The names you'll find here are musicians whose artistic ability - genius, in some cases - has dwarfed their limited commercial success. So don your white robes and join us as we count down the 20 gods of cult.
Meanwhile, head to NME.COM/video to hear NME writers discuss these artists - and don't forget to let us know your own personal cult heroes.
The band who inspired MGMT's new album
From being asked by Kurt Cobain to support Nirvana, to The Futureheads' cover of 'A Picture Of Dorian Gray', to being the glue that bound the C86/Creation scene of the late '80s, Television Personalities have nonetheless never troubled the mainstream.
Here’s Andrew from MGMT on their genius: “We set up a couple of shows with them – they were wild shows. When TVP play they can be completely disastrous, or just really good. It confused the hell out of our fans. They've made some of the best music of the last 30 years.”
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