The Psychedelic Furs (album)

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The Psychedelic Furs
The Psychedelic Furs re-issue cover.jpg
Studio album by The Psychedelic Furs
Released 7 March 1980
Recorded 1979
Studio RAK Studios, London
Genre Post-punk
Length 40:50
Label Columbia
Producer Steve Lillywhite, Martin Hannett, Howard Thompson, Ian Taylor, the Psychedelic Furs
The Psychedelic Furs chronology
The Psychedelic Furs
(1980)
Talk Talk Talk
(1981)Talk Talk Talk1981
Alternative cover
US cover
US cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record GuideA−[2]
Entertainment WeeklyB[3]
Q4/5 stars[4]
Rolling Stone2/5 stars[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4.5/5 stars[6]
Smash Hits8/10[7]

The Psychedelic Furs is the debut studio album by the English rock band the Psychedelic Furs. It was released on 7 March 1980 by Columbia Records. It was reissued with bonus tracks in 2002 by Columbia/Legacy.[8]

The original UK LP had nine tracks. The US LP contained 10 tracks, deleting one track from the UK LP ("Blacks/Radio") and adding two others ("Susan's Strange" and "Soap Commercial"), and changing the order of the tracks significantly. The CD reissue contained 13 tracks, beginning with the original nine UK LP tracks (programmed in their original order), then adding the two additional tracks from the US LP release, plus a version of "Mack the Knife" and a demo of the album track "Flowers".

Track listing[edit]

All songs were written and arranged by the Psychedelic Furs, with words by Richard Butler, and produced by Steve Lillywhite, except where noted.

Original UK LP[edit]

Side 1
  1. "India" – 6:21
  2. "Sister Europe" – 5:38
  3. "Imitation of Christ" – 5:28
  4. "Fall" – 2:40
  5. "Pulse" – 2:37 (produced by Howard Thompson, Ian Taylor and the Psychedelic Furs)
Side 2
  1. "We Love You" – 3:26 (produced by Howard Thompson, Ian Taylor and the Psychedelic Furs)
  2. "Wedding Song" – 4:19
  3. "Blacks/Radio" – 6:56
  4. "Flowers" – 4:10 (produced by Howard Thompson, Ian Taylor and the Psychedelic Furs)

Original US LP[edit]

Side 1
  1. "India" – 6:21
  2. "Sister Europe" – 5:38
  3. "Susan's Strange" – 3:13 (produced by Martin Hannett)
  4. "Fall" – 2:40
  5. "We Love You" – 3:26 (produced by Howard Thompson, Ian Taylor and the Psychedelic Furs)
Side 2
  1. "Soap Commercial" – 2:53 (produced by Martin Hannett)
  2. "Imitation of Christ" – 5:28
  3. "Pulse" – 2:37 (produced by Howard Thompson, Ian Taylor and the Psychedelic Furs)
  4. "Wedding Song" – 4:19
  5. "Flowers" – 4:10 (produced by Howard Thompson, Ian Taylor and the Psychedelic Furs)

CD reissue[edit]

  1. "India" – 6:21
  2. "Sister Europe" – 5:38
  3. "Imitation of Christ" – 5:28
  4. "Fall" – 2:40
  5. "Pulse" – 2:37 (produced by Howard Thompson, Ian Taylor and the Psychedelic Furs)
  6. "We Love You" – 3:26 (produced by Howard Thompson, Ian Taylor and the Psychedelic Furs)
  7. "Wedding Song" – 4:19
  8. "Blacks/Radio" – 6:56
  9. "Flowers" – 4:10 (produced by Howard Thompson, Ian Taylor and the Psychedelic Furs)
  10. "Susan's Strange" – 3:13 (produced by Martin Hannett)
  11. "Soap Commercial" – 2:53 (produced by Martin Hannett)
  12. "Mack the Knife" (Kurt Weill, Bertolt Brecht, Marc Blitzstein) – 4:18 (produced by the Psychedelic Furs)
  13. "Flowers" (Demo) – 5:36 (produced by the Psychedelic Furs)

Personnel[edit]

The Psychedelic Furs
Technical

Chart performance[edit]

Album

Year Chart Position
1980 Billboard Pop Albums 140[citation needed]

Singles

Year Single Chart Position
1980 "India/Pulse/We Love You/Flowers" Billboard Club Play Singles 36[citation needed]
1980 "We Love You" Billboard Club Play Singles 77[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Raggett, Ned. "The Psychedelic Furs – The Psychedelic Furs". AllMusic. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1990). "The Psychedelic Furs: The Psychedelic Furs". Christgau's Record Guide: The '80s. Pantheon Books. ISBN 0-679-73015-X. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Psychedelic Furs; Talk Talk Talk; Forever Now". Entertainment Weekly. 8 March 2002. Retrieved 18 March 2017. 
  4. ^ "The Psychedelic Furs: The Psychedelic Furs". Q (190): 134. May 2002. 
  5. ^ Fricke, David (5 March 1981). "The Psychedelic Furs: The Psychedelic Furs". Rolling Stone (338). Archived from the original on 15 June 2009. Retrieved 14 April 2006. 
  6. ^ Sheffield, Rob (2004). "The Psychedelic Furs". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 660–61. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  7. ^ Hepworth, David (20 March – 2 April 1980). "Psychedelic Furs: Psychedelic Furs". Smash Hits: 31. 
  8. ^ Discogs

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