She Sells Sanctuary

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"She Sells Sanctuary"
Single by The Cult
from the album Love
  • "No. 13"
  • "She Sells Sanctuary (Long Version)"
  • "The Snake"
  • "She Sells Sanctuary (Howling Mix)"
  • "Assault On Sanctuary"
Released17 May 1985
LabelBeggars Banquet
Producer(s)Steve Brown
The Cult singles chronology
"Ressurection Joe"
"She Sells Sanctuary"
1993 Remix cover
Cover To Sanctuary MCMXCIII
Cover To Sanctuary MCMXCIII
Audio 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 longtime drummer, Nigel Preston, who was fired from the band shortly after its release.

According to Billy Duffy, the iconic introduction effects were the result of the fact that all of the guitar effects pedals were on at the same time. The recording was edited to include the introduction with the effects, whereas earlier versions started the song more abruptly.


After its release in 1985, the single reached number 36 at its peak position for six weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1986. [1]

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]

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)


  1. ^ "The Cult - Chart History". Retrieved 2018-04-25.

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