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