Prefab Sprout is an English pop band that rose to moderate fame during the 1980s. Though critically acclaimed, and by many concidered to have released some of the best pop albums of the 1980s, the band never broke through to the mainstream and had only moderate commercial success.
They debuted in 1982 with their self-released single "Lions in my own garden: Exit someone" (songwriter Paddy McAloon wanted a song title where the first letters of the words spelled out 'LIMOGES'). Their first album was "Swoon", a collection of quirky pop songs in the same vein as "Lions in my own garden: Exit someone", released on label Kitchenware.
Their sophomore album effort was the Thomas Dolby-produced "Steve McQueen" (released in the USA as "Two wheels good" when McQueen's estate expressed their displeasure with the title), often cited as the band's best album.
Their fourth album, "Jordan: The Comeback" is indeed a comeback after the disappointing "From Langley Park To Memphis."
Paddy McAloon (b. Patrick Joseph McAloon), vocals, guitars, keyboards
Martin McAloon, bass
Wendy Smith, backing vocals
Neil Conti, drums
Steve McQueen (1985)
From Langley Park to Memphis (1988)
Protest songs (released in 1989, but recorded in 1985)
Jordan: The comeback (1990)
A life of surprises: The best of Prefab Sprout (1992)
Andromeda heights (1997)
38 Carat Collection (1999, previously released material)
The gunman and other stories (2001)
I Trawl The Megahertz (Paddy McAloon solo project released June 2003)
Official band site (hopefully only preliminary) suspended since fall of 2004 (http://www.prefabsprout.com)
PrefabSprout was formed in Newcastle, England, in 1977 by McAloon (who sings and plays guitar and piano) and his bass-playing younger brother Martin.
PrefabSprout returned to the studio without Dolby in the summer of 1985 and quickly recorded an album's worth of material that was initially meant to be released in a limited edition as a tour souvenir.
PrefabSprout, by this point consisting solely of the McAloon brothers, signed to EMI in late 2000 and delivered their Western-themed concept album, The Gunman and Other Stories, in early 2001.
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