Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Cover Me Impressed: 'Love My Way'

On celluloid, the Psychedelic Furs will always be remembered for the theme to "Pretty in Pink," a vastly inferior rerecording of a gem from the 1981 album 'Talk Talk Talk.' In my humble opinion, however, the scene in 'Valley Girl' that featured "Love My Way" is far more memorable. As a 13 year old in 1983, I thought this was about as romantic as it gets. Here are a few seconds to refresh your memory. Sorry about the quality and abrupt stop. It was all I could find.

"Love My Way" was a minor hit on both sides of the Atlantic, peaking at No. 42 in the UK and No. 44 in America. I don't think I'm exaggerating: This might be my most played song of all time. If you're into the early years of the Furs, I recommend this piece Popdose did a few weeks ago. It's quite interesting to hear the story of how the 1982 album 'Forever Now' came together.

For most of you, today's cover will probably be a "love it" or "hate it" proposition. You either buy into the Polyphonic Spree aesthetic or you don't. In 2006, Tim DeLaughter's outfit released the five-song EP 'Wait.' It was a walk up to the 2007 full-length album 'The Fragile Army.' There were two originals, but it was the three covers on 'Wait' that interested me: "Love My Way" from the Furs, "Sonic Bloom" from Tripping Daisy and "Lithium" from Nirvana. If you're unaware, Tripping Daisy was DeLaughter's previous band. So, in a sense, he covered himself. I really enjoy the entire EP, but "Love My Way" is the real standout.

This take of "Love My Way," the US Remix, can be found on the flip side of the "Pretty in Pink" single, released in 1986. Enjoy.

The Psychedelic Furs - Love My Way (US Remix) (mp3)
The Polyphonic Spree - Love My Way (mp3)


Echorich said...

Wow, 13 in 1983! Let's see I was working my way through Advertising 201 and Labor Relations courses that year in college.
Talk Talk Talk and Forever Now, as far apart in production and recording circumstance as they may have been, are very complimentary albums. Forever Now takes the recently matured Furs and ads in the influences of their introduction to America. Working with Rundgren had to be a bit of a shock - throw you in a cold pond in winter shock, I'm sure. They seemed to have survived it better than XTC would a few years later and the basic Furs sound isn't compromised a bit.

Brian said...

Hi Echorich. I got a hold of the first four albums at an early age and have never stopped listening.

Yes, working with Todd seems to be a wild ride. The bottom line is I love 'Forever Now' and like 'Skylarking' quite a bit. There is a method to his madness, but you had better have some patience and faith if you're going to work with him. I don't know if you have noticed, but Colin and the gang seem to have slowly thawed on Rundgren and the album over the years.