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"She Sells Sanctuary"
Single by the Cult
from the album Love
B-side
  • "No. 13"
  • "The Snake"
Released13 May 1985 (1985-05-13)[1]
Genre
Length
  • 4:23
  • 6:58 (long version)
LabelBeggars Banquet
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Steve Brown
The Cult singles chronology
"Ressurection Joe"
(1984)
"She Sells Sanctuary"
(1985)
"Rain"
(1985)
1993 remix cover
"Sanctuary MCMXCIII"
Audio sample
An excerpt from "She Sells Sanctuary".

"She Sells Sanctuary" is a song by the British rock band the Cult. It is from their second studio album, Love (1985), and was released as a single on 13 May 1985, peaking at number 15 on the UK Singles Chart in July of the same year. In July 2020, the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) awarded the song a Gold certification for sales and streams of over 400,000.

"She Sells Sanctuary" was the last song to be recorded with the Cult's longtime drummer, Nigel Preston, who was fired from the band shortly after its release. According to Cult guitarist Billy Duffy, the iconic introduction effects were the result of all the guitar effects pedals being on at the same time. The recording was edited to include the introduction with the effects, whereas earlier versions started the song more abruptly. Duffy says he found a violin bow lying around the studio and started playing the guitar with it "like Jimmy Page" to amuse singer Ian Astbury, hit every effects pedal he had "to make it sound weirder", and then played the middle section of the song. "And we decided to start the song with that mystical sound. If I hadn't found that violin bow laying around, we wouldn't have gone there," said Duffy.[4]

Release

After its release in 1985, the single reached number 36 during a six-week run on the US Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play chart in 1986.[5]

The band has released various versions of the song. Aside from the original 7-inch single, three other versions had been released around the same time on 12-inch formats: "The Long Version", "The Howling Mix" and "Assault on Sanctuary".

In 1993, several more mixes were released on two different CD singles, each called Sanctuary MCMXCIII (Volumes 1 & 2). The "Sundance" remix was remixed by Butch Vig who previously had produced Nirvana's Nevermind album. The "Dog Star Rising" remix was remixed by Youth who produced the Cult's eighth album, Born into This.

In 2009, two more previously unreleased versions, a demo and the "Olympic Rough Mix" were included in a 4-disc box set of the Omnibus edition of Love.

Track listings

7-inch single[6]

A. "She Sells Sanctuary"
B. "No.13"

UK 12-inch single[7]

A1. "She Sells Sanctuary" (long version)
B1. "The Snake"
B2. "No.13"

"Sanctuary MCMXCIII" CD1[8]

  1. "She Sells Sanctuary" (original) (mix by Steve Brown)
  2. "She Sells Sanctuary" (Dog Star Rising) (remix by Youth)
  3. "She Sells Sanctuary" (Phlegmatic) (remix by J.G. Thirwell)
  4. "She Sells Sanctuary" (Flusteresqueish) (remix by J.G. Thirwell)

"Sanctuary MCMXCIII" CD2[9]

  1. "She Sells Sanctuary" (Dog Star Radio) (remix by Youth)
  2. "She Sells Sanctuary" (Sundance) (remix by Butch Vig)
  3. "She Sells Sanctuary" (Slutnostic) (remix by J.G. Thirwell)
  4. "She Sells Sanctuary" (Lakeland live)

Charts

Certifications

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[20] 2× Platinum 160,000double-dagger
United Kingdom (BPI)[21] Gold 400,000double-dagger

double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

References

  1. ^ "New Singles" (PDF). Music Week. 11 May 1985. p. 18. Retrieved 29 July 2021.
  2. ^ Spracklen, Karl; Spracklen, Beverley (2018). The Evolution of Goth Culture: The Origins and Deeds of the New Goths. Emerald Group Publishing. p. 63. ISBN 978-1-78714-677-8.
  3. ^ Masley, Ed (28 September 2019). "Here's your guide to the best fall concerts in Phoenix". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  4. ^ DeMarco, Johnny (14 August 2006). "Billy Duffy of the Cult: Rockin' with Roland & BOSS" (PDF). Roland Insider.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ a b "The Cult Chart History (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 17 July 2020.
  6. ^ She Sells Sanctuary (UK 7-inch vinyl sleeve). The Cult. Beggars Banquet Records. 1985. BEG 135.((cite AV media notes)): CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  7. ^ She Sells Sanctuary (UK 12-inch vinyl sleeve). The Cult. Beggars Banquet Records. 1985. BEG 135T.((cite AV media notes)): CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  8. ^ Sanctuary MCMXCIII (UK CD1 liner notes). The Cult. Beggars Banquet Records. 1993. BEG 263 CD1.((cite AV media notes)): CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  9. ^ Sanctuary MCMXCIII (UK CD2 liner notes). The Cult. Beggars Banquet Records. 1993. BEG 263 CD.((cite AV media notes)): CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  10. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 7803." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 17 July 2020.
  11. ^ "European Hot 100 Singles" (PDF). Music & Media. Vol. 2, no. 31. 5 August 1985. p. 8. Retrieved 29 July 2021.
  12. ^ a b "The Irish Charts – Search Results – She Sells Sanctuary". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 17 July 2020.
  13. ^ "The Cult – She Sells Sanctuary" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 17 July 2020.
  14. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 17 July 2020.
  15. ^ "The Cult Chart History (Dance Singles Sales)". Billboard. Retrieved 29 July 2021.
  16. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
  17. ^ "Eurochart Hot 100 Singles" (PDF). Music & Media. Vol. 10, no. 7. 13 February 1993. p. 19. Retrieved 17 July 2020.
  18. ^ "The Cult – Sanctuary MCMXCIII". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 17 July 2020.
  19. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 17 July 2020.
  20. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Cult – She Sells Sanctuary". Music Canada. Retrieved 22 September 2021.
  21. ^ "British single certifications – Cult – She Sells Sanctuary". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 17 July 2020.