Despite the name, the Psychedelic Furs , who play Tuesday at Cain's Ballroom, isn't some hippie-dippy band blissed-out on hallucinogens.
No, it's a band of post-punkers influenced by the likes of Roxy Music, the Sex Pistols and David Bowie .
And, yes, it's also the British act who sang "Pretty in Pink." But that song, off the band's 1981 release "Talk Talk Talk," was recorded long before Molly Ringwald recommended it to John Hughes , who later dubbed his classic 1986 coming-of-age flick after the tune.
The ditty finds a lass laughing on a rainy day, turning herself 'round with a smile on her face. The sight's enough to spur lead singer, Richard Butler , to marvel at how she's just so lovely in pink.
Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $14 in advance, $18 on Tuesday, and available at the Cain's box office (584-2306), Starship Records and Tapes and all Tulsa-area Albertson's locations.
Local bands unite
Merkaba lead singer Joshua Adams , and members of other local bands, such as Rook , Word of Mouth and Copious, are all revolutionaries.
Together, they are promoting the Tulsa Music Revolution. Its primary mission, Adams said, is to take back Tulsa from the cover bands.
Its meetings, which are aimed at discussing ways to improve the original music scene, are at 8 p.m. Mondays at the Jam Shack, 2912 S. Yale Ave.
Adams said the most difficult aspect of the revolution is uniting all factions involved.
"It's a mess out there with all the local bands and all the original bands," he said. "We've got to break down the walls everyone has built around themselves in their own personal scenes. Then we can unify all the scenes into one enormous Tulsa scene that will get Tulsa noticed on the national level."
Afroman sings cautionary tale
There was so much to do, but in Afroman's rap ditty, "Because I Got High," he tells a parable of a life squandered by drugs. Maybe, as he says in the song, it all could have been different.
Without dope, the protagonist wouldn't be slinging drugs on the street and he wouldn't have run from the cops. Not to mention, he'd still have someone to love.
Alas, the gent lost it all because he got high.
I messed up my entire life because I got high
I lost my kids and wife because I got high
Now I'm sleeping on the sidewalk and I know why
'cause I got high.
The tragic rap bumped the playful rapper, who plays the Venue on Aug. 17, from being just a dude living in Hattiesburg, Miss., to a somebody.
Its success began when online music sharers spread the tune over the Internet, which ultimately helped it land on the soundtrack to "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back." The Kevin Smith film chronicled the adventures of two dope-loving miscreants, beloved by hordes of college kids -- because they got high.
Browning recalls accident
Last week, we noted here that Chuck Browning , the man KRMG radio personality John Erling helped rescue from Grand Lake, was a noted entertainment figure himself, having worked in the studio and on tour with a number of nationally known acts. In addition to his appearances with Tulsa artists such as Don White and the late Gus Hardin , he also toured in the '60s and '70s as the drummer for such stars as Ernest Tubb , Hank Thompson and Skeeter Davis .
In a recent conversation, Browning explained what happened in the July 24 accident that took the life of the boat's driver, Richard Chapman . Both Chapman and Browning had been at the lakeside Mooney's Sunset Bar & Grill prior to the accident, where Browning had sat in with the band of Steve White , Don White's son.
"We actually had three crashes," said Browning. "Some people were sitting out on the little deck outside of Mooney's and saw the first crash, and they said it looked like a hit and run. Well, they were right. When we hit that boat, it knocked both the driver and myself out, and we were unconscious on the floor of the boat."
Driverless, the boat ran into the dam, he added.
"After we hit the dam, the slope of the dam made us go up in the air, and we crashed into the bottom of the road that goes above the dam. When I woke up, I was swimming. I thought, 'Man, what a confusing deal.' I'd slept through all of that."
He said the three crashes were confirmed by members of the Lake Patrol, who found fiberglass from the boat embedded in the bottom of the road.
"In a situation like this, there are always rumors floating around," Browning noted. "I thought I should tell what really happened."