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Editors’ Notes

Despite major-label marketing and an assist from filmmaker John Hughes, The Psychedelic Furs never quite fit into any easily defined mold in the '80s. Truth is, The Furs oozed pop in a kind of Warholian way, owing as much to The Velvet Underground as the postpunk hullaballoo reverberating out of England. This 1984 album found the band in L.A., with rising producer and Giorgio Moroder protégé Keith Forsey (Billy Idol, Simple Minds) nip-and-tucking their gloriously convoluted sonics into late-night soothers and the occasional ringing rock anthem. The album found homes both in lonely bedrooms of smart teenagers and on turntables at big-city dance clubs. Forsey managed to smooth Butler’s dirty-croon-meets-dirty-beauty aesthetic without ruining anything cool: the graceful (“The Ghost in You”) the anthemic (“Heaven”), and the acerbic (“Here Come Cowboys”) all find the singer and band in ace form. Even the album title’s a telling double-entendre, mocking the band’s own narcissism while embracing their newfound vanity as rising rock stars.

Customer Reviews

Best Furs album

A bit more atmospheric than other albums of theirs, Mirror Moves is fairly consistent all the way through. I tire of hearing "Pretty in Pink" and "Love My Way" as the Furs songs played on the radio, and "The Ghost in You" and "Heaven" are better songs. And both are on this album. If you think you like the Furs, buy this album.

Ray Bans, High Tops, Acid Wash Jeans, T-shirts and Sport jackets-The 80's shall rise again...

There are a few small gems to be mined in the blip decade of the 80's. This happens to be one of them. Yes, it does sound somewhat vapid and airy when you peruse some of these clips, but the real treasure of the Furs were the boozy voice of Richard Butler and the seductive melodies crafted by the band. This was make-out music 80's style. Put on your Walkman, close your eyes, and you are transported to that teen landscape of bad hair, bad clothes, studied looks in the mirror, and goofy movies that someone who grew up in that time can never forget. Looking back on it now, I would never trade any of it for the constant stream of commentary that we are subjected to regarding our culture today.

As good as I remembered

For some reason "The Ghost In You" was playing in my head and so I very impulsively bought the album from ITUNES. This whole album is just as great as I remembered. Now I need to find my edited for tv copy of "Repo Man".

Biography

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...
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