Prefab Sprout - Steve McQueen / Two Wheels Good poll

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Another in this very occasional run through the Prefab Sprout albums. There is a lot to love here, like I am confidently looking at Desire As, but then Goodbye Lucille #1 catches my eye, then Appetite…

Previously, Swoon

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Appetite 26
Bonny 18
Goodbye Lucille #1 14
When Love Breaks Down 12
Faron Young 8
Desire As 4
Moving the River 3
Horsin' Around 3
Hallelujah 1
When the Angels 1
Blueberry Pies 0


woof, Monday, 19 December 2016 22:02 (one year ago) Permalink

"desire as" vs "moving the river" vs "goodbye lucille" vs "appetite" vs "bonny" vs

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Monday, 19 December 2016 22:03 (one year ago) Permalink

Talk about impossible! Going with my first instinct - Appetite.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Monday, 19 December 2016 22:08 (one year ago) Permalink

yeah, first instinct is good principle, so Desire As. But already regretting not voting Appetite, which, well, there's clarity and tenderness and it's elliptical and just slides along. Man, the older I get the more I love them.

woof, Monday, 19 December 2016 22:26 (one year ago) Permalink

A tough one, but "Bonny" it is. One of the greatest side ones ever

beamish13, Monday, 19 December 2016 23:16 (one year ago) Permalink

guys..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1A5Bh1FM88

piscesx, Monday, 19 December 2016 23:24 (one year ago) Permalink

"Bonnie" in a heartbeat

X-Prince Protégé (sonnyboy), Monday, 19 December 2016 23:29 (one year ago) Permalink

"Bonniy" in a heartbeat

X-Prince Protégé (sonnyboy), Monday, 19 December 2016 23:29 (one year ago) Permalink

Bonny in a heartbeat

X-Prince Protégé (sonnyboy), Monday, 19 December 2016 23:30 (one year ago) Permalink

Whoops

X-Prince Protégé (sonnyboy), Monday, 19 December 2016 23:31 (one year ago) Permalink

This poll closes in a year and a half

Iago Galdston, Monday, 19 December 2016 23:33 (one year ago) Permalink

Bonet in a heartbeat

Islamic State of Mind (jim in vancouver), Monday, 19 December 2016 23:34 (one year ago) Permalink

Gave some love to WLBD

Iago Galdston, Monday, 19 December 2016 23:35 (one year ago) Permalink

xps
well it's not my fault they shouldn't put 6 and 8 right next to each other on the keyboard. And then maybe if there were a bit more standardisation on dates, it's all very confusing.

Anyway, I think this will still be a good album in 2018.

woof, Monday, 19 December 2016 23:37 (one year ago) Permalink

(whoops, sorry, was aiming for 29 Dec 2016)

woof, Monday, 19 December 2016 23:38 (one year ago) Permalink

If the re-recorded acoustic versions were included from the 2007 remaster, then 'Desire As', but since they're not, it's going to be 'Goodbye Lucille'.

Bloody Snail, Tuesday, 20 December 2016 00:50 (one year ago) Permalink

This one requires some serious deliberation.

The Doug Walters of Crime (Tom D.), Tuesday, 20 December 2016 01:06 (one year ago) Permalink

Voting "When Love Breaks Down" because it's the underdog and I love love love it

"Appetite" would be so much better without the 'call and response' synth line. Always reminds me of the scene where Billy teaches Gizmo to talk

Wimmels, Tuesday, 20 December 2016 01:12 (one year ago) Permalink

can we do a 4-way vote between "bonny" -> "goodbye lucille"

josh, Tuesday, 20 December 2016 01:46 (one year ago) Permalink

Voting Moving the River

calstars, Tuesday, 20 December 2016 01:54 (one year ago) Permalink

but I think their song about chess on Swoon is their best track

calstars, Tuesday, 20 December 2016 01:57 (one year ago) Permalink

the bonus tracks kinda spoil this album for me if I forget to program them out. it's hard to believe 'The Yearning Loins' and 'Bonny' came out of the same sessions/era.

memories of a cruller (unregistered), Tuesday, 20 December 2016 02:00 (one year ago) Permalink

Should also poll Steve vs Jordan

calstars, Tuesday, 20 December 2016 02:04 (one year ago) Permalink

what other albums besides swoon, steve, and jordan are essential?

calstars, Tuesday, 20 December 2016 02:11 (one year ago) Permalink

protest songs is great. let's change the world with music is a great lost post-jordan demo. crimson/red is great. everything else is a bit patchier/goopier

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Tuesday, 20 December 2016 02:19 (one year ago) Permalink

I feel like this is an album where just about every track will get a vote.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Tuesday, 20 December 2016 02:24 (one year ago) Permalink

calstars -- not an album, unfortunately, but the b-sides are a must have

Iago Galdston, Tuesday, 20 December 2016 02:25 (one year ago) Permalink

Protest Songs is indeed a hidden masterpiece. Of their (or rather, his) post-Jordan works, I think Crimson/Red is probably the best, at least
until he dies and we discover the dozens of complete albums he's stashed away

beamish13, Tuesday, 20 December 2016 03:26 (one year ago) Permalink

Oh! I Trawl the Megaherz is fascinating, too-wish it was out on vinyl,or in print at all, actually

beamish13, Tuesday, 20 December 2016 03:27 (one year ago) Permalink

From Langley Park to Memphis is good too though not as great as Steve or Jordan

pretty difficult to choose but Appetite was my first instinct so I went with that

ufo, Tuesday, 20 December 2016 03:56 (one year ago) Permalink

When Love Breaks Down

flappy bird, Tuesday, 20 December 2016 03:58 (one year ago) Permalink

From Langley Park to Memphis is good too though not as great as Steve or Jordan

oh i didn't notice this one wasn't mentioned. it's nearly as great as those two imo

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Tuesday, 20 December 2016 04:05 (one year ago) Permalink

Went with "Forgive me Faron Young/For in the morning".

albvivertine, Tuesday, 20 December 2016 06:39 (one year ago) Permalink

From Langley Park to Memphis doesn't get mentioned anytime there's Sprout-talk on here. It's a great album, not a bad track on it.

I'm going to vote for "Desire As"

An Alan Bennett Joint (Michael B), Tuesday, 20 December 2016 07:11 (one year ago) Permalink

voted "Appetite", because it's the one that shocks the most in its frankness. this comes through even better on the acoustic version.

for just the original recordings would vote "Goodbye Lucille #1"

droit au butt (Euler), Tuesday, 20 December 2016 08:36 (one year ago) Permalink

yeah, Langley Park is great. It doesn't feel as coherent as Jordan, and some of the mystery – the cryptic elliptical compressed language, the musical unpredictability – of the first two is missing, but it's maybe his best set of wordy songs. & agree, search Protest Songs, Crimson/Red and I Trawl the Megahertz. I wasn't keen on Let's Change the World with Music, but should give it another chance. And there's a truly amazing odds & sods album that you could compile.

woof, Tuesday, 20 December 2016 11:02 (one year ago) Permalink

I wasn't too keen on Crimson/Red but "The Best Jewel Thief in the World" is one of Paddy's finest tunes imo

An Alan Bennett Joint (Michael B), Tuesday, 20 December 2016 13:01 (one year ago) Permalink

can we do a 4-way vote between "bonny" -> "goodbye lucille"

― josh, Tuesday, 20 December 2016 01:46 (eleven hours ago)

Yeah this is so tough.

Gavin, Leeds, Tuesday, 20 December 2016 13:14 (one year ago) Permalink

Always tough but Bonny is my go to cut.

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 20 December 2016 15:34 (one year ago) Permalink

Shame the world is ending in 2017 we'll never get to see the results of this poll.

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 20 December 2016 15:37 (one year ago) Permalink

when love breaks down

ciderpress, Tuesday, 20 December 2016 15:40 (one year ago) Permalink

Just found US version of this LP (Two Wheels Good) in the dollar bin at Stereo Jack's. I haven't had time to fully digest it, but I can already tell this one's going to get played a lot. It feels like it wants to sit on the shelf somewhere between "High Land, Hard Rain" and "Don't Stand Me Down".

So far, the tracks that jump out are "Horsin' Around" and "Faron"

enochroot, Tuesday, 20 December 2016 15:40 (one year ago) Permalink

For me, the two weaker albums are 'Andromeda Heights' and 'The Gunman', and the two essential ones are 'Steve McQueen' and 'Jordan'. I like 'Swoon' more than I used to, but it's just so dense that it's a tough listen at first.

funk79, Tuesday, 20 December 2016 19:39 (one year ago) Permalink

^^ otm

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Tuesday, 20 December 2016 19:40 (one year ago) Permalink

I feel like this is an album where just about every track will get a vote.

― Gerald McBoing-Boing

Even Horsin' Around?

Kitchen Person, Tuesday, 20 December 2016 19:51 (one year ago) Permalink

So far, the tracks that jump out are "Horsin' Around" and "Faron"

― enochroot, Tuesday, 20 December 2016 15:40 (four hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

The Doug Walters of Crime (Tom D.), Tuesday, 20 December 2016 19:54 (one year ago) Permalink

From Langley Park to Memphis doesn't get mentioned anytime there's Sprout-talk on here. It's a great album, not a bad track on it.

Truly. "The King of Rock 'n' Roll" gets the unresearched 'novelty song' tag, but "I Remember That", "Nancy (Let Your Hair Down For Me)", and The Venus of the Soup Kitchen" all equal the impact of "The Golden Calf" for me.

Andromeda Heights, "The End of the Affair" is a favorite PS b-side, and "Life's a Miracle" is a lovely song, uplifting without being saccharine.

Here, really hard choice, but "Appetite" and "Desire As" are the two that randomly pop in my head often, so choosing the former.

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Tuesday, 20 December 2016 20:35 (one year ago) Permalink

This is a weird band for me because when I discovered them I OD'd on them so hard, and now every few years I'll play these records and that sates me for several more years. In a way, my binge was such that these songs all--without exception--sound better in my brain and memory than they do when I play them. I can't think of too many other examples of this (possibly Odessey and Oracle)

Wimmels, Tuesday, 20 December 2016 20:38 (one year ago) Permalink

I feel like this is an album where just about every track will get a vote.
― Gerald McBoing-Boing

Even Horsin' Around?
― Kitchen Person, Tuesday, December 20, 2016 2:51 PM (fifty minutes ago)

Guilty! I actually did vote for Horsin' Around

enochroot, Tuesday, 20 December 2016 20:43 (one year ago) Permalink

Iago, what are the good b-sides? I'll hit up sseek later

calstars, Tuesday, 20 December 2016 22:02 (one year ago) Permalink

I love Horsin' Around and would have voted for it if Bonny wasn't the best song ever written.

yugi ex, Tuesday, 20 December 2016 23:08 (one year ago) Permalink

I always found it just doesn't fit on the album very well. It would make a charming B-side but that's about it. I still love the album as every other song is a 10/10.

Kitchen Person, Tuesday, 20 December 2016 23:24 (one year ago) Permalink

I did hedge a bit when I said "just about every track". ;-)

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Tuesday, 20 December 2016 23:34 (one year ago) Permalink

I think the best non album tracks are the pre-Swoon stuff and the stuff from the Andromeda Heights era.

funk79, Wednesday, 21 December 2016 00:26 (one year ago) Permalink

At least in NYC you hardly ever see them anymore. Is there even Pluck U anymore? I sometimes have the Buffalo Boss wings at Fulton Mall. I always get them so hot I cry

Iago, what are the good b-sides? I'll hit up sseek later
hey man, I'll upload my b-sides and rarities and leave it sseek open tonight

Iago Galdston, Wednesday, 21 December 2016 00:52 (one year ago) Permalink

Fuck! My wings post that never happened. Sorry calstars

Iago Galdston, Wednesday, 21 December 2016 00:53 (one year ago) Permalink

Ok, calstars, I moved my whole PS collection onto sseek. My user name is sekaer. There's a folder called b-sides. Also don't miss the folder KCRW 1988--great in studio solo performance (including Wichita Lineman) and interview

Iago Galdston, Wednesday, 21 December 2016 01:09 (one year ago) Permalink

thank you Iago!

calstars, Wednesday, 21 December 2016 01:33 (one year ago) Permalink

I think the best non album tracks are the pre-Swoon stuff and the stuff from the Andromeda Heights era.

I sold "Andromeda Heights" but kept the singles.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Wednesday, 21 December 2016 05:15 (one year ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Spoiler alert (for those who can't wait for the May 2018 results of this one):
Steve McQueen/Two Wheels Good Poll

enochroot, Friday, 6 January 2017 17:20 (one year ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Friday, 11 May 2018 00:01 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Oh shit I missed the last poll. This is a REALLY hard one. Appetite or Desire As....

J. Sam, Friday, 11 May 2018 00:05 (two weeks ago) Permalink

"Bonnie" in a heartbeat

― X-Prince Protégé (sonnyboy), Monday, December 19, 2016 3:29 PM (one year ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

brimstead, Friday, 11 May 2018 00:10 (two weeks ago) Permalink

this poll is too cruel, but I ended up voting for "Goodbye Lucille #1/Johnny Johnny"

joshywinty (josh), Friday, 11 May 2018 00:16 (two weeks ago) Permalink

This poll closes in a year and a half

― Iago Galdston, Monday, December 19, 2016 4:33 PM (one year ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

the right amount of time imo. picked goodbye lucille

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Friday, 11 May 2018 00:31 (two weeks ago) Permalink

this is soooooooooooooooo hard but i just decided not to think to hard and went with appetite.

scott seward, Friday, 11 May 2018 01:28 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Apparently I've already voted although I can't recall what my choice was. This year, it'd be "Moving The River".

doug watson, Friday, 11 May 2018 15:54 (two weeks ago) Permalink

yeah, appetite. could've been when love breaks down but been more obsessed with appetite lately

flappy bird, Friday, 11 May 2018 18:19 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i swear i didn't try to create a mini-me or anything, but it does warm my heart when i hear this coming from my 15 year old kid's room. he was playing high land, hard rain in his room the other night.

i mean, i just play stuff. the rest is up to him.

scott seward, Friday, 11 May 2018 18:24 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Nonetheless, Scott, well done.

doug watson, Friday, 11 May 2018 18:38 (two weeks ago) Permalink

the core, the heart music... prefab sprout

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Friday, 11 May 2018 18:59 (two weeks ago) Permalink

save your speeches, flowers are for funerals

i'm surprised to see your screwface at the door (NickB), Friday, 11 May 2018 19:03 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Appetite is such a good song. I love the lyrics. Great album though.

brotherlovesdub, Friday, 11 May 2018 19:12 (two weeks ago) Permalink

one of the greatest moments in music

I count the hours since you slipped away
I count the hours that I lie awake
I count the minutes and the seconds too
All I stole and I took from you

omar little, Friday, 11 May 2018 19:14 (two weeks ago) Permalink

otm omar

i'm surprised to see your screwface at the door (NickB), Friday, 11 May 2018 19:18 (two weeks ago) Permalink

not always a fan of bands going unplugged, but the acoustic versions of some of these songs are incredible things

i'm surprised to see your screwface at the door (NickB), Friday, 11 May 2018 19:20 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Right? Oh my god, those acoustic versions will melt you...

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 11 May 2018 19:39 (two weeks ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pmp1hr8UxY

this one is total goosebumps

i'm surprised to see your screwface at the door (NickB), Friday, 11 May 2018 19:59 (two weeks ago) Permalink

otm omar

― i'm surprised to see your screwface at the door (NickB), Friday, May 11, 2018 12:18 PM (forty-five minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

brimstead, Friday, 11 May 2018 20:04 (two weeks ago) Permalink

otm omar

― i'm surprised to see your screwface at the door (NickB), Friday, May 11, 2018 12:18 PM (forty-five minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

― brimstead, Friday, May 11, 2018 1:04 PM (seven minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Friday, 11 May 2018 20:12 (two weeks ago) Permalink

"bonny" was the first prefab sprout song i heard

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Friday, 11 May 2018 20:12 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Very difficult. One of those impeccable albums. Where you cannot take away one song without interrupting the perfect flow. I think i'll go for Faron Young. There is a promise in that song that the album fulfills. The build-up never finishes.

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Friday, 11 May 2018 21:52 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Saturday, 12 May 2018 00:01 (one week ago) Permalink

interesting that Appetite won so easily. would probably still vote for it or Goodbye Lucille

ufo, Saturday, 12 May 2018 00:13 (one week ago) Permalink

Kind of wish I had gone with Desire As now. Can't argue too much with those results tho

J. Sam, Saturday, 12 May 2018 00:33 (one week ago) Permalink

Can't believe this actually finally finished, but glad I accidentally gave it a year-and-a-half runtime. Good turnout.

I thought I'd voted, but it let me vote again yesterday - Desire As.

Shame about Blueberry Pies, but it's lots of moments I like ('ask me what the time is… my eyes shift and slide', 'Hello stranger – the stranger I've become') that don't quite come together into a song I love.

woof, Saturday, 12 May 2018 01:07 (one week ago) Permalink

Voted When Love Breaks Down. I had recently written a song with a similar title when that record came out, which obviously wiped the floor with my own efforts

Dr X O'Skeleton, Saturday, 12 May 2018 13:04 (one week ago) Permalink


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