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Psychedelic Furs Amazed By Durability

of the Oakland Press

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It’s been 30 years since the Psychedelic Furs released their first album in the heyday of new wave. And guitarist Tim Butler says the British group — which reactivated 10 years ago after a seven-year hiatus — says the passage of time shocks the group members when they allow themselves to consider it.

“We never really thought about it though,” says Butler, 51, who co-founded the Furs with his brother, frontman Richard Butler. “When you first do something you’re just all excited about putting something on vinyl. Then you go out and get a small audience and you think, ‘Wow, we have something people like.’

“And 30 years later to still be getting audiences is amazing. And what’s surprising is it’s ... kids in their late teens and early 20s showing up, so a new generation can relate to it as well as the original audience.”

The secret? Butler says it’s the songs — including Furs hits such as “Pretty in Pink,” “Love My Way,” “Heaven” and “Heartbreak Beat.”

“We listen to a lot of songs nowadays,” he notes, “and I don’t hear a chorus. I don’t hear a verse. I hear one sort of growling, yelling song. They’re not like the classic songs of people like Roxy Music and Bob Dylan, that are ... melodically memorable.

“So with us, I think people appreciate that it’s timeless. You can’t pigeonhole it as obviously from the early ’80s or the early ’90s or the late ’70s or something. Most any of the albums could be put out today and still fit in the marketplace, and we’re proud of that.”

The Psychedelic Furs and She Wants Revenge perform Thursday, June 10, at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance, $29 day of show. Call 248-399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com.

Web Site: www.royaloakmusictheatre.com

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