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Formed: 1978 (36 years ago)
Split: 1991 (23 years ago)


Biography

The Psychedelic Furs have earned tremendous respect from critics and fans alike for their music’s mix of punk rock, poetic lyricism and seductive rhythmic hooks. Fronted by vocalist and chief songwriter, Richard Butler, The Furs built a reputation as one of the most riveting musical forces to come out of the early 80s post-punk, new wave era. The band charted big hits with "Love My Way," "Pretty In Pink," "Heaven," "The Ghost In You," and “Heartbreak Beat” in all releasing seven studio albums and spawning several compilations, a boxed set, and a live concert DVD.

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The Psychedelic Furs have earned tremendous respect from critics and fans alike for their music’s mix of punk rock, poetic lyricism and seductive rhythmic hooks. Fronted by vocalist and chief songwriter, Richard Butler, The Furs built a reputation as one of the most riveting musical forces to come out of the early 80s post-punk, new wave era. The band charted big hits with "Love My Way," "Pretty In Pink," "Heaven," "The Ghost In You," and “Heartbreak Beat” in all releasing seven studio albums and spawning several compilations, a boxed set, and a live concert DVD.

The Psychedelic Furs' (consisting of Richard Butler/vocals, Tim Butler/bass, John Ashton/guitar, Roger Morris/guitar, Duncan Kilburn/sax and Vince Ely/drums) hinted on their self-titled first album that the game was about to change a bit. In their finest moments on albums including Talk, Talk, Talk, Forever Now, and Mirror Moves, Butler’s husky vocals and often-brooding lyrics ingeniously intertwined with the edgy musical textures provided by brother Tim Butler on bass and John Ashton on guitar. Although the Furs received a tremendous amount of mainstream Top 40 airplay, they remained an innovative and adventurous force in early alternative music and maintained a steady presence on college radio.

Through it all, Butler’s baritone became one of the 80’s most recognizable sounds, often managing to be both introspective and aloof at the same time. It was quirky and darkly cynical faire that expressed the detachment of the times and the itchy struggle of a generation to find meaning in the turbulent headwaters of what would later become the dawn of Information Age. Gaining much of their fame as part of MTV’s first wave of video artists, Butler and company will be forever identified with a time when stale musical paradigms were forever cast aside and replaced by the new rock of an angrier and faster world.

Throughout The Furs reign, critics routinely compared the group’s enigmatic sound to an impressive slew of art-rock icons including David Bowie, The Velvet Underground and The Doors, as well as to punk progenitors, The Sex Pistols and The Clash. Growing heavier and more guitar-oriented in their later releases, The Furs have since been regarded as a musical icon that bridged the gap between early punk and the alternative rock and grunge that would rise during the 90s.

After twelve years of recording and touring, Butler and the Furs decided to go their own ways. "It was really very amicable," Butler recalls. "We had been doing it for so long that the process became predictable. I think we all wanted to do different things. We had a great run, but there weren’t any surprises left, so took a break"

In the 90's, Richard Butler formed a new band called Love Spit Love, along with brother Tim, guitarist Richard Fortus and drummer Frank Ferrer. The group recorded two albums had success with the top ten alternative single "Am I Wrong", and a cover of "How Soon Is Now?" which was featured in the film "The Craft" and on the television series "Charmed". From there, Richard Butler released a solo album in 2006. Produced by Jon Carin, the album, titled "Richard Butler" which was met with overwhelming critical acclaim.

But at the beginning of new millenium, it seemed like the right time to resume with the Psychedelic Furs and since then, the Furs have been a steady force in music with headlining tours across North America, Europe, Australia and South America.

Joining the Butler brothers on the road are Furs veterans Mars Williams, Paul Garisto and Amanda Kramer along with guitarist Rich Good. The band can still impress enthusiastic crowds and continues to hint at the possibility of a new Furs album. We shall see what the future holds.

With a career spanning the rise and fall of punk, MTV, glam metal, grunge, hip-hop, and yet another new-wave, the Furs are happy to be in a position to connect with audiences. Richard Butler muses, "I don’t really know if you can change the world making music, but it sure is nice to think that you can enable people to have a good time."

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

The Psychedelic Furs have earned tremendous respect from critics and fans alike for their music’s mix of punk rock, poetic lyricism and seductive rhythmic hooks. Fronted by vocalist and chief songwriter, Richard Butler, The Furs built a reputation as one of the most riveting musical forces to come out of the early 80s post-punk, new wave era. The band charted big hits with "Love My Way," "Pretty In Pink," "Heaven," "The Ghost In You," and “Heartbreak Beat” in all releasing seven studio albums and spawning several compilations, a boxed set, and a live concert DVD.

The Psychedelic Furs' (consisting of Richard Butler/vocals, Tim Butler/bass, John Ashton/guitar, Roger Morris/guitar, Duncan Kilburn/sax and Vince Ely/drums) hinted on their self-titled first album that the game was about to change a bit. In their finest moments on albums including Talk, Talk, Talk, Forever Now, and Mirror Moves, Butler’s husky vocals and often-brooding lyrics ingeniously intertwined with the edgy musical textures provided by brother Tim Butler on bass and John Ashton on guitar. Although the Furs received a tremendous amount of mainstream Top 40 airplay, they remained an innovative and adventurous force in early alternative music and maintained a steady presence on college radio.

Through it all, Butler’s baritone became one of the 80’s most recognizable sounds, often managing to be both introspective and aloof at the same time. It was quirky and darkly cynical faire that expressed the detachment of the times and the itchy struggle of a generation to find meaning in the turbulent headwaters of what would later become the dawn of Information Age. Gaining much of their fame as part of MTV’s first wave of video artists, Butler and company will be forever identified with a time when stale musical paradigms were forever cast aside and replaced by the new rock of an angrier and faster world.

Throughout The Furs reign, critics routinely compared the group’s enigmatic sound to an impressive slew of art-rock icons including David Bowie, The Velvet Underground and The Doors, as well as to punk progenitors, The Sex Pistols and The Clash. Growing heavier and more guitar-oriented in their later releases, The Furs have since been regarded as a musical icon that bridged the gap between early punk and the alternative rock and grunge that would rise during the 90s.

After twelve years of recording and touring, Butler and the Furs decided to go their own ways. "It was really very amicable," Butler recalls. "We had been doing it for so long that the process became predictable. I think we all wanted to do different things. We had a great run, but there weren’t any surprises left, so took a break"

In the 90's, Richard Butler formed a new band called Love Spit Love, along with brother Tim, guitarist Richard Fortus and drummer Frank Ferrer. The group recorded two albums had success with the top ten alternative single "Am I Wrong", and a cover of "How Soon Is Now?" which was featured in the film "The Craft" and on the television series "Charmed". From there, Richard Butler released a solo album in 2006. Produced by Jon Carin, the album, titled "Richard Butler" which was met with overwhelming critical acclaim.

But at the beginning of new millenium, it seemed like the right time to resume with the Psychedelic Furs and since then, the Furs have been a steady force in music with headlining tours across North America, Europe, Australia and South America.

Joining the Butler brothers on the road are Furs veterans Mars Williams, Paul Garisto and Amanda Kramer along with guitarist Rich Good. The band can still impress enthusiastic crowds and continues to hint at the possibility of a new Furs album. We shall see what the future holds.

With a career spanning the rise and fall of punk, MTV, glam metal, grunge, hip-hop, and yet another new-wave, the Furs are happy to be in a position to connect with audiences. Richard Butler muses, "I don’t really know if you can change the world making music, but it sure is nice to think that you can enable people to have a good time."

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

The Psychedelic Furs have earned tremendous respect from critics and fans alike for their music’s mix of punk rock, poetic lyricism and seductive rhythmic hooks. Fronted by vocalist and chief songwriter, Richard Butler, The Furs built a reputation as one of the most riveting musical forces to come out of the early 80s post-punk, new wave era. The band charted big hits with "Love My Way," "Pretty In Pink," "Heaven," "The Ghost In You," and “Heartbreak Beat” in all releasing seven studio albums and spawning several compilations, a boxed set, and a live concert DVD.

The Psychedelic Furs' (consisting of Richard Butler/vocals, Tim Butler/bass, John Ashton/guitar, Roger Morris/guitar, Duncan Kilburn/sax and Vince Ely/drums) hinted on their self-titled first album that the game was about to change a bit. In their finest moments on albums including Talk, Talk, Talk, Forever Now, and Mirror Moves, Butler’s husky vocals and often-brooding lyrics ingeniously intertwined with the edgy musical textures provided by brother Tim Butler on bass and John Ashton on guitar. Although the Furs received a tremendous amount of mainstream Top 40 airplay, they remained an innovative and adventurous force in early alternative music and maintained a steady presence on college radio.

Through it all, Butler’s baritone became one of the 80’s most recognizable sounds, often managing to be both introspective and aloof at the same time. It was quirky and darkly cynical faire that expressed the detachment of the times and the itchy struggle of a generation to find meaning in the turbulent headwaters of what would later become the dawn of Information Age. Gaining much of their fame as part of MTV’s first wave of video artists, Butler and company will be forever identified with a time when stale musical paradigms were forever cast aside and replaced by the new rock of an angrier and faster world.

Throughout The Furs reign, critics routinely compared the group’s enigmatic sound to an impressive slew of art-rock icons including David Bowie, The Velvet Underground and The Doors, as well as to punk progenitors, The Sex Pistols and The Clash. Growing heavier and more guitar-oriented in their later releases, The Furs have since been regarded as a musical icon that bridged the gap between early punk and the alternative rock and grunge that would rise during the 90s.

After twelve years of recording and touring, Butler and the Furs decided to go their own ways. "It was really very amicable," Butler recalls. "We had been doing it for so long that the process became predictable. I think we all wanted to do different things. We had a great run, but there weren’t any surprises left, so took a break"

In the 90's, Richard Butler formed a new band called Love Spit Love, along with brother Tim, guitarist Richard Fortus and drummer Frank Ferrer. The group recorded two albums had success with the top ten alternative single "Am I Wrong", and a cover of "How Soon Is Now?" which was featured in the film "The Craft" and on the television series "Charmed". From there, Richard Butler released a solo album in 2006. Produced by Jon Carin, the album, titled "Richard Butler" which was met with overwhelming critical acclaim.

But at the beginning of new millenium, it seemed like the right time to resume with the Psychedelic Furs and since then, the Furs have been a steady force in music with headlining tours across North America, Europe, Australia and South America.

Joining the Butler brothers on the road are Furs veterans Mars Williams, Paul Garisto and Amanda Kramer along with guitarist Rich Good. The band can still impress enthusiastic crowds and continues to hint at the possibility of a new Furs album. We shall see what the future holds.

With a career spanning the rise and fall of punk, MTV, glam metal, grunge, hip-hop, and yet another new-wave, the Furs are happy to be in a position to connect with audiences. Richard Butler muses, "I don’t really know if you can change the world making music, but it sure is nice to think that you can enable people to have a good time."

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