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Song of the day – 224: The Psychedelic Furs

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I’m putting this up today because it’s the first time I’ve heard these albums (1981’s Talk Talk Talk and 1980′s The Psychedelic Furs) in over 25 years. I used to love the first two Psychedelic Furs’ LPs. (Never listened to them after that.) The sound they achieved on them: something about the vocals: the relentless drums: the clinical dissections of love… what is it? Guitar? Must be the vocals. They sound positively symphonic – or is that the instruments? Never could figure it out. It was that man Steve Lillywhite again. The second album spawned the hits (‘Pretty In Pink’, ‘Into You Like A Train’) and was more fully realised, but I preferred the first for all that, especially the turbulent, churning ‘We Love You’ and album opener ‘India’. And ‘Sister Europe’, of course. It felt nastier, more arrogant (always one of the Furs’ strengths), more visceral and way more brutal. And the saxophone was an asset, not an encumbrance.

Christ, some of those songs were short. If The Psychedelic Furs were existing today, and releasing their debut, there’s no way any of them would have been allowed to slink out in under four minutes.

Here’s ‘We Love You’, plus interview.

It’s the guitars, right?

4 Responses to Song of the day – 224: The Psychedelic Furs

  1. CWS30 November 14, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    I seem to recall colour TV being around when The Furs were a popular combo. What’s with the “Ye Olde Worlde Black and White TV” footage?

    Or maybe I’m missing the irony?

  2. Everett True November 14, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    No no no. You’re quite wrong. You must be older than you think. The Furs never appeared on colour telly.

  3. David November 14, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    Luv these guys …. my youth was spent listening to their songs.. Richard Butler a cross between Bowie and Ian Curtis ( for me anyway ) – was always a complex kind of guy…
    I listened to some of his Love Split Love stuff but it was never the same as The Furs… I somehow think Pretty In Pink killed them.

  4. sadie November 15, 2010 at 7:55 am

    I too spent many a day listening to these songs, I forgot how bloody great they are- and this is my fave. Yeah i reckon its the guitars!

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