Greatest Hits

Greatest Hits

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by The Psychedelic Furs
     
 

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When they burst onto the post-punk rock scene in 1980, the Psychedelic Furs' heady, lysergic swirl of guitars, bass, drums, sax, and the husky, haunted voice of Richard Butler was unlike anything that had been heard since the heyday of the Velvet Underground. It was intoxicating, and their arrival kicked off a mini-wave of trippy British guitar bands, including See more details below

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When they burst onto the post-punk rock scene in 1980, the Psychedelic Furs' heady, lysergic swirl of guitars, bass, drums, sax, and the husky, haunted voice of Richard Butler was unlike anything that had been heard since the heyday of the Velvet Underground. It was intoxicating, and their arrival kicked off a mini-wave of trippy British guitar bands, including Echo & the Bunnymen, the Teardrop Explodes, and the Chameleons UK. This is the Furs' first official greatest hits package (though a 33-track retrospective, Should God Forget, was released in '97), and it's a breezy encapsulation of their career to date. From the raggedly ominous sound of their earliest albums to the slicker fare of later years, Greatest Hits includes 17 songs, most of which have made some kind of impression on the Billboard charts. The set opens with the trance-inducing, rhythmic drone of "Sister Europe," touches on the Furs' first big U.S. single "Pretty in Pink" (this is actually the original version, which didn't chart here), FM radio and dance-club staples like the percussive "Love My Way," comparatively tender numbers such as "Heaven" and "Heartbreak Beat," and more. Also included is a previously unreleased live version of 1982's "Only You and I." Liner notes stress that this album isn't a memorial: The Psychedelic Furs plan to follow this up with their eighth studio album.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - MacKenzie Wilson
Paul Weller once said "I never understood why the Psychedelic Furs didn't sell more records." Richard Butler broke up the band in 1991, leaving the Psychedelic Furs' synth-tinged, horn-revered sound to fade away in the surge of '90s grunge rock, and their chances of becoming a global success were never fully developed. They achieved moderate success in their native U.K. with songs such as "All That Money Wants" and "President Gas," but only the American college charts paid attention to what the band was trying to do. All of This and Nothing (1988) was released shortly after the Psych Furs' big break in America thanks to the popularity of "Heartbreak Beat" and the John Hughes soundtrack classic "Pretty in Pink." The extensive, overwhelming double-disc Should God Forget: A Retrospective followed in 1997, offering lost grooves, B-sides, and outtakes aside from the hits. Columbia's own Greatest Hits package features a 17-track setlist, handpicked by Tim Butler. The collection streams through the band's career of 14 years, including all the favorites and cult classics, such as "Love My Way," "Dumb Waiters," "Sister Europe," and "Heaven," as well as the previously unavailable single version of "Mr. Jones."

Product Details

Release Date:
01/30/2001
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074646148129
catalogNumber:
61481

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Psychedelic Furs   Primary Artist
Todd Rundgren   Keyboards,Saxophone
Gary Windo   Horn
Keith Forsey   Percussion,Drums
John Ashton   Guitar
Ed Buller   Keyboards
Emily Burridge   Musician
Tim Butler   Bass
Knox Chandler   Guitar
Vince Ely   Percussion,Drums
Paul Garisto   Guitar
Pete Hewlett   Background Vocals
Howard Kaylan   Background Vocals
Duncan Kilburn   Saxophone
Joe McGinty   Keyboards
Roger Morris   Guitar
Steve Scales   Percussion
Frank Simms   Musician
Mark Volman   Background Vocals
Mars Williams   Horn,Saxophone
Donn Adams   Horn
Richard Butler   Vocals
Tommy Price   Percussion,Drums
Ann Sheldon   Cello
Anthony Thistlewaite   Musician
Jamie Fisher   Musician
Marty Williamson   Guitar

Technical Credits

Psychedelic Furs   Original Album Producer
Todd Rundgren   Original Album Producer
Keith Forsey   Original Album Producer
John Ashton   Composer
Tim Butler   Composer
Knox Chandler   Composer
Vince Ely   Composer
Duncan Kilburn   Composer
Chris Kimsey   Original Album Producer
Steve Lillywhite   Original Album Producer
Joe McGinty   Composer
Roger Morris   Composer
Stephen Street   Original Album Producer
Mark Wilder   Mastering
Richard Butler   Composer
Howard Thompson   Remixing
Erwin Gorostiza   Cover Design
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Don Yallech   Composer
Paul Lester   Liner Notes
John Christiana   Packaging Manager

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