From Publishers Weekly
Best known for their hit "Pretty in Pink," which was immortalized in the 1985 film of the same name, Britains Psychedelic Furs remain one of the leading lights of the post-punk and New Wave eras. Never ascending to the superstar heights of contemporaries like U2, The Cure or Duran Duran, the Furs nevertheless managed to avoid the dreaded "one-hit wonder" fate of so many bands of the late 1970s and 1980s. Instead, they inhabit that realm of college-radio respectability in which bands have more impact on future musicians than they ever did in the marketplace. Right from the introduction, author Thompson declares his intention to eschew biography in favor of an exploration of the bands story "from without." However, it soon becomes clear that without the benefit of backstory, none of the people in and around the band can be sufficiently understood as personalities, so snippets of biography do creep in. The book traces the standard narrative arc that weve all come to expect from VH1s popular Behind the Music: rise, peak, semi-precipitous fall and the inevitable past-their-prime reunion. Likewise, the rock and roll clichés abound, from an endless stream of new drummers (a la Spinal Tap) to trashed hotel rooms and drunken brawls. But the book is mostly concerned with a staid litany of personnel, producers and dates. Thompson is also attracted to needlessly flowery prose, as when he writes, "Gone were the wired and weirdly worldly mavericks who still seemed forever torn between playing a set full of hits and bits." Thompsons skills as a researcher will please dedicated Furs fans, but this band history is unlikely to win many new converts. 8 pages b/w photos.
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From the Publisher
I can't believe there has never before been a book on one of THE greatest, THE coolest, THE most groundbreaking, THE most talented lyrics-wise, generally most mind-blowing groups of the 1980s. Well, now there is, and about time too! Put on TALK TALK TALK, crank up the volume to max, and revel in the Beautiful Chaos of The Psychedelic Furs