The Song: "Highwire Days," The Psychedelic Furs. Words & music by John Ashton. Track 9 of Mirror Moves, 1984; track 7 of All of This and Nothing (Greatest Hits), 1988.
How/when acquired: Purchased cassette (All of This and Nothing), c. 1989.
Scrambling on many fronts between now and next Wednesday, when I leave for Bouchercon 2010 in San Francisco. None of this stuff is life-threatening, I have to keep reminding myself. And time I spend banging my head on a table is time I could use to get the next thing done.
I had to double-check the date on this album: were the Psychedelic Furs already releasing a greatest-hits collection in 1988? Yes. They formed in 1977, released Forever Now (which I consider their masterpiece) in 1982, and disbanded in the early 1990s, although they've since reunited for tours. I saw them live at a converted roller rink in Adams-Morgan — in 1991, maybe? — with The Ocean Blue. I strongly suspect that Richard Butler was under the influence of something stronger than alcohol, though it was an excellent show.
I saw Richard Butler as part of his next band, Love Spit Love, in the old 9:30 Club before it moved. In fact, that was the first rock show I ever went to by myself. Everybody should do that once, but I don't recommend it. It's not like the movies; live performances are much more fun with friends.