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The Psychedelic Furs

The Psychedelic Furs, whose name was inspired by the 1966 Velvet Underground song "Venus in Furs," were formed in England in 1977 by brothers Richard Butler (vocals) and Tim Butler (bass), along with saxophone player Duncan Kilburn and guitarist Roger Morris. By the time they released their self-titled debut album in 1980, the group had become a sextet, adding guitarist John Ashton and drummer Vince Ely. That album, featuring Butler's hoarse voice (the tone of which suggested John Lydon without the sneer) was a bigger hit in England, where it reached the Top 20, than in the U.S.

Talk Talk Talk (1981) did better, reaching the U.S. Top 100 and producing two British singles chart entries, one of which was "Pretty in Pink," later also a hit in the U.S. when a new version was used as the title song of a film. Forever Now (1982) saw the band reduced to a quartet with the departure of Kilburn and Morris. The rest moved to the U.S., turned to producer Todd Rundgren, and scored a U.S. Top 50 hit with "Love My Way." Ely then left, and the remaining trio of the two Butlers and Ashton made Mirror Moves (1984), the biggest Psychedelic Furs hit yet.

The film Pretty in Pink helped spread their name further before the release of their next album, Midnight to Midnight (1987), which consequently got to number 12 in the U.K. and the Top 30 in the U.S. and included the Top 30 U.S. hit "Heartbreak Beat." Book of Days (1989) marked the return of Vince Ely, but was a considerable commercial disappointment. World Outside (1991) also failed to find an audience. The Psychedelic Furs then folded up shop, and Richard Butler launched a new group, Love Spit Love. The band lasted two albums -- 1994's Love Spit Love and 1997's Trysome Eatone -- and didn't enjoy the monumental success of Butler's original band. Butler kept on. He began writing songs for a supposed solo effort as the '90s came to a close. Those sessions led to new songs with brother Tim and a subsequent Furs reunion in early 2000.

With both Butlers and John Ashton living in upstate New York, the time was right. They tested the waters and their audience for a joint summer tour with the Go-Go's, and the reception was warm. A year later, the Psychedelic Furs -- now featuring Love Spit Love guitarist Richard Fortus and drummer Earl Harvin -- headlined their own club gigs across North America and a classic Richard Butler was keen to be back in the right place. Beautiful Chaos, a live album capturing some of the band's greatest hits from the last tour, was issued in November 2001. Their first live album ever, Beautiful Chaos was a gift for the loyalists. It also introduced their first new song in almost ten years, a somber ballad entitled "Alive." ~ William Ruhlmann, Rovi
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Pretty in pink ( awesome movie)
cb15724
Love the song and the movie Pretty in Pink
Days of silver memories.... w e were all young gods.
You can never win or lose if you don't run the race
Ahhhh!! Brings back memories!
ghost in the machine, is this real or is every thing imagined.
Love this band
psychedelic man, groovy
nicko252008
Isn't she pretty in pink?
I love the Furs.
@nightshadea 2 0 1 0 I can confirm that you're full of it! Checked the band's website lately?
Hearbreak Beat...still lifts me up!!!!
So good live, hoping they hit the area again next time out
Still luv the Psych Furs!!!!
I am going to see them live for my birthday on November 11th at City Winery in Napa, CA. It is the old Opera House. They will be performing in the intimate setting on stage while we dine and drink excellent wine. I am very much looking forward to it.
@nightshadea 2 0 1 0 . . . T h e y didn't mention it, because it's not true. Richard Butler is alive and well, and put an album out in 2013.
they didnt mention cancer took the life of the lead singer a couple of years back .........
roloandjen20 0 2
awesome!! brings back memories
Love World Party!!!
bighobbitman
This stuff takes me back. I forgot how much I missed it, and the fight to find a station that played it.
you like this band, you should check out my band She poops Heart and Soul
Venus in Furs was not based on the underground song, or if it was, that song was in turn (so they both are) based on the novella of the same name by Leopold von Sacher Masoch. A well known literary text featuring themes of female domination and sadomasochis m .

The more you know.
The original Trench Coat Mafia. Remember that, the post Mod mashed up punk long trench coat phase these guys were wearing in concert early 80s? FLOWERS!
This music always makes me very, very happy , what great memories .
Bowie was awesome of course!!!
my fave concert was nine inch nails opening for Bowie
My 2nd concert, the Divynals opened for them at the Va.Beach Dome around 1982.
More starlit thank you's to the timeless furs, class all the way.
We can use another Reagan and Thatcher
It's scary that the song Forever Now, though written primarily about Reaganomics and Thatcherite policies, applies so much to today's popular economic and social dissatisfact i o n as well. It's almost like nothing changed... it stayed forever now ...
My mom took my little sister to see the furs for her first concert. When they got back I asked how it was sis loved it. Mom said " I loved the lead singers dress". Still a classic ha ha moment in the family
I like..memori e s
Love
Love the furs! Saw them twice, once at Wilkes college in PA. Small venue. It was tremendous
travisyoung1 1 1 0
Love My Way, how true...great song!
Heaven is one of my favourite songs of all time. It puts me in such a mood. Saw them at the Sausalito Art Festival August 2013 and they were superb. Why can't pop music be like this?
Love the Song and the Movie is so Awesome!
Cool Song!
annieebuxton
Wasted on plnk again
dont read this because it actually works. You will get kissed on the nearest possible friday by the love of your life. tommorrow will be the best day of your life. however if you do not post this comment to at least 3 songs you will die in 2 days. now youve started reading this so dont stop. this is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in at least 143 minutes when if done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is scary cuz it actually work
Always loved this song from Pretty In Pink!
Gator could play that
stinkmonday
This is Tommy Vercetti's favorite song.
Got to be the Furs best song theme to Pretty In Pink.
When I'm feeling down I just listen to the Furs...
Don't read this cause it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day ofyour life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary. Put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters. This is scary cause it really works
Don't read this cause it actually works.
The firs have always made my day
Love the Psychedelic Furs yet another great 80's band. The music today is depressing noise.
Don't read this cause it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day ofyour life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary. Put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters. This is scary cause it really works
Don't read this cause it actually works.
Saw Depeche Mode last night. Awesome. Don't read this because it really works. U will be kissed by the love of ur life on the nearest possible Friday. Tomorrow will be the best day of ur life. But if u don't post this u will die in two days. Now u have started reading so don't stop. Put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes and when done press f6 and ur lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters. It's scary b/c it works.
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