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Re: The Psychedelic Furs are terrible

Postby The Modernist » 26 Jan 2019, 11:08

Underrated.
They did a nice line in moody, but pleasingly abrasive, post-punk. Most of the early singles are really good ( my top pick the supercharged "Dumb Waiters") and they had some epic album tracks like " India" and the wonderful "Sister Europe". They went a bit wrong in the mid eighties, but who didn't, as they chased the MTV dollar.
They were never received much music press support and I think this has affected their subsequent critical reputation, at least in the UK. I don't think Simon Reynolds post-punk book even mentioned them.

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Re: The Psychedelic Furs are terrible

Postby Hightea » 26 Jan 2019, 14:08

Love the first two albums lost interest after that.

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Re: The Psychedelic Furs are terrible

Postby bobzilla77 » 26 Jan 2019, 17:44

Like the majority here I thought they had some very good to great moments, but couldn't sustain interest for long. And when they are not good they really aren't good.

I'd still like to own a copy of Forever Now, maybe some day I will.
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Re: The Psychedelic Furs are terrible

Postby Polishgirl » 28 Jan 2019, 04:02

The Modernist wrote:Underrated.
They did a nice line in moody, but pleasingly abrasive, post-punk. Most of the early singles are really good ( my top pick the supercharged "Dumb Waiters")


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Re: The Psychedelic Furs are terrible

Postby Kinkhurt » 28 Jan 2019, 10:34

Polishgirl wrote:
The Modernist wrote:Underrated.
They did a nice line in moody, but pleasingly abrasive, post-punk. Most of the early singles are really good ( my top pick the supercharged "Dumb Waiters")


Yes!


The single is cut short though,there's more greatness available on the album version. Not an obvious choice for a single, the dissonance on that record is a thing of beauty. I love the wah guitar on that track - right on the edge of pedal operation - a bit too low in the mix for my liking though.

The single for Mr Jones is miles better than the album version - its got miles more bounce in it, something the 2nd album suffered from all the way through, to my ears.
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Re: The Psychedelic Furs are terrible

Postby Jimbo » 29 Jan 2019, 01:41

Kudos for the band name which gave them a smidge of cred with we acid eaters of the 60s and 70s.
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Re: The Psychedelic Furs are terrible

Postby Muskrat » 29 Jan 2019, 02:28

Minnie the Minx wrote:Was letting a YouTube playlist run and run as I couldn’t be bothered turning it off and when I checked it had been playing the Furs for two hours. All of it ghastly.
Terrible aren’t they?


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Re: The Psychedelic Furs are terrible

Postby Minnie the Minx » 29 Jan 2019, 13:36

Muskrat wrote:
Minnie the Minx wrote:Was letting a YouTube playlist run and run as I couldn’t be bothered turning it off and when I checked it had been playing the Furs for two hours. All of it ghastly.
Terrible aren’t they?


And they speak so highly of you!


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Re: The Psychedelic Furs are terrible

Postby Ranking Ted » 29 Jan 2019, 19:34

The Modernist wrote:Underrated.
They did a nice line in moody, but pleasingly abrasive, post-punk. Most of the early singles are really good ( my top pick the supercharged "Dumb Waiters") and they had some epic album tracks like " India" and the wonderful "Sister Europe". They went a bit wrong in the mid eighties, but who didn't, as they chased the MTV dollar.
They were never received much music press support and I think this has affected their subsequent critical reputation, at least in the UK. I don't think Simon Reynolds post-punk book even mentioned them.

Yep, that’s it. Their MTV phase - which was rather iffy- has seen them rather unjustly overlooked - for me, things like Sister Europe and All Of This And Nothing stand up extremely well.

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Re: The Psychedelic Furs are terrible

Postby Sambient » 30 Jan 2019, 21:24

So Longlegs and I saw them perform late last year. A comfortable old local theater that's great for seeing comfortable old artists.
Songs I'd not listened to in ages suddenly fully remembered as I mouthed along to some lyrics.
There's something sexy in the sound. There's also a proto-emo over-earnestness: let's write very literary sounding lyrics, okay?
The performance was timeless in that detached post-punk tradition. The playing was spot on.
Had a great time. Bought bootlegs t-shirts outside after.

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Re: The Psychedelic Furs are terrible

Postby Belle Lettre » 31 Jan 2019, 12:47

Polishgirl wrote:
The Modernist wrote:Underrated.
They did a nice line in moody, but pleasingly abrasive, post-punk. Most of the early singles are really good ( my top pick the supercharged "Dumb Waiters")


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Re: The Psychedelic Furs are terrible

Postby Minnie the Minx » 02 Feb 2019, 02:08

I gave them another go today.
They sounded even worse than last time, so I'll probably give up now.
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Re: The Psychedelic Furs are terrible

Postby Shagger Dave » 02 Feb 2019, 03:35

northernsky wrote:I like all the first four, then it was steeply downhill....but their last (final?) effort, World Outside was very decent. "Don't be a girl" and this queasy beauty were standouts:



"Get A Room" is the keeper off that record. I was pleasantly surprised by that one, having written them off after "Heartbreak Beat" in the mid 1980s. I do like the first few records, perhaps their rep is a little inflated but they did write some great songs (Love My Way, Pretty In Pink, President Gas, India).
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Re: The Psychedelic Furs are terrible

Postby Kinkhurt » 31 Jan 2020, 10:52

This thread finally delivers ..... underwhelming to say the least - wheres the space, dynamics and anybody not called Butler ?

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