The Psychedelic Furs are an influential British post-punk band founded in the late 1970s. The Psychedelic Furs came together in England's emerging punk scene in 1977, and initially consisted of Richard Butler (vocals), Tim Butler (bass guitar), Duncan Kilburn (saxophone), and Roger Morris (guitars). By 1979, this line up had expanded to a sextet with the addition of Vince Ely on drums and John Ashton on guitar.
Punk had dismissed psychedelic rock and was adamantly opposed to it. The Furs embraced punk's more liberating elements, but discarded such limitations and also embraced psychedelic rock. The outcome was a combination of droning guitars and sax, rhythm section in the deep end of the pool, and raspy biting vocals with a slightly more pop feel than punk, becoming progressively more pop and less punk with successive albums until 1989's Book of Days, which saw a return to the earlier style.
The Furs' initial self-titled album from 1980 featured a fairly heavy David Bowie influence, and was a top 20 hit in the UK. The US version of the album was resequenced, but failed to have a substantial commercial impact.
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|years active||1977-1991, 2000-present|
|music genre||Alternative rock|
|current members||John Ashton (guitarist)|