All of This and Nothing

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All Music Guide - Michael Sutton
The Psychedelic Furs acquired a million or so more fans in 1986 after they re-recorded their early '80s classic "Pretty in Pink" for the John Hughes box-office smash of the same name. The Top-40 success of "Heartbreak Beat" a year later took the once enigmatic new wave band further into the mainstream. 1988's All of This and Nothing is basically a tutorial for late Furs converts. The group's original followers probably have most of the lyrics memorized, but the album is an accessible and enlightening introduction to the band. "Imitation of Christ" and "Sister Europe" are from the group's self-titled 1980 debut, and their dark, ragged edges offer a glimpse of the band's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael Sutton
The Psychedelic Furs acquired a million or so more fans in 1986 after they re-recorded their early '80s classic "Pretty in Pink" for the John Hughes box-office smash of the same name. The Top-40 success of "Heartbreak Beat" a year later took the once enigmatic new wave band further into the mainstream. 1988's All of This and Nothing is basically a tutorial for late Furs converts. The group's original followers probably have most of the lyrics memorized, but the album is an accessible and enlightening introduction to the band. "Imitation of Christ" and "Sister Europe" are from the group's self-titled 1980 debut, and their dark, ragged edges offer a glimpse of the band's less commercial younger days. On the gorgeous "Love My Way" the Furs have more of a pop flavor, giving hints at the group's subsequent transformation. It was on 1984's Mirror Moves that the Psychedelic Furs completely softened their abrasiveness and began writing warm, keyboard-laden songs. Accused of selling out at the time by diehard aficionados, the Psychedelic Furs actually improved on Mirror Moves; their music became more pleasing to the ear, as exemplified on the hauntingly beautiful ballad "The Ghost in You" and the soaring "Heaven." Richard Butler's voice remained as raspy as ever, but it took on a more romantic tone that was very appealing. 1987's ultra slick Midnight to Midnight is represented here by the aforementioned "Heartbreak Beat." "Heartbreak Beat" has silly, clichéd lyrics i.e. "There's a heartbreak beat/And it feels like love"; nevertheless, its nonsense hooks are deliriously catchy. With ts swirling guitars and sarcastic lyrics, "All That Money Wants" was seen as a return to the Furs of old when it was included as a new track on All of This and Nothing. It's not. The tune merely combines the dissonance of their first full-length with their stronger melodic sensibilities in the mid-'80s. All of This and Nothing effectively summarizes the Psychedelic Furs' evolution from a left-of-center British rock band to a stylish alternative pop act.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972398020
  • Catalog Number: 723980
  • Sales rank: 43,389

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 President Gas (5:16)
  2. 2 All That Money Wants (3:46)
  3. 3 Imitation of Christ (5:29)
  4. 4 Sister Europe (5:41)
  5. 5 Love My Way (3:33)
  6. 6 No Easy Street (4:03)
  7. 7 Highwire Days (4:03)
  8. 8 She Is Mine (3:52)
  9. 9 Dumb Waiters (5:06)
  10. 10 Pretty in Pink (3:59)
  11. 11 The Ghost in You (4:17)
  12. 12 Heaven (3:27)
  13. 13 Heartbreak Beat (5:11)
  14. 14 All of This and Nothing (6:26)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Psychedelic Furs Primary Artist
Todd Rundgren Horn, Keyboards, Saxophone
Keith Forsey Drums
John Ashton Guitar
Ed Buller Keyboards
Tim Butler Bass
Jon Carin Horn, Keyboards, Saxophone
Vince Ely Drums
Paul Garisto Drums
Duncan Kilburn Horn, Keyboards, Saxophone
Joe McGinty Keyboards
Roger Morris Guitar
Steve Scales Percussion
Mars Williams Horn, Saxophone
Richard Butler Bass, Vocals
Tommy Price Drums
Ann Sheldon Cello
Marty Williamson Guitar
Technical Credits
Todd Rundgren Producer
Chris Anderson Engineer
Keith Forsey Producer
Phil Thornalley Producer, Engineer
John Ashton Producer
Tim Butler Producer
Vince Ely Producer
Steve Hodge Engineer
Chris Kimsey Producer
Steve Lillywhite Producer
Mark McKenna Engineer
Steve Scales Contributor
Thomas Stiehler Engineer
Stephen Street Producer
Steve Thompson Engineer
Dave Wittman Engineer
Richard Butler Producer
Steve Sutherland Liner Notes
Steve Williams Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Guilty pleasure?

    The Furs had a unique sound that was somewhat eclipsed by peers whose product proved a bit more ''commercial''. At the core of this sound was Richard Butler and his soft growling vocals: imagine the less nasal-sounding Brit cousin of Bob Dylan. Half of the tracks on this collection are either early tunes such as ''President Gas'' that seem clunky and dated now, or the later, glossier tracks more in line with the conventional marketplace, such as ''Heaven'' and ''Heartbreak Beat (which, I admit, I love!). But, between these are several tracks which truly stand out: ''All That Money Wants'' is anchored by simple, yet extremely catchy guitar work that rambles along, and is the perfect backdrop for Butlers' eerie vocals. ''Love My Way'' sounds even better now than when it was first released. Unique then, it has even more character when freed of the original era. The slow, painful vocals, edgy guitar ( not complex, but perfect for the mood), restrained (by '80's standards) keyboards, and that weird xylophone combine to make music that is beautiful to listen to, in a style that is utterly missing today. 80's music? Yes! Guilt? No!

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