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If you were to dissect the alternative rock dominating todays music, youll find that much of it payshomage to The Psychedelic Furs. Led by vocalist and songwriter Richard Butler, and his...

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If you were to dissect the alternative rock dominating todays music, youll find that much of it payshomage to The Psychedelic Furs. Led by vocalist and songwriter Richard Butler, and his bass-wieldingbrother Tim, the Furs won over fans and critics alike by combining poetic lyrics, innovative rhythms andmelodies driven by an aggressive, punk desperation. Through it all, the band scored major hits with"Love My Way," "Pretty In Pink," "Heaven," "The Ghost In You," and Heartbreak Beat in all releasingseven studio albums and spawning several compilations, a boxed set, and a live concert DVD.

The Furs debut, a self-titled album from 1980 was produced by Steve Lillywhite. The LP quicklyestablished the band at radio in Europe and was a top 20 hit in the UK. The album also found success inGermany, Italy, France, Spain, New Zealand and Australia.The Furs found success in the U.S. with their next release, 1981's Talk Talk Talk, which saw the bandmaking its debut on the US album charts. In New Zealand, meanwhile, the band grew immenselypopular, as it reached the top of the charts, the first in a string of Furs' albums to chart in the NewZealand Top 10.

In the UK, the album spun off two charting singles, "Dumb Waiters" and the original version of "Pretty inPink". The latter song served as inspiration for the 1986 John Hughes film of the same name, and was rerecordedfor the films platinum-selling soundtrack.In 1982, the Furs recorded Forever Now, with producer Todd Rundgren in Woodstock, New York. Thisalbum included "Love My Way", which became yet another UK and US chart hit.

The Furs' 1984 release Mirror Moves was produced by Keith Forsey, and featured the songs "The Ghostin You" and "Heaven". Both charted in throughout the world, and "Heaven" became the band's highestcharting UK hit at the time. Also, "The Ghost In You" was a smash single on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.By the mid-80s, the band had become a staple on both U.S. college and modern rock radio stations.Simultaneously, they were experiencing consistent mainstream success, placing several singles in thepop charts on both sides of the Atlantic.In 1986, the band recorded a sax-infused version of "Pretty in Pink" for the soundtrack of the film of thesame name. Released as a single, it became their biggest hit to that time in the U.S., and their biggest everUK hit. On the heels of the successful soundtrack, the ban immediately recorded Midnight toMidnight, their biggest Top 40 success to date, but also a more overtly commercial effort than the Furshad ever recorded before. The album featured the single "Heartbreak Beat", which became thePsychedelic Furs biggest hit on the U.S. Top 40. The album also featured drummer Paul Garisto and saxplayer Mars Williams, both of whom continue to tour with the band.

In the wake of Midnight To Midnight, the Furs found themselves ill at ease with their new commercialdirection, and subsequently returned to a rawer sound with "All That Money Wants", a 1988 trackespecially recorded for a best-of compilation album "All Of This And Nothing". 1989's Book of Days and1991's World Outside also saw a return to the earlier Furs' style.The Furs' steady chart success continued with three #1 hits on the newly-established U.S. Modern Rockchart between 1988 and 1991. "All That Money Wants" was a #1 hit in 1988, while "House" topped thechart in 1990, and "Until She Comes" was #1 in 1991.

The band went on extended hiatus in the early 1990s, with the Butler brothers going on to create theband Love Spit Love along with urrent Guns N Roses guitarist Richard Fortus and drummer FrankFerrer. Love Spit Love released two albums and enjoyed some chart success as well.After spending most of the decade apart, the Butlers reignited The Psychedelic Furs in 2000, andreleased a live album Beautiful Chaos: Greatest Hits Live, which also featured a new studio recording,"Alive (For Once In My Lifetime)." Since then, lead singer Richard Butler has released an eponymous soloalbum produced by Jon Carin, and has hinted at the possibility of a new Psychedelic Furs album.

Currently, the band continues to tour around the world. The Psychedelic Furs touring lineup remainsRichard Butler (vocals), Tim Butler (bass), Rich Good (guitar), Mars Williams (saxophone), AmandaKramer (keyboards), and Paul Garisto (drums).