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Love (1985) - The Cult

The first time I ever heard The Cult, I was dancing at a little club in central London called Jean-Pierre's on Greek Street in 1985. I was by myself, which was not unusual. I often went dancing with and by myself because I love to dance. I discovered the reason it was only £5 to get in to Jean-Pierre's was because no drinks were served. I descended into the bowels of the building and found a couple of dark rooms. A guy sold me a can of beer for £1.50 from a little closet, but after that all I did was dance.

The music was good but the dance floor was hot and tiny. I kept bumping into people. No room for jumping around or doing scissors kicks. Still it was fun to cut loose and dance to The Smiths' "This Charming Man" and Soft Cell' "Tainted Love."

The song "Rain" by The Cult came on. I didn't know the song at the time but I remember how much fun I had dancing to it and it stuck in my head. I was familiar with the band's predecessor Southern Death Cult but did not realize they had become The Cult. I was staying with a friend at the time who told me that some guys from Southern Death Cult used to share a flat with him on Fulham Road. I asked him a few days ago about this (he is Charles Neal, the Tape Delay dude) and he said No they did not live there. They used to just hang out there a lot. But then again, I think a lot of those alternotypes hung out there then. Another story for another day.

When I got back home to the States, I was happy to find my friend Warren Hudson at Warner Brothers had sent me a copy of Love while I was out of the country. (Warren was so cool. He continued to send me free promo records even after I quit the radio biz - or so I though until I got dragged over to Z-93. How cool is that?)So it was then I put the band and the song together.

I made a cassette of Love with The Cure's The Head on the Door on the other side to play in my Toyota Celica. This was my favorite record in the fall of 1985, although I confess when I made the tape, I didn't include "Brother Wolf, Sister Moon." For some reason that always slowed down the mood too much. But there rest of the record is great. When I did go back on the air at Z-93 briefly, "She Sells Sanctuary" was a regular rotation song, which I thought was cool.

- February 6, 2005

The Cult - Love Original Album Tracks

  1. Nirvana
  2. Big Neon Glitter
  3. Love
  4. Brother Wolf, Sister Moon
  5. Rain
  6. The Phoenix
  7. Hollow Man
  8. Revolution
  9. She Sells Sanctuary
  10. Black Angel
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