Love My Way – The Psychedelic Furs – with Flo & Eddie on backing vocals (1982) – American disco dance version

Taken from their third album, “Forever Now”

The Psychedelic Furs:
Richard Butler – vocals
John Ashton – guitars
Tim Butler – bass guitar
Vince Ely – drums

Additional personnel:
Todd Rundgren – keyboards, synthesizers, marimba
Ann Sheldon – cello
Flo & Eddie (Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan) – backing vocals

Chris Andersen, Todd Rundgren – engineers
Chris Austopchuk – US cover design
Antoine Giacomoni, Marcia Resnick, Graeme Attwood – photography

As once said:

An average B-side sounding like a reject from earlier records and on the A-side we’ve got Love My Way, one out of only around a handful songs I could qualify as utter triumphs by the band. From Butler’s hushed vocals, Flo & Eddie’s harmonies in the background to Ely’s synthesized marimba lines, everything gels perfectly. 

One of the most compelling singles of its time, both terribly accessible and uniquely sinister and cavernous. “There’s an army on the dancefloor” “there’s emptiness behind their eyes, there’s dust in all their hearts”, then the synths swell and the marimbas bob as if bouncing on human skulls. Deathless.

It took me about a year to grow into Richard’s voice, which sounded far too off for my taste. But eventually, I noticed his ragged voice provided a good contrast to the romantic backing. 

The wordless “aahhh” near the end I loved from the first time I heard it, though. Which is why I kept coming back.

Butler sings like a dying cow here.

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