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Talk Talk Talk

The Psychedelic Furs

1981

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Talk Talk Talk
Album Summary

Talk Talk Talk is the second studio album by the English rock band the Psychedelic Furs. It was released 15 May 1981 by Columbia Records. AllMusic noted that with Talk Talk Talk, "the Furs introduced a brighter, poppier side to their underground rock edge".

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3.03

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Genres

  • New Wave
  • Post Punk

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Mon Aug 14 2023
4

This was very samey... but just fun and vibrant enough to earn it a fourth star. It's the type of 80's that I can't help but smile at.

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Sat Jul 29 2023
2

One of those albums people are thinking about when they say music sounds all the same

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Sun Aug 06 2023
3

Tension in the interaction between Furs' name, sound, style, and instrumentation generates plenty of satisfying spikes. The quality of songs, at first blush, is equally uneven. The pop backing is sturdy enough to hold the album up, turning into the foreground. Personally, the only thing inspiring a return is something like a string, when it appears.

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Wed Sep 27 2023
3

Loud band with sardonic (and borderline misogynistic) frontman. Pretty is Pink was a great single, but his voice palls over the length of an album, and it all starts to sound pretty much the same. I like the breakdown at 1:33 of It Goes On. That's a pretty muscular rhythm section. I could live without all the saxophones.

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Tue Aug 01 2023
2

Christ, another album from 1981 that has a similar name and album art to everything else from 1981 here. Is it going to be post punk/new wave garbage? Course it is. UK? Yeah, probably. Yep, English new wave punk garbage. Singer rips off Johnny rotten. Boring. 2/5.

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Fri Aug 11 2023
4

Post-punk meets new wave and pop and Richard Butler’s very distinctive voice. An early ‘80s classic.

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Thu Nov 02 2023
3

"I had to pay the doorman just to let me use the door. I had to use a muscleman to pick me off the floor" I was pretty excited to listen to a Psychedelic Furs album, as I really love the song "Love my Way," and my dad (having been a teenager in the 80s) told me that The Psychedelic Furs were one of the bigger bands, influence-wise, in his high-school, along with the Cure, the Smiths, and others. Upon listening to the album, I was pretty disappointed with what the furs had to offer. There were some songs with fairly good musical ideas behind them, such as: T1- "Dumb Waiters," and T2- "Pretty in Pink" (playlist track). But, much more frequently I found the songs to have very surface-level lyrics that were borderline embarrassing to be listening to, with uninteresting vocals over mediocre music, even if the music is in the genre that I prefer over most others. Due mostly to the genre, the band's influence, and those first 2 tracks, the album will not get a 2/5, but rather a... 3/5

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Sat Jul 29 2023
5

Great album I have missed. I don’t know why but it was not on list.

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Sun Aug 20 2023
5

One of the albums (just like Talk Talk's Laughing Stock) that for some reason you could practically buy for free in every record store in the nineties in the Netherlands. And so I did at the time. One of my favourite albums from the 80s and not sure which of the first four Psychedelic Furs albums is the best one. Talk Talk Talk contains the original Pretty in Pink - I prefer their 86 Americanish movie version, but this version fits the rest of the album much better.

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Thu Sep 28 2023
5

LOVE the opening. Very cool new romantic with lo fi production. Pretty in Pink is so beautiful!!! Bauhaus does The Mamas and The Papas?? Gets better and even slightly funkier. Loooove it. Into you like a train, slay slay slaaaaay

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Fri Oct 06 2023
5

10/10 I’ve heard a fair bit from The Psychedelic Furs before, and I’ve absolutely loved all of it I’m surprised I haven’t just gone through their entire discography yet

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Fri Oct 27 2023
5

The album that made me fall in love with the Furs. A sound out of time, yet timeless. A fantastic album.

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Fri Nov 10 2023
5

Interesting that I’ve likely never heard any of these songs before, although I am very familiar with the 1986 re-recording of Pretty In Pink from the movie. This version was a bit different. That made this album a completely new listen. I enjoyed it. It wasn’t exactly what I was expecting - there was a lot more going on than the 80s hits I am familiar with would have implied. Really interesting and good, and one of those albums I think I like a lot more now than if I’d heard it back in the day.

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Fri Nov 10 2023
5

For the second time in just a few days, we have an album that I thought I'd be luke-warm on, at best, based on scant familiarity with the artist but on listening, I find myself really enjoying the sound and thinking, I would definitely listen to this again. I didn't think this kind of 80s alternative was my thing but who knows what my thing is anymore. I liked this a lot!

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Sun Dec 03 2023
5

The Psychedelic Furs as a band are a class act. I've seen them a few times live with the first show being the most memorable. It was an intimate setting & got to shake Richard Butler's hand as he was performing & caught his brother, Tim's, guitar pick. Of all the stories I hear of 80s bands still touring, I hear nothing but praises for this band & Richard specifically - he truly appreciates his fans. Pretty In Pink is an 80s staple & the movie is my second favorite all-time film. The rest of the album is classic Furs with Richard's raspy vocals, Mars William's sax, and a nice balance between post punk & new wave. RIP to Mars Williams who recently lost his battle to cancer. If you liked this album, take a listen at the rest of their work. It's great stuff. 4.5 stars.

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Wed Dec 13 2023
5

I liked this one quite a lot. It's infectiously catchy, with an energy that kept me invested throughout. There's some elements of post-punk and pop thrown into it, but its rock DNA shines through. There is some excellent sax-playing in there too. (RIP Mars Williams) I can totally see how this might not be a popular one outside of the UK though; there's no hiding the accent, and to an American it probably produces the same kind of feeling I get from hearing American country singers with a real Southern twang to their accent. Regardless, this was a really good album, and I bet it was somewhat of an inspiration for British indie and britpop acts that came later. Favourite: Dumb Waiters

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Mon Dec 18 2023
5

Excellent! One of my all-time favorites bands from the 80s!

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Mon Jan 01 2024
5

What a killer album! How had I never listened to this before!? Such an interesting saxophone hook to open an album… got me from the first note.

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Sat Jan 06 2024
5

This is a nice album full of poppy and rocky hits that seem so 80s that you wanna go to a mall and get an Orange Julius. 4.6/5 Fav: Pretty in Pink Least Fav: All of This and Nothing

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Wed Jan 17 2024
5

Oh my god, love this whole album. I only ever knew them from Pretty in Pink. Wish I had heard it back in the day.

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Thu Jan 25 2024
5

Loved it then and still do today.

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Mon Jan 29 2024
5

ohne 80er Vibes schöne Schrammel-Melancholie

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Sun Feb 18 2024
5

There were times while I was listening to this when I thought it was perhaps one of the greatest albums I've ever heard. Other times I felt it was just really fucking good. I usually don't fall in love on the first date, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't screw.

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Mon Mar 25 2024
5

I completely forgot about "All of This and Nothing" and will be playing it on repeat. God, I love this album. So underrated.

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Thu Apr 18 2024
5

"Post punk," "new wave," whatever genre you want to fit the Furs into, the music defies. Strange, hypnotic, droning, aggressive, grating, melancholic,... better to attach adjectives than categories. A work of art.

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Mon May 13 2024
5

For some reason, I get The Psychedelic Furs and Violent Femmes mixed up all the time. I think it’s something about their names. Talk Talk Talk occupies a space between New Wave and Post-Punk; it always seems to be oscillating between a somewhat respectable Pop sound, and a rawer heavy Rock one. It makes for compelling listening. And when it settles down to the Bowie-Esque She Is Mine at the end, it unravels into a beautifully melancholy portrayal of the absurdity of life and all it’s small characters, coincidences and events which throws the whole album into a greater perspective. This is the sound of Punk growing up, losing some of the Nihilism and embracing Absurdism, and I’m all for it

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Fri May 31 2024
5

I’ve heard this before, but giving it three good listens in a row revealed a masterpiece to me. An incredible album.

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Tue Jun 04 2024
5

Rating things is so scary and hard so I’m giving every album five stars. It’s nice that they wrote a song about my dad. Overall I don’t respect British people but I did like this album

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Mon Jun 10 2024
5

Didn’t listen to them way back when and kind of feel like I might have missed out

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Thu Jun 13 2024
5

Not sure how these guys have passed me by, but this is spot-on, defining both 80s new wave pop and indie rock in one fell swoop.

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Thu Jul 27 2023
4

This whole album is incredibly 80’s, in a good way. Distinctive sound and fun to listen to. 4/5

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Sat Jul 29 2023
4

One has always found Psyche Furs and Richard Butler to be pretty underrated. He's got a great – perhaps the essential post-punk voice, capable of both murderous sneering and tender vulnerability. "Pretty in Pink" is a wonderful melding of punk-light and sweet pop melodies (a combination this band well and truly mastered) and "She Is Mine" is right up one's alley, sweet and melancholic. They got way quality mileage out of the sax playing – these post-punk bands knew how to bring the brass and integrate it non-obviously and non-obnoxiously. The other cuts are mostly solid, if not major, and a 4 slightly flatters this effort, which one likes slightly less than Forever Now. But the 4 is worthy in the sense that all of their records were above average, ++ and under-appreciated. So there we are.

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Thu Aug 10 2023
4

Una bona descoberta. Era una banda que sempre m'havien passat sota el radar; el poc que havia sentit d'ells no havia fet que m'interessessin. Error. 'Pretty in Pink' és un dels millors temes de començaments dels '80s. I tot el disc en sí es especial. Post punk, new wave passat pel filtre del Bowie del moment i amb una veu molt pròpia. A conservar!

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Tue Aug 15 2023
4

Truly a classic pop-punk-new-wave-whatever album. 4 stars.

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Thu Aug 17 2023
4

Well, they’re such a great band.

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Sun Aug 20 2023
4

Like the vocals and style, doesn't excite too much overall however. 3.7

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Sun Aug 20 2023
4

The characteristic vocals, the saxophone, overall consistent and enjoyable song material: a nice surprise!

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Thu Aug 24 2023
4

Not at all excited to see another UK album from 1981 but there’s actually a lot to like here. Building on the foundations, this is a kind of post-punk I can get behind. Curled lip attitude but with a bit of skill and craft going into it. I can hear a lot of other artists taking influence from these guys including: The Cult, Billy Bragg, The Libertines, Ride, Green Day and I’m sure many more.

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Fri Aug 25 2023
4

Sopivasti levoton alt-rock-pläjäys! 4/5

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Fri Aug 25 2023
4

Pelkäsin jo, että olen alkanut lyttäämään näitä brittejä tottumuksesta, mutta täähän oli tosi kova! Tietty vanhempien levyjen kohdalla brittinostot ovat olleet usein ihan hyviä. Sen tyylinen levy, että voisin vinskalle haluta, täytyy pitää mielessä.

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Fri Aug 25 2023
4

Fantastic blend of post-punk/alt rock/new wave. More 'punk' than Talking Heads. Dumb Waiters is such a fun song

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Thu Aug 31 2023
4

The combination of the slickness of new wave and the edginess of post punk is an interesting one. Heralds the dawn of a new decade.

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Fri Sep 01 2023
4

Butler is seriously underrated as a vocalist and frontman – he's got the essential indie rock voice. But the playing and instrumentation (especially some ace sax touches) and arrangements are all strong. "P in P" very much merited a movie named after it – what a hook, what a mix of the salty (Butler's sneering vocal) and sweet (the melody). "No Tears" and "She Is Mine" are also plus-plus tunes. A seriously underrated band, the Furs. Forever Now would also be worthy of inclusion on this list.

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Fri Sep 08 2023
4

I'm surprised i've never listened to The Furs before as their post-punk sound is right up my alley. Had a great time listening to this. All was new to me except for Pretty In Pink which i recognised instantly. Looking forward to hearing it again.

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Fri Sep 15 2023
4

This post-punk record really emphasizes the punk aspect of that genre. The album was enjoyable the whole way through, but I felt like the second half was really where it started to shine. This album was recorded before the Psychedelic Furs incorporated more pop influences so its rock influences are front and center. The guitar and bass are driving and incorporate psychedelic, hard rock, and overtly punk elements to create something that sounds unique in post-punk.

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Wed Sep 20 2023
4

"Dumb Waiters" was the best track on the album. I liked "Pretty In Pink" before the remastered version; oh well. "I Wanna Sleep With You" and "All of This and Nothing" were the standout tracks for me. The rest of the tracks all sort of morphed into one another and didn't jump out at me all that much. The Furs were big when I was in high school. I'd probably have liked them better if 2 of the 3 songs (Love My Way and Heartbreak Beat) that got regular airplay, had done more for me.

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Sat Sep 23 2023
4

This is a band I haven't spent a lot of time with this band but their music was better than i remember. I loved the mix of punk and new wave sounds.

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Tue Oct 03 2023
4

Cool, je connaissais pas. Punk et 80's bon melange

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Fri Oct 20 2023
4

What if David Bowie tried punk...?

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Mon Oct 30 2023
4

Between being simple and extremely clever this raw guitar driven garage pop/rock proves to have aged VERY well. 3.9

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Thu Nov 09 2023
4

Is there a better singer to enjoy spoofing as you sing? That slightly flat delivery in a home countries accent as we all sing Pretty in Pink. Jangly guitars, strident drums and that distinctive voice, Psychedelic Furs had something going on if a little of its time.

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Fri Nov 10 2023
4

Definitely more enjoyable than I imagined that it would be. Some bright and bouncy beats. Yeah, not bad.

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Fri Nov 10 2023
4

Being familiar with later hits of theirs, this was an interesting venture into their earlier stuff. Like a lot of 80s new wave bands I've listened to in this project, what we've gotten to hear is a bit rougher around the edges. Although I thought I knew a good selection of Psychedelic Furs songs, there weren't any tunes I knew, except a rougher version of "Pretty in Pink." As with many of these early career albums of 80s "modern rock," I was more interested in examining the band's journey than really enjoying the music.

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Mon Nov 27 2023
4

It's funny how some of the scenes emphasized on this list really annoy me (like 90s-00s Brit Pop), and some scenes I really enjoy. Post-punk is definitely one of the latter. I don't have a lot to say about this album that I haven't said about previous post-punk albums, but this album is really cool. More explicitly sexual subject matter than was often present in punk/post punk, which is neat. I don't love the singer's voice, but he makes it work 4/5

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Mon Nov 27 2023
4

I've never heard more than a handful of PF songs before today, in fact I'm more familiar with punk covers of their songs. This album was really good. I'll definitely go back to it and probably seek out more.

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Wed Nov 29 2023
4

3-4 Eher 4 weil mit Mr.Jones, Pretty in Pink, Dumb Waiter richtig gute Dinger drauf sind.

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Thu Nov 30 2023
4

Nice. Very of its time, but it’s got a good sound. It hit me better than The Jesus and Mary Chain.

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Thu Nov 30 2023
4

I forget how much I like this band. A solid rock band with just the right amount of idiosyncratic touches to make them stand out from the rest of the 80s New Wavers. And anyone who loves Molly Ringwald loves this band.

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Sun Dec 03 2023
4

I love the Psychedelic Furs. Got a chance to see them play a few years back. This is not my favourite of their albums though. But still a good listen.

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Sun Dec 03 2023
4

Pretty good. Gets better with multiple listens as it can just slip into background noise. The lyrics can be silly and ridiculous, but somewhat fun or funny. And there are multiple tracks with some smooth saxophone, that I wish there was more of.

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Thu Dec 07 2023
4

Very easy to see all of the influences later punk bands would take from them.

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Thu Dec 07 2023
4

couple really good songs on this one. Always nice from a band you've never heard before.

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Fri Dec 08 2023
4

Great album! Not one I had listened to previously, but I am sure I will come back to it again. Hidden gem. 4/5

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Fri Dec 15 2023
4

Liked this one. Great stuff.

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Mon Dec 18 2023
4

Pretty upbeat and fun, sounds just like the 80s era in this vein

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Wed Dec 20 2023
4

New Wave with a touch of Goth, or Goth with a touch of new wave. Either way works. Cracking album.

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Thu Dec 21 2023
4

new wave is so cool. I wish England was real

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Thu Dec 21 2023
4

I had forgotten how good some of the lesser-known songs were, like "No Tears" and Mister Jones". Overall the production is a bit sludgy with the instruments taking a back seat, so nothing distracts us from Richard Butler's raspy voice and lyrics about love, loss and alienation. There are a lot of catchy choruses here for one album! Between a 4 and a 5 for me.

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Sat Dec 23 2023
4

Let's all get dressed up in some big old fur coats and eat a bunch of mushrooms.

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Sat Dec 23 2023
4

Vaguely familiar from my youth which featured New Wave of this era heavily. Rocks pretty hard in that laconic English way, the singing brushes the lower end of ability to a degree that you wonder at them getting away with it. But for this it works. Probably slightly overrating out of nostalgia.

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Sat Jan 13 2024
4

Rating: 7/10 Best songs: Dumb waiters, All of this and nothing

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Wed Jan 17 2024
4

jagged pop. i love this record.

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Wed Jan 17 2024
4

Liked it, can definitely hear how influential this has been

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Fri Jan 19 2024
4

Somehow this band has always passed me by, despite liking many similar-sounding alternative 80s bands. Really dug this

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Mon Jan 29 2024
4

It sure started rough but this one really grew on me. It had enough of a punk edge that I didn't mind the new wave elements. I don't know. I worked for me.

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Mon Feb 05 2024
4

British new wave/post punk today. A fairly average album. Some really catchy numbers on this record. The first song on the album, Dumb Waiters, is awful, but the rest of the album is pretty solid. Favourite songs: Pretty in Pink, All of This and Nothing, Mr. Jones, It Goes On Least favourite songs: Dumb Waiters (dogs down the street were reacting to the fucking saxophone parts...) 4/5

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Wed Feb 07 2024
4

Knew the name but never listened before. Rather good as it happens- and sounds a lot more modern than I’d expect from 1981. Grunge like in places and of you told me this was 10-20 years later I wouldn’t have been surprised. Vocally bits reminded me of the magnificent Half Man Half Biscuit, which is never a bad thing in my book. And I can get onboard with the overall sound. Pretty good overall and I’d listen again without a problem.

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Fri Feb 16 2024
4

Very good. Energy up throughout. I could hear bits of loads of other bands like Roxy Music/The Fall/Sex Pistols/The Cure. They were either very influential or savvy when it comes to picking bits from others.

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Fri Feb 16 2024
4

You say samey, I say brilliant at what they do and I like the saxophone. These are great pop songs (Pretty In Pink being one of the greatest of all time) backed by cacophony. Dumb Waiter and Into You Like A Train are pretty amazing too.

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Fri Feb 23 2024
4

This was my first time listening to the psychedelic furs. It won't be the last. This was really good. I liked the entire record.

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Thu Feb 29 2024
4

I loved it! What a time capsule, and the inspiration for John Hughes.

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Fri Mar 01 2024
4

Great album, reminder to myself to relisten as I’m not super familiar with their catalogue. Loved it though, can’t wait to spin it again. Reminded me of some late 80’s Manchester style cuts.

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Fri Mar 15 2024
4

1981, New Wave, Post Punk Standouts: Dumb Waiters, Pretty in Pink, I Wanna Sleep with You, Others: No Tears, Mr. Jones, All of This and Nothing, She is Mine

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Wed Mar 27 2024
4

Perfect 80’s punk party album. It’s just a lot of fun!

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Fri Apr 05 2024
4

The amount of post-punk and new wave (especially the British variant) on this list is obviously excessive and maybe even problematic… But this is one of the albums I sure wouldn’t remove. The songwriting is fun and catchy and Butler’s vocals are iconic - but what really makes this record stand out is Ashton and Morris’ jangly and playful guitars.

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Fri Apr 05 2024
4

At some point you have to wonder if perhaps something else could have taken the place of this 100th British post-punk album on the list. Don't get me wrong, I love it... but still.

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Tue Apr 09 2024
4

All in the same, very distinctive style. 'Pretty in pink' is easily the best, but 'All of this and nothing' is also excellent.

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