Many of the so-called British New Wave acts of the 1980s had a hard time coping when the decade that they helped to define ended. In many cases, these struggles had as much to do with the shifting tides of musical taste as anything specific that might have occurred within the particular bands themselves. For whatever reasons, that particular genre produced very few second acts.
Brothers Richard and Tim Butler, who made their name in the '80s with The Psychedelic Furs, managed to avoid that dilemma. They did this by forming a new band, with guitarist Richard Fortus and drummer Frank Ferrer, called Love Spit Love, which tried to veer away from the Furs’ formula instead of repeating it. “It was a different direction,” Tim Butler told Songfacts in an interview. “We got bored of being constrained by The Furs. I mean, The Furs expect a certain sound out of it. We wanted to broaden our musical palette, if you like.”
In 1994, the first single off Love Spit Love’s self-titled debut certainly achieved this goal. There were no overt synth touches or bold backbeats to be found on the first single “Am I Wrong,” co-written by the Butler brothers, as it instead conjured a vibe more in keeping with the times through its cascading guitars and shuffling mid-tempo rhythm. Only when you heard Richard Butler’s unmistakable rasp might you connect this song to the Psycehedelic Furs, but even the vocals are underplayed here in the service of a lovely, bittersweet tune.
The two people in “Am I Wrong” are suffering equally, with the narrator offering advice to the person he’s addressing even as he suffers through his own... Sign In to Keep Reading