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.
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The permanently wasted stink-rock foursome
Envied for their talent by other bands in their home city of Minneapolis, this permanently wasted stink-rock foursome were banned from rock clubs across America for trashing stages, and loathed by their record company for wrecking every opportunity that came their way. But behind that goofy demeanour and songs called things like 'Gary's Got A Boner', The 'Ments had a soft spot a mile wide.
Singer Paul Westerberg was one of the best lyricists of the 1980s, while his band merged punk attitude and classic rock choruses in a way that influenced a legion of bands.
Download: 'Alex Chilton'
The reformed band will head to the UK for the first time in 24 years in June
The post-punk band play two shows at London's Roundhouse on June 2 and 3
- Apr 24, 2015
Band are due to arrive in Britain on reunion tour in June
- Apr 11, 2015