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The Psychedelic Furs

The Psychedelic Furs

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Emerging from the incipient post-punk London scene with a healthy fascination for late-'70s Bowie (and in turn, for his own attraction to Krautrock), the then-sextet kicked up a slightly monochromatic but still attractive storm on their debut. Richard Butler's Thin-White-Duke-after-smoking vocal rasp has a surprising appeal, serving up a wry, slightly detached series of lyrics on life. The members of the core band, meanwhile, had clearly honed their chops well on-stage; Ashton's lead guitar work avoids both wankery and simplicity in favor of a balanced, artistic power. Production mainly comes from Steve Lillywhite, who smartly steers away from the soon-to-be-clichéd touches he would bring to U2's early work. "India" is a good example; it has a brooding, quiet beginning with strange telegraphic signals and turns into a brawling rocker without sounding like the Edge or Larry Mullins going off. The record comes off as serious without being self-consciously deep, occasional toe-dipping into humorous aside ("We Love You" has Butler idly listing off things he loves, sometimes with appropriate if sarcastically delivered song quotes: "I'm in love with Frank Sinatra...fly me to the moon..."). "Imitation of Christ" is the most frazzled, with lyrics detailing someone else metaphorically nailing himself up over a light but still strange guitar line. "Wedding Song" is amusingly prescient as one of the first "white rockers go hip-hop" numbers of its kind, along with Blondie's "Rapture," though its inspiration could equally be dub. Ely lays down a pounding funk beat while Butler breaks into a midsong rap no better or worse than most such efforts of the time.
© Ned Raggett /TiVo

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1
India Album Version
00:06:20

Wolf Gosling, Engineer - Phil Thornally, Engineer - John Ashton, Lyricist - John Ashton, Composer - Vincent Davey, Composer - Vincent Davey, Lyricist - The Psychedelic Furs, Performer - Richard Butler, Composer - Richard Butler, Lyricist - Steve Lillywhite, Producer - Duncan Kilburn, Composer - Duncan Kilburn, Lyricist - Timothy Butler, Composer - Timothy Butler, Lyricist - Roger Morris, Composer - Roger Morris, Lyricist

(P) 2002 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

2
Sister Europe Remastered Album Version
00:05:38

Wolf Gosling, Engineer - Phil Thornally, Engineer - John Ashton, Composer - John Ashton, Lyricist - Vincent Davey, Composer - Vincent Davey, Lyricist - The Psychedelic Furs, Performer - Richard Butler, Composer - Richard Butler, Lyricist - Steve Lillywhite, Producer - Duncan Kilburn, Composer - Duncan Kilburn, Lyricist - Timothy Butler, Composer - Timothy Butler, Lyricist - Roger Morris, Composer - Roger Morris, Lyricist

(P) 2001 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

3
Imitation Of Christ Album Version
00:05:28

Wolf Gosling, Engineer - Phil Thornally, Engineer - John Ashton, Composer - John Ashton, Lyricist - Vincent Davey, Composer - Vincent Davey, Lyricist - The Psychedelic Furs, Performer - Richard Butler, Composer - Richard Butler, Lyricist - Steve Lillywhite, Producer - Duncan Kilburn, Composer - Duncan Kilburn, Lyricist - Timothy Butler, Composer - Timothy Butler, Lyricist - Roger Morris, Composer - Roger Morris, Lyricist

(P) 2002 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

4
Fall Album Version
00:02:40

Wolf Gosling, Engineer - Phil Thornally, Engineer - John Ashton, Composer - John Ashton, Lyricist - Vincent Davey, Composer - Vincent Davey, Lyricist - The Psychedelic Furs, Performer - Richard Butler, Composer - Richard Butler, Lyricist - Steve Lillywhite, Producer - Duncan Kilburn, Composer - Duncan Kilburn, Lyricist - Timothy Butler, Composer - Timothy Butler, Lyricist - Roger Morris, Composer - Roger Morris, Lyricist

(P) 2002 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

5
Pulse Album Version
00:02:36

Wolf Gosling, Engineer - Ian Taylor, Producer - Phil Thornally, Engineer - John Ashton, Composer - John Ashton, Lyricist - Vincent Davey, Composer - Vincent Davey, Lyricist - The Psychedelic Furs, Performer - Richard Butler, Composer - Richard Butler, Lyricist - Howard Thompson, Producer - Duncan Kilburn, Composer - Duncan Kilburn, Lyricist - Timothy Butler, Composer - Timothy Butler, Lyricist - Roger Morris, Composer - Roger Morris, Lyricist

(P) 2002 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

6
We Love You Album Version
00:03:25

Wolf Gosling, Engineer - Ian Taylor, Producer - Phil Thornally, Engineer - John Ashton, Composer - John Ashton, Lyricist - Vincent Davey, Composer - Vincent Davey, Lyricist - The Psychedelic Furs, Performer - Richard Butler, Composer - Richard Butler, Lyricist - Howard Thompson, Producer - Duncan Kilburn, Composer - Duncan Kilburn, Lyricist - Timothy Butler, Composer - Timothy Butler, Lyricist - Roger Morris, Composer - Roger Morris, Lyricist

(P) 2002 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

7
Wedding Song Album Version
00:04:19

Wolf Gosling, Engineer - Phil Thornally, Engineer - John Ashton, Composer - John Ashton, Lyricist - Vincent Davey, Composer - Vincent Davey, Lyricist - The Psychedelic Furs, Performer - Richard Butler, Composer - Richard Butler, Lyricist - Steve Lillywhite, Producer - Duncan Kilburn, Composer - Duncan Kilburn, Lyricist - Timothy Butler, Composer - Timothy Butler, Lyricist - Roger Morris, Composer - Roger Morris, Lyricist

(P) 2002 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

8
Blacks/Radio Album Version
00:06:56

Wolf Gosling, Engineer - Phil Thornally, Engineer - John Ashton, Composer - John Ashton, Lyricist - Vincent Davey, Composer - Vincent Davey, Lyricist - The Psychedelic Furs, Performer - Richard Butler, Composer - Richard Butler, Lyricist - Steve Lillywhite, Producer - Duncan Kilburn, Composer - Duncan Kilburn, Lyricist - Timothy Butler, Composer - Timothy Butler, Lyricist - Roger Morris, Composer - Roger Morris, Lyricist

(P) 2002 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

9
Flowers Album Version
00:04:10

Wolf Gosling, Engineer - Ian Taylor, Producer - Phil Thornally, Engineer - John Ashton, Composer - John Ashton, Lyricist - Vincent Davey, Composer - Vincent Davey, Lyricist - The Psychedelic Furs, Performer - Richard Butler, Composer - Richard Butler, Lyricist - Howard Thompson, Producer - Duncan Kilburn, Composer - Duncan Kilburn, Lyricist - Timothy Butler, Composer - Timothy Butler, Lyricist - Roger Morris, Composer - Roger Morris, Lyricist

(P) 2002 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

10
Susan's Strange Album Version
00:03:13

John Ashton, Composer - John Ashton, Lyricist - Richard Butler, Composer - Richard Butler, Lyricist - Timothy Butler, Composer - Timothy Butler, Lyricist - Duncan Kilburn, Composer - Duncan Kilburn, Lyricist - MARTIN HANNETT, Producer - Vincent Davey, Composer - Vincent Davey, Lyricist - The Psychedelic Furs, Performer - Roger Morris, Composer - Roger Morris, Lyricist

(P) 2002 Sony Music Entertainment (UK) Ltd.

11
Soap Commercial Album Version
00:02:53

John Ashton, Composer - John Ashton, Lyricist - Richard Butler, Composer - Richard Butler, Lyricist - Timothy Butler, Composer - Timothy Butler, Lyricist - Duncan Kilburn, Composer - Duncan Kilburn, Lyricist - MARTIN HANNETT, Producer - Vincent Davey, Composer - Vincent Davey, Lyricist - The Psychedelic Furs, Performer - Roger Morris, Composer - Roger Morris, Lyricist

(P) 2002 Sony Music Entertainment (UK) Ltd.

12
Mack The Knife Non LP B-Side
00:04:18

B. Brecht, Composer - B. Brecht, Lyricist - The Psychedelic Furs, Performer - The Psychedelic Furs, Producer - K. Weill, Composer - K. Weill, Lyricist - M. Blitzstein, Composer - M. Blitzstein, Lyricist

(P) 2002 Sony Music Entertainment (UK) Ltd.

13
Flowers Demo Version
00:05:36

John Ashton, Composer - John Ashton, Lyricist - Richard Butler, Composer - Richard Butler, Lyricist - Timothy Butler, Composer - Timothy Butler, Lyricist - Duncan Kilburn, Composer - Duncan Kilburn, Lyricist - Vincent Davey, Composer - Vincent Davey, Lyricist - The Psychedelic Furs, Performer - The Psychedelic Furs, Producer - Roger Morris, Composer - Roger Morris, Lyricist

(P) 2002 Sony Music Entertainment (UK) Ltd.

Album Description

Emerging from the incipient post-punk London scene with a healthy fascination for late-'70s Bowie (and in turn, for his own attraction to Krautrock), the then-sextet kicked up a slightly monochromatic but still attractive storm on their debut. Richard Butler's Thin-White-Duke-after-smoking vocal rasp has a surprising appeal, serving up a wry, slightly detached series of lyrics on life. The members of the core band, meanwhile, had clearly honed their chops well on-stage; Ashton's lead guitar work avoids both wankery and simplicity in favor of a balanced, artistic power. Production mainly comes from Steve Lillywhite, who smartly steers away from the soon-to-be-clichéd touches he would bring to U2's early work. "India" is a good example; it has a brooding, quiet beginning with strange telegraphic signals and turns into a brawling rocker without sounding like the Edge or Larry Mullins going off. The record comes off as serious without being self-consciously deep, occasional toe-dipping into humorous aside ("We Love You" has Butler idly listing off things he loves, sometimes with appropriate if sarcastically delivered song quotes: "I'm in love with Frank Sinatra...fly me to the moon..."). "Imitation of Christ" is the most frazzled, with lyrics detailing someone else metaphorically nailing himself up over a light but still strange guitar line. "Wedding Song" is amusingly prescient as one of the first "white rockers go hip-hop" numbers of its kind, along with Blondie's "Rapture," though its inspiration could equally be dub. Ely lays down a pounding funk beat while Butler breaks into a midsong rap no better or worse than most such efforts of the time.
© Ned Raggett /TiVo

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