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