The Cult has always had a fan base much greater than their
talents would demand. I attribute this phenomenon to the hypnotic
powers of Ian Asbury's hair.
Oh sure, you can be all coy about it these days, when you're
all grown up and "over all that teenage shit", but back in the
day, yeah, you wanted Ian Asbury's hair. Don't pretend you didn't.
You're not fooling anyone.
It's not something to be ashamed of. Everyone wanted his hair.
Even women wanted his hair. His hair was that damned cool. And
the video to Fire Woman and Edie (Ciao Baby!)
just made it all the more so.
And they did use the word "ciao" in a song title, albeit parenthetically.
So that was pretty damned cool too.
But, they're still over populated with fans, I think.
I never could figure out how they had so many different kinds
of fans. I mean, when I was in high school, running around the
late '80s with all my metal-head friends, everyone liked The
Cult. 'Cause they rocked, and the hair hypnotized us all. But
then I got to college and found out all of my previous tastes
were terribly wrong and inappropriate, affording me no cred
whatsoever. Yet all of my new friends still liked The Cult.
How could The Cult co-exist alongside Billy Bragg in a CD collection?
That is a question I still have not answered to this day.
Anyway, The Cult has released a new CD. You probably knew that
by now, but we like to cover all the bases.
The Cult has a new CD out, called Beyond Good and Evil.
The name itself, just dripping with so much pretense as to make
you gag, might have been a warning, but oh well, we take these
chances. The existence of a new CD might lead a clever monkey
to think the band has a new CD's worth of material.
Clever monkeys are often wrong.
The Cult actually have enough material for an EP; five songs,
to be exact. Tracks 1 through 5 on the CD for your convenience.
Good stuff those five songs, although track 1 War (The Process)
could do without the parenthetical goofiness. War would
have sufficed. You're not going to confuse a Cult song with
that hippy anti-war anthem ("Good Gawd, ya'll!") anyway. These
five songs sound a lot like Fire Woman and Edie (Ciao,
Baby!), which is to say they sound like The Cult that you
might remember fondly from MTV.
Unfortunately all of the rest of the tracks, tracks 6-12 to
be precise, sound uncomfortably like all the other Cult songs
that filled out those mid-to-late-80s CDs. The ones you don't
remember, because they didn't make MTV, but that I now recall
fast-forwarding through to get back to Fire Woman and
Edie (Ciao, Baby!). And that's way too close to Bon Jovi
than anyone should be going in the year 2001, leaving the clever
monkey from above to complete the oblique song lyric reference
in a double-entendre of relation to this CD, specifically "What
is it good fo'? Absolutely nothin'!"
Say it again!
Luckily enough, though, Ian Asbury cut all of his hair off,
which means the world might not be hypnotized so easily this