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