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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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Stations Featuring
The Psychedelic Furs

    '80s Alternative

    '80s Alternative
    7 songs

    New Wave

    New Wave
    6 songs

    Adult Alternative

    Adult Alternative
    4 songs

    Adult Rock

    Adult Rock
    4 songs

    Awesome '80s

    1 song

    Shuffle Hits

    1 song

Albums by
The Psychedelic Furs

Top Songs by
The Psychedelic Furs

  1.   Song
  2.   Love My Way
  3.   Pretty in Pink
  4.   Heartbreak Beat
  5.   The Ghost in You
  6.   Heaven
  7.   Forever Now
  8.   All That Money Wants
  9.   Until She Comes
  10.   President Gas
  11.   India
  12.   Highwire Days
  13.   She Is Mine
  14.   All of This and Nothing
  15.   Sleep Comes Down
  16.   Book of Days
  17.   Mr. Jones
  18.   Angels Don't Cry
  19.   There's a World
  20.   Valentine
  21.   In My Head
  22.   Blacks
  23.   Into You Like a Train
  24.   All of the Law
  25.   Better Days
  26.   Shine
  27.   Mac the Knife
  28.   On and Again
  29.   It Goes On
  30.   There's a World Outside
  31.   Soap Commercial
  32.   We Love You
  33.   Susan's Strange
  34.   House
  35.   Dumb Waiters
  36.   Sister Europe
  37.   Imitation of Christ
  38.   Shock
  39.   Run and Run
  40.   My Time
  41.   Here Come Cowboys
  42.   I Don't Mine
  43.   Torch
  44.   Entertain Me
  45.   Parade
  46.   Flower
  47.   Dumb Matters
  48.   All the Money Wants
  49.   Here Comes Cowboys
  50.   It Goes Down
  51.   [CD-ROM Track]
  52.   Wedding
  53.   Mary Go Round
  54.   Alive (For Once In My Lifetime)
  55.   Love Me Way
  56.   Make It Mine
  57.   So Run Down
  58.   No Tears
  59.   New Dream
  60.   Another Edge
  61.   Aeroplane
  62.   I Don't Want to Be Your S
  63.   Merry Go Round
  64.   I Wanna Sleep With You
  65.   Mack the Knife
  66.   Flowers
  67.   Wedding Song
  68.   Fall
  69.   Torture
  70.   One More Word
  71.   Midnight to Midnight
  72.   Shadow in My Heart
  73.   Yes I Do (Merry-Go-Round)
  74.   No Easy Street
  75.   Danger
  76.   Only You and I
  77.   Goodbye
  78.   Only a Game
  79.   Alice's House
  80.   Like a Stranger
  81.   All About You
  82.   Get a Room
  83.   Tearing Down
  84.   Sometimes