Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The Psychedelic Furs Debut Album Covers

There are a lot of things to like about this release, which was the first proper Psychedelic Furs album. It is an essential, classic album and what you have here is the reissue package, not the original.

Making perfect use of pink and black and blurry lines and punk aesthetics, it's hard to believe just how late to the party they were. Released in 1980? Punk was almost dead and buried for the second time by then. Why, they were new wave, not punk, right? Or did they find a unique path between the two?

I own the original 12" release of Sister Europe, and while it never seemed punk to me, it did seem to have all of the attitude and sensibility of a punk band, but played through a more confident and self-aware filter. There's no reason to reach for labels. Reach for the rest of the catalog and enjoy.

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