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Psychedelic Furs


Briefly known as RKO, Radio and The Europeans, the Psychedelic Furs, a post-Punk/New Wave band, was founded in '77 by brothers, Richard and Tim Butler.

Though produced by Steve Lillywhite (U2), the Psychedelic Furs' self-titled debut met with marked indifference in the U.S. (it was a modest U.K. success). A year later, '81's "Talk,Talk,Talk" dented the Billboard 200. And like its' predecessor, the album fared better in the U.K where the singles "Dumb Waiter" and the original version of "Pretty In Pink" charted.

Prior to the recording of "Forever Now," Morris and Kilburn left - making the Furs a quartet. Produced by Todd Rundgren, "Forever Now" slightly improved the group's fortunes due largely to the single "Love My Way," which charted in the U.K. and became the group's first single on the Billboard Hot 100. Ely left following the release of the '82 album, though he returned later in the decade.

"Heaven" and "The Ghost In You" were the most recognized tracks from '84's "Mirror Moves." But neither song was the lead single. That honor went to "Here Come Cowboys" which stiffed miserably in the U.S. "Heaven" became the group's highest charting U.K. effort to date but "The Ghost In You," another U.K. hit, failed to gain much mainstream traction in the U.S., peaking at only #59 on the Billboard chart. Still, the band found a place on College and Modern Rock Radio.





Director John Hughes lifted the title "Pretty In Pink" for his popular "romantic comedy-drama film about teenage love and social cliques in '80s." The Psychedelic Furs re-recorded the title song for the soundtrack. The new version did well on both sides of the Atlantic. So it was understandable that the Furs record label wanted a follow-up album. "Midnight To Midnight," with drummer Paul Garisto and saxophonist Mars Williams, was the result. Though the album sold well and contained the hit single "Heartbreak Beat," Richard Butler labeled the effort "hollow, vapid and weak."

With the return of Ely, the Furs released "All That Money Wants" for the group's 'best of' compilation, "All Of This And Nothing."

The creation of the Modern Rock Chart in the late '80s, led to the Furs landing #1's in '88 ("All That Money Wants"), '90 ("House") and '91 ("Until She Comes").

The album "Book Of Days" dropped in '89 and two years later the Furs' final album, "World Outside," was released. The group then disbanded with the Butler Brothers starting Love Spit Love.


Psychedelic Furs Discography

Studio Albums:

1980 The Psychedelic Furs
1981 Talk,Talk,Talk
1982 Forever Now
1984 Mirror Moves
1987 Midnight To Midnight
1989 Book Of Days
1991 World Outside


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