Thank goodness for Columbia House. The "12 cassettes for a penny" deals helped me build a healthy music collection back when I was a teen with minimal spending cash. That's how I landed All of this and Nothing, the Psychedelic Furs compilation album that serves as a fairly comprehensive selection of their best cuts.
The Furs' last studio album, World Outside was good enough to make the top 100, but it's hard to beat a collection that has "The Ghost in You," "Love My Way," and "Pretty in Pink."
All of this and Nothing is wall to wall 80s alt/rock/pop that (if you're an 80s kid) you'll recognize instantly. Richard Butler's raspy croak shouldn't work, but it does. The warbling saxophone shouldn't work, but it does. The wall of bass and guitars should work, and it does.
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The Psychedelic Furs' 1991 swan song, World Outside has been one of my go-to albums since its release.
The Furs snuck this one in just before grunge, industrial, and second (or maybe third) wave punk took over the alternative music world. Released in July 1991, Pearl Jam's Ten and Nirvana's Nevermind came out in September and crowded out the old school new wavers like the Furs.
Critically, World Outside was dinged (basically) because the band had the audacity to mature a bit, and because it didn't have another "Pretty in Pink" on it. While it's fair to say none of the songs are quite worthy of a John Hughes film, it's a solid album from start to finish.
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