The Psychedelic Furs

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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
Emerging from the incipient post-punk London scene with a healthy fascination for late-'70s Bowie and in turn, for his own attraction to Krautrock, the then-sextet kicked up a slightly monochromatic but still attractive storm on their debut. Richard Butler's Thin-White-Duke-after-smoking vocal rasp has a surprising appeal, serving up a wry, slightly detached series of lyrics on life. The members of the core band, meanwhile, had clearly honed their chops well on-stage; Ashton's lead guitar work avoids both wankery and simplicity in favor of a balanced, artistic power. Production mainly comes from Steve Lillywhite, who smartly steers away from the soon-to-be-clichéd touches ...
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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
Emerging from the incipient post-punk London scene with a healthy fascination for late-'70s Bowie and in turn, for his own attraction to Krautrock, the then-sextet kicked up a slightly monochromatic but still attractive storm on their debut. Richard Butler's Thin-White-Duke-after-smoking vocal rasp has a surprising appeal, serving up a wry, slightly detached series of lyrics on life. The members of the core band, meanwhile, had clearly honed their chops well on-stage; Ashton's lead guitar work avoids both wankery and simplicity in favor of a balanced, artistic power. Production mainly comes from Steve Lillywhite, who smartly steers away from the soon-to-be-clichéd touches he would bring to U2's early work. "India" is a good example; it has a brooding, quiet beginning with strange telegraphic signals and turns into a brawling rocker without sounding like the Edge or Larry Mullins going off. The record comes off as serious without being self-consciously deep, occasional toe-dipping into humorous aside "We Love You" has Butler idly listing off things he loves, sometimes with appropriate if sarcastically delivered song quotes: "I'm in love with Frank Sinatra...fly me to the moon...". "Imitation of Christ" is the most frazzled, with lyrics detailing someone else metaphorically nailing himself up over a light but still strange guitar line. "Wedding Song" is amusingly prescient as one of the first "white rockers go hip-hop" numbers of its kind, along with Blondie's "Rapture," though its inspiration could equally be dub. Ely lays down a pounding funk beat while Butler breaks into a midsong rap no better or worse than most such efforts of the time.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074643679121
  • Catalog Number: 36791

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 India (6:21)
  2. 2 Sister Europe (5:39)
  3. 3 Susan's Strange (3:11)
  4. 4 Fall (2:40)
  5. 5 We Love You (3:28)
  6. 6 Soap Commercial (2:53)
  7. 7 Imitation of Christ (5:29)
  8. 8 Pulse (2:38)
  9. 9 Wedding Song (4:19)
  10. 10 Flowers (4:12)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Psychedelic Furs Primary Artist, Primary Artist
John Ashton Guitar
Tim Butler Bass, Bass Guitar
Vince Ely Drums
Duncan Kilburn Saxophone
Roger Morris Guitar
Butler Rep Vocals
Richard Butler Vocals
Technical Credits
The Psychedelic Furs Producer
Martin Hannett Producer
Steve Lillywhite Producer
Ian Taylor Producer
Richard Butler Composer, Contributor
Howard Thompson Producer, Executive Producer
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