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|Born||4 April 1959|
|Died||1 April 1992(aged 32)|
|Associated acts||The Cult, Death Cult, Theatre of Hate, Sex Gang Children, The Baby Snakes, The Gun Club|
Nigel Preston (born 4 April 1959, London, England, died 1 April 1992) was a British drummer. He was a founding member of The Cult. He also played and recorded with Theatre of Hate, Sex Gang Children, The Baby Snakes, The Gun Club and DeLuca.
He played on Sex Gang's 1983 single "Mauritia Mayer," then switched places with Death Cult's drummer Ray Mondo that September.
His biggest hit was "She Sells Sanctuary" by The Cult from their Love album. Recorded in March 1985, the song was released as their fourth single and hit #15 in the UK charts. It re-entered the charts at #56 in September 1986, spending 14 consecutive weeks on the charts. The song was later voted #18 in VH1's Indie 100. Preston refused to accept being put on wages after the song became a hit, and his bandmates believed him to be unreliable due to drugs, leading to his departure from the band in June 1985.
In 1990 he joined Irish rock band The Baby Snakes, but soon after was sent to prison for armed robbery. After his release, he also performed with The Gun Club. Preston died of a drug overdose on 1 April 1992.
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