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The Psychedelic Furs


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London, United Kingdom (1977 – 1991, 2000 – present)

The Psychedelic Furs are an English rock band founded in London in the late 1970s. They came together in England’s burgeoning punk scene of 1977, and initially consisted of Richard Butler (vocals), Tim Butler (bass guitar), Duncan Kilburn (saxophone), Paul Wilson (drums), and Roger Morris (guitars). By 1979, this line up had expanded to a sextet with the addition of John Ashton on guitar and Vince Ely replacing Wilson on drums.

The Furs initially used Martin Hannett as a producer, but their initial self-titled album from 1980 was eventually produced by Steve Lillywhite. The LP quickly established the band on radio and was a top 20 hit in the UK. The album also found success in Germany, Italy, France, Spain and Australia. The US version of the album was resequenced, but failed to have as strong a commercial impact.

The Furs found success in the U.S. market with the 1981 release Talk Talk Talk, which made its impact on the US album charts. In the UK, the album was a solid hit which spun off two charting singles, “Dumb Waiters” and the original version of “Pretty in Pink”. The latter song served as inspiration for the 1986 John Hughes film of the same name, and was re-recorded for the platinum-selling soundtrack.

In 1982, the band was reduced to a four-piece with the departures of Morris and Kilburn. (Ex-Birthday Party drummer Phill Calvert would briefly join the group around this time.) The band’s remaining members moved permanently to New York, where they recorded the album Forever Now with producer Todd Rundgren.


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  • Panzerfaust

    madly in love with them, especially Richard Butler. <3

    16 Jan 11:42pm Reply
  • promisedeyes

    "Love My Way" and "Pretty in Pink"... two songs that are utterly amazing and basically perfect... :-D

    10 Dec 2014 Reply
  • mapref31n106w

    Lovers will just steal your clothes.. I'm not one of those.

    25 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Amrabart

    great band, period

    12 Sep 2014 Reply
  • JessiBelen

    Me encanta Love My Way

    29 May 2014 Reply
  • polloramone

    Sorprendente y fascinantemente oscura!

    30 Apr 2014 Reply
  • limonad_limonad

    Неплохо, то есть необходимости слушать нету.

    24 Mar 2014 Reply
  • chamberofhellos

    I dig Richard Butler's voice.

    26 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Ricro

    best first post-punk wave neo-psychedelic band ;-)

    19 Dec 2013 Reply
  • IAmMrDexB

    ↓‎Probably be beaten by One Direction ;)

    8 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Nekro__b

    Pretty in Pink

    21 Aug 2013 Reply
  • gonetobeach

    Ugly or not ugly. They put on one hell of a show. There are not too many band that sound as good live in 2013 as they did in 1987. These guys are awesome.

    17 Aug 2013 Reply
  • djb1993djb

    serious contender for the ugliest band this universe has ever beheld

    14 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Antonionii

    Can't believe I had the chance to see them live a couple of years ago. One of my all-time favorite band. Probably the most underated new wave-post-punk.

    24 Jul 2013 Reply
  • true-romance

    the ghost in you <3

    15 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Nakkinak

    best first wave neo-psych band

    2 May 2013 Reply
  • slowpulse-girl

    one of my first loves

    17 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Skygazer1

    The Remasterd "Forever Now" sounds fantastic. It's like the same songs, but with way more depth and musical complexity and richness. It's a revelation and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves the early period of this bands music.

    5 Apr 2013 Reply
  • NeroAsTheLife

    Listening to this band is really perfect for my current mood...outside is snowing,I had a shitty day,but a really nice night,I just came back home and I've just smoked the last one before sleeping..the dreaming one..and the notes,the guitars and the sax of Sister Europe is makin floating on the pre-sleeping waters :)

    30 Mar 2013 Reply
  • hatchwell

    i have an unhealthy obsession with sister europe

    28 Feb 2013 Reply
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