|"I'm a Cult Hero"|
|Single by Cult Hero|
|B-side||"I Dig You"|
|Released||December, 1979 (UK),
1980 (Can), 1981 (NZ)
|Label||Fiction Records (UK),
Stunn Records (NZ)
"I'm a Cult Hero" is a single released by an extended lineup of The Cure under the name Cult Hero.
The single was conceived by Robert Smith (singer/guitarist of The Cure) and Simon Gallup (then bassist of The Magspies) as a way to test their musical compatibility. Smith was considering Gallup as a prospective replacement for Michael Dempsey (The Cure's bassist at the time) "whose personality and ambitions for the band were seriously at odds" with Smith's.
The songs were written for, and feature on vocals, local Horley postman Frank Bell, who is also featured on the single's artwork. They also feature ex-Easycure (pre-Cure group) guitarist Porl Thompson and Magspies keyboardist Matthieu Hartley amongst an extended lineup of friends and family, including Robert's sisters Janet and Margaret and local band The Obtainers.
Following the recording of the single in 1979, Simon Gallup left The Magspies and joined The Cure, replacing Dempsey. At the same time, Matthieu Hartley also left The Magspies and joined The Cure as their first keyboardist.
Hartley would ultimately leave The Cure in 1980, after only one album (Seventeen Seconds) and its subsequent tour. Gallup would also leave The Cure in 1982, but would then rejoin the band in 1985 and remain a member to the present day. Porl Thompson would also rejoin The Cure between 1985 and 1995, and then again from 2005 to the present day.
"I'm a Cult Hero" was originally released in December, 1979, in the UK with the song "I Dig You" on the b-side.
Upon release in 1980 in Canada, and in 1981 in New Zealand, the tracks were flipped, with "I Dig You" as the a-side. The track "I'm a Cult Hero" was also included on the Australian compilation album Britannia Waives the Rules in 1981.
Both tracks are included on the 2005 Deluxe Edition of the Seventeen Seconds album in their original order. Also included are previously unreleased live recordings of both tracks, but in the reverse order.
(Both tracks written by Robert Smith)