PC 37339 Talk Talk Talk
production credits unknown
Released on July 1981
US CHART POSITION #89
Find it at GEMM
PC 37339 cover
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Y ou knew the real revolution wasn’t going to come courtesy of Columbia Records, but the delicate, ragged charm of Talk Talk Talk made it easy to forget that. Richard Butler drops lines like bombs, the guitars from John Ashton and Roger Morris work like a tandem of James Williamson and Phil Manzanera, and Duncan Kilburn’s sax slips in to create an audible link to David Bowie (the implied genius behind the new wave movement). It’s a far more tuneful affair than their first elpee, yet when Richard Butler bottoms out on the ennui of life the effects are devastating compared to the caged anger of “Fall” or “Soap Commercial.” The band has never been so powerful as on “Pretty In Pink,” “Dumb Waiters” or “It Goes On,” near-nihilist anthems from a band completely bored with the traditional boy/girl dynamic. You don’t get any of that sweet stuff here; their vision of love is as bleak and blunt as anything you’ll hear from Lou Reed or Jane’s Addiction. “Into You Like A Train” and “I Wanna Sleep With You” were confrontational in their simplicity, a trait that placed the Furs closer to the punk camp than the new romantics (if the Furs were new romantics, then romance was dead). Talk Talk Talk is far too musical for punk music though, residing somewhere between Lodger’s brutal minimalism and the psychedelic punk sound of Siouxsie and The Banshees or Echo & The Bunnymen. At the time, it was a revelation to then-young ears, a sign that reinforcements were on the way to inherit the standard from David Bowie and ready to run with it. Their first album caught my attention, but it was this album that made me a Furs fan.

PC 37339 back cover
PC 37339 back cover

TRACK LISTING

  1. PRETTY IN PINK    3:58
  2. MR. JONES    4:02
  3. NO TEARS    3:16
  4. DUMB WAITERS    5:08
  5. SHE IS MINE    3:51
  6. INTO YOU LIKE A TRAIN    4:35
  7. IT GOES ON    3:52
  8. SO RUN DOWN    2:50
  9. I WANNA SLEEP WITH YOU    3:16
  10. ALL OF THIS & NOTHING    6:24

    CD reissue bonus tracks
  11. MR. JONES (SINGLE VERSION)
  12. SO RUN DOWN (EARLY VERSION)
  13. ALL OF THIS & NOTHING (DEMO)

    All songs written by The Psychedelic Furs

CREDITS

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK 1981 CBS LP 84892 lyric sleeve, poster
US July 1981 Columbia LP NFC 37339  
CAN 1981 Columbia LP WFC 37339  
UK   CBS LP S32539 lyric insert
US   Columbia LP/CD/CS PC/CK/PCT 37339  
US 2002 Sony CDX CK 85917 digital remaster w. bonus tracks
EUR 2002 Sony CDX 506363 digital remaster w. bonus tracks

 

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