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