I'm a Cult Hero

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"I'm a Cult Hero"
Single by Cult Hero
B-side "I Dig You"
Released December, 1979 (UK),
1980 (Can), 1981 (NZ)
Format 7" vinyl
Recorded 1979
Genre Post-punk, ska
Length 6:24
Label Fiction Records (UK),
Modulation Records (Canada),
Stunn Records (NZ)
Writer(s) Robert Smith
Producer(s) Chris Parry
The Cure singles chronology
"Jumping Someone Else's Train"
(1979)
Cult Hero -
"I'm a Cult Hero"

(1979)
"A Forest"
(1980)

"I'm a Cult Hero" is a single released by an extended lineup of The Cure under the name Cult Hero.

History[edit]

The single was conceived by Robert Smith (singer/guitarist of The Cure) and Simon Gallup (then bassist of The Magspies) as a way to test their musical compatibility. Smith was considering Gallup as a prospective replacement for Michael Dempsey (The Cure's bassist at the time) "whose personality and ambitions for the band were seriously at odds" with Smith's.[1]

The songs were written for, and feature on vocals, local Horley postman Frank Bell, who is also depicted on the single's artwork. They also feature Malice/Easy Cure guitarist Porl Thompson and Magspies keyboardist Matthieu Hartley amongst an extended lineup of friends and family, including Robert's sisters Janet and Margaret and local band The Obtainers.

After Cult Hero[edit]

Following the recording of the single in 1979, Simon Gallup left The Magspies and joined The Cure, replacing Dempsey. At the same time, Matthieu Hartley also left The Magspies and joined The Cure as their first keyboardist.

Hartley ultimately left The Cure in 1980, after only one album (Seventeen Seconds) and its subsequent tour. Gallup also left The Cure in 1982, but then rejoined the band in 1985 and remains a member to the present day. Porl Thompson also rejoined The Cure between 1985 and 1992, and then again from 2005 to 2011.

Releases[edit]

"I'm a Cult Hero" was originally released in December 1979 in the UK with the song "I Dig You" on the b-side.

Upon release in 1980 in Canada, and in 1981 in New Zealand, the tracks were flipped, with "I Dig You" as the a-side. The track "I'm a Cult Hero" was also included on the Australian compilation album Britannia Waives the Rules in 1981.

Both tracks are included in their original order on the 2005 deluxe edition of the Seventeen Seconds album. Also included are previously unreleased live recordings of both tracks, but in reverse order.

Track listing[edit]

(Both tracks written by Robert Smith)

UK single
  1. "I'm a Cult Hero" - 2:59
  2. "I Dig You" - 3:25
Canadian/New Zealand single
  1. "I Dig You" - 3:25
  2. "I'm a Cult Hero" - 2:59

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Seventeen Seconds Deluxe Edition liner notes.