PC 36791 The Psychedelic Furs
Produced by Steve Lillywhite, Martin Hannett, Howard Thompson,
Ian Taylor, The Psychedelic Furs
Released on February 1980
US CHART POSITION #140
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PC 36791 cover
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W e didn’t have the haystack of heroes that you punks did. Just a few prickly characters like Iggy Pop and Johnny Rotten, so we conscripted anybody who sounded like a bored and angry next-generation glammer and slapped the punk label on them. Thus the second wave of the Punk Revolution included reluctant revolutionaries like the Boomtown Rats, XTC and The Psychedelic Furs. The Furs at least wore the label well in the beginning, turning out snotty anti-pop anthems like “We Love You” and “Fall.” Richard Butler’s bored, asthmatic nihilism challenged life, love and religion as an unholy trinity of lies. Their debut fuses the European decadence of Heroes-era Bowie with the anarchic stance of The Sex Pistols. The result is pretty powerful stuff, with ringing guitars and throbbing rhythms and some heavy atmospherics from producer Steve Lillywhite that owe more to Roxy Music than punk music. Personally, their next album is the one to own, but there’s still plenty of good post-Stooges posturing on here. Yeah, it’s anti-everything all the time and could have used a shot of Sex Pistols humor, which is where the luxury of choice might have come in handy. Even if it was only major-label marketing in a minor key, bands like the Furs and the Rats kept the revolution alive long enough for the reinforcements to arrive. As a result, the first Furs album, while not a classic in the early alternative archives, is at least a welcome and bracing reminder that not everyone wanted to be the Beatles. Note that the UK and US elpee versions feature slightly different tracks in different order with different artwork; the tracks were reconciled on the 2002 CD reissue.

PC 36791 back cover
PC 36791 back cover

TRACK LISTING

  1. INDIA
  2. SISTER EUROPE
  3. IMITATION OF CHRIST
  4. FALL
  5. PULSE
  6. WE LOVE YOU
  7. WEDDING SONG
  8. BLACKS/RADIO
  9. FLOWERS

    CD reissue bonus tracks
  10. SUSAN'S STRANGE
  11. SOAP COMMERCIAL
  12. MACK THE KNIFE
  13. FLOWERS (DEMO)

    US elpee track listing
  14. INDIA    6:21
  15. SISTER EUROPE    5:39
  16. SUSAN'S STRANGE    3:11
  17. FALL    2:40
  18. WE LOVE YOU    3:26
  19. SOAP COMMERCIAL    2:54
  20. IMITATION OF CHRIST    5:29
  21. PULSE    2:37
  22. WEDDING SONG    4:20
  23. FLOWERS    4:11

    All songs written and arranged by The Psychedelic Furs

CREDITS

JOHN ASHTON -- guitar
RICHARD BUTLER -- words
TIM BUTLER -- bass guitar
VINCE ELY -- drums
DUNCAN KILBURN -- saxophones
ROGER MORRIS -- guitar
Howard Thompson -- executive producer
Andrew Douglas -- photography

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK February 1980 CBS LP/CS 32299/40-32299  
US 1980 Columbia LP NJC 36791 different cover, picture sleeve
AUSL/NZ 1980 CBS LP SBP-237447  
JPN 1980 Epic LP 25.3P-206  
UK   CBS LP SCBS-84084  
US   Columbia LP/CD/CS PC/CK/PCT 36791  
EUR March 14, 2002 Columbia CDX 506362 digital remaster w. bonus tracks
US 2002 Columbia 3CDX CK 85916/8 bonus tracks repackaged w.
TALK TALK + FOREVER NOW
EUR 2002 Sony 3CD 509506 repackaged w. TALK TALK TALK + FOREVER NOW
JPN   Epic CDX MHCP-275 w. bonus tracks
UK 2008 Sony/BMG 5CD 29555 repackaged w. TALK TALK TALK, FOREVER NOW,
MIRROR MOVES + MIDNIGHT TO MIDNIGHT

 

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