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.
DIY indie trailblazers
Despite being the first DIY-punk-pop-riot-grrrl-band-who-wrote-their-own-fanzines to appear on Top Of The Pops, this Glasgow trio were the subject of much derision.
Yet in recent years their cult has striven to right past wrongs; last month even saw their fans hold International Bis Day, with tribute bands playing in venues worldwide.
We asked singer Manda Rin whether it upset her that most people hated the band: "Not really – There's nothing worse than being mediocre or not remembered. I'd rather be the Marmite than Asda bread. People still get in touch to tell me how much we meant to them."
Download: 'Secret Vampires'
Manda Rin influenced by Late Of The Pier and CSS
The Scottish indie band announce mini reunion
- Nov 27, 2006
The likes of James Yorkston ansd Bis mark the release of 'Counter Culture 2002'...
- Jan 28, 2003
We Are Bis From Glasgow, Scotland
- Jun 25, 2007
Mogwai man guests on Scottish lo-fi return...
- Feb 5, 2002
The early-'80s weren't meant to be remembered fondly by anyone with a modicum of cool.
- Jun 21, 2000