The 1987 release of “Electric” marked a significant turning point in the career of British quartet the Cult. Prior to the album’s release, the band brought a hazy psychedelia to the alternative rock music of the 1980s, lending a post-punk sensibility to guitar-based rock. “Electric” was an entirely different animal, however. Here was a record bearing few markings of alternative rock, instead coming across like the product of an unholy union between Jim Morrison and Angus Young of AC/DC. “Electric” lives up to its title – it was hard, heavy, direct and unapologetic. And for many, it remains the Cult’s crowning achievement.
The Cult has been touring the country paying its respects to “Electric” by playing the album in full from front to back. The band will do just that, plus a selection of best-loved tunes from other albums, at 8 tonight in the Town Ballroom (681 Main St.). Tickets are $35 (box office, www.tickets.com).
– Jeff Miers