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A staple of '80s-centric playlists, The Psychedelic Furs came together in England during the postpunk era and released seven albums between 1980 and 1991. Mostly identified by Richard Butler's unique lead vocals (kind of a cross between David Bowie and John Lydon), the Furs never reached the mainstream success of their new wave peers. But they were a big influence on countless artists of the time, and over the years they dropped many quality singles (primarily moody love songs with plenty of synths). This collection draws mostly from their earlier work and includes their best-known song, "Pretty in Pink," which would inspire John Hughes' classic 1986 film of the same name. A reunited/revamped version of the Furs still tour sporadically (they performed 1981's Talk, Talk, Talk on the road in 2011), but it's great to hear these original mixes. Highlights here include "Love My Way," "The Ghost in You," "Heaven," and "Heartbreak Beat."

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One of the best

They had a unique style and impressive list of good songs. I miss those days (80's).


Formed: 1977 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

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...
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