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The Cult of Ray
Studio album by Frank Black
Released January 22, 1996
Recorded 1995
Genre Alternative rock
Length 41:40
Label American Recordings
Producer Frank Black
Frank Black chronology
Teenager of the Year
(1994)Teenager of the Year1994
The Cult of Ray
Frank Black and the Catholics
(1998)Frank Black and the Catholics1998
Singles from The Cult of Ray
  1. "Men in Black"
    Released: December 1995
  2. "The Marsist"
    Released: 1996
  3. "I Don't Want to Hurt You"
    Released: 1996
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars [1]
Entertainment Weekly B+ [2]
Nude as the News (Positive) [3]

The Cult of Ray is the third studio album by American solo artist Frank Black, released in January 1996 through American Recordings.

The title refers to Ray Bradbury. The core musicians employed on this album would eventually be dubbed The Catholics, and would continue as Black's backing group for the following seven years (albeit with a changed line up). The album's final song is a tribute to Shazeb Andleeb, who was beaten to death at Narbonne High School in Harbor City, California (a school Black attended), in May 1995.[4]



Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Black Francis.

  1. The Marsist - 4:11
  2. Men in Black - 3:03
  3. Punk Rock City - 3:41
  4. You Ain't Me - 2:43
  5. Jesus Was Right - 2:59
  6. I Don't Want to Hurt You (Every Single Time) - 3:06
  7. Mosh, Don't Pass the Guy - 3:01
  8. Kicked in the Taco - 2:27
  9. The Creature Crawling - 2:53
  10. The Adventure and the Resolution - 3:02
  11. Dance War - 2:08
  12. The Cult of Ray - 3:46
  13. The Last Stand of Shazeb Andleeb - 4:40
UK bonus disc
  1. "Village of the Sun"
  2. "Baby, That's Art"
  3. "Everybody Got the Beat"
  4. "Can I Get a Witness"


  • Frank Black: vocals, guitar (right channel)
  • Scott Boutier: drums
  • David McCaffery: bass
  • Lyle Workman: lead guitar (left channel)
  • Matt Yelton: backing vocals on *
  • Nick Vincent: drums and bass on "I Don't Want to Hurt You (Every Single Time)"


Chart (1996) Peak
UK Albums Chart 39
US Billboard 200 127


Year Single Peak positions
1996 "Men in Black" 37
"I Don't Want to Hurt You (Every Single Time)" 63
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.


  1. ^ Phares, Heather. Violetcries/Pixies at AllMusic
  2. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  3. ^ Nude as the News review
  4. ^ Kim Kowsky and Jeff Kass, "Student Dies After Youths Beat Him at High School", Los Angeles Times, 19 May 1995, accessed 17 July 2013 [1]
  5. ^ "FRANK BLACK". UK Singles Chart. Retrieved October 6, 2013.  Text " Artist " ignored (help); Text " Official Charts" ignored (help)

Category:Black Francis albums Category:1996 albums Category:Alternative rock albums