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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Monday Music The Cult "Fire Women"

I decided to change it up a bit.  I first heard of cult in the desert in 1990, somehow I missed the group and song when they hit the airways in 1989.  I happened to catch it on a bootleg cassette that seemed to permeate the Arabian Peninsula.  This was a good what I call a "jamming song", it is one you can listen to while you are at work, home or driving.  It has become a staple of the rock stations.

"Fire Woman" is a rock song by the band The Cult, written by singer Ian Astbury and guitarist Billy Duffy. It was the first single released from their fourth studio album Sonic Temple, and was subsequently featured on all of The Cult's compilation/greatest hits albums, as well as being a steady fixture of the band's live performances.
It peaked at #2 on the U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart and #46 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. It reached #1 on the New Zealand Singles Chart and #15 on the UK Singles Chart. Two remixed versions of the song were released as B-sides or promos - the "LA Rock Mix" and the "NYC Rock Mix".
This song has also been used during the closing credits of every Australian broadcast of the Formula One season since 2007.
Crush 40, best known for their contributions to Sega's Sonic the Hedgehog video game series, featured a cover of "Fire Woman" as the ninth track of their 2009 compilation album The Best of Crush 40 - Super Sonic Songs, and the tenth in their first live album Live!.

     Sonic Temple is the fourth album by The Cult, released in 1989. Continuing in the hard rock direction introduced on their previous album, Sonic Temple features some of the band's most popular songs, including "Fire Woman", "Sun King", "Edie (Ciao Baby)" and "Sweet Soul Sister". Sonic Temple was the last album recorded with longtime bassist Jamie Stewart, who left in 1990, and the first to feature former Hall & Oates and then-current Bryan Adams drummer, Mickey Curry.

The Cult are a British hard rock band formed in 1983. They gained a dedicated following in the United Kingdom in the mid-1980s as a post-punk/gothic rock band with singles such as "She Sells Sanctuary", before breaking mainstream in the United States in the late 1980s as a hard rock band with singles such as "Love Removal Machine" and "Fire Woman". The band fuse a "heavy metal revivalist" sound with the "pseudo-mysticism ... of The Doors [and] the guitar-orchestrations of Led Zeppelin ... while adding touches of post-punk goth rock". Since their earliest form in Bradford during 1981, the band have had various line-ups; the longest-serving members are vocalist Ian Astbury and guitarist Billy Duffy, the band's two songwriters.
After moving to London, the band released the album Love in 1985, which charted at No. 4 in the United Kingdom, and which included singles such as "She Sells Sanctuary" and "Rain". In the late 1980s, the band supplemented their post-punk sound with hard rock in their third album, Electric; the polish on this new sound was facilitated by Rick Rubin, who produced the record. Their fourth album, Sonic Temple, proceeded in a similar vein, and these two LPs enabled them to break into the North American market.
By the early 1990s, the band were fraying behind the scenes, due to alcohol abuse and off-stage tensions, leading to a split-up in 1995. The band reunited in 1999 and recorded the album Beyond Good and Evil, and they reissued all of their albums in Asia and Eastern Europe in 2003 and Japan in 2004. In 2006, the band reformed again to perform a series of worldwide tours. In October 2007, the band released the album Born into This, on the Roadrunner Records label.
In July 2009, Astbury announced that The Cult would not record or produce any more studio albums, focusing on EPs and Digital Releases instead for new material,though he subsequently changed his mind and declared that there would be another album in the near future.Their ninth studio album, entitled Choice of Weapon, was released on 22 May 2012. The Cult are currently working on a tenth studio album, which is due for release in 2015.

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