Category: ian astbury

The Cult “Spiritwalker” released 35 years ago today, April 4th, 1984. It was the first single from their album Dreamtime and written back when the band was going by the name Death Cult (before that they were The Southern Death Cult) and still gothy alternative/post punk rock rather than the harder rock/metal band they evolved into in later years. “Spiritwalker” went to #77 on the UK singles chart and to #1 on the UK indie chart. It’s a really great atmospheric rocker with tinges of alt-rock jangle guitar and big 80′s drums. The B-side to this 12″ has two tracks: “A Flower in the Desert,” which is acoustic, sparse and melancholy (this track was originally written back during the Southern Death Cult days and was titled “Flowers in the Forest” – I’m pretty sure the version on this 12″ is different than the one on Dreamtime), and “Bone Bag,” which is kinda Cure-like: gothic jazz, evoking a late night stroll down dimly lit streets in black-and-white. 

The Cult “Spiritwalker” released 35 years ago today, April 4th, 1984. It was the first single from their album Dreamtime and written back when the band was going by the name Death Cult (before that they were The Southern Death Cult) and still gothy alternative/post punk rock rather than the harder rock/metal band they evolved into in later years. “Spiritwalker” went to #77 on the UK singles chart and to #1 on the UK indie chart. It’s a really great atmospheric rocker with tinges of alt-rock jangle guitar and big 80′s drums. The B-side to this 12″ has two tracks: “A Flower in the Desert,” which is acoustic, sparse and melancholy (this track was originally written back during the Southern Death Cult days and was titled “Flowers in the Forest” – I’m pretty sure the version on this 12″ is different than the one on Dreamtime), and “Bone Bag,” which is kinda Cure-like: gothic jazz, evoking a late night stroll down dimly lit streets in black-and-white.