Prefab Sprout: Classic Or Dud

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

ufo, Thursday, 24 November 2016 21:17 (two years ago) link

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 (two years ago) link

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 (two years ago) link

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 (two years ago) link

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 (two years ago) link

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 (two years ago) link

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 (two years ago) link

absence makes the heart lose weight

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Friday, 25 November 2016 18:49 (two years ago) link

try "cars and girls"

a but (brimstead), Friday, 25 November 2016 18:53 (two years ago) link

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 (two years ago) link

"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 (two years ago) link

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 (two years ago) link

three weeks pass...

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

woof, Monday, 19 December 2016 22:02 (two years ago) link

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)
Silhouettes
Oh! The Swiss
Real Life (Just Around The Corner)
Wigs
The Guest Who Stayed Forever
Old Spoonface Is Back
Vendetta
Nero The Zero
Dandy Of The Danube
Tin Can Pot
Tornado
Bearpark (demo)
The Sound Of Crying (full version)
If You Don't Love Me
Just Because I Can
Where The Heart Is
Dragons
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 (two years ago) link

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 (two years ago) link

two months pass...

Just gorgeous...what an absolute hero he is

X-Prince Protégé (sonnyboy), Friday, 3 March 2017 15:00 (two years ago) link

They got Santa for their new video?

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 3 March 2017 15:12 (two years ago) link

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 (two years ago) link

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 (two years ago) link

How do you explain sth like that?

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Friday, 3 March 2017 16:28 (two years ago) link

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 (two years ago) link

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

clouds, Friday, 3 March 2017 23:55 (two years ago) link

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

Iago Galdston, Saturday, 4 March 2017 00:41 (two years ago) link

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 (two years ago) link

people should explain themselves when they grow beards

a but (brimstead), Saturday, 4 March 2017 01:26 (two years ago) link

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 (two years ago) link

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

https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/88/da/a9/88daa9e7f3be063d3b7f6b3bf333575b.jpg

soref, Saturday, 4 March 2017 11:49 (two years ago) link

lol

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

calstars, Saturday, 4 March 2017 12:59 (two years ago) link

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 (two years ago) link

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

calstars, Saturday, 4 March 2017 13:17 (two years ago) link

thanks, Soref--perfect

Iago Galdston, Sunday, 5 March 2017 23:52 (two years ago) link

goddamn his voice sounds great in that new video

flappy bird, Monday, 6 March 2017 01:56 (two years ago) link

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 (nine months ago) link

The Independent interview, which is probably somewhere upthread.

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Wednesday, 26 September 2018 19:44 (nine months ago) link

two months pass...

New Paddy interview with discussion of the I Trawl the Megahertz reissue under the Prefab Sprout moniker, and a snippet of a new song from Femmes Mythologiques, a projected late 2019 release.

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Monday, 10 December 2018 22:04 (seven months ago) link

omg

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Monday, 10 December 2018 22:21 (seven months ago) link

four weeks pass...

Np https://youtu.be/fZO40Yc_EwE

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Tuesday, 8 January 2019 12:26 (six months ago) link

wow never heard that one before it's fantastic

ufo, Tuesday, 8 January 2019 12:44 (six months ago) link

aw i love "wigs"

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Tuesday, 8 January 2019 13:56 (six months 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 (five months 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 (five months 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 (five months ago) link

https://t.co/c2MIu6mrln #prefabsprout

— @needlemythology (@needlemythology) February 20, 2019

groovypanda, Wednesday, 20 February 2019 10:31 (five months ago) link

Looks like that’s been removed; shame.

Tim, Wednesday, 20 February 2019 13:08 (five months ago) link

Looks like that's back; hooray!

Tim, Wednesday, 20 February 2019 15:56 (five months 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 (five months 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 (two weeks ago) link

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

american bradass (BradNelson), Wednesday, 3 July 2019 18:06 (two weeks 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 (two weeks ago) link


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