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The new issue of the mag - inspired by MGMT's psychedelic new album - celebrates music's 20 greatest cult heroes. Keep clicking to see who's made the list, and grab the issue to read the feature in its full glory...

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20. Television Personalities. The English group, headed by Dan Treacy, are the quintessential cult band. According to MGMT they have made "some of the best music of the past 30 years". Photo: Ben Rowlands

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19. J Dilla. Jack Barnett of These New Puritans waxes lyrical on this hip-hop legend in the new issue, calling him "the standout figure from that entire independent hip-hop scene". Photo: PA Photos

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18. Alec Empire. The noise terrorist is returning to the UK in May with Atari Teenage Riot. Find out why you need to be there in this week's mag. Photo: Getty Images

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17. Bill Drummond. The ultimate subversive, Drummond is largely known for dropping a dead sheep on the doortstep of the Brits. That and burning a million quid with the KLF. Photo: Getty Images

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16. Bis. The Glasgow fanzine kids were the subject of International Bis Day last month. Photo: Rex Features

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15. Billy Childish. The artist, painter, author, poet, filmmaker and musician is much loved by many, none less than Graham Coxon, who talks about him in the mag. Pic: Getty

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14. Big L. One of the most namechecked rappers in the game, Lamont Coleman was tragically shot dead at 24, securing his cult status. Pic:www.retna.co.uk

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13. Lydia Lunch. The teenage frontgirl of Teenage Jesus And The Jerks made unlucky number 13. She'd probably be pleased with that. Pic: Getty

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12. Mike Patton. The Faith No More frontman - and erstwhile member of Fantomas, Mr Bungle and Peeping Tom - is a hero to Biffy Clyro, who talk about him in the mag. Photo: PA Photos

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11. Whitehouse. From the SS jackets, to the audience assaults, vulgar lyrics and most of all the unlistenable noise they produced, Whitehouse were unsettling and powerful in equal measure.

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10. Mark Linkous. The Sparklehorse man was already a cherished legend, but his tragic death recently cemented his status even further. Photo: PA Photos

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9. Daniel Johnston. The original US indie counterculture hero has seen his star eclipsed by long-term bipolar disorder. Marina Diamandis bigs him up in the issue this week.

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8. Yoko Ono. Often misunderstood, Yoko is an avant-garde genius in her own right. Her cult hero? John, of course. Photo: PA Photos

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7. Ian Svenonius. As a member of DC punks The Nation Of Ulysses, The Make-Up, Weird War and now Chain And The Gang, Svenonius is a true cult legend. Read more about him in this week's mag. Pic: Getty

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6. Guided By Voices. A favourite of Julian Casablancas, Bob Pollard's band make number 6. We recommend downloading 'Game Of Pricks'. Pic: www.retna.co.uk

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5. The Yummy Fur. The Scottish '90s heroes gave the world a bucketful of great indie tunes and also two members of Franz Ferdinand.

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4. The Replacements. The Minneapolis punk rockers blazed a trail round the US and found themselves banned from a multitude of venues. Pic: Getty

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3. Richard Hell. Hell didn't, as he claims, invent punk rock, but he did give the world Television, the Heartbreakers and New York's defining anti-anthem, 'Blank Generation'. Pic: Getty

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2. Alex Chilton. The Big Star man inspired many other bands including Teenage Fanclub and The Replacements, who wrote a song named after him. Pic: Getty

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1. Mark E. Smith. The top spot goes to The Fall frontman, who's still going strong - and collaborating with Gorillaz - to this day. Read a full feature about him in this week's NME magazine, which covers all 20 of our cult heroes in depth. Photo: PA Photos

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