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Should God Forget: A Retrospective

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All Music Guide - Jack Rabid
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, ...
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All Music Guide - Jack Rabid
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: 11/4/1997
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646515228
  • Catalog Number: 65152

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 India (6:22)
  2. 2 Sister Europe (5:38)
  3. 3 Pulse (2:39)
  4. 4 Mack the Knife (5:59)
  5. 5 Blacks/Radio (6:50)
  6. 6 We Love You (3:27)
  7. 7 Imitation of Christ (5:30)
  8. 8 Soap Commercial (3:50)
  9. 9 Pretty in Pink (3:58)
  10. 10 Mr. Jones (4:02)
  11. 11 Into You Like a Train (4:33)
  12. 12 I Wanna Sleep with You (3:17)
  13. 13 Merry-Go-Round (Yes I Do) (3:51)
  14. 14 President Gas (5:17)
  15. 15 Love My Way (3:33)
  16. 16 Sleep Comes Down (3:51)
  17. 17 I Don't Want to Be Your Shadow (Non-LP B-Side) (3:49)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Alice's House (4:16)
  2. 2 The Ghost in You (4:16)
  3. 3 Here Come Cowboys (3:56)
  4. 4 Heaven (3:26)
  5. 5 Highwire Days (4:08)
  6. 6 Heartbeat (5:03)
  7. 7 All of the Law (5:42)
  8. 8 Heartbreak Beat (5:14)
  9. 9 All That Money Wants (3:45)
  10. 10 Entertain Me (5:00)
  11. 11 Should God Forget (4:21)
  12. 12 Torch (4:48)
  13. 13 Get a Room (4:45)
  14. 14 Until She Comes (3:48)
  15. 15 All About You (4:17)
  16. 16 There's A World Outside (4:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Psychedelic Furs Primary Artist, 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
The 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
F. Darnell Davis Composer
Scott Schinder Liner Notes
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