Pop Quiz: The Psychedelic Furs

Aidin Vaziri | The Psychedelic Furs are on the road celebrating the 30th anniversary of one of the most influential albums of the postpunk era, “Talk Talk Talk.” Including the original version of the song “Pretty in Pink,” the record not only inspired the John Hughes film of the same name but also played a large role in shaping the sound of the Killers and Interpol. When the Furs appear Tuesday at Slim’s and Thursday at the Uptown Theatre in Napa, the British group – centered on brothers Richard and Tim Butler – will also perform a set packed with brooding ’80s hits such as “Love My Way” and “The Ghost in You.” Richard Butler, 55, looked back on the album by phone from his home in upstate New York.

Richard Butler of the Psychedelic Furs
Q: You were upset when John Hughes used “Pretty in Pink” for his movie of that name.
A: It was a weird situation to be in. It gave the band a wider audience, but they associated us with that movie, and it wasn’t my kind of movie – it was for a different generation and a different set of expectations from mine. If you watch the movie, you might not get what the song is actually about, which I expect most people don’t. So it’s a double-edged sword.
Q: So if “Pretty in Pink” comes on cable you’re not watching?
A: I don’t watch TV anyway, but if it came on I couldn’t get to the remote quick enough.
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