Prefab Sprout: Classic Or Dud

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There's pictures of Paddy hanging with Spike Lee in London last week. Apparently theyre working on something together!?

Neptune Bingo (Michael B), Thursday, 20 October 2016 16:14 (one year ago) Permalink

voodoo up, rollmo down

bitcoin bajas (diamonddave85), Thursday, 20 October 2016 17:24 (one year ago) Permalink

Great observation by that friend of yours, flap

doug watson, Thursday, 20 October 2016 23:46 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Jordan vs Steve

calstars, Wednesday, 23 November 2016 23:09 (one year ago) Permalink

jord but also never make me choose

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Wednesday, 23 November 2016 23:23 (one year ago) Permalink

Jordan yeah.

piscesx, Wednesday, 23 November 2016 23:46 (one year ago) Permalink

Jordan is Paddy perfecting Steve, which is really close to perfect already.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Thursday, 24 November 2016 00:11 (one year ago) Permalink

I might go with Swoon over both of them.

Kitchen Person, Thursday, 24 November 2016 01:49 (one year ago) Permalink

I was just looking at PS lps on discogs and they're a lot more expensive than they were 15 years ago. Like, not break the bank expensive, but last time I bought Two Wheels Good (Steve McQueen) on vinyl, it was about $3. It is not that now.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Thursday, 24 November 2016 02:06 (one year ago) Permalink

Jordan. I think there are some wobbles in the first half (Machine Gun Ibiza), but it's completely immaculate Moondog onwards.

I forgot I started polling through the albums… I'll put up a SMcQ/2WG poll when I get five minutes.

woof, Thursday, 24 November 2016 11:46 (one year ago) Permalink

I'll save you's 'Bonny'...

X-Prince Protégé (sonnyboy), Thursday, 24 November 2016 13:23 (one year ago) Permalink

I'd think it would be Appetite.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Thursday, 24 November 2016 13:24 (one year ago) Permalink

the acoustic Appetite on the reissue is like mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

droit au butt (Euler), Thursday, 24 November 2016 13:32 (one year ago) Permalink

i love both but steve mcqueen is definitely their best

it's got a much nicer texture & jordan's just a little too sprawling

ufo, Thursday, 24 November 2016 14:46 (one year ago) Permalink

I'd think it would be Appetite.

― Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Thursday, November 24, 2016 1:24 PM (one hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Well, that's the one that I'd vote for!

Working night & day, I tried to stay awake... (Turrican), Thursday, 24 November 2016 15:01 (one year ago) Permalink

Picking between Bonny, Appetite and Goodbye Lucille is something I've always struggled with. Such perfect songs.

Kitchen Person, Thursday, 24 November 2016 20:06 (one year ago) Permalink

the run of tracks from Bonny to Goodbye Lucille #1 is their peak, it's incredible

ufo, Thursday, 24 November 2016 21:17 (one year ago) Permalink

Umm...why not throw Faron Young into that list just for good measure?

First three songs of side 2 ain't too shabby either.

yugi ex, Friday, 25 November 2016 18:04 (one year ago) Permalink

Struggling to get into PS besides 'Wild Horses' and 'When Love Breaks Down.' have listened to TWG and Jordan all the way through several times but nothing has stuck. was talking with my friend that turned me onto PS the other day, he mentioned how vicious and bitter McAloon's lyrics are delivery are throughout his records, he said they make Steely Dan's cynicism look like a party. i'm not hearing it though...

flappy bird, Friday, 25 November 2016 18:23 (one year ago) Permalink

Umm...why not throw Faron Young into that list just for good measure?

First three songs of side 2 ain't too shabby either.

― yugi ex,

Horsin' Around is the only song on Steve McQueen that's less than brilliant.

Kitchen Person, Friday, 25 November 2016 18:32 (one year ago) Permalink

jordan took me a while to understand. can't imagine loving "when love breaks down" and being unable to apply that to the rest of steve mcqueen tho

idk if i'd characterize prefab sprout as more cynical than steely dan, in "a life of surprises" dude wrote one of the best and most earnest advice songs i've ever heard. "cruel" is sorta dan-ish in that it undercuts its own perspective

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Friday, 25 November 2016 18:35 (one year ago) Permalink

There's so many great lyrical moments on this album.

"Save your speeches, flowers are for funerals" vs. "You give me infra-red instead of sun" vs. "Wishing she could call him heartache but that's not a boys name"

Working night & day, I tried to stay awake... (Turrican), Friday, 25 November 2016 18:39 (one year ago) Permalink

definitely gonna keep listening because i'm in love with those two songs, especially 'Wild Horses'... i mean my god, talk about ahead of its time... my girlfriend thinks it sounds like Blood Orange though, and yeah, i've so far had no success turning other people onto the music of PS...

flappy bird, Friday, 25 November 2016 18:49 (one year ago) Permalink

absence makes the heart lose weight

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Friday, 25 November 2016 18:49 (one year ago) Permalink

try "cars and girls"

a but (brimstead), Friday, 25 November 2016 18:53 (one year ago) Permalink

word, i will!

xp ha i thought that lyric was "absence makes the heartless wager," which i'm not sure makes sense but the real lyric is better

flappy bird, Friday, 25 November 2016 18:56 (one year ago) Permalink

"A Life of Surprises" is seriously about the best advice song ever, makes Steely Dan look like whiny teenagers

albvivertine, Friday, 25 November 2016 19:08 (one year ago) Permalink

yeah, I love his penchant for advice - there isn't much like it in pop, I think, since at its best it seems actually wise - Life of Surprises is the high point but also love that scolding 'She is a person too / She has her own will' in Goodbye Lucille* - really the key thing to be telling moping lovelorn boys. In fact, all the way through to 'Girls, have some fun' at the end of Adolescence.

He's really profoundly uncynical I think. Even seeing through things, in anger or bitterness, he's very humane and very scrupulous about emotion.

*also 'what are you - 21? The world is a million'

woof, Monday, 28 November 2016 11:30 (one year ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

finally, a second poll:
Prefab Sprout - Steve McQueen / Two Wheels Good poll

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

All this Prefab talk made me queue up my compilation of b-sides. I think this is complete, not counting remixes. It's not all gold but there's lots of gems here:
Lions In My Own Garden (Exit Someone)
Radio Love
The Devil Has All The Best Tunes
Walk On
Spinning Belinda
Donna Summer
Diana (single version)
Oh! The Swiss
Real Life (Just Around The Corner)
The Guest Who Stayed Forever
Old Spoonface Is Back
Nero The Zero
Dandy Of The Danube
Tin Can Pot
Bearpark (demo)
The Sound Of Crying (full version)
If You Don't Love Me
Just Because I Can
Where The Heart Is
The End Of The Affair
Girl I'm Here
Never Trust A Spell
I'm A Troubled Man (demo)

I also include these unreleased cuts from a fan bootleg:
Constant Blue (demo)
Cherry Tree (demo)
The Glass Slipper (demo)

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Wednesday, 21 December 2016 16:42 (one year ago) Permalink

Agreed on the gems, like "Donna Summer" and "Bearpark". We might own the same compilation, if "When the Angels (Instrumental)" is on yours, too. Wish there were more out there to collect. For better or worse, they're left to their original releases. The Collection included "LIMOG(ES)" as did one of the later singles, but that's pretty much it, I think.

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Wednesday, 21 December 2016 20:44 (one year ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Just gorgeous...what an absolute hero he is

X-Prince Protégé (sonnyboy), Friday, 3 March 2017 15:00 (one year ago) Permalink

They got Santa for their new video?

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 3 March 2017 15:12 (one year ago) Permalink

paddy has looked recently-descended-from-a-mountain for like... over a decade now?

the raindrops and drop tops of lived, earned experience (BradNelson), Friday, 3 March 2017 15:17 (one year ago) Permalink

Has he ever "explained" his appearance recently? So hard to reconcile the voice on the early records with this Gandalf looking figure

calstars, Friday, 3 March 2017 16:26 (one year ago) Permalink

How do you explain sth like that?

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Friday, 3 March 2017 16:28 (one year ago) Permalink

Think his 'look' is at least partly related to the terrible eyesight problems he's had over the last ten years or more.

Bernie Lugg (Ward Fowler), Friday, 3 March 2017 16:30 (one year ago) Permalink

yeah "i trawl the megahertz" was like 2003 and he looked the same... who really cares though?

clouds, Friday, 3 March 2017 23:55 (one year ago) Permalink

yeah, wow, ask Paddy what gives--I'd love to hear that response

Iago Galdston, Saturday, 4 March 2017 00:41 (one year ago) Permalink

Yeah, Paddy's looked like this for a long time now... I'm surprised that people are surprised about this now?

Coolio Iglesias (Turrican), Saturday, 4 March 2017 00:47 (one year ago) Permalink

people should explain themselves when they grow beards

a but (brimstead), Saturday, 4 March 2017 01:26 (one year ago) Permalink

LOL Tom Scharpling used to do a segment where he adjudicated whether bearded callers had "earned their beard"

Iago Galdston, Saturday, 4 March 2017 02:49 (one year ago) Permalink

don't know if this has already been posted, but

soref, Saturday, 4 March 2017 11:49 (one year ago) Permalink


My guess is it's the public expression of a self perceived sea change of identity.

calstars, Saturday, 4 March 2017 12:59 (one year ago) Permalink

Or a way to not be recognized in public by his fans who I'd guess to be somewhat obsessive

calstars, Saturday, 4 March 2017 13:02 (one year ago) Permalink

Or a plea for attention but that doesn't seem to be his style.

calstars, Saturday, 4 March 2017 13:17 (one year ago) Permalink

thanks, Soref--perfect

Iago Galdston, Sunday, 5 March 2017 23:52 (one year ago) Permalink

goddamn his voice sounds great in that new video

flappy bird, Monday, 6 March 2017 01:56 (one year ago) Permalink

one year passes...

"I told myself, 'one a year'. But if I did one thing a year, I'd be 60 by the time I cleared eight of them. And I have a lot more than eight." Clear-eyed, twinkle-eared, coulda-gone-deaf-and-blind Paddy McAloon, the sanest maverick and most engaged recluse in music, chuckles. At himself, at his situation, at the world.

This from a 2009 interview. Funny how one a year is spoken of as not making a dent in his projects, yet 9 years on, nothing new released. Haven't even heard any good rumors. The most recent mentioned a reissue of _I Trawl the Megahertz_ in the works, but nothing on that front sadly. If there's an album worth of additional tracks for that, I'd weep.

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Wednesday, 26 September 2018 19:41 (two weeks ago) Permalink

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