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