The Cult, live review, the Fillmore Detroit, 9 August 2013

cult electric 13Cult “Electric 13” live review from DETROIT

— The Cult was ostensibly at the Fillmore Detroit on Wednesday, Aug. 9, to celebrate its 1987 breakthrough album “Electric.” But frontman Ian Astbury also took time — a lot of it during the two-hour show — to celebrate the city.

Noting that the band has been coming to Detroit “since (bleep)ing 1984, Astbury became the town’s latest visiting cheerleader, even making a bit out light out of the area’s financial turmoil. “You guys are in a recession? Doesn’t (bleep)ing look like it,” Astbury noted early in the show, after serenading the Fillmore crowd with Detroit-centric lyrics set to Jay Z’s “Empire State of Mind.” He also extolled the virtues of the city’s musical heritage, name-checking the MC5, the Stooges, Alice Cooper, Eminem, Motown.

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Ian Astbury on “the art of making love”

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“I don’t like nostalgia,” states Ian Astbury, lead singer of seminal rock band The Cult.  It’s a somewhat paradoxical position to hold, when we’re on the phone to talk about The Cult’s impending Australian tour in which they will play 1987’s Electric album in its entirety. Electric is famous not only for the singles Love Removal Machine and Wildflower, but also for being the album which, under the wing of visionary producer Rick Rubin, transformed The Cult from pasty British, pirate-shirted goth types to internationally loved, hard rock hot property.

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Dark Circle Room update

som logo origDark Circle Room is a fantastic resource.  It is a treasure trove of goth, post-punk and new wave – bootlegs, demos, TV appearances, sessions – whatever.  It has so much Sisters material that it has to break its listings down by year.

Even though the site doesn’t link to any “official” recordings, it is the subject of repeated legal takedowns.

Get a fucking grip people – DCR is a critical resource documenting a significant period in music, in immense detail – they should be given a medal and free bandwidth.

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Ian Astbury radio interview about the Electric 13 tour

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Ian Astbury radio interview about the Electric 13 tour.

On Monday, June 17, Mike Jones of the Washington D.C. radio station DC101 conducted an interview with THE CULT frontman Ian Astbury. You can now listen to the first part of the chat below.

THE CULT will perform its 1987 album “Electric”, raw and unfiltered, on tour in 2013, an event branded as “Electric 13”. Until now, THE CULT have never performed the album in its entirety. The live show will also include a second set pulling from the band’s eight other studio albums.

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The Cult to re-release “Electric” and complete 1986’s “Manor Sessions” as double LP


In 1985 The Cult enjoyed breakthrough success with the single ‘She Sells Sanctuary’ and the album ‘Love’, establishing themselves as a new breed of Alternative rock band.

When it came to recording a follow-up, the band booked into The Manor studios in Oxfordshire with Steve Brown again producing the album. By the end of October 1986 the album was recorded, the masters assembled and it was given the title ‘Peace’.

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The Cult announce “Electric 13” world tour


The Cult have announced ‘Electric 13’, a worldwide tour that will visit ten UK cities this October.

The Cult will perform ‘ELECTRIC’, raw and unfiltered on tour in 2013, an event branded as ELECTRIC 13. This will be a hot ticket as The Cult have never performed the album in its entirety. The live show will also include a second set pulling from the band’s eight other studio albums.

“The Cult’s life blood has always been playing live, we are between albums and decided to continue the momentum created by CHOICE OF WEAPON, stay in people’s hearts and minds. As LOVE LIVE was such an incredible experience we have decided that performing the ELECTRIC album, an event that has been demanded by our fans and followers as the perfect live set to play in 2013.’ – Ian Astbury, The Cult

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“Eccentric Sleeve Notes” post-punk fanzine (Newcastle,1981-1984), eight issues available online

ESNI came across the rather excellent “Eccentric Sleeve Notes” the other day.  It was a Newcastle fanzine running from 1981 – 1984 and, although it served a wide range of music the post-punk scene is represented well containing interviews with The Cure, Echo & The Bunnymen, Gang of Four, Southern Death Cult, Sex Gang Children, Spear of Destiny, New Model Army and Red Lorry Yellow Lorry amongst others.

Eccentric Sleeve Notes (ESN) was a fanzine published in Newcastle Upon Tyne from 1981 to 1984. Original issues can be viewed by clicking on the covers below. Recent interviews and archive images are on the right hand menu (scroll to end to join Mailing List).

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