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Psychedelic Furs

The Psychedelic Furs keep livin' after ­midnight.
The Psychedelic Furs keep livin' after ­midnight.

The Psychedelic Furs are a study in retroactive popularity. They toiled in the punk and new wave underground for years before finding success as the inspiration for a John Hughes movie in 1986. They re-recorded that song ("Pretty in Pink") for the soundtrack, and after being an afterthought for so many years, with the world at large not really paying attention to which direction they were headed, they suddenly had no direction at all. They recorded a Top 40-ish record as a ­follow-up to their newfound, long-awaited success (1987's Midnight to Midnight), but the band — and many of their fans, most of whom wisely dug into their back catalog in the meantime — have since characterized it as hollow and their weakest overall effort. Two more underperforming but underrated albums followed, and then the Furs went their separate ways before re-forming in 2000. There has been almost no talk of them revisiting a studio anytime soon; the band is what it is (or, more accurately, what it was). They tour behind a catalog now 20 to 30 years old, but when the overall aesthetic is as good as the Furs', there isn't any need to apologize or dress it up as something it isn't, either.

 
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