"Heaven" is not quite what it seems. Despite its title, this song from the 1984 album Mirror Moves is far from a testament of faith. The gravity of its lyrics is lightened by an addictive beat that drew throngs of fans onto the dance floor whenever it played. Tim Butler, the band's co-founder and bassist, told us the meaning of "Heaven":
"It's about planes flying over ready to drop bombs, nuclear bombs: 'And I'm standing on ice when I say that I don't hear planes.' It's sort of strange that people would dance to it and stuff with a happy vibe, when it's quite a heavy song."
This song is one of Tim Butler's three favorite songs from The Psychedelic Furs. The other two are "President Gas" and "Only You and I." He told us: "They are constructed the best and all the parts of the instrumentation is perfect for those songs. They're some of the best-realized songs in our catalogue."
This was The Psychedelic Furs' first UK Top 30 hit. It peaked at #29 and held steady for five weeks.
The Boston-bred Alternative Rock band Buffalo Tom included a live acoustic version of "Heaven" on their 1990 album, Birdbrain. The song has popped up on several other albums like Face to Face's Standards & Practices (2001), Alkaline Trio's Another Year on the Streets, Vol. 3 (2004) and Nouvelle Vague's 3 (2009). It was also a bonus track on the Japanese release Annie Lennox's Medusa album in 1995.
The Furs performed the song on American Bandstand on September 22, 1984. They suffered a bit during the after-interview trying to answer mundane questions about their hobbies and sleep habits.