Swoon

Saw a new picture of someone today and I just swooned.

I like it when that happens.

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I was a weird kid in the mid 80s.

As a freshman/sophomore, I was listening to everything from cheesy new wave hits of the early eighties, getting into old Clash, Ramones, Talking Heads, and early Metallica (thanks to an older brother) when they were just a local band you could bump into at the local comic store.

One band that I fell in love with then was Prefab Sprout with Paddy McAloon's amazing, though at times incredibly cheesy and sappy, love-sick lyrics put to this jazzy indie pop music which understandably never found a US audience.

    One of the most beloved British pop bands of the '80s and '90s, Prefab Sprout has had a minimum of chart success in the United States, where they're all but unknown outside of their devoted cult following, but singer/songwriter Paddy McAloon is regularly hailed as one of the great songwriters of his era. Critics regularly compare McAloon favorably to Elvis Costello, Paul McCartney, and even Cole Porter, but the self-effacing and publicity-shy performer modestly prefers to let his increasingly rare albums speak for themselves.

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Go ahead and listen to their second album Two Wheels Good on Amazon (link) but you probably won't like it based on the samples. Read the reviews first and keep an open mind.

Anyhow, I use tell people that if they wanted to understand me, you would have to understand Prefab Sprout. Still true.

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  1. Anonymous8:11 PM

    Well, i listened to that album (2 wheels good) to death when it came out. My brother turned me onto them. "Appetite", and "Bonny" are my faves.

    I'm not sure I know you, or how/why I found your blog, but I found this Prefab Sprout reference interesting...

    I also like the fact that you like my band Pu$$y-Cow!

    See you at Kiss or Kill!

    -Mike

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  2. Andrea introduced us at KorK a few weeks ago, but it was brief so I doubt you remember. Anyhow I'll say hi at some point.

    Thought I was the only one who liked this band. Boy did I get lot a crap from my HS friends for it not being alternative/Modern Rock enough.

    I like how they are still influencing band such as Stars (www.arts-crafts.ca) as ref'd in this post: http://www.3hive.com/archives/2004/12/30/stars.html



    Random:

    Found this interesting Prefab Sprout / Michael Jordan connection:
    http://www.browningmcintosh.com/plocktonwest/jordan.html

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