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