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Ian Astbury

Best known as the longtime frontman for the Cult, singer Ian Astbury was born on May 14, 1962 in Merseyside, England. The son of a career merchant naval officer, he led a peripatetic childhood, finally settling in the Yorkshire area in 1981; there Astbury formed the goth-rock outfit the Southern Death Cult, which following a series of roster shifts and name truncations emerged as simply the Cult in 1984. Also featuring guitarist Billy Duffy, the band's darkly-psychedlic hard rock approach found favor both at home and abroad thanks to their fine sophomore effort Love; 1987's Electric featured an even harder-edged sound, and on the strength of the hit "Love Removal Machine" cracked the U.S. Top 40. 1989's Sonic Temple was the Cult's commercial peak, generating the smash "Fire Woman, " but subsequent efforts like 1991's Ceremony failed to recreate earlier successes, and the group disbanded in 1995; Astbury soon resurfaced in the Holy Barbarians, issuing Cream in 1996. The Holy Barbarians proved short-lived, however, and in 1999 Astbury reunited with Duffy to tour under the Cult banner; that same year, he issued his solo debut Natural Born Guerilla. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Ian Astbury

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Ian Astbury

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Ian Astbury

  1.   Song
  2.   Be Here Now
  3.   Back on Earth
  4.   High Time Amplifier
  5.   Devil's Mouth
  6.   Tonight (Illuminated)
  7.   Metaphysical Pisto
  8.   The Witch (SLT Return)
  9.   It's Over
  10.   El Ché/Wild Like a Horse
  11.   Tyger
  12.   Shambala (R.F.L.)

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