If you were to dissect the alternative rock dominating today’s music, you’ll find that much of it pays homage to The Psychedelic Furs. Led by vocalist and songwriter Richard Butler, and his bass-wielding brother Tim, the Furs won over fans and critics alike by combining poetic lyrics, innovative rhythms and melodies driven by an aggressive, punk desperation. Through it all, the band scored major hits with “Love My Way”, “Pretty In Pink”, “Heaven”, “The Ghost In You”, “Heartbreak Beat” and “Until She Comes” in all releasing seven studio albums and spawning several compilations, a box set, and a live concert DVD.
Born out of the late ‘70s, early ‘80s post-punk U.K. rock scene, the Furs’ debut, a self-titled album from 1980 quickly established the band at radio in Europe and was a Top 20 hit in the U.K. The Furs found success in the U.S. with their next release, 1981’s Talk, Talk, Talk, which saw the band making its debut on the U.S. album charts. The album spun off two charting singles, “Dumb Waiters” and the original version of “Pretty in Pink”. The latter song served as an inspiration for the 1986 John Hughes film of the same name, and was re-recorded for the film’s platinum-selling soundtrack. With the advent of MTV in the early 80s, the band took off into the stratosphere and became one of the premier bands on the U.S. College and Modern Rock radio scoring a multitude of #1 singles.
In the early 1990s, the band went on an extended hiatus, with the Butler brothers going onto create the band “Love Spit Love”. After spending most of the decade apart, the Butlers reignited The Psychedelic Furs in 2000, and released a live album Beautiful Chaos: Greatest Hits Live, which also featured a new studio recording, “Alive (For Once in My Lifetime).” Since then, lead singer Richard Butler has released an eponymous solo album and has hinted at the possibility of a new Psychedelic Furs album. Currently, the band continues to tour around the world. The Psychedelic Furs touring lineup remains Richard Butler (vocals), Tim Butler (bass), Rich Good (guitar), Mars Williams (saxophone), Amanda Kramer (keyboards), and Paul Garisto (drums).