Artist: Psychedelic Furs
They’d put us on a railroad
They’d dearly make us pay
For laughing in their faces and
Making it our way there’s
Emptiness behind their eyes
There’s dust want to steal us all and
Take us all apart
But not in
Love my way it’s a new road
I follow where my mind goes
The movie ‘Call Me By Your Name’ had a lot of good music to offer, including this gem. It’s also been my ringtone for a long time now. I’ll have to admit, that was a good call, pun intended.
The Psychedelic Furs are an English rock band founded in London in February 1977. Led by singer Richard Butler and his brother Tim Butler on bass guitar, the Psychedelic Furs were one of the many acts spawned from the British post-punk scene. ‘Their 1981 song “Pretty In Pink” was picked by director John Hughes as the title of his 1986 teen movie and the re-made version of the song became their biggest hit ’til then’. Released in 1982 as a part of their 3rd studio album, ‘Love My Way’ has become one of their most popular songs.
The 80’s were known for a lot of things, but mostly for the excellent records produced. The era, succeeding some of the biggest musical revolutions, had its way with the technology, paving a way to musical innovations, and the ‘British independent wave’. Basically, a whole lot of garage bands came into the open, and started putting out music of their own authenticity. This created another revolution, and gave rise to the ‘alternative’ genre that slowly spread to all parts of the world, until the punk-rock and grunge wave came into being in the 90’s. While I never saw the glam of the aforementioned epoch the way it was probably meant to be seen, a few English bands of the time (The Smiths, The Cure, and so on) caught my attention, including this particular song of the band – after listening to it for the fourth time, that is. Being one of the very few 20th century songs to use a xylophone in it, ‘Love My Way’ saw the forthcoming post-punk scene. Not so much punk, albeit, there’s definitely that congenital sultry charm to it; might be the eccentric video, or the bizarre costumes and make-up. Richard Butler’s carefree voice and Bowie-edge certainly accentuates that bit. Furthermore, the drums were a brilliant addition. With the xylophone and the drums blending in perfectly, the song surely was popular at Discos everywhere; probably still is, because this song is definitely worth the dance of a lifetime. The lyrics are obviously well-written; I mean, which 80’s “independent” band doesn’t have a quirky and intellectual lyricist? ‘In an interview with Creem in 1982, Richard Butler stated that the song was “basically addressed to people who are fucked up about their sexuality, and says ‘Don’t worry about it.’ It was originally written for gay people.”’ In that sense, it does sound like a proper escapade. And if 80’s music was famous for anything, it was for catering to the gay communities.