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The Psychedelic Furs

The Psychedelic Furs
are an English rock band founded in 1977. Led by singer Richard Butler and his brother Tim on bass guitar, the Psychedelic Furs are one of the many acts spawned from the British post-punk scene. Their music went through several phases, from an initially austere art rock sound, later touching on new wave and hard rock. (Read more at Wikipedia)

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Peel was initially a supporter of The Psychedelic Furs playing their singles releases and album tracks from their albums as they appeared. After playing "Sister Europe" on 22 January 1980 he noticed that the B side was in fact a shorter version of the song since he had been given a DJ promo copy. This was later rectified on the 11 February 1980 show when he played the B-side proper. The band recorded three sessions for his program, the first anticipating tracks from their debut album release of some months later. The second premiered on 28 February 1980, a show hosted by Mike Read due to John being ill. When it was repeated one month later (25 March 1980), Peel said he was looking forward to hear it for the first time, especially their version of the Brecht/Weill song "Mac the Knife". The session was then repeated twice more during the course of the year. The Psychedelic Furs also featured in the 1982 Festive Fifty.

However, as time went by, it's possible that John changed his mind about some of the material he originally endorsed. In a 1986 programme, when a listener requested a play of the band's "Pretty in Pink", Peel did not oblige, stating that it was "a stadium version of a song which I never very much cared for in the first place", even though the track was played more than once during his 1981/2 shows.

Festive Fifty Entries


The Psychedelic Furs - Peel Session 1979

The Psychedelic Furs - Peel Session 1979

Three sessions. Officially released on "The Radio One Sessions" (Strange Fruit ‎– SFRSCD003, 1997)

1. Recording date: 1979-07-25. First broadcast: 30 July 1979.

  • Imitation of Christ / Fall / Sister Europe / We Love You

2. Recording date: 1980-02-18. First broadcast: 28 February 1980. Repeated: 25 March 1980, 01 May 1980, 19 June 1980.

  • Soap Commercial / Susan's Strange / Mac the Knife

3. Recording date: 1981-02-02. First broadcast: 10 February 1981.

  • Into You Like a Train / On and Again / All of This and Nothing

Other Shows Played

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The Psychedelic Furs - Pretty in Pink

The Psychedelic Furs - Pretty in Pink


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