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04. All Glory
06. False Faces
07. Flowers in the Forest
Ian Astbury grew
up on Merseyside before moving , in his early teens, to Canada with his family.
Following an introduction to the plight of the native North American Indians,
a misguided 28 day stint in the army and inspired by punk rock, he returned
to the UK to live in Bradford. The Southern Death Cult was started in early
'81 by Ian with Buzz Burrows (guitar), Barry Jepson (bass) and Aki Nawaz
Qureshi (drums). They quickly established themselves locally and were championed
in the music press as the leaders of the next-big-thing, dubbed 'positive punk'.
focussed on Ian's passion for Indian culture which extended to his costume,
lyrics and the group's name. Their London debut at Heaven (only their fifth
gig overall), was played to a capacity audience and, despite big money offers,
the band signed to Situation Two, an independent offshoot of Beggars Banquet.
Their debut single, Fatman, topped the indie charts for weeks and the band
toured the country, both as support to Bauhaus and headlining their own shows.
However Ian realised the musical limitations of the group and wanted to pursue
a harder rock so after a final gig in Manchester on 26 February 1983 he split
the band, taking two thirds of the name with him.
This CD release has been compiled from existing session and live material,
their sole 12" single and alternative recordings. Apart from the single,
none of the tracks were originally intended for release so the compilation
stands as a working blueprint, a time capsule and a testament
to the spirit of The Southern Death Cult and the roots of The Cult.
The artwork has been tidied up using the original elements and the album has
been remastered to give the music more punch and bring it sonically in line
with modern CD's.
Influences / Similar Artists:
Gene Loves Jezebel, The Mission, Death Cult, Bauhaus