She Sells Sanctuary

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"She Sells Sanctuary"
Single by The Cult
from the album Love
B-side "No. 13"
"She Sells Sanctuary (Long Version)"
"The Snake"
"She Sells Sanctuary (Howling Mix)"
"Assault On Sanctuary"
Released 17 May 1985
Length 4:23
Label Beggars Banquet
Producer(s) Steve Brown
The Cult singles chronology
"Ressurection Joe"
"She Sells Sanctuary"
1993 Remix cover
Cover To Sanctuary MCMXCIII
Music sample
An excerpt from "She Sells Sanctuary".

"She Sells Sanctuary" is a song by the British rock band The Cult. It is from their 1985 album Love and was released as a single in May of that year, peaking at number 15 on the UK Singles Chart.

"She Sells Sanctuary" was the last song to be recorded with The Cult's drummer, Nigel Preston, who was fired from the band shortly after its release.


The band has released various versions of the song. Aside from the original 7" single, three other versions had been released around the same time on 12" formats: "The Long Version", "The Howling Mix" and "Assault on Sanctuary".

In 1993, several more mixes were released on two different CD singles, each called Sanctuary MCMXCIII (Volumes 1 & 2). The "Sundance" remix was remixed by Butch Vig who previously had produced Nirvana's Nevermind album. The "Dog Star Rising" remix was remixed by Youth who produced The Cult's eighth album, Born into This.

In 2009, two more previously unreleased versions, a demo and the "Olympic Rough Mix" were included in a 4-disc box set of the Omnibus Edition of Love.

Covers and examples[edit]

  • It is covered by Keane as a B-Side on their single "A Bad Dream".
  • It is covered by Britt Black on her first solo album Blackout.
  • It is covered by Enuff Znuff on Fire Woman: A Tribute to The Cult in 2001.
  • It is covered by Peppermint Creeps on their 2009 album In Hell
  • It is covered by Oh Mr. Grant!, which was released on the now discontinued Horse Nation: A Tribute to the Life, Music,and Spirit of The Cult in 1997.
  • It is covered by The Dandy Warhols for the charity compilation album Bridging the Distance: A Portland OR Covers Collection.
  • It is one of many that Manic Street Preachers often use as the opening sequence into their early single "Motown Junk" when performing it live.
  • It is covered by Smoke Fairies on their limited edition covers album This Is A Reflection (2012)
  • It is covered by 13 at Midnight on their album Warring Tribes (1988)

Appearances in popular culture[edit]

Track listing[edit]

Vinyl 7"
  • A Side : She Sells Sanctuary
  • B Side : No.13
Vinyl 12"
  • A Side: She Sells Sanctuary (Long Version)
  • B Side: The Snake, No.13
  • A Side: She Sells Sanctuary (Howling Mix)
  • B Side: Assault on Sanctuary
Sanctuary MCMXCIII CD1
  1. She Sells Sanctuary (Original)
  2. She Sells Sanctuary (Dog Star Rising) (Remix by Youth)
  3. She Sells Sanctuary (Phlegmatic) (Remix by J.G. Thirwell)
  4. She Sells Sanctuary (Flusteresqueish) (Remix by J.G. Thirwell)
Sanctuary MCMXCIII CD2
  1. She Sells Sanctuary (Dog Star Radio) (Remix by Youth)
  2. She Sells Sanctuary (Sundance) (Remix by Butch Vig)
  3. She Sells Sanctuary (Slutnostic) (Remix by J.G. Thirwell)
  4. She Sells Sanctuary (Lakeland Live 1992)


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