|The Psychedelic Furs|
|Produced by Steve Lillywhite, Martin Hannett, Howard Thompson,|
Ian Taylor, The Psychedelic Furs
|Released on February 1980|
|US CHART POSITION #140|
|Find it at GEMM|
|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|
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|
|US||1980||Columbia||LP||NJC 36791||different cover, picture sleeve|
|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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