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'
Four-song record released to help pay guitarist Slim Dunlap's medical bills