Prefab Sprout: Classic Or Dud

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Imagine: if Prefab Sprout had written, or recorded, 'Bachelor Kisses'!

the bellefox, Wednesday, 19 May 2004 12:57 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Except -- then, the Go-Betweens' output would be so much diminished in quality?

the bluefox, Wednesday, 19 May 2004 12:57 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I did, as I said I would, listen to the 2CD best-of back in March. My position remains the same - I like the *idea* of Paddy Mac, I want to like them, I occasionally think I *do* like them, then it turns out that I've lost interest and 5 tracks have gone by unnoticed.

Dr. C (Dr. C), Wednesday, 19 May 2004 13:51 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Like the Go-Betweens!!

the bellefox, Wednesday, 19 May 2004 14:10 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

What for you? Or for me?

I heard Spring Rain in a recd shop the other day and it sounded fucking excellent. I was prob wrong about the GBs, but it may be too late.

Dr. C (Dr. C), Wednesday, 19 May 2004 15:47 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...
As a matter of interest, is anyone particularly attracted to or put off by the 412 chord-changes-per-song shtick ("Hallelujah" being an example)?

, Thursday, 17 June 2004 07:27 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I have not counted them.

the junefox, Thursday, 17 June 2004 07:42 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Ending a dj set by putting on "I trawl the megaherz" 20 minutes before closing time = classic!

And Prefab Sprout are the third best band ever.

Hanna (Hanna), Thursday, 17 June 2004 08:46 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

ok i'll bite, I'm bored enough: Who's #1 & #2, IYO?

AaronHz (AaronHz), Thursday, 17 June 2004 08:53 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"you surely are a truly gifted kid, but youre only as good as the last great thing you did/ where've you been since then? did the schedule get you down?/ i hear you got a new girlfriend, how's your wife takin it?"


classic-o no fckng danger.

piscesboy, Thursday, 17 June 2004 08:55 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

I came to this board about one month too late for this thread's last revival. (Yes, I am one of those dreaded "newbies" who have come to the ILM, much like the Visigoths came to Rome to sample the wine and women, only to have ruined it. Thank you! I'll be here all this week!)

In any event I let the drummer in my band check out Protest Songs and Jordan since he already had Two Wheels Good (ahem, 'Steve McQueen' there's my gaucheness again) and I sat down and listened to them last night and I cried because some mf'er stole my copy of Swoon a couple of months ago. So I give'em a classic. But I'm afraid to listen to anything after Jordan. Should I be scared?

righteousmaelstrom, Saturday, 21 August 2004 03:27 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

So yer a newbie yeah? Well, that means *I* must finally be converted from a "newbie" to an "oldie". I've only been here since April, but I have remained faithful to my credit. Cheers, welcome, et al.

Prefab stuff is great. One day I'll get back round to them. Last I remember I was playing something new by them on the radio in the early 90's. I'll get back to them eventually.

Bimble (bimble), Saturday, 21 August 2004 06:25 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

what's '...the megahertz' actually like? i don't mean how good is it, i mean what is it *like*? how does it go?

piscesboy, Saturday, 21 August 2004 07:45 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

It's swoopy-stringed Gershwiny classicism with samples of people phoning up late night radio advice lines larded throughout. And yet it's really quite good! I was very confused to hear it used as background music on one of those "we make up young people to look like old people so they can discover just how miserable it is to be old" programs on Channel 4 last week.

Jerry the Nipper (Jerrynipper), Saturday, 21 August 2004 11:57 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

and then about 2/3rds of the way through it Paddy comes in with one of the most beautiful songs he has ever written "I'm 45". heartbreaking.

jed_ (jed), Saturday, 21 August 2004 12:01 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"I'm 49" it's actually called.

jed_ (jed), Saturday, 21 August 2004 12:02 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Is the record out?

the bellefox, Sunday, 22 August 2004 10:49 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

one month passes...
I have been listening to 'Cars & Girls', the song. JtN gave it to me, a while ago.

It has impressed me anew. I like the opening drum sound; I'm OK with the pop tune sound that follows. I like the expanse of the verses. The lyrics impress me - 'Will heaven wait / All heavenly'? And teh whole driving as life metaphor is very well extended.

I once said to JtN that it was unfair to write an attack on the Boss. But JtN immediately pointed out that PMacAloon was singing 'Bruce's thoughts / pretty streamers / guess this world needs its dreamers / may they never wake up' -- and now I hear the generosity, from one songwriter to another.

the bellefox, Friday, 24 September 2004 15:09 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I do not write 'teh' deliberately.

the bossfox, Friday, 24 September 2004 15:10 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...
Does anyone know what's happened to the Prefab Sprout website?

The old address isn't working.

Stewart Osborne (Stewart Osborne), Monday, 11 October 2004 07:45 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Apparently, Paddy is no longer working with Kitchenware, who owned the website.

In other news: has anyone heard Lisa Stansfield's Trevor Horn-produced version of 'When Love Breaks Down' (with specially commissioned from Paddy Mac extra verse)?

Jerry the Nipper (Jerrynipper), Monday, 11 October 2004 10:09 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

wtf! off to slsk i go...

pete b. (pete b.), Monday, 11 October 2004 10:14 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

two months pass...
Anyway...Paddy's eyes are ok now.

Ego, Friday, 7 January 2005 01:22 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Forget the new Cole Porter - the question is, who's the new Lloyd Cole?
-- the pinefox (pinefo...), April 27th, 2001.
they influenced everyone
"you don't love me " was covered by kylie minogue on her "confide in me " single
who was the old Lloyd Cole ?

minogue fan, Friday, 7 January 2005 01:39 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

""you don't love me " was covered by kylie minogue on her "confide in me " single"

I'd like to hear that.

Shame she didn't chose to cover "Couldn't Bear To Be Special" 'though.

Stewart Osborne (Stewart Osborne), Friday, 7 January 2005 09:55 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I'd also *love* to hear that, assuming you're talking about 'If You Don't Love Me'. I had no idea. It's a wonderful, wonderful song.

Alba (Alba), Friday, 7 January 2005 10:45 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Putting my Prefab reservations to one side for the moment.....yes, it is a fantastic song.

Dr. C (Dr. C), Friday, 7 January 2005 11:05 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Gosh, I think that's my favorite Pinefox post ever (the one in which he does not write 'teh' deliberately) -- well, second to the one on Joyce.

youn, Friday, 7 January 2005 11:34 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

'ever' doesn't make sense there.

youn, Friday, 7 January 2005 11:37 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

five months pass...
In other news: has anyone heard Lisa Stansfield's Trevor Horn-produced version of 'When Love Breaks Down' (with specially commissioned from Paddy Mac extra verse)?

No! And?

I must admit, despite my misgivings prior to hearing any of it, the Andromeda songs on the 2-CD comp are very pillowy — particularly the title track. Any thoughts on that or the Lipson-produced unreleased songs on the first disc?

Also, Jordan deserves its own thread.

Naive Teen Idol (Naive Teen Idol), Tuesday, 21 June 2005 15:09 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

jordan must have it's own thread!

piscesboy, Tuesday, 21 June 2005 15:28 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Indeed, a Alex In NYC-style "Its Own Thread". The problem? I can't find my copy anywhere...

Naive Teen Idol (Naive Teen Idol), Tuesday, 21 June 2005 15:39 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I ended up with a copy of "Swoon" and "Two Wheels Good" back when they came out. I must have been reading some really great press. I was too young at the time to appreciate the word play (12 or 13), but I ended up revisiting PS over the past year, and I've really fallen in love with the songs, especially the highlights on "Steve McQueen" and "Jordan."

I can't for the life of me get anyone else I know to care. They can't get past the production and synth sounds. I don't get bothered by it one bit.

I have to say classic just because of those highpoints (up to and including "Jordan.")

Brooker Buckingham (Brooker B), Tuesday, 21 June 2005 15:40 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Classic, if only for "We let the stars go" alone.

Kylie's version of "If you don't love me" is spine-tingling, and possibly even better better than the original

brittle-lemon, Tuesday, 21 June 2005 15:42 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I think they're kinda great..."I Remember That" is gorgeous. I find it very romantic music myself. I got hold of a boot of a live show they did about five years ago, and man is Paddy in fine voice...a very very good singer indeed. Sure wish he'd do something great here before it gets too late.

edd s hurt (ddduncan), Tuesday, 21 June 2005 22:33 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Honestly, Prefab Sprout just get better and truer every time I lie back and listen to them. "Prisoner of the Past" is an utter classic song in my book, and "Protest Songs" and "Swoon" sound fresh and lovely to my ears 'pon discovery.

Tom May (Tom May), Tuesday, 21 June 2005 22:46 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i think a "jordan..." thread is Urgent and Key.

jed_ (jed), Tuesday, 21 June 2005 23:12 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

BETTER than Cole Porter. Classic beyond words.

Hutlock (Hutlock), Tuesday, 21 June 2005 23:23 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I like "Andromeda Heights" as well, particularly "Electric Guitars" and the title track. "The Gunman..." was certainly a dissapointment though.

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Wednesday, 22 June 2005 06:24 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

"I got hold of a boot of a live show they did about five years ago, and man is Paddy in fine voice...a very very good singer indeed."

Do you know where and when it was recorded Edd? It wasn't at Shepherds Bush Empire was it? Was Wendy there? They haven't done many gigs over the last few years, and if it's the gig I was at I'd love to hear it....

Stewart Osborne (Stewart Osborne), Wednesday, 22 June 2005 08:13 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

"Blue Roses" offa "Gunman" is good. There's a fair bit of McAloon fellatio in Jimmy Nail's autobiography.

, Wednesday, 22 June 2005 12:48 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

come on, more fellatio, for fuck's sake

, Friday, 24 June 2005 00:44 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I find "Swans" off of Andromeda (and, reportedly, Zorro The Fox) to be oddly seductive.

Naive Teen Idol (Naive Teen Idol), Saturday, 25 June 2005 00:30 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I would also add that Dolby's productions might actually be a somewhat brave failure.

Naive Teen Idol (Naive Teen Idol), Saturday, 25 June 2005 00:40 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

And just found this, regarding all the unreleased records:

Albums that never were -- yet.
OK kids, listen up: This fellow McAloon has this habit of dreamin' big. He's got lots of ideas. Now some of them happen, and some of them don't. As Paddy has said, "they are not ditched...just waiting for the day." In some cases, he feels he doesn't have the clout, the power, or the money, to do them the way he envisions. I personally think that many of these "albums" are simply convenient holding mechanisms for his various songs; most will never see the light of day. Over time, a few bubble up. On the other hand, surely some of these are just meant to "wind up" the interviewer -- or keep me busy updating my web pages!

Paddy did comment generally on the topic of his unreleased work, in an interview in 1999 with Paul Lester:

Q: "What about those unreleased albums, then, Paddy?

A: I'm as frustrated as you that I've not made more records. I feel like a fraudulent Orson Welles figure: the triumphs I never had; my hypothetical career. I need a rich patron, someone like Bill Gates.

Q: You must have more in the vaults than Prince or Dylan! Or Brian Wilson...

A: We all get hung up on the idea of that lost Eden, almost like a Greek myth, of that gorgeous period in 1967 when Wilson produced these fragments of genius [ie, on SMILE] that were never organised into any shape and so remain forever out of reach. I feel it in my own life! I never thought I'd be kept awake at night thinking about all the stuff I hadn't recorded. I'm haunted by all these unrealised visions."

And here's another quote, this from the London Independent, February 27, 2000, as told to John Harris:

"There are well over a hundred songs," he laments. "It sounds precious, because there are worse things in the world to worry about, but I am awake at night sometimes, thinking that it's immensely frustrating that some of my best material isn't out there. I've got to do something about it, but it's hard to know what - because a part of me only wants to record these things when they get the financial backing they deserve. We're not a cheap ride. " He laughs. "The aesthetic behind these things is kind of posh."

Here's a list of the albums Paddy has mentioned in various interviews:

·Famous Fakes
Paddy: "In the '70s I thought I'd make an LP called 'Famous Fakes' and the songs were gonna be 'Donna Summer,' 'Faron Young,' like portraits, biographies. And most of 'em were crap." NME June 20, 1992

·June Parade
[NME, about 'Swoon'] Maybe you should have called it 'Spoon': spoon in June with Prefab Sprout. "[Paddy] Well, since you mention it, our next LP is called 'June Parade.'" NME, March 17, 1984

·Total Snow
Paddy: "But I've done other stuff my Christmas record. I wanted to make a Christmas record because these are doubting times and I wanted to do something that reflects a positive attitude." Record Mirror, April 23, 1988

Paddy:"I've also written a Xmas album called Total Snow which I hope to get other people to sing on and I've got a top secret project which I'm half way through, so I'm busy as hell." i-D The Tribal Issue

Paddy: "The Christmas album is great--it's called 'Total Snow.'" says Paddy, denying repeatedly that this is a wind-up. "It's basically a collection of new Christmas songs, some of them very traditional in feel and others trying to capture the wildness of the idea that somebody should be born in Israel in order to save everyone. It's a gorgeous idea and yet a really sad one too." NME, February 6, 1988

John Birch indicates another title for this Christmas album was "A Symphony of Snowflakes."

·Zorro the Fox
NME: And if that [Total Snow] sounds like an unlikely project, it's got nothing on'Zorro The Fox', which Paddy conceives of as an antidote to the current rash of movies seemingly designed to showcase appalling American rock soundtracks.

"I want it to be exciting and witty and unusual," [Paddy] says. "I see Zorro as this guy for whom it's almost a character failing to be heroic. He can't help it. He's somebody who doesn't have much joy in his life, other than the fact of being good at what he does, which is to be a hero. It's quite a daft idea isn't it?...

"I think it maybe came about because I felt I needed some sort of mental scaffolding to start writing new songs. The music is very different from Prefab Sprout, very romantic, modern as hell. It's given me a whole new lease of life."

"The intention is to release 'Zorro' as an album at the very least, but ideally to develop it into a film musical. "I'm tentative talking about it because I know people will laugh," predicts Paddy. "But the thing is, I'm deadly serious about it. I'm aware that it could be completely hopelessly bad, but the idea just tickles me. I'd like to stress that there's nothing here of your rock musician seeing film as a mature medium and pop as something he's going to outgrow..."

"I'd like it to be a Prefab Sprout record, but if it turns out that it's not, that's OK." NME February 6, 1988

In an interview about Andromeda Heights, Paddy indicated that "Swans" was originally from 'Zorro.'

·Behind the Veil
Paddy: "I've written an entire album about Michael Jackson called 'Behind the Veil''s like a portrait of him. I was going to call this tune [The Sound of Crying] 'Only the Boogie Music Will Never Let You Down'--and I thought that was such a crap title!" Epic promo flier, 1995

Paddy: "I've accumulated a number of albums, with different titles, about different things...God knows when it'll see the light of day, but one of them's called "Behind The Veil" and it's about a black singer who was a child star who grew old and changed his face and sold billions of records - so it's about someone not a million miles removed from another artist." NME April 15, 1995 (Thanks to Stew Gregg)

John Birch reports that other tracks on this album were "Unicorn in Trouble," "Danger and Me," "Mr. Lightning Boots."

·Earth:The Story So Far
Paddy: "And the big one, what I've been working on for the last two or three years is an LP called "Earth: The Story So Far"... in pop song form, it's a history of the world, drawing parallels between different characters. It's not nearly as progressive as it sounds, not nearly as pompous. I hope that it's very moving. For example, I take the idea, for dramatic purposes, of when Adam and Eve meet each other. I've got a love song about that. And however many years later, when another couple comes along, like John Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy, I use the same music and the same chorus, but it's gone through a billion revolutions since then. And some of it is a bit more fun. Some things are drawing parallels between people who were adventurers and were mocked for it - like Columbus and Picasso. It all looks a bit serious, but I think it swings along..." NME April 15, 1995 (Thanks to Stew Gregg)

Paddy: "With Earth: The Story So Far, I wanted to use collage and some of the techniques used by people in the dance world. I became so enmeshed in all the arranging, it began to occur to me that if I wasn't careful we would never make another record." Q Magazine, May 1997 (Thanks to Stew Gregg)

Paddy: "At the time [when he was asked by Jimmy Nail to write for "Crocodile Shoes"]-I think it was February '94- I had been working on a history of the world "EARTH: THE STORY SO FAR", and was tired with the process of arranging it. I always prefer writing to any other activity connected with music-including interviews (laughs) and as my history of the world is very different from the style Jimmy wanted, I was happy to take a break from it.

Q: So you abandoned a PREFAB SPROUT record to do it?
A: Yes... but as the writer of "EARTH: THE STORY SO FAR" I'm in the unique position of seeing that to make what will be an ambitious record-perhaps over an hour long-there are certain battles that have to be fought and won...Records cost money- if you want to make them the way I like to. You have to justify the expense every inch of the way, and your albums have to earn enough to cover that expenditure. So I took a long cool look at "EARTH : THE STORY SO FAR" and decided that I wasn't ready to face the arguments that will undoubtedly surround it when we try to make it...from the "Who do you think is interested in this stuff?" to the "Why does it have to be so long? "In fact-I so exhausted myself just thinking about arguments I hadn't yet had that it was a relief to write for Jimmy Nail." January 1997 interview with Ray Gibbon

·Let's Change the World With Music
Paddy: "And I have an album called "Let's Change The World With Music"; lots of songs about music, playing on that horrible thing where you listen to a song like "We Are The World" and the sentiment is great but it's such a cliche that it sticks in your throat. It plays on that edge between that kind of thing and real sincerity." NME April 15, 1995 (Thanks to Stew Gregg)

Paddy: "I actually wrote a Gulf War album called 'Let's Change the World With Music,' and I've got a couple of beauties, but there are right and wrong times to do things, and it came after another album I wrote which is much's called 'Billy Midnight,' very romantic. So the Gulf War album was a more serious response to that. I keep junking things all the time." NME June 20, 1992

Paddy: "Look since 1990 I've written what I think of as my best music. You can hear some of it on "ANDROMEDA HEIGHTS". But I have also- in detailed demo form- an album called "LET'S CHANGE THE WORLD WITH MUSIC". It was written as the follow up to "JORDAN". Some of it has even been covered - Two of the songs an Australian artist called WENDY MATTHEWS recorded.

Q: Why didn't you record them?
A: Because it was felt in certain quarters that perhaps we should try something different.

Q: What do you mean?
A: Well, without wishing to make it sound like a grand conspiracy theory, it was suggested-and I should say here that I was party to the decision- that maybe we make a simpler record then "JORDAN". So instead of making an album with nineteen tracks (which "JORDAN" was) I decided to expand one of the songs on "LET'S CHANGE THE WORLD WITH MUSIC" into a one track album.

Q: And did you?
A: I tried.

Q: And couldn't?
A: I did it. But the one track consists of about....20 to 30 individual songs.

Q: So let me get this straight. You prepared an album "LET'S CHANGE THE WORLD WITH MUSIC".
A: Yeah

Q: Then took one of the songs from it until it became another album?
A: Yeah. [To help readers becoming confused, this refers to EARTH: THE STORY SO FAR -- Bedford]

Q: Then you got tired of arranging it (McAloon interrupts)
A: Tired and weary of knowing that what I was working on was beautiful but still a long way from completion, and looking beyond that I anticipated the trouble I would have in getting it made the way I wanted. So....along came Jimmy Nail with an offer I couldn't refuse. When I said "money rules" I wasn't being cynical. There is no guarantee that any record will sell large numbers. But it occurred to me that I was knocking myself out writing music that I might not get to record properly. So I started to see the way I work in a different light." January 1997 interview with Ray Gibbon

Paddy: "[The album] contains 28 tracks...Sony wanted to release it and then they changed their mind." BEST magazine (France) July 1997, translated by Laurent Bodnar.

·Billy Midnight
Paddy: "[Let's Change the World With Music] came after another album I wrote which is much's called 'Billy Midnight,' very romantic." NME June 20, 1992

·Knights in Armour
Paddy: "There's also an album called "Knights in Armour", which is very romantic." NME April 15, 1995 (Thanks to Stew Gregg)

John Birch suggests that "Billy Midnight" and "Knights in Armour." are two different names for the same "album."

·Atomic Hymnbook
Paddy: "(It's) a gospel record of sorts... I have been told that songs about spiritual subjects mean you're a religious nutter and you will frighten off the British people. I know I'm going to meet this resistance and that's why Andromeda Heights has no songs of that nature. They've gone to the Atomic Hymnbook and other places..." Q Magazine, May 1997 (Thanks to Stew Gregg)

Described in one article as "secular gospel songs." The Independent, (London) February 27, 2000

·20th Century Magic
Paul Lester: "Why not satisfy the record company and lovers of idiosyncratic Paddy by doing a (Bowie's) LOW: one side pop songs, the other experimental?"

Paddy: "Funny you should mention LOW -- it was my model for 20TH CENTURY MAGIC. But I thought it was too much of a compromise." Uncut Magazine, December 1999.

20th Century Magic [is] intended to soundtrack the millennial mindset. It contains songs about Princess Diana and - contrary to the idea that McAloon's disappearance from the pop life might have uncoupled him from the zeitgeist - the Dome. "That song's called 'Twilight Of The Pimps'," [McAloon] explains. "It's about it being a fabulous symbol of the age: 'Dear Tony, It's a bold idea/We could use an unloved dome round here.' It's a compendium of images that are very 20th century. I regret it not being out at the moment." Article by John Harris, The Independent (London) February 27, 2000.

·Columbus Dreamed America
Meet The New Mozart
Doomed Poets Volume 1
All mentioned by Paul Lester in his article in the December 1999 issue of Uncut magazine. No other information about them, however. (Many thanks to Chris Wirtalla for providing the info on the Uncut interview seen in this section.)

·Sleeping Rough
According to Kitchenware (October 1999), this album was to be released in 2000. Sleeping Rough turned out to be a track on “I Trawl the Meghertz.”

·Enfant Terrible
Paddy:"The next album is a radical shift: ENFANT TERRIBLE -- two tracks, largely instrumental. It's way out there." Uncut Magazine, December 1999. Based on this description, it may have been an alternate title for “I Trawl the Megahertz.”

·(unknown titles)
John Birch reports in his book that in 1992 Paddy completed "a twelve song biographical opus based on the life of Francis Albert , the skinny black/white billionaire from Indiana" I haven't the slightest idea who he's talking about. John also refers to "an album about cities and of McAloon's fascination of how a mood or atmosphere is expected/portrayed by the name of a city or place..."

·The Wendy solo album
I SWEAR I either heard a Paddy interview or read that he had plans to do this.

·And the mother of all never weres: "Hidden Sprouts." Here is the info on this tantalizing 2 CD offering from Japan:

Epic (Sony) ESCA - 5311/2 -- Hidden Sprouts -- CD (1991)

Lions in My Own Garden (Exit Someone) / Radio Love / The Devil Has All the Best Tunes / Walk On / He'll Have To Go / Spinning Belinda / Donna Summer / Diana / The Yearning Loins / Silhouettes / Faron Young (Truckin' Mix?)/ Heaven Can Wait / Oh! The Swiss / Wigs / The Guest Who Stayed Forever / Old Spoonface is Back / Vendetta / Nero the Zero / Real Life, Just Around the Corner / Dandy of the Danube / Tin Can Pot / Tornado / Hey Manhattan (JFK Mix) / Nightingales (edit) / King of Rock 'n' Roll (demo) / Bearpark (demo) / Golden Calf (long version) / Bonny (live) / Looking for Atlantis (extended mix) / Carnival 2000 (M.H.B. Mix)

The only problem: There is no evidence this CD was ever released; it was deleted from the catalog the same year it was issued.

·And, on a related note, there's:

The US tour that 'never was'
The "Hot Flash" press release from Epic records dated November 30, 1990 gave the dates for the Sprouts' first American tour, in support of "Jordan." It was going to start January 29, 1991 and visit the following cities: New York, Boston, New Haven, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Cleveland, Detroit, Chicago, Minneapolis, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. So now you're either saying "Nuts!" or, "No big deal, they weren't coming to Boise anyway" or something similar.

To quote the release, "Further details--dates, venues, and show times--to follow ASAP!" (I'm still waiting...surprisingly, I understand from Neil Conti that it was Paddy's refusal to scale down the Jordan Tour concert presentation at Epic's request, not his well-known aversion to touring, that was this tour's undoing.)

·And the next time you see them live, ask them to play "I Am A Plumber" or "Marsden Rock" for the encore!

Naive Teen Idol (Naive Teen Idol), Saturday, 25 June 2005 01:58 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

In other news: has anyone heard Lisa Stansfield's Trevor Horn-produced version of 'When Love Breaks Down' (with specially commissioned from Paddy Mac extra verse)?

No! And?

It's sort of...awful. There are thunderstorm sounds. Oh, Trevor. And Lisa sounds like she's not really comfortable with the ket she has to sing in. Oh, Lisa.

But don't take my word for it:

brittle-lemon, Saturday, 25 June 2005 12:41 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

"The key she has to sing in," perhaps.

brittle-lemon, Saturday, 25 June 2005 12:42 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

nine months pass...
Have heard that Steve McQueen (Two Wheels Good in the U.S.) is due for an anniversary edition, like Lloyd Cole & the Commotions' _Rattlesnakes_. Coming out 3rd qtr '06, apparently.

If anyone knows the bonus songs, please post. Googling turned up nada.

scamperingalpaca (Chris Hill), Monday, 17 April 2006 16:14 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I'd imagine "Diana", "The Yearning Loins", "Donna Summer", "Silhouettes", "Heaven Can Wait", "Oh, The Swiss", "Real Life (Just Around The Corner)", "Wigs", "The Guest Who Stayed Forever", "Old Spoonface Is Back" and "Faron Young (Trucking Mix)" will all find their way on there, as they were all on B-sides etc, around that time.

An argument could be also made for "Spinning Belinda", "He'll Have To Go" (although I think those really belong with SWOON), "Vendetta" and "Nero The Zero" (although those probably belong with From Langley Park To Memphis).

There was also a Radio 1 "In Concert" which was recorded around that time (at Reading University, in front of myself, Dr. C and all of a couple of dozen other people, most of whom seemed more interested in the cheap booze in the Uni. bar, iirc) which would be a rather nice addition.

Stewart Osborne (Stewart Osborne), Monday, 17 April 2006 18:31 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I will buy it, especially if they restore the first CD to its original tracks and remove the extras - (putting them on disc 2 + others.)

dave vire think (dave225.3), Monday, 17 April 2006 18:39 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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