Posted by George Frederick on April 28, 2011 at 6:05 AM
The Furs perform at the Uptown Theatre in Napa on 5 May 2011.
Led by singer and songwriter Richard Butler and his bass playing brother Tim, the Furs won over fans and critics by combining poetic lyrics, innovative rhythms and melodies driven by and aggressive punk desperation. The band scored major hits with "Love My Way," "Pretty In Pink," "The Ghost In You," and "Heartbreak Beat." They released seven studio albums, several compilations, a box set and a live DVD.
Critics routinely compared the group's enigmatic sound to the art rock superstars like David Bowie, The Velvet Underground and The Doors, as well as to the punk progenitors, The Sex Pistols.
As their later releases grew more guitar-oriented, the Furs bridged the gap between early punk and the alternative hard rock and grunge that would rise during the '90's - and paved the way for a new generation of musicians.