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01. God's Zoo
02. Brothers Grimm
03. Ghost Dance
04. Horse Nation
06. Flower in the Desert
07. Too Young
09. With Love
10. Gods Zoo (These Times)
With his departure from Theatre of Hate in late 1982, Billy Duffy was also
moving musically towards 'rock', a genre that had been discredited by the punk
revolution. When The Southern Death Cult broke up, singer Ian Astbury quickly
linked up with Duffy; they recruited a rhythm section from the band Ritual
and adopted the name Death Cult to capitalise on the profile of Ian's former
group. They recorded a 4 track debut single which went to the top of the indie charts
but, as the first post-punk 'supergroup', the weight of expectation hung heavily
on Death Cult's shoulders, so they chose to play their first gigs far away
from the UK press, in Europe. Still finding their musical feet, while growing
up in public, and after a low-key UK tour in September, the group changed drummer
and recorded their second single, 'Gods Zoo'. This was the extent of their
proper 'studio' recording, but the band also performed 4 tracks for a BBC radio
session. Though all of these would be re-recorded during the sessions for Dreamtime,
The Cult's debut album, these versions of the songs are radically different.
'A Flower In The Desert' is performed 'unplugged'; 'Too Young' and 'With Love'
underwent lyrical and arrangement overhauls before they became respectively,
'Rider In The Snow' and 'Sea And Sky'.
On Friday the 13th January 1984 the band announced their final name change
and became The Cult. The Death Cult recordings chart that musical genesis and
this is the first time they have all been released on an album. 'Ghost Dance'
is the full 10 tracks, re-mastered and sounding great, and brings this 'lost'
phase into the album catalogue. The 16 page booklet includes an
illustrated, colour discography / band photos / and extensive sleeve notes
by Pat Gilbert of Record Collector detailing the band's history.
Influences / Similar Artists:
Gene Loves Jezebel, The Mission, Death Cult, Bauhaus