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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
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Selected Discography

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Track List: All Of This And Nothing

1. President Gas

2. All That Money Wants

3. Imitation Of Christ

4. Sister Europe

5. Love My Way

6. No Easy Street

7. High Wire Days

8. She Is Mine

9. Dumb Waiters

10. Pretty In Pink

11. The Ghost In You

12. Heaven

13. Heartbreak Beat

14. All Of This And Nothing

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Track List: Midnight To Midnight

1. Heartbreak Beat

2. Shock

3. Shadow In My Heart

4. Angels Don't Cry

5. Midnight To Midnight

6. One More Word

7. All Of The Law

8. Torture

9. No Release

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Track List: Mirror Moves

1. The Ghost In You

2. Here Come Cowboys

3. Heaven

4. Heartbeat

5. My Time

6. Like A Stranger

7. Alice's House

8. Only A Game

9. Highwire Days

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Track List: Forever Now

1. Forever Now

2. Love My Way

3. Goodbye

4. Only You And I

5. Sleep Comes Down

6. President Gas

7. Run And Run

8. Danger

9. No Easy Street

10. Yes I Do

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Track List: The Psychedelic Furs

1. India

2. Sister Europe

3. Susan's Strange

4. Fall

5. We Love You

6. Soap Commercial

7. Imitation Of Christ

8. Pulse

9. Wedding Song

10. Flowers

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Love these guys
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these guys are awesome, long time love...
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One of the most underrated bands of all time. Never got the credit for their awesome creativity.
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frankhollowa y
Energetic and inspiring performance in Honolulu 10-28-16...s m a l l venue and great show!
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Great Concert in Pensacola, still rocking it.
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dietcokie200 0
I just love that breathy and gravely voice.....��
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milosdad
Love their first record and most that came after. Especially like the campiness.
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Love My Way is my favorite PF song. I like this one of course but there can only be one favorite
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mariejames34 7 9
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This song has a great flow to it!. There's a hole in the sky where the sun don't shine!
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Ya know I remember this band from the 80's, but I really latched on to them about a year ago...I'm wondering why I didn't catch on to back in the 80's. .now I own everything they ever put out...saw them live in Connecticut twice in like 2 months
.now there my 2nd favorite band. .no band gets in front of my band. . ( THE CARS )..Ric Ocasek - song writer of the year twice 1979 & 1984
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I love the 80's!! Wow, the movie, Pretty in Pink! Duckie!! Molly Ringwald!! Blaine!! You know the rest!!
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'Forever Now' is probably my favorite Furs song, if I had to choose one. (I also love 'The Ghost In You.') Tim Butler is an awesome bassist.
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⭐♥⭐
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kellyproseus
Best song from this band in my opinion ♡
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Love Richard Butler's dreamy luscious voice♥
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alexandraabe l l a 1 7
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pink reminds me of being child like mimi
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Midnight to Midnight is such a good album, this is my least favorite on it though.
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Heaven .... Please pray for us , compassion and love will win!
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Underrated band. Much greater staying power than the stuff of most of their contemporari e s .
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garammasala1 9 6 8
Richard Butler has one of the most unique voices in all of music. Never tire of "Love My Way."
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Something's not right
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WRVU 91 ROCK, VANDY CHANNEL, EARLY 80'S
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cmilonakis
High wire days-great tune.
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alexandraabe l l a 1 7
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Love × infinity this band
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FALL is my ultimate favorite.
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she is mine...aweso m e
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She is mine is such a great song, one of my faves by this band
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vivmr88
Love this band! Great Memories. Viv Rod
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This is one of the songs from way back that made me dance my a** off. Remember that person dancing by herself in her own world? Lol That was me . In a cage. In an underground club.
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have their album midnight to midnight
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triciaven
classic 80s, just awesome
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fav band~
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I love the marimba
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great sound......k a t h e r i n e sophia anastasio... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Chochkic
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I was born in this age. And I totally agree with you. The music that's popular now is disgusting, makes no sense, and sounds horrible. So, yeah. This music is WAY better.
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Jr High and High School were a long, LONG time ago... the music was soo much better than this stuff from now days :)
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movie soundtrack version sucks. orig. steve lillywhite album version rules. for some reason media moguls in the US in the 80s were always crapping their pants going OMG those punk rock guitars are too LOUD and MEAN and the BASS is SO LOUD OMG... QED the first Clash LP, UK vs. US release
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Saw them live last week....amaz i n g
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My FAVORITE song ever!!!
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tmjlmjcmj2
Still LOVE this song after all these years!
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great 80,s song
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New Wave Jedi Class Numero Uno. :)
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Saw them in Chicago at The Metro.
Opened with India....!
F-n brilliant band. First two albums had so much energy and punk power...,
Pretty in pink was their big hit in USA but they had so much more...,,,
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Can't wait till wed to see them again!
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Some of the leaders. With so much style.
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