The Cult

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 2009 (The 2010 Induction Ceremony)

Previously Considered? No  what's this?

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She Sells Sanctuary (1985)
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Will The Cult be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."


30 comments so far (post your own)

WTF? 60% no? We are going to change this shit now

Posted by Ape on Wednesday, 01.17.07 @ 16:35pm

Sure are Ape.CFFC

Posted by nocturna on Wednesday, 01.17.07 @ 17:19pm

spread the word. the cult are going to the hall of fame in 2009 for certain.

Posted by magic booka on Saturday, 01.20.07 @ 07:33am

The full moon is rising and the spirit of Crazy Horse is with THE CULT. CFFC my Brothers and Sisters around the world of THE CULT Tribe.

Posted by Chuck Seven Eagles on Tuesday, 03.13.07 @ 19:58pm

Hugely responsible for saving real rock & roll thru the glam 80s.

Posted by Chuckwheat on Thursday, 03.15.07 @ 13:01pm

Electric is neat, but no way in hell are they getting in.

Posted by William on Tuesday, 04.10.07 @ 18:59pm

if youve been to a live cult concert, then you'll know that ian astbury and billy duffy are both ying&yang, bringing together the energy that lacks in other bands nowadays... long live the cult.

Posted by johnny the fox on Thursday, 04.26.07 @ 17:26pm

The Cult are going to open for Led Zeppelin in 2008. And they deserve it if anyone does. This band took control of carrying on classic rock in the '80s.

Posted by Metalsmith on Tuesday, 01.15.08 @ 16:50pm

As a 40 year guitarslinger my opinion about The Cult is... thats Rock & Roll!!!!

Posted by Terry on Sunday, 01.27.08 @ 09:59am

As a 17-year-old singer my response is total agreement.

Posted by Metalsmith on Sunday, 02.10.08 @ 13:30pm

One of the greatest rock bands ever. The chemistry between Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy is only matched by a few other artists. Excellent band. The doors to the Hall of Fame better open for The Cult.

Posted by skull on Tuesday, 05.20.08 @ 21:41pm

Personally, I feel that the R&R Hall of Fame is a sham for inducting artists like Madonna and ignoring some of the founding fathers or Rock n' Roll (read...far more influential than Madge, er, Esther or whatever she's calling herself these days). This IS the ROCK AND ROLL Hall of Fame and not the "inspired legions of young girls that talent doesn't matter when you can wreathe around the floor half naked" hall of fame, correct?

The Cult are too good for this Jan Wanner-created bullshit.


Posted by Kim on Tuesday, 05.27.08 @ 00:13am

I agree with Kim, this whole thing is a big joke that isn't funny. The Cult deserve induction but will probably have to wait 20 more years. Why? Because they aren't as comercial as the "Material Girl" and her fake British accent. Oh well that just makes The Cult more credible if they don't get in because most of the other cool bands have to wait also.

Posted by on Saturday, 06.14.08 @ 06:43am

Absolutely to the hall of fame for The Cult. First time I heard Sonic Temple was on the beach in Torremolinos, southern Spain. I drank until retarded, got sunburned over 99% of my body on the nude beach. I spent a fair amount of time in Nottingham as well at Rock City. What an awesome era, never thought I'd have witnessed part of history as I'm reading now. Kind of a bummer its over, but definitely proud to have been there with them on the other end of the radio/tape. Just pure rock and roll when shit turned foo foo.

Posted by Dave on Saturday, 10.25.08 @ 22:29pm

WITHOUT A DOUBT THEY BELONG IN> This should not be up for debate.
I did not know Madonna was a rock star. I thought she was just another whore.

All True Beliver.
100% No questions asked.

Posted by Chris McDowell on Friday, 12.5.08 @ 11:42am

A different band, yes. Gothic punk, Gothic rock, at the beginning? In order for them to seriously go in to this MTV/ROLLING STONE/AMERICAN Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, you need Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, Motley Crue, and Guns and Roses to go in first. Then, The Cure and The Smiths. Don't hold your breath.

Posted by pablo on Sunday, 04.5.09 @ 14:55pm

'That just makes The Cult more credible if they don't get in because most of the other cool bands have to wait also.'

The Red Hot Chili Peppers don't have to wait at all. They will just get inducted because they are instant hall of fame material, unlike average rockbands with average songwriting like 'The Cult' and so on...

Posted by Robin on Tuesday, 07.7.09 @ 11:06am

"The Red Hot Chili Peppers don't have to wait at all. They will just get inducted because they are instant hall of fame material, unlike average rockbands with average songwriting like 'The Cult' and so on..."
Posted by Robin on Tuesday, 07.7.09 @ 11:06am

HA HA! But now they DO have to wait! I still think they'll get in, but instant hall of fame material? Gang of Four laid down the funk/rock/punk mixture! Liam and I need to drill that into everyone's head, and the Chili Peppers' influence isn't that big. I don't think The Cult are Hall of Fame material, but they do have some great songs, songs that are much better than the Chili Peppers' hits.

Posted by Sam on Wednesday, 02.17.10 @ 17:19pm

Maybe one day we'll see the Cult get in..

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Monday, 04.4.11 @ 14:07pm

Interesting band. While I was listening to Motley, Ratt, Great White, etc. they caught my attention. Singer had a great voice and they could play. Still put them on the bar jukebox. Not hall worthy though.

Posted by Eddie Dobzanski on Tuesday, 12.27.11 @ 22:27pm

Guns n Roses just got in (which I think is a legitimate choice) even though they only did two albums as a unit, and only the first was really great. When you think of the Cult's career, they have a whole lot of great songs and brought a unique edge to the 80's goth scene. They then proceeded to blow the doors off the decade with classic, driving rock and roll while maintaining a completely distinctive style. Some of their work post-Sonic Temple is criminally underrated. They kept forging on to compile a body of work that's spanned nearly 30 years. Their music from the 80's and 90's still sounds fresh today. Let them in for christ's sake.

Posted by K. Lines on Wednesday, 08.22.12 @ 10:46am

When it comes to The Cult vs The Cure, I favor The Cult myself. Although I really like The Cure too.

Posted by Paul in KY on Thursday, 08.23.12 @ 07:55am

K. Lines - I could not agree more!
The Cult seemed to have the world at their feet after Electric. They rode the wave for Sonic Temple but the momentum petered out with Ceremony and Black Sheep albums - both of which have some great tracks on.
Then, of course, the disbanded.
I completely lost track of them...getting older, married, kids etc so never knew they had reformed until last year. Never stopped listening to The Cult, but noww listening to their more receent stuff. Beyond Goood and Evil is arguable their best/my favourite album - it even challenges Love! Criminal treatment by their music label for pulling promotion on that album - it was lost to me and many others and destroyed any realistic chance they had of regaining their former popularity. But hey - I don't care whether the The Cult sell platinum multiple times and I don't care whether they make some self-important unaccountable Hall of Fame - I love their music because of what it sounds like - not because how many other people like it. They have been pioneers of music for the last 25 years - they have a body of work which shames the vast majority of more popular bands. They have a unique sound, have developed their style over the years and none of their work sound dated even nerly 30 years on. My wife listen to the melodic but dull strains of bands like Coldplay and Snow Patrol - music not without its virtue, but music which goes nowhere, which flatters to deceive, which all just sounds the same and breaks no new boundaries and will be forgotten in 30 years. She has tried to brainwash my children through constant hours in the car listening to this dross. But I hve hit back - I can't get my iPod off my son (7) anymore as he constantly listens to She Sells Sanctuary and Rain and the rest of he Love album. Saturday morning when the wife's gone for a run on come Shape The Sky at max volume and both my son and daughter (4) dance and sing to it without any prompting. They say they like daddy's music more than mummy's! CFFC

Posted by Nick Gilmour on Tuesday, 10.16.12 @ 18:40pm

I really enjoyed Sonic Temple back in the day but had NO IDEA that the music of The Cult would change my life and that decades on, all I need is a riff from Billy's Gretsch and I'm instantly moved. Probably doesn't help that my wife's ring tone is "Fire Woman" :-)

They my never make it into the R&R HOF and that's a travesty but considering the lack of intellect in the selection body it's really not surprising. I know I'm putting out as much positive vibe into the winds of Karma as I can...

Billy, Ian and the boys, thanks for the magic you make allowing me so many memories of so many great times over an epic life.

Posted by Dibble on Friday, 08.16.13 @ 10:18am

Nick Gilmour-this isn't your personal blog. Who cares about your kids and what you're trying to force onto their ears? The topic is about the Hall of Fame, and I'm pretty sure the 'tastes' of 7 year olds don't determine that anyway.

Posted by jfon on Friday, 02.7.14 @ 06:53am

Saw The Cult up in Cincinatti back in December. Before they even played, I managed to drop a brand new camera on floor & break it. That put a damper on festivities. The set I saw (which was their new album) was great. Missed their 2nd set, as I had to leave knowing I had to get to camera store in morn.

They are playing Coachella this year.

Posted by Paul in KY on Friday, 02.7.14 @ 07:31am

Saw The Cult last night in StL. I was already familiar with their hit songs and truth be told, I wasn't really that big of a fan of the music. I also knew they (mostly Ian) have worked with many big-name artists/bands. They all continue to praise The Cult to this day. One thing that was brought to my attention the other day was I didn't know Ian Astbury founded a California festival that supposedly inspired Lollapalooza. The show was alright, I mean they played the hits (except 'Rise') and I was probably one of the youngest there. Ian and the band had all their hair dyed and he still had his sound. Can't complain, it was free for me and my friend. At least I can say I saw them.

Do they belong in the HOF? Its so hard to tell. There's a long line of people/bands in the genres they represent that The Cult don't seem to stand out. Who knows.

Paul, I hope you replaced your camera (laughs)!

Posted by Jason Voigt on Monday, 05.15.17 @ 15:36pm

"A Gathering Of The Tribes" - yep, I went to the Shoreline amphitheater date on that weekend in 1990. I remember sets by The Charlatans UK, The Indigo Girls, Ice-T, Iggy Pop, and Soundgarden; also a small side stage where a SF punk band called The Avengers really impressed me. If The Cult played, I don't really remember seeing them that day; but I know Ian Astbury was one of the organizers of the event.

Posted by Shrek on Monday, 05.15.17 @ 15:48pm

That was it, Shrek! I'm glad you got to experience it during a great era (I was only 9...). I don't know if the Cult played; I just happened to see it on Wiki. Ironically, or coincidentally, Soundgarden will be playing next weekend in my neck of the woods.

Posted by Jason Voigt on Monday, 05.15.17 @ 15:52pm

hey Jason, I did get it fixed within a few weeks. Man, that pissed me off. Was all my fault. Saw The Cult at Louder than Life last year. Got pics to prove it!

Glad you saw them.

Posted by Paul in KY on Thursday, 05.18.17 @ 16:12pm

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