Purists can argue the point till the cows come home.
Some will claim that the eponymous, Steve Lillywhite-produced 1980 debut album from Britain’s edge Psychedelic Furs is their definitive work, with snarling standards like “India.” Others prefer the more cloudlike textures of ’84’s “Mirror Moves,” with dreamier numbers like “The Ghost In You” and “Here Come Cowboys.”
For our money, however, it’s ’81’s sophomore “Talk Talk Talk” that really stands the test of time, even though it might be best known for the signature “Pretty In Pink,” which would go on to inspire John Hughes’ ’86 teen comedy of the same name.
Which is why we’re putting this little reminder out there: Next Tuesday at Slim’s in San Francisco a reunited Furs will be performing “Talk Talk Talk” in its jarring entirety, including “Mr. Jones” and “Into You Like A Train.”
The lineup isn’t complete, but its got smoke-throated frontman Richard Butler and his bassist brother Tim, plus new axeman Rich Good, saxophonist Mars Williams, keyboardist Amanda Kramer and drummer Paul Garisto. And in Britain, they’ve just reissued “Talk” on 180-gram vinyl, remastered from the original tapes.
Backed by Good, Richard Butler recently played the John Oates-curated First Annual 7908: Aspen Songwriters Festival, too, playing acoustic versions of Furs, Love Spit Love and solo tracks (with Oates even sitting in on six-string). There is also talk of a new band album.
Tune in to www.thepsychedelicfurs.com/ for more dirt.