In 1989, The Cult recorded the album Sonic Temple in Vancouver, BC, Canada with producer Bob Rock at Little Mountain Sound Recording Studio. The studio has featured artist such as Aerosmith and Bryan Adams. It has recently changed hands and is now called The Factory, and is run by Producer/Engineer, John MacLean.
Fire Woman - This song is about my '67 crazed fire horse lady.
American Horse - When I wrote American Horse, I had an image in my mind of a black stallion with an American flag draped over his back, being whipped by some kind of dark figure. The horse and his mane have an eagle feather, and Indian beadwork, so I kinda took this to represent the American Indian nation.
New York City - New York City again was inspired when we spent quite a long period of time, December '86 January, February '87 recording the Electric album at Elecric Lady Studios with Rick Rubin. New York City really has to be experienced. It's like trying to explain the taste of gasoline and vodka, you just kinda have to take a taste yourself. New York City, of course, is famous for it's 24 hour, nonstop activity, of course it's high crime rate, high buildings, intense living are something we experienced for quite a while. The second verse deals with the shooting of Lennon.
Edie (Ciao Baby) - Edie was inspired when I was in New York City when we were recording the Electric album. I have several friends there involved in the fashion industry and one in particular turned me on to a movie called Ciao Manhatten! I became extremely interested in the Velvet Underground and the Warhol period.
Medicine Train - Where the title of Sonic Temple comes from.
Sweet Soul Sister - Was written in Paris in April 1988. Several images sprang to mind as I was writing this song, it was kindof an observation of how European youth is becoming somewhat reluctantly Americanized. You know the references to the Star Spangled Banner. But again with all my lyrics I like to leave them open to people's interpretations and hope that people find themselves inside my songs.
Wake Up Time For Freedom - This song is about a reoccuring dream. Some guy lying there in the early morning hours with his lady lying beside him, sweating and turning, wondering if it will ever come true.
Ian Astbury - April 1989
Billy Duffy - December 1989
Edie (Ciao Baby) - It was based on a person, Edie Sedgwick who was one of Andy Warhol's actresses. She appeared in several of his films. It was kinda like I was really interested in Warhol's scene, the Velvet Underground, and really interested in Edie Sedgwick and just was compelled to write something about it.
Sweet Soul Sister - Sweet Soul Sister is kinda a song written in Paris. I spent quite a lot of time there. Its just a song about how European people sort of embrace America to an extent. They'll accept fast foot, clothing, music, but, especially in France they're reluctant to accept American Politics. It's kinda a two way thing, they reluctantly accept the United States, and that was kinda what the song was about.
Ian Astbury - February 12/1990
Ian Astbury - December 23/1991