Alt-Rock Pioneers The Psychedelic Furs (LISTEN)

The Psychedelic Furs began as a London-based punk band, led by singer Richard Butler and his brother Tim Butler on bass, in 1977.  Their self-titled debut album as a Top 20 success in the United Kingdom.  It wasn't until their third album, Forever Now, broke the band in the United States with the single "Love My Way."

The band finally received international attention in 1986 when film director John Hughes used their 1981 single "Pretty In Pink" as the basis for a movie starring Molly Ringwald, Jon Cryer, James Spader, and Andrew McCarthy.  

All totaled, the band has had 22 charted singles internationally and 7 studio albums.  The band took an extended hiatus in the early 1990s, but reunited in 2001 and have continued touring.  Now, they're frequently mentioned as one of the originators and major influence of what became known as "modern rock" or "alt rock."

TIm Butler called The Scott Sands Show on News Radio WSPD to talk about their current tour and upcoming April 10 concert at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts (click to buy tickets) with Robyn Hitchcock

Tim also talks about what the band really thinks of their "Pretty In Pink" fame.  Listen below with our free iHeartRadio app.

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