Edie (Ciao Baby)

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"Edie (Ciao Baby)"
Single by The Cult
from the album Sonic Temple
Released June, 1989
Format Vinyl 7" and 12"
Recorded Late 1988
Genre Hard rock
Length 4:46 (Album Edit)
Label Beggars Banquet
Songwriter(s) Ian Astbury
Billy Duffy
Producer(s) Bob Rock
The Cult singles chronology
"Fire Woman"
"Edie (Ciao Baby)"
"Sun King"
"Fire Woman"
"Edie (Ciao Baby)"
"Sun King"

"Edie (Ciao Baby)" is a hard rock song by English band The Cult. It appeared on their fourth studio album Sonic Temple in 1989. It was also released as the second single from that album in 1989. A promotional video was also created. An acoustic version of the song was released in 2000 on the compilation album The Best of Rare Cult. The main release version appears on the Pure Cult albums.

One of the group's best known tracks, its single cover features the iconic image from the Ciao! Manhattan film poster.

7" Track listing[edit]

  1. "Edie (Ciao Baby)" [single edit]
  2. "Bleeding Heart Graffiti"

Song meaning[edit]

The Edie in the song is Edie Sedgwick, one of Andy Warhol's actresses.

According to a 1989 interview with vocalist/lyricist Ian Astbury:

"Edie was inspired when I was in New York City when we were recording the Electric album. I have several friends there involved in the fashion industry and one in particular turned me on to a movie called Ciao Manhattan! I became extremely interested in the Velvet Underground and the Warhol period." .[1]

Single cover[edit]

The cover of the single features the iconic Ciao! Manhattan photo, used on the avant-garde movie's poster.


Chart (1989) Peak
UK Singles Chart 32
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 93
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 17


  1. ^ "The Cult - Sonic Temple". Cultcentral.com. Retrieved 2011-10-14. 

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