Autobiographical Order No. 281: Psychedelic Furs – Mirror Moves

I actually just wrote about Psychedelic Furs, so I won’t go overboard here, but this band did actually heavily grab my interest in high school, to the point that I ended up buying their first four albums (on CD) in the span of just a couple months. If that. Part of it was knowing their singles and wanting to flesh out the canon, of sorts. But Mirror Moves, despite featuring two major singles, “Heaven” and “The Ghost In You” (which was covered, poorly, by Counting Crows), actually caught my interest because of a different song.

I’m sure many San Diegans my age will remember Steve West hosting resurrection Sunday on 91X, which was often when some of the best music would end up being played, since it wasn’t dictated by whatever was popular at the time (which was increasingly becoming nu-metal circa 1999/2000). And I’m pretty sure I picked up a few favorites through listening to the show, and a few tracks I ended up really loathing (like “88 Lines About 44 Women,” as recently podcasted). But one track I heard became an instant favorite the first time I heard it: “Alice’s House” by The Psychedelic Furs.

It’s sort of everything I love about a song. It’s kind of weird, kind of eerie, super catchy, a little dark, etc. In a lot of ways, it’s not that different from most other Psychedelic Furs songs, but it stands out to me simply because it’s got some of their best hooks, a cool arrangement and whatnot. Though the sleeper hit on Mirror Moves, on which “Alice’s House” appears, is “Heartbeat.” Why? Because it’s got a ripping sax intro. You know what I’m talking about. All about that sax.

Anyway, I bought this used somewhere because it’s one of those automatic buys. You see it, you buy it, your collection is all the richer for it.

Rating: 9.0

Sound Quality: Great

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