The Cult release Electric
Electric is the pivotal third album by The Cult.
Released in 1987, the album marked a deliberate stylistic change in the band from a Gothic rock to a hard rock band. Rick Rubin, the producer on Electric, had been specifically hired to remake the band's sound. The album was featured in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.
After the breakthrough success of their second album, Love, the Cult began working on a follow-up to build on their success. In the summer of 1986, they recorded twelve tracks at the Manor Studio in Oxfordshire. These "Manor Sessions" were overseen by Steve Brown, who had produced Love. The twelve tracks were to be the basis of a new album, tentatively entitled Peace. However, on completion of the recording sessions, the band decided that they were unhappy with the sound, and looked for a new producer.
The band went on to re-record the entire third album with producer Rick Rubin, with a slightly different track-list and running order. These new recordings became the album that was released, Electric.
Although all twelve of the "Manor Sessions" tracks were scrapped initially, four of them would turn up as B-sides to singles from Electric. A further five of them appeared on a limited edition compact disc EP. Eventually, with the release of the Rare Cult (boxed set) in 2000, the rest of the unreleased Steve Brown-produced album was made available.