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Title:The Cult: The Band's Disastrous Decade, Ian Astbury Vs Billy Duffy, Breakups & Reunions

Today we take a look at the British Band The Cult's Difficult Decade 0:00 - Intro 0:46: - The Cult's Ceremony Album 2:38 - Ceremony Lawsuit 6:25 - The Cult's 1994 Self-Titled Album 9:10 - Reunion/Beyond Good and Evil Album Ian Astbury's Time With The Doors -----GET A SECRET VIDEO PLAYLIST----- Sign up for email news and get a link to my secret playlist with 10 of my best stories. -----CONNECT ON SOCIAL----- Instagram: Facebook: Twitter: Blog: Patreon: #thecult #billyduffy #ianastbury #mattsorum #sonictemple #electric #beyondgoodandevil What’s going on my fellow rock n’ rollers. Don’t forget to hit the bell notification icon to be notified every time i put out a new video on my channel. Also don’t forget to sign up for my email list to get my personal ten favourite stories i’ve done so far in addition to updates on what’s going on behind the senes. The lInk is in the description box below. Today i want to discuss a band that i’ve talked a lot about and that’s the Cult. While the british band would dominate the 80’s with hit album after hit album including 1985’s Love, 1987’s Electric and 1989’s Sonic Temple, the 90’s and early 2000’s were a pretty rough time for the band. Lawsuits, death, declining record sales, and concert tickets as well as breakups, as well as short-lived reunions and more breakups again were in store for the band. Stay tuned for the full story. in 1991 the cult released their fifth studio album ceremony and by this point in the British band's career they established themselves as the one of the biggest chameleons in rock and roll being able to showcase different musical styles without losing their fan base. The band would be led by songwriting duo frontman Ian Astbury and guitarist Billy Duffy. Their 1991 album Ceremony was heavily influenced by Native American culture which Ian Astbury is a part of. Now the relationship between Astbury and Duffy was strained by this point in the band’s career and for the first time in the group’s history, the songwriting pair couldn't agree on musical direction Duffy wanted to keep playing heavy rock while Astbury wanted to change the band's sound. Due to the musical disagreement, Ceremony is the product of compromise. The album showed some similarities with Sonic temple including the tracks like wild hearted Sun, as well as earth mofo while Astbury’s more experimental side were shown on songs like Indian. And there were a couple of things working against the success of the record. For starters it was released in September of 1991, which was possibly the worst time to release the album as alternative rock was on it's way to dominating the rock charts with several records coming out around this time including Pearl Jam’s Ten, Nirvana’s Nevermind, Red hot Chili Peppers Blood Sugar Sex Magic, Then there were band’s of the 80’s who were bigger than ever including Metallica and Guns N’ Roses who released their own juggernaut albums around this time including the Black album and the use your illusion records. The Cult coincidentally enough would tour with both bands in the late 80’s. Ceremony only peaked at number 25 on the album charts in the US and became the first record from since 1985’s Love that failed to achieve Gold status in America. It wasn’t just alternative rock hitting the Cult’s album sales and pocketbook. as the band was also involved in litigation In the summer of 1992 a lawsuit that was filed against the The Cult by the parents of the 11 year old child who's featured on the album's front cover as well as the video for the song wild hearted son. The child’s parents sued the Cult for 61 million dollars claiming that the The Cult hadn't got permission to use the boy's image. here's an MTV report at the time discussing the lawsuit as well as the Cult's response. But first the Cult at the center of a lawsuit of the alleged improper use of a photograph of a child used on the cover of the ceremony album and also as a dramatic centerpiece of their video wild hearted son in which a snapshot is burnt eleven-year-old Sioux Indian eternity Debray and his parents have filed the 61 million dollar lawsuit in the American Supreme Court individually against frontman Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy as well as a multimedia company Time Warner, Warner Brothers Records, sire records and Jon Running the photographer credited for the picture. Eternity first saw the image when he was flicking through the channels on American television and saw the picture on MTV whereupon he reportedly ran screaming to his father the picture was taken when eternity was four at a tribal gathering run


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