Heaven (The Psychedelic Furs song)

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"Heaven"
Single by The Psychedelic Furs
from the album Mirror Moves
Released 1984
Recorded 1984
Genre Post-punk, new wave
Length 3:27
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Tim Butler, Richard Butler
Producer(s) Keith Forsey
The Psychedelic Furs singles chronology
"Run and Run"
(1982)
"Heaven"
(1984)
"The Ghost in You"
(1984)

"Heaven" is a 1984 song by the English band The Psychedelic Furs from their fourth studio album, Mirror Moves. Written by the bass guitarist Tim Butler and the lead vocalist Richard Butler, the song reached the top 30 of the charts in the United Kingdom and peaked at number 41 in New Zealand.

Release and reception[edit]

Released in 1984, "Heaven" entered the UK Singles Chart in April 1984, peaked at number 29, and spent five weeks in the chart.[1] The song reached number 41 in New Zealand.[2] Allmusic writer Bill Janovitz called it a "gorgeous pop song", and praised Richard Butler for being "remarkably expressive in his phrasing and in his extraordinary voice".[3] Janovitz credited producer Keith Forsey for striking a balance of pop music and punk rock influences on the track.[3]

"Heaven" was covered by Buffalo Tom on their 1990 album Birdbrain,[4] Annie Lennox on the Japanese edition of her 1995 album Medusa,[5] Face to Face on their 2001 album Standards & Practices,[6] Alkaline Trio on the 2004 compilation album Another Year on the Streets, Vol. 3,[7] and Nouvelle Vague on their 3 album, released in 2009.[8]

Track listing[edit]

7" vinyl
  1. "Heaven" - 3:27
  2. "Heartbeat" (remix) - 5:10
12" vinyl
  1. "Heaven" (full version) - 4:25
  2. "Heartbeat" (New York remix) - 8:09

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1984) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart[1] 29
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart[2] 41

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Psychedelic Furs - 'Heaven'". Chart Stats. Retrieved 26 January 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Charts - The Psychedelic Furs - 'Heaven'". Ultratop. Retrieved 26 January 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Janovitz, Bill. ""Heaven" - Review". Allmusic (Rovi Corporation). Retrieved 26 January 2010. 
  4. ^ Deming, Mark. "Birdbrain - Review". Allmusic (Rovi Corporation). Retrieved 26 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "Medusa - Overview". Allmusic (Rovi Corporation). Retrieved 26 January 2010. 
  6. ^ Wilson, MacKenzie. "Standards & Practices - Review". Allmusic (Rovi Corporation). Retrieved 26 January 2010. 
  7. ^ Loftus, Johnny. "Another Year on the Streets, Vol. 3 - Review". Allmusic (Rovi Corporation). Retrieved 26 January 2010. 
  8. ^ "NV3 - Overview". Allmusic (Rovi Corporation). Retrieved 26 January 2010.