Prefab Sprout: Classic Or Dud

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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

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


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 (one year ago) link

The Independent interview, which is probably somewhere upthread.

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


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

four weeks pass...


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

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

american bradass (BradNelson), Wednesday, 3 July 2019 18:06 (seven months 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 (seven months ago) link

hope they fixed the glitch on life of surprises

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

What glitch?

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

any news on femmes mythologiques?

Pagoda, Thursday, 4 July 2019 17:30 (seven months ago) link

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

ufo, Thursday, 4 July 2019 17:38 (seven months 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 (seven months 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 (seven months ago) link

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

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

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

ufo, Thursday, 4 July 2019 17:55 (seven months 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 (seven months ago) link

love those acoustic versions.

Fizzles, Thursday, 4 July 2019 18:09 (seven months ago) link


Number None, Thursday, 4 July 2019 19:58 (seven months 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 (seven months 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 (seven months 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 (seven months ago) link

acoustic version was also issued as a stand alone lp.

mizzell, Sunday, 7 July 2019 14:13 (seven months 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 (five months ago) link

So is there a release date for the new album?

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

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