Prefab Sprout: Classic Or Dud

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i think he is brilliant. i can completely agree with the sentiment that all of the records save 'swoon' and 'protest songs' are mor/adult contemporary but that doesn't seem to bother me, i've no idea why. he is craftsman in my eyes and i think he never releases a song that isn't complete and wonderful. well maybe a few like say 'the fifth horseman' which is a bit crap. allegedly he writes and records hundreds of songs but i doubt that, the website is sticking by the may 22nd release date for the new record 'gunman and other stories'. the pearlfishers record is a nice primer.

keith, Friday, 27 April 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

one month passes...
Just got "The Gunman". I thought I was disappointed by Andromeda Heights. This is a new low. Firstly, I only get 10 tracks, of which 4 tracks have been previously released in one form or another. Secondly, some of the songs are just pure filler... Example: Farmyard Cat??? What kind of crap is that?! I'm a Farmyard Cat.. Meow??? AAARGGGH!!!! Thirdly, if I wanted a country album, I'd look up Travis Tritt... Someone help me here! Is it too much to ask for an album with COMPLETELY UNRELEASED MATERIAL??? Paddy I think has lost the will to be his best.

Lance Wright, Monday, 18 June 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

From what I've heard they're ..nice. I like the song Bonnie

Mike Hanley, Monday, 18 June 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

two months pass...
I look forward to when he ditches the muso session men and expensive producers and releases the solo accoustic album he's destined to do. I love his stuff but on the last two albums he seems to be trying to sabotage his work by making it sickly smooth and sweet, he should try scuffing his knees now and again.

Billy Dods, Friday, 7 September 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

one year passes...
I'm back into them again now so let's revive!

Tom (Groke), Thursday, 9 January 2003 17:07 (seventeen years ago) link

'steve mcqueen' is a beautiful beautiful record. I'm kinda surprised dr C doesn't like 'em.

so what recs of theirs have you been listening to Tom?

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Thursday, 9 January 2003 17:31 (seventeen years ago) link

I own everything up to "Andromeda.." but all on tape so I'd not listened for years. Isabel likes them too and we were thinking vaguely of playing something by them at the wedding, so I bought the 2CD best-of. The first CD I think is really patchy - they weren't particularly a 'singles band' and so a chronological arrangement of same definitely has its ups and downs. The second CD is pretty much terrific right up until the Andromeda material which I never liked, though - I loved them at their absolute softest, really limpid pretty hushed ballads like "When the Cows Come Home"; "Desire As"; "Doo-Wop In Harlem"; "Pearly Gates" (Protest Songs is my favourite album by them and is full of that stuff).

I'm a bit surprised you like them Julio!

Tom (Groke), Thursday, 9 January 2003 17:35 (seventeen years ago) link


I've loved Prefab Sprout since I first heard Lions In My Own Garden on John Peel back in '82/'83.

I wonder if Dr. C was about / remembers seeing them at Reading Uni around '84 / '85 when they were on tour with another great Kitchenware band, Hurrah! and both bands apparently only had one bass & bass amp between them?

Last saw them (without Wendy, sadly) at Shepherds Bush Empire a couple of years ago and they were still magic.

Julio's impeccable taste doesn't surprise me in the slightest btw.

Stewart Osborne (Stewart Osborne), Thursday, 9 January 2003 17:45 (seventeen years ago) link

no, this is definitely Julio music - especially Cruel I would say - and not Dr.C music.

At his best - "When The Angels", title song from Jordan... - McAloon's untouchable. He doesn't quite do it often enough for me tho'.

Jeff W, Thursday, 9 January 2003 17:47 (seventeen years ago) link

I really loved 'Steve McQueen' and 'Cars & Girls' .. but I just haven't been able to get into anything else ... I really want to too - because Steve McQueen is 'simply amazing' (a phrase that will undoubtedly show up on the cliches we love to hate thread) - and maybe it's that high standard that's kept me from liking much else...

dave225 (Dave225), Thursday, 9 January 2003 18:04 (seventeen years ago) link

I also taped steve mcqueen of the record library but I haven't heard this record in a long time. I should prob buy this, actually because I can't remember exactly why i liked this record so much (you see I taped Joy division's closer on the other side to save money on buying tapes and I don't think they go well together).

''I'm a bit surprised you like them Julio!''

songs don't need to have an obligatory free jazz bit in them tom.

well doesn't Dr C like Scritti politti? OK so they aren't exactly alike but both bands have an affinity for soul-type stuff so i thought he would enjoy it.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Thursday, 9 January 2003 18:07 (seventeen years ago) link

definitely one where I wish their was an option between classic and dud but I'll say classic. Compared to Elvis Costello's post-This Years' Model stuff it's gloriously hernia-free but like Aztec Camera's High Land, Hard Rain I kinda forget this stuff exists most of the the time. Fine when I hear it though.

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Thursday, 9 January 2003 19:48 (seventeen years ago) link

I thought they were pretty good back in the Langley Park days, but i played that album a year or two back and it was quite a painful affair.


christoff (christoff), Thursday, 9 January 2003 19:53 (seventeen years ago) link

Hey up! My ears are burning.

Stewart - yes, yes I saw PF at RUSU in 84 or 85. I wrote at some length about the great Hurrah! on a thread on ILX not long ago. Tim Hopkins and I (and doomie!) were waxing lyrical about them. We invited Hurrah! to a party at our house after the gig and they turned up with Prefab Sprout too!

For about 2 weeks after it came out I thought that side one of Steve McQueen was genius, but it soon passed. I dunno - I have the 2CD thing and it occasionally comes out if I feel the need to hear Lions in My Own Garden or Bonny or Don't Sing - but really I just don't *get* McAloon. The concepts aren't that really that interesting and everything is so *tasteful* that I just can't get interested.

So you're right Jeff, as usual! I don't much like them, but of course I love Scritti. I suppose the comparison is valid tho' I'm not much interested in Paddy OR Green's craftsmanship and intelligence - Scritti get my attention because they're just so damn funky.

Dr. C (Dr. C), Thursday, 9 January 2003 20:35 (seventeen years ago) link

"I wrote at some length about the great Hurrah! on a thread on ILX not long ago."

Hurrah! Started out so well - they were great live (did you see them at the After Dark too Dr. C?) the 3 or 4 singles they did for Kitchenware (which were later compiled as "Boxed") were excellent; then they signed to Arista and somehow sadly they just seemed to lose the plot.

Stewart Osborne (Stewart Osborne), Thursday, 9 January 2003 21:17 (seventeen years ago) link

Prefab Sprout are the musical equivalent of a Disney movie- nothing in the league of Alice In Wonderland, mind you, but better than Pocahontas. So yeah, tasteful, "nice", "clean". But with enough wide-eyed wonder to lure me in.

Daniel_Rf (Daniel_Rf), Friday, 10 January 2003 00:18 (seventeen years ago) link

Stewart - yes, they were bloody unbelievable live. I saw them 4 or 5 times in Reading - St. Patricks Hall, another hall (St. Georges?)After Dark and RUSU twice (once with PF and once with Microdisney). I treasure 'Boxed' and the Rev-Ola comp.

Dr. C (Dr. C), Friday, 10 January 2003 09:41 (seventeen years ago) link

Haven't heard it for ages but I used to think that if you could get past the dodgy production "Swoon" was their best album. This seems to be as eccentric a view now as it was then. The 3 or 4 best songs on "Steve McQueen" were better than "Swoon", and the production was obviously much more sophisticated. But the quality of the ideas was patchier and it was a less consistent album. By "Langley Park" the magic had all but gone, to return only very sporadically.

Their career seems in a minor way to echo Steely Dan's, a band they were close to stylistically - they started off rough-but-brilliant, hit their peak when they added some production smarts (although PS's peak lasted for about 4 songs while SDs lasted for several albums) and then petered out as an obsession with high-production gloss turned them bland.

ArfArf, Friday, 10 January 2003 11:28 (seventeen years ago) link

heh, I meant "Swoon" when I said "Cruel" above (the latter's a song on the former).

Jeff W, Friday, 10 January 2003 11:55 (seventeen years ago) link

I've always found Swoon pretty much impenetrable - it stopped me enjoying PS for a long time (I bought it first because it had the best title). All that oblique wordplay.

Tom (Groke), Friday, 10 January 2003 11:56 (seventeen years ago) link

I wouldn't defend the lyrics, Tom. Generally lyrics are just not very important to me. I seem to remember some of the images added a nice weirdness to the proceedings and worked sonically, but I'd never have been interested in thinking "what exactly does that mean?"

(This reminds of a comment Elton John made in an interview in the aftermath of Blur releasing "The Great Escape" (to great critical acclaim) and Oasis releasing "What's the Story" (critically rubbished). EJ said the critics were going to end up with egg on their face, partly because they were too obsessed by the lyrics, but also because they did not understand how lyrics worked. Oasis's lyrics might be rubbish in terms of meaning but they sounded ok so they did the job. EJ obviously isn't indifferent to lyrics or he wouldn't employ Bernie Taupin, and pay him a huge royalty share: he wasn't saying lyrics don't matter. He was saying they mattered in a different way than the critics thought.

This stuck in my mind because I agreed with his him both on how lyrics worked and on the relative merits of the two albums (not that I was a particularly fervent admirer of the Oasis album, but it did have some very good tunes while the Blur album IMO was obviously rubbish. Even Blur's lyrics, sixth-form poetry shot through with a celebrity's contempt for the rest of us with our boring jobs and lives, were much more offensive than Gallacher's mere awkwardness.

EJ turned out to be "right" at least in the limited/provisional sense that WTSMG outsold TGE by a huge multiple and the critical consensus shifted hugely in its favour as well.

ArfArf, Friday, 10 January 2003 12:52 (seventeen years ago) link

Neil Tennant made a very similar point re. Blur/Oasis lyrics, and I think he and Elton were probably right. My interest in lyrics flickers on and off - if they don't attract my attention I won't judge them. With Swoon though it seemed to me that the lyrics were drawing attention to themselves quite a bit, leaving me little choice but to pay some kind of attention. And often they left me feeling rather irritated.

Actually thinking about it this happened with the backing vocals more than the lyrics - something like "When Bobby Fischer's plane touches the ground" is interrupted by that pert little "(plane, plane!)" in the backing, and for whatever reason it infuriates me every time, draws attention to the lyrical quirkiness. I hate that feeling when I'm listening to music and suddenly find myself thrown out of the record thinking "But why on earth is *that* there?". The "Doh-bee. Doh-bee." stuff at the start of 'I Couldn't Bear To Be Special' has the same effect.

Tom (Groke), Friday, 10 January 2003 13:01 (seventeen years ago) link

Again, I wouldn't want to defend these specific instances. I'd agree that some of the quirkiness/archness is irritating and obtrusive. But in terms of liking the album overall it obviously didn't bother me so much.

ArfArf, Friday, 10 January 2003 15:33 (seventeen years ago) link

one year passes...
Revive - if only because, after years of unrequited like from both parties, they suddenly seem to be the band my mid-thirties were waiting for. 'Nightingales' just came on iTunes and it's like Heidegger rewritten by Dietz and Schwartz.

Jerry the Nipper (Jerrynipper), Wednesday, 10 March 2004 18:46 (sixteen years ago) link


Dr. C (Dr. C), Wednesday, 10 March 2004 18:50 (sixteen years ago) link

I am also... touched at Dr C.'s precognitive typo throughout this thread... where he types PF instead of PS... repeatedly!

Jerry the Nipper (Jerrynipper), Wednesday, 10 March 2004 18:53 (sixteen years ago) link

I also think there is an unmatchable b-sides collection to be compiled here - 'Girl I'm Here' and 'The End of the Affair' (unbelievably, a couple of b-sides from different editions of the ok 'Electric Guitars' single) alone are worth the price of admission.

Jerry the Nipper (Jerrynipper), Wednesday, 10 March 2004 19:02 (sixteen years ago) link

I found them to be CLASSIC until "Langley Park" which is unbelievably DUD. My little brother looooves them, go figure once again

Donna Brown (Donna Brown), Wednesday, 10 March 2004 19:14 (sixteen years ago) link

I must listen to the 2CD best of thing tonight to see if I like them yet. I sort of want to like PS.

Dr. C (Dr. C), Wednesday, 10 March 2004 20:10 (sixteen years ago) link

I agree with Donna Brown's little brother!

And -- while I expect disagreement -- I think Dolby/Prefab (or Dolby/McAloon) was a genuinely great partnership. Yes, sometimes an otherwise lush production suffers from a synth patch too scrappy or anemic -- or conversely, a pad too thick and sludgy -- to serve its intended purpose. But Dolby had a knack for giving each track its own sonic vocabulary, and if you forgive the occasional lapse it's possible to get really caught up in the creativity of the arrangements of even the lesser songs -- the punch, rubbery percussive sounds in "Knock on Wood," the spacious acoustic and nicely timed delays on the backup singers in "I Remember That," the Gregorian chant/drone in "Michael," and so on.

Paul in Santa Cruz (Paul in Santa Cruz), Wednesday, 10 March 2004 20:51 (sixteen years ago) link

"the punchY, rubber percussive sounds"

Paul in Santa Cruz (Paul in Santa Cruz), Wednesday, 10 March 2004 21:16 (sixteen years ago) link

Anyone remember the song "Donna Summer" that came (only I think) with the double-single release of 'When Love Breaks Down"? God, that was wonderful. It also came with a different version of "Diana" that was on "Protest Songs" (my favourite Sprout LP I think)

LondonLee (LondonLee), Wednesday, 10 March 2004 21:43 (sixteen years ago) link

No, but I really liked that song "Spinning Belinda" that was on the Debut magazine/record combo and apparently no other Sprout record. Thanks, Paddy.

Donna Brown (Donna Brown), Wednesday, 10 March 2004 22:35 (sixteen years ago) link

I had forgotten all about Debut magazine. I had an issue that had Danse Society on it.

Jerry the Nipper (Jerrynipper), Wednesday, 10 March 2004 22:54 (sixteen years ago) link

there are some great songs on Jordan, the Comeback too and that album hasn't been mentioned so far ( i dont think) Mercy is maybe his greatest song. "I'm 49" from I trawl the Megahertz is very beautiful too.

jed_ (jed), Thursday, 11 March 2004 02:12 (sixteen years ago) link

jordan is the best song. andromeda has been unfairly maligned in this subject too, it was a pretty classy comeback album. never heard the last one. i liked that andromeda was dedicated to a couple of carpenters. the judybats were like the american version of prefab sprout, they were classic as well.

keith m (keithmcl), Thursday, 11 March 2004 02:34 (sixteen years ago) link

Judybats were TOTALLY classic

Donna Brown (Donna Brown), Thursday, 11 March 2004 02:45 (sixteen years ago) link

I like a few tracks on Andromeda Heights but it was a disappointment overall. I'm glad I didn't give up on it too quickly or I would have missed out on the glorious title track at the end -- glorious despite the ill-conceived instrumental verse.

(Anomie & Bonhomie is another album where you might well bail out early on an artist whose best years are probably behind him, but you'd miss the best track if you did.)

And yes, "Im 49" is beautiful. Depressing as hell, but beautiful.

Never heard of the Judybats -- in what ways are they similar? Sound? Quality of songwriting? Or...

Paul in Santa Cruz (Paul in Santa Cruz), Thursday, 11 March 2004 03:00 (sixteen years ago) link

Classic. I was just playing the first side of 'Two Wheels Good'/'Steve McQueen' today.

As for Elton's praising Noel Gallagher's lyrics, didn't Christgau once cite "You know I can't think straight no more" as a key to Bernie Taupin's state of mind?

Rickey Wright (Rrrickey), Thursday, 11 March 2004 04:34 (sixteen years ago) link

I think Andromeda Heights is fantastic! A much more "mature" sound than any of the other albums, but I wouldn't want to have to chose my favourite between that one, SWOON and Protest Songs.

The Gunman & Other Stories on the other hand was a disappointment.

I Trawl The Megahertz is.... interesting.... I'm not sure, haven't really made my mind up on that one yet. I've enjoyed it to the 2 or 3 times I've played it but I don't feel any great urge to keep going back to it like I did with Andromeda Heights.

Stewart Osborne (Stewart Osborne), Thursday, 11 March 2004 10:34 (sixteen years ago) link

Swoon, McQueen, Langley Park, Protest Songs and Jordan infused my teenage life so that McAloon could never in the future put a foot wrong. Of course he did, but I've ignored it in the main. Ok, I haven't- Andormeda Heights, some great songs aside, is swamped by saxophone and slush, and Gunman just doesn't sparkle. Megahertz has a good six songs' worth of filler, but 'I'm 49''s perfect and the opener is touching, stitched together or not. That said, it does sound a bit like my American friend rambling 'meaningfully' over her ex-boyfriend's crappy noodling, but I try to shut that out.

Buffalo Stan, Thursday, 11 March 2004 16:19 (sixteen years ago) link

I don't know what Dolby and iTunes are.

re. lyrics, how about wanting to be the Fred Astaire of words?

I like PF.

the bluefox, Thursday, 11 March 2004 16:54 (sixteen years ago) link

Dolby = Thomas Dolby, who produced and played on Steve McQueen

iTunes = an antique jukebox in a cafe in North London that only plays PS and PF records

(possibly one of these is wrong)

zebedee (zebedee), Thursday, 11 March 2004 17:17 (sixteen years ago) link

Thomas Dolby also produced and performed on parts of Langley Park and all of Jordan

Paul in Santa Cruz (Paul in Santa Cruz), Thursday, 11 March 2004 19:45 (sixteen years ago) link

You know what? I quite like the idea of McAloon - this hyperliterate exquisite loner - gradually moving toward what, some might call, slush. Oddly, it's a sign of adventure. He desparately wants to write the 'Long and Winding Road' of his generation, and I think there's something weirdly admirable about his attempt to stifle his peculiar singularity in search of a standard. In a funny way, he's Jimmy Webb in reverse.

I also love what I have heard of the Megahertz record. It's brave and magnificent.

Does anyone know the state of Paddy M's eyesight now? And whether he is likely to release any of his mad folly concept lps or is ever more determined to explore the lonely furrow connecting the BBC world service and Berlioz?

Jerry the Nipper (Jerrynipper), Thursday, 11 March 2004 21:07 (sixteen years ago) link

I'd like to switch my year-old vote to dud if I may. I couldn't even get through a third of Two Wheels Good or Jordan: The Come Back last time I tried. Though I still dig "Looking For Atlantis."

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Thursday, 11 March 2004 21:32 (sixteen years ago) link

Any excuse to use this picture...

I don't think any of these supposed concept lp's (18 at the last count) exist anywhere other than in his head but it's nice to know that there may be a concept album about Zorro the Fox or Michael Jackson arriving sometime in the next 5 or 10 years.

Sadly he's shaved his beard off

Billy Dods (Billy Dods), Thursday, 11 March 2004 22:19 (sixteen years ago) link

He kind of looks like Jess now.

N. (nickdastoor), Thursday, 11 March 2004 22:22 (sixteen years ago) link

does jess read every thread? cos...

cozen (Cozen), Thursday, 11 March 2004 22:28 (sixteen years ago) link

Funnily enough, I think they do exist - ie the great lost PS concept lps - it's just he only wants them to come out after he's dead. It would be a typically McAloon touch.

Jerry the Nipper (Jerrynipper), Thursday, 11 March 2004 22:48 (sixteen years ago) link

wow never heard that one before it's fantastic

ufo, Tuesday, 8 January 2019 12:44 (one year ago) link

aw i love "wigs"

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Tuesday, 8 January 2019 13:56 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

New Megahertz is somehow different to the old I’m reading? Anyone heard it yet? It’s on Spotify I notice...

piscesx, Tuesday, 12 February 2019 14:33 (one year ago) link

Can’t say I noticed any significant difference. I have the original cd, but some time since I played it. Think I’ll need to investigate

Dan Worsley, Tuesday, 12 February 2019 20:50 (one year ago) link

I've only just discovered this group for myself via an '80s compilation CD collection I purchased the last time I was in London (i.e. December 2017). So far the two Prefab Sprout songs on said album ("The King of Rock and Roll" and "When Love Breaks Down") are really, really fucking amazing. Next up: actually listening to one of their full albums. BTW, I have a very dear friend of mine who's a native of Albuquerque and now I can't help but associate her with the former song, even though we met via a shared fandom of a completely different musical artist.

deethelurker, Sunday, 17 February 2019 18:41 (one year ago) link #prefabsprout

— @needlemythology (@needlemythology) February 20, 2019

groovypanda, Wednesday, 20 February 2019 10:31 (one year ago) link

Looks like that’s been removed; shame.

Tim, Wednesday, 20 February 2019 13:08 (one year ago) link

Looks like that's back; hooray!

Tim, Wednesday, 20 February 2019 15:56 (one year ago) link

Your daddy loves you very much. He just doesn't want to live with us anymore.

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Wednesday, 20 February 2019 23:37 (one year ago) link

four months pass...

vinyl reissues in september:

Prefab Sprout have announced vinyl reissues of three studio albums and one compilation. New pressings of their 1984 debut Swoon, 1988’s commercial breakthrough From Langley Park to Memphis, 1990’s double album Jordan: The Comeback, and 1992’s Life of Surprises: The Best of Prefab Sprout are all out September 27. A press statement notes that the packaging and remasters were overseen by band members Paddy and Martin McAloon. Pre-orders are available at their website.

Earlier this year, Paddy McAloon’s 2003 solo album I Trawl the Megahertz was reissued as a Prefab Sprout LP.

flappy bird, Wednesday, 3 July 2019 18:05 (one year ago) link

... i think i'm gonna need to buy jordan

american bradass (BradNelson), Wednesday, 3 July 2019 18:06 (one year ago) link

Interesting that they didn’t include Steve McQueen. I hope these stick around long enough for me to confirm the pressings are better than my originals.

brotherlovesdub, Wednesday, 3 July 2019 22:13 (one year ago) link

hope they fixed the glitch on life of surprises

Vapor waif (uptown churl), Thursday, 4 July 2019 00:31 (one year ago) link

What glitch?

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Thursday, 4 July 2019 02:18 (one year ago) link

sorry, i must be insane. i remember there being some weird glitch on a PS song, thought it was LoS, thought it was discussed on ilm as an error during mastering but re-listening i don't hear anything. apologies for derail

Vapor waif (uptown churl), Thursday, 4 July 2019 02:48 (one year ago) link

no, wait, it's there, around 3:38-41 on the word 'not' !

Vapor waif (uptown churl), Thursday, 4 July 2019 03:00 (one year ago) link

I've noticed that glitch too. Pretty weird oversight on their part, unless it was the only possible way for them to stitch it together. I hope that's even fixable at this point!

OneSecondBefore, Thursday, 4 July 2019 16:55 (one year ago) link

any news on femmes mythologiques?

Pagoda, Thursday, 4 July 2019 17:30 (one year ago) link

nothing beyond the planned release in September mentioned at the start of the year

ufo, Thursday, 4 July 2019 17:38 (one year ago) link

media is precious and fragile ... but despite the glitch LOS is still perfect

Vapor waif (uptown churl), Thursday, 4 July 2019 17:40 (one year ago) link

Trying to figure out why Steve McQueen (my fave of them, by far) was excluded, I found out there was a RSD release of 'Steve McQueen Acoustic'. Anyone heard it?

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 4 July 2019 17:51 (one year ago) link

yeah, steve mcqueen is my favourite album of theirs :/

bookmarkflaglink (jim in vancouver), Thursday, 4 July 2019 17:53 (one year ago) link

The Steve McQueen acoustic was all bonus tracks on the 2006 reissue iir

ufo, Thursday, 4 July 2019 17:55 (one year ago) link

Ah, thanks. The lack of fanfare everywhere made me think already it wasn't something new.

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 4 July 2019 17:57 (one year ago) link

love those acoustic versions.

Fizzles, Thursday, 4 July 2019 18:09 (one year ago) link


Number None, Thursday, 4 July 2019 19:58 (one year ago) link

is there a rights issue with the label that put out Steve McQueen / Two Wheels Good?

flappy bird, Thursday, 4 July 2019 20:44 (one year ago) link

I got to know Steve McQueen via the 2006 reissue so those acoustic versions are as canonical as the originals for me. I think I actually like them better

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Sunday, 7 July 2019 08:22 (one year ago) link

the Steve McQueen Acoustic disc appears to be on spotify, along with 5 different issues of Steve McQueen (including one of Two Wheels Good), each with a different poorly scanned version of the album art

ufo, Sunday, 7 July 2019 08:32 (one year ago) link

acoustic version was also issued as a stand alone lp.

mizzell, Sunday, 7 July 2019 14:13 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

Variants of this pop up about once every 8 months when there's a news story about prefabricated something. JUST SAY NO.

— NicD (@Sproutology) September 1, 2019

omar little, Sunday, 1 September 2019 15:59 (eleven months ago) link

So is there a release date for the new album?

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Monday, 2 September 2019 00:31 (eleven months ago) link

McAloon has also indicated his vaults are rather vast.

How vast?

“You can work it out by doing the maths,” he went on to say. “…if you write three albums a year, approximately, and you’ve been doing that for 30 years, then that’s where we are.

damn, I really hope Paddy has a Max Brod in his life iykwim

hoostanbank de reason lyrics mp4 hd video download (unregistered), Monday, 2 September 2019 05:22 (eleven months ago) link


flappy bird, Tuesday, 10 September 2019 22:49 (ten months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Just started checking out the Swoon remaster on Spotify and it is sounding good, less like it was recorded through a wall. Bass! It's a bit odd - that thinness or tinniness was the fabric of the album, the contrast to everything later – but I am liking it.

woof, Tuesday, 1 October 2019 19:40 (ten months ago) link

Anyone familiar with the protest songs record mentioned in that article? xp

one charm and one antiup quark (outdoor_miner), Tuesday, 1 October 2019 23:27 (ten months ago) link

it was recorded after steve mcqueen but not released until after langley park. similar in sound to steve mcqueen but not quite as good. has the song life of surprises which is great.

mizzell, Wednesday, 2 October 2019 00:02 (ten months ago) link

"Scarlet Nights" has become my favorite track off JORDAN at the moment. That understated key change in the final chorus is pure magic.

winters (josh), Wednesday, 9 October 2019 05:29 (nine months ago) link

one month passes...

The kick / snare drum triplets on the Bobby Fischer section of Cue Fanfare

June Pointer’s Valentine’s Day Secret Admirer Note Author (calstars), Thursday, 14 November 2019 14:35 (eight months ago) link

three months pass...

You know, almost all of the songs on LCTWWM are excellent innit. I'm going to blame the arrangements for obscuring this state of affairs for a decade.

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Thursday, 20 February 2020 00:37 (five months ago) link

three months pass...

In 1985 County Durham pop band Prefab Sprout sung about Moving the River on their highly acclaimed album Steve McQueen. But why are we bringing this up now, and what has it got to do with life in Stoke-on-Trent in 2020? Well, strap yourselves in...

— Stoke-on-Trent CC (@SoTCityCouncil) May 21, 2020

Dan Worsley, Saturday, 23 May 2020 17:10 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

Put your sweet lips a little closer to the phone.
Let's pretend that we're together, all alone.

ACABincalifornia (voodoo chili), Thursday, 9 July 2020 23:13 (four weeks ago) link

i want to hear the diplomats over a flip of "moving the river" so fucking bad. the horn ostinato over those chords is pure plush sonic luxury

Vapor waif (uptown churl), Thursday, 9 July 2020 23:34 (four weeks ago) link

Some absolute shockers of posts at the beginning of this thread. The Sprout were incredible.

does it look like i'm here (jon123), Friday, 10 July 2020 13:43 (four weeks ago) link

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