Video of the Day | Throwback Thursday Edition: “Love Removal Machine” by The Cult

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Did any decade do narcissism better than the 80s? The decade’s ethos was certainly reflected in the preeminence of hair band rock, a genre into which The Cult fits, if marginally, given that their output was more blues-rooted (see: The Doors) than many of the decade’s metal bands.

Ian Astbury is fully decked out in the video for “Love Removal Machine, from leather pants to a shirt a comedian would someday wear on The Tonight Show to his oh-so-luxuriously feminine (or 17th century French) hair. But his vocals are as amazing as any in the history of rock and roll, so we’ll give him a pass for his attenuation to the erstwhile zeitgeist. Undoubtedly, The Cult got it right with the song, and the Marshall stack…both are equally timeless.


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Behrnsie has a love for music that dare not speak its name. He attends many shows and can often be found counting out the beats for no discernible reason. He played alto saxophone in his middle school jazz band, where he was best known for infuriating his instructor when it was revealed that he played everything by ear, and could not in fact read music. He takes great pride that this is the same talent/affliction that got Tori Amos kicked out of the Peabody Academy. He does not live in his parents’ basement….except during the holidays.