The Psychedelic Furs are an English post-punk/New Wave band founded in 1977.Led by singer Richard Butler and his brother Tim on bass guitar, the Psychedelic Furs are one of the many acts spawned from the British post-punk scene. Their music went through several phases, from an initially austere art rock sound, later touching on new wave and hard rock.
They scored several hits in their early career, but were launched to international attention in 1986 when the film director John Hughes borrowed their song title “Pretty in Pink” for his movie of the same name. A newly recorded version of the song became the Psychedlic Furs’ biggest hit to that time. “Heartbreak Beat”, from their 1987 album Midnight to Midnight, was to be the Furs’ biggest Top 40 entry in the US.
Dave Thompson from Allmusic reviewed the single “Shock” as follows: “A hard-riffing dance monster drawn from the Psychedelic Furs’ 1987 album Midnight to Midnight, “Shock” is an irresistible pounder — as it should be with a title like that. Listened to today, it is very much a child of its time, drums and horns as big as the band’s hair on the album cover, while a dynamic 12″ dance mix is virtually a time capsule of late-’80s production techniques. The band’s unhappiness with the album saw “Shock” discarded from their live set some time before the end of the attendant tour — it has never been restored. Their decision was a little unjust; it is a genuinely exciting number, while at least one lyric seems strangely prescient — “I feel my heart beat black and blue” was written months before singer Richard Butler was diagnosed with an arrhythmic heartbeat”
Shock (The Shep Pettibone Mix) 7:20
Shock (Instrumental – The Shep Pettibone Mix) 6:20
Shock (Single Mix) 3:18