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You missed your chance, over the weekend, to indulge in some multi-band '60s nostalgia, but tonight, Crescent Ballroom will make up for it by allowing you to resurrect old arguments about whether remaking "Pretty in Pink" was a bad idea (and then, inevitably, whether the end of Pretty in Pink was a bad idea.)

You can get into arguments about John Hughes at any of our five must-see Phoenix shows this week -- or just by sending us a tweet underrating She's Having a Baby -- but only one of them features the Psychedelic Furs.

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Psychedelic Furs - Crescent Ballroom - Monday, July 15


Certain records seem to appear, somehow, at virtually every yard sale: Fleetwood Mac's Rumours, Foreigner 4, Carole King's Tapestry . . . and Psychedelic Furs' Talk Talk Talk. The first three make sense, given how ubiquitous they were, but the latter is harder to explain. Released in 1981, Talk Talk Talk, the Psychedelic Furs' second release, generally is considered the British band's best album -- so well-regarded that a 2011 tour merited performing the album in its entirety. So why the sales bin?

Listeners must have grown tired of the band's post-punk/New Wave sound, which oscillated between poppy and edgy without ever taking hold of either. Later versions of the band dabbled mistakenly in harder rock, as well as overtly commercial forays -- including a schmaltzy remake of "Pretty in Pink" for the John Hughes movie of the same name -- which could have alienated early fans.

The band itself seemed to have had enough by 1991, calling it quits as founding Butler brothers Richard (vocals) and Tim (bass) formed Love Spit Love. But just shy of a decade later, the Furs reformed, recorded a new song, and toured on a nostalgia for the '80s that must not extend to record collections. -- Glenn BurnSilver



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