- Posted September 30, 2012 by
Solana Beach, California
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PSYCHEDELIC FURS @ BELLY UP
- Jamescia, CNN iReport producer
Their many catchy songs were radio staples of the 80's despite going through several phases, from an austere art rock sound to later incorporating new wave and hard rock.
Hits were easy to come by for the Furs, most especially after director John Hughes used their song "Pretty in Pink" for his 1986 movie of the same name.
The Furs took a hiatus in 1991, but they did regroup in 2001 and now tour the world, bringing great music along with them.
I was lucky to grab a ticket to the sold-out Belly Up show in Solana Beach on Friday, Sept. 28. Tropical Popsicle, a local band, opened the show with some psychedelic-sounding music of their own. Their set was cut short when they were, literally, told not to sing their last song because the gig was behind schedule already.
Soon enough, though, the Furs came out and it was an 80's extravaganza of musical memories. I do not feel old or like an aging baby boomer to admit I just love the 80's and 90's music. Not so much for reliving my glory days, as it is just the fact that there was just so miuch good music back then. The Brit bands were especially adept at catchy riffs and pretty melodies.
First song was "Love My Way" and the good times began. The crowded Belly Up was really digging this band. The Butler brothers ain't kids but they kept the energy level up very nicely. Singer Richard Butler
looked like he was doing warm-up exercise between song breaks. There was a pretty blond female keyboard player and the lead guitarist in front of me looked fine. Having a saxophone player was perfect for adding pizzazz and poignancy to many of the songs, particularly "Heartbreak Beat."
I loved "Ghost in You," with the band playing the song a little slower than you hear it on the radio. Of course, it would not be a Furs show without "Pretty in Pink," and soon enough the show was drawing to a close with the last song, "Heaven," which is exactly how many in the audience felt with this heavenly band's fantastic show at the Belly Up.