Although it’s been 31 years since the release of their first album, the post-punk, new wave band The Psychedelic Furs has definitely still got it.
At Antone’s Wednesday night the band played their 1981 album Talk Talk Talk in its entirety, which includes the song “Pretty in Pink”, best known for its association with the John Hughes movie of the same name.
It felt like love when I finally got the chance to see the man responsible for the raspy Bowie-esque vocals behind one of my favorite songs, “She is Mine”. Apparently I wasn’t the only one, because I heard scattered screams from the crowd.
Following a short intermission, the English band came back onstage to play “Sister Europe” to a roaring crowd. The band continued to play the rest of their hits, including “Love My Way”, “Heartbreak Beat”, “The Ghost in You”, “Highwire Days”, and “Heaven”, with an infectious energy.
Lead singer Richard Butler, dressed all in black with a pair of thick-rimmed glasses, appeared to be enjoying the concert as much as the crowd. He hopped, danced, twirled, and flew around the stage, even blessing some of the fortunate front-row fans with a handshake.
Original bassist Tim Butler and saxophonist Mars Williams put on an enthusiastic performance as well, with neither musician staying in one place on stage for long.
Unfortunately, the mostly Gen-X crowd seemed to have lost their sense of concert etiquette. A gaggle of women in front of me only wanted to drink, drink, drink and talk, talk, talk during the first half of the show. Then, I moved closer to the front during intermission only to have my view blocked by a tall guy who must have been a huge Motley Crue fan, based solely on his hairdo.
Although I had to move around a lot to get a better view, my focus was barely distracted from the killer show on stage by a band whose energy competes with some of the bands in their prime right now, proving they are still rock stars.
(The Psychedelic Furs performed at Antone’s in Austin, Texas on April 20, 2011)