August 23, 2009
25 Years Ago This Week: Psychedelic Furs
On August 21, 1984, The Psychedelic Furs released Mirror Moves, a record that has aged well, while many albums of the time sound dated. This was their finest "commercial" album, the songs smart and surprisingly beautiful. I am always chasing that mix; it seems rare these days that male singers have any sense of romance or drama in their vocals.
Richard Butler was a pretty non-pretty boy, wasn't he? Like Mirror Moves, he's aged well and you can see him when he tours the US in September and October. Below are videos for some of the singles. Another great track, Highwire Days, does not have a video.
Psychedelic Furs The Ghost In You:
Psychedelic Furs Heaven:
Psychedelic Furs Here Come Cowboys:
Final note: If you have never heard Love Spit Love, Richard's next band, every pop fan should own the songs Fall On Tears (acoustic version) and his absolute finest song, Am I Wrong (video). The latter is so autumnal. His last solo record also had two songs I also rate well: Good Days Bad Days (video) and Maybe Someday. I think Richard excels at"melancholia."