All of This and Nothing

All of This and Nothing

by The Psychedelic FursThe Psychedelic Furs
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The Psychedelic Furs acquired a million or so more fans in 1986 after they re-recorded their early '80s classic "Pretty in Pink" for the John Hughes box-office smash of the same name. The Top-40 success of "Heartbreak Beat" a year later took the once enigmatic new wave band further into the mainstream. 1988's All of This and Nothing is basically a tutorial for late Furs converts. The group's original followers probably have most of the lyrics memorized, but the album is an accessible and enlightening introduction to the band. "Imitation of Christ" and "Sister Europe" are from the group's self-titled 1980 debut, and their dark, ragged edges offer a glimpse of the band's less commercial younger days. On the gorgeous "Love My Way" the Furs have more of a pop flavor, giving hints at the group's subsequent transformation. It was on 1984's Mirror Moves that the Psychedelic Furs completely softened their abrasiveness and began writing warm, keyboard-laden songs. Accused of selling out at the time by diehard aficionados, the Psychedelic Furs actually improved on Mirror Moves; their music became more pleasing to the ear, as exemplified on the hauntingly beautiful ballad "The Ghost in You" and the soaring "Heaven." Richard Butler's voice remained as raspy as ever, but it took on a more romantic tone that was very appealing. 1987's ultra slick Midnight to Midnight is represented here by the aforementioned "Heartbreak Beat." "Heartbreak Beat" has silly, clichéd lyrics (i.e. "There's a heartbreak beat/And it feels like love"; nevertheless, its nonsense hooks are deliriously catchy. With ts swirling guitars and sarcastic lyrics, "All That Money Wants" was seen as a return to the Furs of old when it was included as a new track on All of This and Nothing. It's not. The tune merely combines the dissonance of their first full-length with their stronger melodic sensibilities in the mid-'80s. All of This and Nothing effectively summarizes the Psychedelic Furs' evolution from a left-of-center British rock band to a stylish alternative pop act.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/01/2008
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0886972398020
catalogNumber: 723980
Rank: 50787


  1. President Gas
  2. All That Money Wants
  3. Imitation of Christ
  4. Sister Europe
  5. Love My Way
  6. No Easy Street
  7. Highwire Days
  8. She Is Mine
  9. Dumb Waiters
  10. Pretty in Pink
  11. The Ghost in You
  12. Heaven
  13. Heartbreak Beat
  14. All of This and Nothing

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Psychedelic Furs   Primary Artist
Todd Rundgren   Horn,Keyboards,Saxophone
Keith Forsey   Drums
John Ashton   Guitar
Ed Buller   Keyboards
Tim Butler   Bass
Jon Carin   Horn,Keyboards,Saxophone
Vince Ely   Drums
Paul Garisto   Drums
Duncan Kilburn   Horn,Keyboards,Saxophone
Joe McGinty   Keyboards
Roger Morris   Guitar
Steve Scales   Percussion
Mars Williams   Horn,Saxophone
Richard Butler   Bass,Vocals
Tommy Price   Drums
Ann Sheldon   Cello
Marty Williamson   Guitar

Technical Credits

Todd Rundgren   Producer
Chris Anderson   Engineer
Keith Forsey   Producer
Phil Thornalley   Producer,Engineer
John Ashton   Producer
Tim Butler   Producer
Vince Ely   Producer
Steve Hodge   Engineer
Chris Kimsey   Producer
Steve Lillywhite   Producer
Mark McKenna   Engineer
Steve Scales   Contributor
Thomas Stiehler   Engineer
Stephen Street   Producer
Steve Thompson   Engineer
Dave Wittman   Engineer
Richard Butler   Producer
Steve Sutherland   Liner Notes
Steve Williams   Engineer

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