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Single by The Cult
from the album Love
Released27 September 1985
RecordedJuly 1985
LabelBeggars Banquet
Producer(s)Steve Brown
The Cult singles chronology
"She Sells Sanctuary"

"Rain" is a rock song by English band The Cult, which on release in 1985 reached number 17 in the United Kingdom's Singles Chart. It was the second single from the band's second long-player, Love (1985).


The song was provisionally titled "Sad Rain" during its writing and recording stages, the lyrics being inspired the vocalist/frontman Ian Astbury's interest at that time in Northern Native American culture, and a rain dance of the Arizonan Hopi people.[citation needed]

Performance history

Despite the song's popularity with the band's audience, and it being one of its more commercially successful single releases, after performing it on 24 November 1989 at Wembley Arena Astbury asked the crowd: "So you like that one?", and after it cheered in response, he responded with "Well, personally I don't but there you are..." although as he laughed when saying this, he may not have been serious.[1]

Alternative versions

An extended remix was recorded by the band entitled "(Here Comes The) Rain".

Cover art

There were several variations of the cover artwork used throughout the world. Some versions used silver lettering, others used white, while others had a silhouette effect on the cover. In Japan, an alternative picture cover was used, with trio of photographs of the band: two onstage colour photos, and on the back one promotional black-and-white photo. This version was issued as both a white label promotional record, also with picture labels.[citation needed]

Track listing

Vinyl 7" A Side : "Rain"
B Side : "Little Face"

Vinyl 12" A Side: "Rain", "Little Face"
B Side: "(Here Comes The) Rain"

Cover versions

Use in other media


  1. ^ Film of the concert, Wembley Arena, London, 24 November 1989, 53.50 mins. Published on Youtube. 2 April 2016.
  2. ^ Langshaw, Mark (August 24, 2013). "'Grand Theft Auto 5' soundtrack features Muse, Snoop Dogg". Digital Spy. Retrieved March 20, 2015.