The Psychedelic Rock Group Named After a Cartoon Character

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Do you love the psychedelic rock group Ween? Did you know that they’re named after a cartoon character?

In this blog post, we’ll take a look at the origins of the band’s name, and how it perfectly encapsulates their unique sound.

The Psychedelic Furs

The Psychedelic Furs are a rock band that was founded in 1977. The band’s name was inspired by a cartoon character named Russ Fur. The band’s original lineup consisted of brothers Richard and Tim Butler, Paul Wilson, Duncan Kilburn, and Roger Morris. The band’s debut album, The Psychedelic Furs, was released in 1980.

The band’s beginnings

The Psychedelic Furs were founded in 1977 in England by brothers Richard and Tim Butler, along with Duncan Kilburn (saxophone) and Paul Wilson (drums). The band was named after a fictional cartoon character created by English cartoonist Edward McLachlan.

The band’s first album, “The Psychedelic Furs”, was released in 1980. It was followed by “Talk Talk Talk” in 1981. These two albums established the band’s sound and style, which was a mix of post-punk and new wave with an underlying psychedelic influence.

The Psychedelic Furs achieved their greatest commercial success with the release of their third album, “Forever Now”, in 1982. The lead single from the album, “Love My Way”, was a top 40 hit in the US and UK. The follow-up single, “Pretty in Pink”, was used as the title track for the 1986 John Hughes film of the same name.

The band’s sound

The Psychedelic Furs are an English rock band founded in London in 1977. The initial lineup consisted of Richard Butler (vocals), Tim Butler (bass), Duncan Kilburn (saxophone), Roger Morris (guitar), and John Ashton (keyboards). By 1979, this lineup had expanded to include Paul Wilson (drums) and Marco Pirroni (guitar/keyboards). The band’s sound consists of rock with strong melodies and Anglo-American influences, as well as an eclectic mix of originality that pulls from punk, art rock, and new wave.

The Psychedelic Furs’ music was influential on the development of the Britpop and shoegazing genres in the early 1990s. The band has been cited as an influence by a number of artists, including Morrissey, Blur, Primal Scream, Radiohead, The Libertines, Kurt Cobain, and Arcade Fire.

The band’s influence

ThePsychedelic Furs are an English rock band founded in 1977. Led by singer Richard Butlerand his brother Tim Butler on bass guitar, the Psychedelic Furs are one of the most popular and influential acts of the new wave era.

The Psychedelic Furs’ music went through several phases, from an initially austere art rock sound, to attain mainstream pop music status as a result of their association with producer Steve Lillywhite. The band achieved several hit singles in the UK and US; including “Love My Way”, “Pretty in Pink” and “Heartbreak Beat”.

The Psychedelic Furs toured extensively throughout Europe and North America. The band’s last album before their 1991 disbandment was World Outside; it included the hit single “Until She Comes”. The Psychedelic Furs re-formed in 2000 and have released seven studio albums since then.

The Psychedelic Furs’ music

The Psychedelic Furs are an English rock band that was founded in 1977. The band’s name is derived from a story in The Railway Series book, The Three Railway Engines. The Psychedelic Furs’ music has been described as a cross between the Velvet Underground and the Doors.

The band’s early music

The Psychedelic Furs’ musical style changed significantly from their post-punk roots, with the band’s sound becoming more synth-oriented on later albums. The Furs’ greatest commercial success came with their 1982 single “Love My Way”, which became a Top 10 hit in several countries, including the United Kingdom and the United States.

The group, founded by brothers Richard and Tim Butler in England in 1977, was named after a character in a cartoon book called The Painted Word by TOMI Ungerer.

The band’s later music

The band’s later music was far more focused, with an increased emphasis on danceable, pop-influenced rhythms. The Furs landed their first Top 40 hit with “Heartbreak Beat” in 1987, followed by the album Midnight to Midnight, which went gold. The title track became a Top 20 hit in the U.S., while “Pretty in Pink” — which had originally been released as a single in 1981 — was given new life when it was featured in the John Hughes film of the same name. The Furs toured tirelessly throughout the late ’80s and early ’90s, scoring another hit with “Until She Comes” before issuing what would ultimately be their final studio album, World Outside, in 1991.

The band’s live performances

The Psychedelic Furs’ music has been described as punk rock, post-punk, and new wave. AllMusic’s Greg Prato writes that the band “were one of the most innovative and influential band of the late ’70s/early ’80s post-punk movement.” The Los Angeles Times’ Steve Hochman described the band’s style as a cross between “the Shot heard ’round the world’ power pop of the Ramones…and the anthemic art rock of contemporaries like Echo & the Bunnymen, U2, andSimple Minds.” ThePsychedelic Furs have been cited in Time magazine, Pitchfork Media and other publications as an influential act.

The Psychedelic Furs’ live performances were often high-energy affairs. The band would typically open their sets with two fast songs to get the audience moving, followed by a slow song to keep them interest. They would then end their sets with a cover of a song by another artist, which would usually be something unexpected like David Bowie’s “Golden Years” or Smokey Robinson’s “The Tears of a Clown”.

The Psychedelic Furs’ legacy

The Psychedelic Furs are an English rock band founded in 1977. The group’s name was taken from a slang term for a type of fur coat. The Psychedelic Furs’ sound was distinguished by their use of reverb-drenched guitars and lead singer Richard Butler’s distinctive voice. Butler’s baritone vocals were often compared to those of Ian Curtis of Joy Division.

The band’s influence on other artists

The Psychedelic Furs have been credited as an influence by many artists, including Smashing Pumpkins, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Killers, Nine Inch Nails, Interpol, My Chemical Romance, The Dresden Dolls, She Wants Revenge and Radiohead. In 2008, Siouxsie Sioux said that the band’s song “Love My Way” was one of her all-time favorites. Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails has called the band “one of my favorite groups of all time,” and has credited them for influencing his work on The Downward Spiral. Reznor also asked the band to reunite to perform at his wedding in 1999.

The Psychedelic Furs were an English rock band founded in 1977. Their music was influenced by punk rock and new wave, and their debut album was one of the first to be described as post-punk. The band gained popularity for their single “Pretty in Pink”, which was used as the title track for the 1986 John Hughes film of the same name.

The Psychedelic Furs’ legacy extends beyond their music; they have also been credited with influencing popular culture, particularly fashion. The band’s look—a mix of new wave and punk rock style, with a “violent streak”—was copied by many young people in the 1980s. The Furs were also one of the first bands to sign with a major record label after the transition from independent to major labels in the late 1970s/early 1980s. This made them one of the most successful post-punk bands and helped pave the way for other independent bands to follow suit.

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