The Cult rose to fame from the streets of London, ENGLAND, to become one of Rocks biggest attractions of the mid-'80s and '90s. Vocalist Ian Astbury formed Southern Death Cult in British post-Punk 1983, then joined guitarist Billy Duffy and bassist Jamie Stewart, first with drummer Ray Mondo and later Nigel Preston, to become The Death Cult. The name was shortened to The Cult with the release of their first album.
"Dreamtime", the debut album, an eclectic mix of Goth-Rock, dark and psychedelia, was released in the fall of 1984; it reached the #21 position on the U.K. Albums chart and spawned the minor hit single "Spiritwalker".
The following year Nigel Preston left the formation, he was soon replaced by Big Country's drummer Mark Brzezicki and the group delivered its sophomore full-length disc, "Love", in late summer 1985 introducing a more Hard-Rock oriented sound; the album was a worldwide smash thanks to singles like "She Sells Sanctuary" and "Rain" which both hit the U.K. top 20 and helped the album debut at #4 on the Official British Pop chart. "Love", also became their first American Billboard Top 200 entry at #87.