Peers of '80s UK icons The Smiths, The Cure, etc. scored with Love My Way, Pretty In Pink, The Ghost In You, Heaven, Heartbreak Beat
If you sit and talk to many of the alternative rock artists dominating today’s music, you’ll find that many of them pay homage to the The Psychedelic Furs. Led by front man and songwriter Richard Butler, the Furs won over fans and critics alike by combining poetic lyrics, innovative rhythms and melodies driven by an aggressive, punk desperation. The band scored major hits with "Love My Way," "Pretty In Pink," "Heaven," "The Ghost In You," and “Heartbreak Beat.”
The Psychedelic Furs came together in England's emerging punk scene in 1977. Their eponymous 1980 debut was produced by Steve Lillywhite. Their second, "Talk Talk Talk" included the song "Pretty in Pink," which inspire the iconic 1986 John Hughes film of the same name starring Molly Ringwald.
In 1982, the Furs recorded Forever Now with producer Todd Rundgren in Woodstock, New York. This album included "Love My Way."
The Furs' 1984 release Mirror Moves featured the songs "The Ghost in You" and "Heaven". By the mid-80s, the band had become a staple on both U.S. college and modern rock radio stations.
In 1986, the band recorded a sax-infused version of "Pretty in Pink" for the soundtrack of the John Hughes film of the same name. The success of "Pretty in Pink" yielded Midnight to Midnight, their biggest Top 40 success to date featuring the single "Heartbreak Beat."
The Furs returned to a rawer sound with "All That Money Wants", a 1988 track especially recorded for a best-of compilation album All Of This And Nothing. 1989's Book of Days and 1991's World Outside also saw a return to the earlier Furs' style.
The band went on extended hiatus in the early 1990s, with the Butler brothers, Richard and Tim. going on to create the band Love Spit Love who released two albums and enjoyed some chart success as well. The Psychedelic Furs reunited in 2000, and released a live album Beautiful Chaos: Greatest Hits Live, which also featured a new studio recording, "Alive (For Once In My Lifetime)." Since then, lead singer Richard Butler has released an eponymous solo album and has hinted at the possibility of a new Psychedelic Furs album.
These days, the band continues to tour around the world. The current Psychedelic Furs touring lineup remains Richard Butler (vocals), Tim Butler (bass), Rich Good (guitar), Mars Williams (saxophone), Amanda Kramer (keyboards), and Paul Garisto (drums).
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