The Psychedelic Furs were led by brothers Richard Butler (vocals) and Tim Butler (bass), who along with John Ashton (guitar) formed the nucleus of the band. They were part of the initial post-punk scene in the U.K., using keyboards and horns but never really fitting into the new wave sound. As such, they became more popular during the mid-1980s when their guitar-based sound became more mainstream.

The band’s first big hit was “Love My Way” in 1982, which charted in the U.K. and the U.S.  In 1984, “Heaven”, “The Ghost in You”, and “Heartbeat” all charted in some capacity and by mid-1985 the band was becoming well-known. In 1986, John Hughes titled his new movie Pretty in Pink after an old Furs song from 1981 (a minor U.K. hit), which the band re-recorded for the soundtrack. Major differences included a much more prominent saxophone lead, and cleaner sounding vocals. “Pretty in Pink” ended up Top 20 in the U.K. and almost cracked the top 40 in America. This set the Furs up for their next single “Heartbreak Beat” in 1987, which finally cracked the top 30. The Furs broke up in 2001, though reformed for touring in recent years.

Original version (1981)

Movie version (1986)