The Cult/The Cult(1994)


Quick observation for you’s! When Metallica put out St Anger(2003) remember when everyone went seriously cuckoo over the snare drum sound that sounded kind of tinny and drove listeners crazy?

Guess what folks,the producer Bob Rock not only produced St Anger but he also produced The Cults self titled debut from 1994 as well and listen to track 10 on the Cult album Universal You(video is posted)and tell me that sound of the snare isn’t the same kind of snare sound on Metallica’s St Anger? Pretty damn close says I!

I didn’t read about anyone ripping Rock for the production angle of the Cult album(than again there was no social media back than) but man he got sizzled in the musical electric chair over the St Anger Album….ok this wasn’t a quick observation ….

Seriously the snare drum on both of these albums does not bother me in the least…

Now ….The Cult are a exceptional band as no two albums sound alike.

The Cults Love(1985) album is trippy psychedelic rock! The great Electric (1987)album is street rock  masterpiece while Sonic Temple(1989) is Arena C%#k Rock 101, Ceremony(1991) pushed the big early 90s Arena Rock message a little further but 1994 brings new tunes from the Cult and massive shift in direction with sound! Kinda like a hard rock version of U2’s Achtung Baby(production wise) ! Hmm in the credits there’s Scott Humphrey doing keyboards and programming. Who is he you ask? Well let me tell Ya. Scottie is the fella who produced Motley Crues Generations Swine three years later (1997) you can hear a lot of this Cult album in the production angle with all the studio gadgets and such that Humphrey used on the Motley Sixx album!

In regards to  Generation Swine it had a ton of cool comments from the Arena Rock Followers  and just for the record your Honor… Ladano, only likes 3 or 4 tracks from Generation Swine….!


Just sayin!

Crazeee Antics Of A Beat Generation……

Cult 94 features Ian Astbury(vocals),Billy Duffy(guitar)and two hired sidekicks Scott Garrett(drums) and Craig Adams (bass)

For a added bonus The Cult are sporting some flashy new hairdos along with there new sound!

GONE-Wowzers, it takes all of 5 seconds to realize that the Cult 94 is not gonna sound like 1992s Ceremony album! Gone is a different breed of Cult!  Off beat piano and Fuzz bass start the tune smashing loud trebley drums,distorted guitars and the WolfChild himself Ian Astbury tossing down some F Bombs and Mother F Bombs as well! Cult 94 is a different beast! No Arena Rock posing here,nada,none zippo!

COMING DOWN(Drug tongue)-Cool, orbiting around the sonics is a synth and not before to long the band cracks into  the track. This is a straight ahead rocker that has Astbury singing in a chill kinda way in the verese before he lets the WolfChild out and slips into Rock mode in the chorus! Full out Tambourine assault is included in the track with Duffy spearheading riff a plenty! Super duper song Folks! I like this song more now in 2015 than back in 1994. Guess I’m finally coming down! Check out the live vid! Hey the Cult got haircuts but man they will still kick your ass! This shits the deal!

REAL GRRRL-I think this tune has some of Astburys best singing ever! Yep i do. Real Grrrl builds  slowly with the beat and how can you go wrong with some Na Na Na’s tossed in. The Cult never ever play the same song twice! I mean these songs go from one to another on this album and you don’t know what to expect!

BLACK SUN-This  is a great headphones record. Black Sun begins with a real cool riff by Duffy along with some cool percussion example tambourine and man Duffy is the unsung King Of Cool Riffs! He gots zillions of them and Black Sun is example of that! Astbury himself pushes the boundaries of his vocals sings low,sings deep as he totally steps up vocally on this album! Black Sun itself steps up and the pace picks up at the chorus and man what a real good well written tune!

NATURALLY HIGH-The beginning sounds like it’s from Achtung Baby. Adams and Garrett lock in with the drums and bass and they carry the tune with Duffy flinging guitar licks of brilliance throughout.

JOY-another great rock track. The song starts with drums and Billy playing quick little sounding off key riffs with a swirly keyboard buzzing over the top and than poof keys be gone! Ian and the boys speed It up during the chorus  with a ton of percussion and slow Er all down back Into the verse! The Cult Experience has taken full effect on Joy!

STAR-some weirdo synth sound starts and before you know it The Cult is firing on all cylinders! Duff and The Wolfman had a real good knack at writing singles but singles that didn’t puss out! Star is a classic here at Arena Rock! It has drive and Astbury bar nine is the greatest tambourine player in rock! Laugh and you will eat the beat! Sooo good and once again solid verses/chorus it’s all here! Watch the live the video posted along with Coming Down. It’s live’s The Cult….it’s ROCK!

SACRED LIFE-Abby Hoffman,Kurt Cobain,Andrew Wood these are fellows that passed on early in life and Astbury writes some real serious stuff! People come,People Go sings Astbury while Duffy plays almost like a somber style of guitar. A great track that fits into this albums running order just fine….

BE FREE-Duffy nails Gold with the riff that starts Be Free! This song chugs at Cult Speed. Tons of cool percussion add fuel to the  Cult musical Fire! This song is a end of the album Gem as well as the next track! But first Duffy spins more cool rifffage and Garret on the drums keeps the tune in full out rock mode! Be Freeeeeeeee…..Sez Ian and he continues with “like the birds and the beeeeeeee’s” holy crap Peeps Astbury is schooling us with life lessons. Here’s some more ” don’t eat shit if  you wanna stay fit” and one more ” and “don’t get high if you wanna fry,like Dusty and me”. Also Astbury throws down about 30 “Come On’s” at the end of Be Free! Someday I  gonna just do a whole blog on Ian’s lyrics….man I love this stuff…..

UNIVERSAL YOU-here’s the snare folks! Ha….enjoy the video posted! What a Soundgardeny sound mixed with a pint  of Sabbath to knock you on your ass! This song friggin cooks… Ian and crew get real greasy and grimey here and it shows and hey how some cool Ianisms lyrically like ” all gods childeren they got ass,they got class!” Ha ha! Even though Ian ditched that cool looking Wolfhat (displayed on the cover of the Electric album) by 94 he still throws down some real good at times oddball lines but man he delivers it with real style and coolness. Put it this way if I walked around saying ‘all Gods childern they got ass,they got class” I would be locked  away for decades!

EMPORER’s NEW HORSE-builds up slow and than takes off like a rocket! Astbury throws down some real classic lines as in ” Being angry is your game,Overdosing is part of the game,So you read all this French Symbolist Poetry,You don’t even get it on the Fucking BBC!” Astbury man what can you say he tells it like it is in other words he’s middle fingering the uppity ups in society! For that I thank you kind sir! This tune drives  forward also for a added feature The chorus is real good as well! Gem I will say!

SAINTS ARE DOWN-lotsa acoustic here folks as The Cult put away the distortion and end the album on a slow kinda sweeping but epic tune! A great finish to a great album!

IN CONCLUSION-  I  appreciate  this album more now in 2015 than when I bought this on 1994. The Cult shift direction and plop down a brilliant piece of work! Bob Rock produced a deadly wall of different textures while Duffy/Astbury continue there streak of not rehashing the same sound album to album. Astbury steps up huge with his vocals and lyrics while Duffy as always is one of the  best King of Riffs(dude should get more respect) Adams and Garrett on the bass and drums as well fill the role as they stay within the confines of the song. Actually it’s to bad as The Cult imploded in 1995 but of course they came back rocking by 2001.( Beyond Good And Evil) Hey whatever happened to the drummer and bass  guy? Poor chaps they join a decent band and than a year later there unemployed….

Regardless friends check this one out…..also for another great writeup check out Mike Ladanos site for a bunch of  well written Cult Reviews including this one and if you dig around hard enough in the comments of The Cult 94 you can read my thoughts on it! All I will say is that I would bump this up one full point from my original rating of it at Mikes Site…..

Some say pushing the musical envelope…I say The Cult take that envelope and torch it!



11 thoughts on “The Cult/The Cult(1994)”

  1. I always thought this was a solid album. I remember really liking it back in 94. That said, however, I also remember most of my friends were not loving it. Not sure why, but I honestly have not listened to this one in a long time. Man it sure reminds me of art school back in the 90’s. Music is awesome that way.

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  2. Early Bird getting the worm! Ha!
    I hear what your saying! Basically it took me 21 years to appreciate this album…..
    Better late than never I suppose!


    1. Hmmmm well I could hear why! It was totally different than anything they had done! Bottom line for me is the songs and they are there albeit a different sounding Cult but a sound that has grown over the years….

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  3. Nice reassessment of this one, Deke. I don’t know an awfy lot of Cult albums and as much as I’d seen this one on CD I really don’t know it. You’ve made a good case for it, though.

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    1. For sure HMO it’s kinda funny as soon as i heard Universal You recently I was like Whoah!! For some reason the snare sound just reminded me of St Anger so i went with it!..hahaha

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  4. your right dekes, and a full kudos for going back into the historical rock 1994 archives to dust off or rather rinse off something that could have been swept up in the sonic flood at the time. Anywho, while I am a fan of the “Wolfchild baby howling for you”and B Dufster, i cant say i have listened to the album in the whole. maybe a track here or three, So I am right now, 1st track 25 seconds skip..maybe later. LOL…..yeah that was different…..second track worth a full set of ears. Well. gonna keep listening, and keep up the good work… Space Ace out!

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