 1984. The Cult´s fascination with ethnic original cultures began on this album, and there are references to both Native American and Australian Aboriginal culture on the album a theme they would further explore on subsequent releases. Drums, bass, choirs and keyboards are played by hired guns. The Cult are an English hard rock band which gained a dedicated 'cult' following in their native Britain with mid-'80s singles like She Sells Sanctuary before breaking into the American metal market in the late '80s with Love Removal Machine. Ian Astbury´s Jim Morrison-like voice is powerful and commanding. Anyway, you still have great hits in the album like 'Love Removal Machine' , 'Lil' Devil' and 'Wild Flower', to make it a great modern 'Hard Rock' classic! So despite of all the troubles the band were having they released the most commercially successful album of their career and listening to the album today it´s perfectly understandable why the album became such a grand success.
I guess you can call this slightly more artsy and tasteful, but personally I prefer their later more hard rocking albums. However their relationship was so bad at this point, that they rarely spend time in the studio together, instead opting to record their parts when the other wasn´t present in the studio. Though they were in town to play Wembley Arena, this show was a special thank you to the fans and a return to their roots. Almost 20 years ago, on 27 November 1991, The Cult performed an intimate show at the renowned Marquee club in London. As it turned out Astbury was overruled and at the time didn´t have the strength to fight for his convictions he was drinking heavily and his father was dying of cancer. .
It´s actually quite amazing that the band were able to produce such a confident and consistent album, as there were serious internal turmoil in the band at the time of the recording of the album. Instead they opted to record a new album in America with producer Bob Rock, but as recording began it was obvious that especially Ian Astbury on one side and Billy Duffy and Bob Rock on the other side had different ideas to how the album should sound. As it turned out Steve Brown had been looking to get rid of his pop producer image though and after a meeting with the band, The Cult found his production ideas intriguing and decided to work with him. Note: Some dates are in reference to album release dates and some tracks are unavailable. The Cult´s albums from this era are often tagged glam metal, and while the music certainly has many similarities with that genre, this is not really glam metal to my ears. After moving to London, the band released Love, which charted at 4 in the United Kingdom, and which included singles such as She Sells Sanctuary and Rain.
I admit that I am not that familiar with the band's whole discography but boy oh boy Electric 1987 throws some serious light into the shadowed world of 80s Hard Rock and that's good, very good! The band felt unhappy about the results of the recordings though and they were shelved. The rythm section sometimes recall the sound of acts like The Smiths and The Sisters of Mercy and the same can be said about some of the guitar riffs. This presentation shows their studio albums, singles and the approximate year of release. The latter is courtesy of no other than Wham producer Steve Brown. These are some of my first attempts at video editing with Finalcut Pro.
It´s memorable, well written, well produced if you enjoy big polished hard rock productions and very well performed. The album was released through Beggars Banquet Records in October 1985. Preston was notoriously known for his wild party life. A 3 star 60% rating is warranted. There´s been a lineup change since the debut album as the wild partying and unreliable drummer Nigel Preston who died of a heroine overdose in 1992 has been replaced by Mark Brzezicki. Very catchy and with loads of commercial appeal.
They took a step down with this one though. Rumour has it that the two fighting cocks even travelled in seperate vehicles during touring when possible. Lead vocalist Ian Astbury lived a self-loating and self-destructive life, unable to cope with the pressure and expectations of being a big rock star. The lyrics and the imagery draws influences from native American culture, which is something the band have done before, but not to this extent. The recording process was mared by a couple of issues as original producer Joe Julian left the project after having recorded the drums and new producer John Brand had to use the original drum tracks as drummer Nigel Preston was already at this point unreliable.
If it wasn't for the completely unnecesary cover of Steppenwolf's 'Born To Be Wild' this album would be close to perfection. With a new rhythm section of Kimberley Wolfe on bass and the late Michael Lee on drums, and backed up by John Sinclair on keyboards,. Often the band is forgotten when it comes to the old Hard Rock genre. Despite of the bad odds Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy opted to continue with the band though and brought in Richie Zito Poison, Elton John, White Lion, Heart, Bad English. This is one of a series of videos i have made showcasing the discographies of the most influential bands throughout history. Most successful acts from that era were synth based, but The Cult insisted on a guitar driven rock sound.
Ultimately he of course doesn´t and Ian Astbury´s more expressive way of singing is what first and foremost provide the hard rock edge to this release. He died of a heroin overdose in April 1992. The fact that the album is 63:15 minutes long also kills some of my enthusiasm. Since their earliest form in Bradford during 1981, the band has had various line-ups, but the longest serving band members are vocalist Ian Astbury and guitarist Billy Duffy, both of whom are the band's songwriters. Something the band initually didn´t feel comfortable with.
We´re talking hook laden and stadion designed hard rock. I have enjoyed making these videos and have discovered albums and tracks that I had been unaware of until doing the research. The situation between lead vocalist Ian Astbury and guitarist Billy Duffy had not gotten better though and the climate in the band was so hostile that original bassist Jamie Stewart decided to leave the band in 1990. Sometimes to a point where I almost expect Andrew Eldritch to start singing. .
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