Should God Forget: A Retrospective

Should God Forget: A Retrospective

by The Psychedelic Furs
     
 

The Psychedelic Furs were the perfect lesson of why a great band should never turn to sh*t: it makes everyone forget they once meant a great deal. On CD one, it comes back, just like in 1980 when their first, self-titled LP arrived amid a storm of London raves (and smart singles), with such grinding, subversive-sounding, catchy rockers as "India," "Pulse," and "We… See more details below

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The Psychedelic Furs were the perfect lesson of why a great band should never turn to sh*t: it makes everyone forget they once meant a great deal. On CD one, it comes back, just like in 1980 when their first, self-titled LP arrived amid a storm of London raves (and smart singles), with such grinding, subversive-sounding, catchy rockers as "India," "Pulse," and "We Love You." They helped lead the burgeoning post-punk vanguard that had retained punk's primal urgency, but utilized unique, creative sounds and styles instead of punk's insistence on basic rock'n'blues chords. And there was Richard Butler kicking the stage under his kimono on that first, 1980 U.S. tour -- a blend, both aurally and visually, of master cynic Johnny Rotten (his voice was also as raspy and guttural) and the super-interesting Bowie (then of Low, Heroes, and Lodger). Wow! Second LP (Talk Talk Talk) killers such as "Into You Like a Train" and "Pretty in Pink" failed to diminish that fearsome rep, and even the prettier Todd Rundgren-produced third LP (Forever Now) still sounded fresh, as heard here with "Merry Go Round" and the lovely hit that broke them, "Love My Way." But with this taste of the top, the Furs lost their fire. They wanted to be pop stars, so they neutered their sound. The seduction of John Hughes movie mediocrity that simultaneously infected and ruined Simple Minds (likewise obliterating five great LPs) led them to a flavorless, danceable, weeny-pop wimp out. The first half of disc two, like those unforgivable if popular LPs they unleashed in the mid-'80s, falls so far, one feels the sting of betrayal. Unlike Simple Minds, the Furs became properly embarrassed over their loss of respect, leading them to two final, surprisingly good LPs that reclaimed a tougher sound, if not quite recapturing their older, caustic edge -- see the last half of disc two. But by then, no one but the teenyboppers they'd callously courted cared, the hits dried up, and the band capitulated. This double-dip CD further tosses up B-sides, rare tracks, and unreleased cuts to entice. But what still matters is the 1980-1982 stuff. Feel your skin freeze over: "'India'"! You're my love song!" Buy the first two LPs, but Should God Forget is also a thorough reminder of fertility realized.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/04/1997
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074646515228
catalogNumber:
65152

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. India  -  Psychedelic Furs
  2. Sister Europe  -  Psychedelic Furs
  3. Pulse  -  Psychedelic Furs
  4. Mack the Knife
  5. Blacks/Radio  -  Psychedelic Furs
  6. We Love You  -  Psychedelic Furs
  7. Imitation of Christ  -  Psychedelic Furs
  8. Soap Commercial  -  Psychedelic Furs
  9. Pretty in Pink  -  Psychedelic Furs
  10. Mr. Jones  -  Psychedelic Furs
  11. Into You Like a Train  -  Psychedelic Furs
  12. I Wanna Sleep with You  -  Psychedelic Furs
  13. Merry-Go-Round (Yes I Do)  -  Psychedelic Furs
  14. President Gas  -  Psychedelic Furs
  15. Love My Way  -  Psychedelic Furs
  16. Sleep Comes Down  -  Psychedelic Furs
  17. I Don't Want to Be Your Shadow (Non-LP B-Side)  -  Psychedelic Furs

Disc 2

  1. Alice's House  -  Psychedelic Furs
  2. The Ghost in You  -  Psychedelic Furs
  3. Here Come Cowboys  -  Psychedelic Furs
  4. Heaven  -  Psychedelic Furs
  5. Highwire Days  -  Psychedelic Furs
  6. Heartbeat  -  Psychedelic Furs
  7. All of the Law  -  Psychedelic Furs
  8. Heartbreak Beat  -  Psychedelic Furs
  9. All That Money Wants  -  Psychedelic Furs
  10. Entertain Me  -  Psychedelic Furs
  11. Should God Forget  -  Psychedelic Furs
  12. Torch  -  Psychedelic Furs
  13. Get a Room  -  Psychedelic Furs
  14. Until She Comes  -  Psychedelic Furs
  15. All About You  -  Psychedelic Furs
  16. There's A World Outside  -  Psychedelic Furs

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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
Tim Butler   Bass
Vince Ely   Drums
Paul Garisto   Drums
Howard Kaylan   Background Vocals
Duncan Kilburn   Saxophone
Roger Morris   Guitar
Steve Scales   Percussion
Frank Simms   Background Vocals
Mark Volman   Background Vocals
Mars Williams   Saxophone
Donn Adams   Horn
Richard Butler   Vocals
Tommy Price   Drums
Ann Sheldon   Cello
Mary Williamson   Guitar
Don Yallech   Drums
Marty Williamson   Guitar

Technical Credits

Marc Blitzstein   Composer
Kurt Weill   Composer
Bruce Dickinson   Executive Producer
Psychedelic Furs   Composer
Todd Rundgren   Producer
Keith Forsey   Producer
Bertolt Brecht   Composer
Dave Allen   Producer
John Ashton   Composer,Liner Notes
Emily Burridge   Contributor
Tim Butler   Composer,Liner Notes
Knox Chandler   Composer,Contributor
Vince Ely   Composer
Duncan Kilburn   Composer
Chris Kimsey   Producer
Steve Lillywhite   Producer
Joe McGinty   Composer,Contributor
Roger Morris   Composer
Stephen Street   Producer
Ian Taylor   Producer
Tony Wilson   Producer
Richard Butler   Composer
David Dade   Engineer
Howard Thompson   Producer
Erwin Gorostiza   Art Direction
Don Yallech   Composer
Anthony Thistlewaite   Contributor
Scott Schinder   Liner Notes

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