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.
Scottish indie's elder statesmen
Led by 1990s frontman Jackie McKeown, The Yummy Fur were not only one of the most important Scottish indie bands ever – before finding success with Franz Ferdinand, Alex Kapranos and Paul Thomson made up their numbers – but also a unique band with an impressive catalogue of work in their own right.
Here, The Cribs’ Ryan Jarman explains why the band are so important to him: “A lot of people still cite The Yummy Fur as being influential, and they’re a good example of a band who did exactly what they wanted. They just did their own thing, and that’s kind of what you’re judged on. It doesn’t matter how long it takes – their popularity hasn’t diminished by them being around for such a long time.”
Download: ‘Plastic Cowboy’