prefab sprout: jordan: the comeback

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This was a Xmas pressie for me so I am still unpeeling the layers.

It amazes me that records such as this were released at a time when I was already deeply into music yet never appeared on my radar at the time (either due to the Melody Maker and NME not espousing it or, if they did, me discounting it). I can't help thinking that King of Rock and Roll did PS no favours as I probably thought of them as a bit of a novelty act when Jordan was released back in 1990.

Anyway, this sounds amazing and, at times, makes me think that Eitzel must have listened to a lot of PS as AMC's sound softened around the edges in the early to mid 90s.

yugi ex, Monday, 31 December 2018 10:18 (one year ago) link

I can't help thinking that King of Rock and Roll did PS no favours

McAloon alludes to this in an interview in this months Mojo

. (Michael B), Monday, 31 December 2018 12:42 (one year ago) link

Missed this thread. This is an all-time favorite play start to finish set the mood album of mine.

If it was released today, maybe with a few subtle bells and whistles added, it would be...

nicky lo-fi, Monday, 31 December 2018 17:14 (one year ago) link

listened to this a lot this time last year and their ability to explore emotional spaces both musically and lyrically is extraordinary. i had something of a damascene moment regarding them listening to We Let the Stars Go on a tube from Ealing. Wd agree with yugi ex that i missed out on them when reading the music press, feel i overlooked them rather than them not being represented tho. sure that Jordan made either the NME or MM EOYs.

Fizzles, Monday, 31 December 2018 18:17 (one year ago) link

You're right, mm had it at 27, mms at 23. Pills 'n Thrills topped both lists! Hmmmm.

yugi ex, Monday, 31 December 2018 18:39 (one year ago) link

are those actually single edits tho? they're labeled as such, but the song lengths are all pretty much the same as on the track listing from discogs. i don't have a digital copy to compare them to at the moment...

― J. Sam, Saturday, December 29, 2018 5:44 PM (thirty minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

ok so i double-checked and yeah: the single edit of "ice maiden" does not transition properly into "paris smith"

this is why i hate streaming btw

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Tuesday, 8 January 2019 17:17 (one year ago) link

well actually it's probably apple's fault tbh, it's the same version of the record that's available on itunes. so i actually just hate the entire digital music era

try listening to sign o the times on any streaming service without constantly adjusting the volume

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Tuesday, 8 January 2019 17:21 (one year ago) link

the drive to have only one version of a song available on digital/streaming services was so fucking destructive

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Tuesday, 8 January 2019 17:22 (one year ago) link

sign o the times is a great example of a record where the vinyl vs. cd/digital is night and day

flappy bird, Tuesday, 8 January 2019 17:22 (one year ago) link

Funnily enough I keep thinking of Sign O'The Times as I am getting to know this, something about the scope, ambition and realised vision makes them seem aligned.

At the moment Jordan edges it as it doesn't have a Starfish & Coffee on it!

yugi ex, Tuesday, 8 January 2019 20:26 (one year ago) link

sign o the times is a great example of a record where the vinyl vs. cd/digital is night and day

I worked in a record shop in the summer of 88 and we had everything on cd, tape and vinyl. I remember doing a vinyl v CD sound test on Lovesexy and vinyl won by miles. The sound was indeed richer and more consistent but my abiding memory was how the snares crunched and smacked whereas on CD they just seemed to keep time.

Daniel Giraffe, Wednesday, 9 January 2019 13:37 (one year ago) link

Well, I'd never heard this (or had forgotten) before today. I've always had a troubled relationship with PS, finding them right on the cusp of the kind of arch and whimsical stuff that I struggle with. Anyway, talk about missing the obvious: it's glorious. And, stating the obvious, but I assume Dan Bejar has heard this once or twice.

Good cop, Babcock (Chinaski), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 14:33 (one year ago) link

Wow - did not know Natalie Prass was covering this - was made for the Spacebomb treatment now I think of it

Stevie T, Wednesday, 9 January 2019 14:58 (one year ago) link

iirc dan bejar said this was one of the main influences on kaputt

ufo, Wednesday, 9 January 2019 15:01 (one year ago) link

xpost (Following Pure Bathing Culture's whole album cover of Hats, maybe 2019 is the year the sophistipop revival goes overground)

Stevie T, Wednesday, 9 January 2019 15:02 (one year ago) link

No idea who Natalie Prass is but that was a great cover.

brotherlovesdub, Wednesday, 9 January 2019 16:58 (one year ago) link

"I Trawl the Megahertz", could also file under "puns I see now": "And, yes: ‘mega hurts’ – pun intended,” says Paddy in this Record Collector interview.

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 18:08 (one year ago) link

Lovely interview - the recent Mojo one is also a very good read.

michaellambert, Wednesday, 9 January 2019 21:02 (one year ago) link

When I sing "Looking for Atlantis" in my head I always sing it slower then I listen to it and think it's too fast. It is too fast, it's better in my head.

Acting Crazy (Instrumental) (jed_), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 23:42 (one year ago) link

the September date for Femmes Mythologiques is new isn't it? looking forward to anything new from him

ufo, Thursday, 10 January 2019 00:16 (one year ago) link

six months pass...

been a real jordan summer for me. it's between the title track, scarlet nights, or moon dog. or we let the stars go. the jesse james diptych also is kinda devastating at the right moment. lord, this album.

mott the hoopleheads (voodoo chili), Saturday, 13 July 2019 18:55 (eleven months ago) link

any music worth its salt is good for dancing

mott the hoopleheads (voodoo chili), Monday, 15 July 2019 03:11 (eleven months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Just started really digging into this. Wish the production had a bit more oomphy low-end at parts... but wow lots and lots of a great songs.

in twelve parts (lamonti), Tuesday, 30 July 2019 15:33 (eleven months ago) link

death is a small price for heaaaaven

jakey mo collier (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 30 July 2019 15:49 (eleven months ago) link

"I will sign it 'Lucifer regrets'" was warring with "Welcome to the glow of high octane affairs, Esperanto style, and blonde disheveled hair" as favorite lyric from a play last week. Every play, a new contender.

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Tuesday, 30 July 2019 20:45 (eleven months ago) link

the earth was merely round
before the slapback sound

J. Sam, Tuesday, 30 July 2019 22:46 (eleven months ago) link

one month passes...

the moment where the heavy guitars come in on the ice maiden, jeez.

Mommy...can I go out and VAPE tonight? (voodoo chili), Saturday, 14 September 2019 18:33 (nine months ago) link

We're talking fire
We're talking flame
We're talking ice into ashes

Mommy...can I go out and VAPE tonight? (voodoo chili), Saturday, 14 September 2019 18:33 (nine months ago) link

He's been on their official Instagram talking about each of the newly reissued vinyl albums, some interesting and funny stuff on there; the Life Of Surprises comp was originally to be called Ten Years On The Launchpad.

piscesx, Saturday, 14 September 2019 20:17 (nine months ago) link

three months pass...

arctic winds blow and still you believe
love makes you one of the chosen

525,600 gecs (voodoo chili), Monday, 30 December 2019 05:05 (six months ago) link

four months pass...

a frantic phonecall from a friend has alerted me that the jordan demos have finally leaked

diamonddave85​​ (diamonddave85), Tuesday, 19 May 2020 02:09 (one month ago) link


sleight return (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 19 May 2020 02:16 (one month ago) link

Woah, where?

OneSecondBefore, Tuesday, 19 May 2020 18:24 (one month ago) link


the j0rdan demos

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 19 May 2020 18:25 (one month ago) link

The google link here worked for me.

Jordan demos anyone? and - nothing to do with me but grab them while they’re there. From the PS unofficial FB group. Unreleased song too

— NicD (@Sproutology) May 19, 2020

Tim, Tuesday, 19 May 2020 18:54 (one month ago) link

Nice, many thanks! An unreleased song from this period is pretty exciting.

OneSecondBefore, Tuesday, 19 May 2020 18:56 (one month ago) link

woa! this is amazing.
i love this record so much... never thought i‘d be able to hear alternate versions of every single song, and they are just beautiful! i love the shiny productions of the records but hearing these versions already carrying the same grand vision while keeping the naive purity of home recordings - even if pretty elaborate ones - is something else.

Pagoda, Wednesday, 20 May 2020 14:02 (one month ago) link

Well, these demos of one of my all-time favorite albums are such a gift. But are they demos or just rough mixes, perhaps a bit of both?

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 22 May 2020 02:04 (one month ago) link

mostly seem like roughs, but scarlet nights is definitely a demo and it's 1000% worth checking out

sleight return (voodoo chili), Friday, 22 May 2020 02:47 (one month ago) link

while the arrangements are pretty fleshed out they seem clearly enough like demos

ufo, Friday, 22 May 2020 03:08 (one month ago) link

michael is so good

diamonddave85​​ (diamonddave85), Friday, 22 May 2020 04:04 (one month ago) link

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