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.
Short, snappy, lo-fi perfect pop
Nobody wrote songs like Guided By Voices – short, snappy, lo-fi perfect pop that was more often than not drunker than Shane MacGowan at a wedding.
The Strokes' Julian Casablancas is a member of their cult: "Guided By Voices' music is like all the great knowledge that's out there in the world, things like Oscar Wilde's Phrases And Philosophies For The Use Of The Young or reading quotes from The Analects – you know, the Confucius thing…
"There are so many awesome philosophies and teachings, but they're scattered all over the place. It's the same with Bob Pollard's songs! But there are some real sparks in there and it's really worth delving in to find them."
Download: 'Game of Pricks'
The indie legends say goodbye...
There are a few tears in the NME office today...
- Apr 26, 2004
The cult group's follow up to 'Do The Collapse' comes out on Matador...
- Mar 27, 2002
CHONK-CHONK-CHONKs along pleasantly
- Aug 22, 2002
- Jul 30, 2002
Alt.rock mainstays' millionth album. Possibly
- Jun 17, 2002