Monday, April 27, 2009

'80s Monday: The Psychedelic Furs

The Psychedelic Furs were an English band that was somewhat popular in the US. All their albums during the '80s at least made the top 150. They're probably best-known for "Pretty in Pink," which they re-recorded for the Molly Ringwald movie of the same name. (I don't think it's one of their best songs, though, so I'm not including it here.)

Like most of the bands I listened to in the '80s, they had a distinctive sound -- I especially like Richard Butler's raspy, weary, sardonic vocals -- danceable tunes, and thoughtful lyrics. Anyway, here's some music.

"Love My Way" (1982) is a nice "us-against-the world" love song.

Love my way
It's a new road
I follow where
My mind goes
They'd put us
On a railroad
They'd dearly
Make us pay
For laughing
In their faces
And making it our way
There's emptiness
Behind their eyes
There's dust
In all their hearts
They just want to
Steal us all
And take us all apart
But not in
Love my way
It's a new road
I follow where
My mind goes
So swallow
All your tears my love
And put on
Your new face
You can never win or lose
If you don't
Run the race


"Goodbye" (1982) wasn't even released as a single, so there's no music video that goes with it, but it's probably my favorite Furs song. If you've ever been caught up in a group of people who you don't really like and who don't really like you, you'll know what this song is about.

Hello to you, hello to me
Ah yeah, I really care
I'll see you all around sometime
I hope that I'm not there
...
Hello to you, hello to me
And yes, I really care
I'll see you all around sometime
If I ever go back there
...
Goodnight to you, goodnight again
I've somewhere else to be
I'll see you all around sometime
I hope you don't miss me
Goodbye to you, goodbye to you
Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye, goodbye
Goodbye to you
Goodbye


"Heaven" (1984) was their biggest UK hit, but inexplicably it wasn't released as a single in the US. It's another side to the Psychedelic Furs, less angry and sarcastic and more romantic. I think it's quite nice.

Heaven is the whole of the heart
And heaven don't tear you apart
Yeah heaven is the whole of the heart
And heaven don't tear you apart

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