Tuesday, April 04, 2006

There Was A Boy I Used To Be. I Guess That He Was Cold. If She Came To Buy Him Now. How Cheaply He'd Be Sold.

One of my favorite concept albums, Prefab Sprout's Jordan: The Comeback is a testament to the genius songwriting skills of singer guitarist Paddy McAloon. Along with producer Thomas Dolby, McAloon and the rest of Prefab Sprout weave together a densely lavish record about girls, religion, and the soul crushing pain of lost loves. Relegated to cult status here in the U.S., J:TC proved to be quite successful in the UK upon it's release. Even though I stood my ground, I got teased mercilessly in high school for liking this record. Funny how some things never change. For your listening (dis)pleasure:

Prefab Sprout: Looking For Atlantis

Prefab Sprout: We Let The Stars Go

Prefab Sprout: Moon Dog

Prefab Sprout: Carnival 2000


Blogger xolondon said...

Terrific post! Love the pic. Their CD "Two Wheels Good" is one of my all-time faves. Also called "Steve McQueen" depending on where you live.

9:45 AM  
Blogger walkathon said...

Good call - Jordan's in my all-time Top 10. 1990 representin' strong.

10:36 AM  
Blogger Bruce said...

Thanks for this post. Reminds me how much I used to love Paddy and the band. Atlantis ic terrific...I always had the soft spot for Two Wheels Good/Steve McQueen..

Great stuff.


7:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Scarlet Nights" and "Doo Wop in Harlem" together form one of the most perfect endings imaginable.


11:57 PM  
Blogger Rah said...

Great to see some love for the Sprouts -- a sentimental favorite of mine for many years. Along with "Jordan" & "Two Wheels", I do recommend "From Langley Park to Memphis"; a couple songs are nearly terrible ("Nancy"), but several are prime (including "Nightingales", with Stevie Wonder on harmonica).

I haven't heard Paddy McAloon's solo work, but apparently he's made a fascinating album out of a terrifying experience -- there's some info at http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/classicpop/reviews/paddymcaloon_trawl.shtml

5:36 PM  
Anonymous Enda P said...

Best. Album. Ever. (Almost)

Do check Paddy McAloon's solo piece. It's largely instrumental, but some achingly beautiful stuff.

1:53 AM  
Blogger J Frank Parnell said...

Love Prefab Sprout. Two Wheels Good is a masterpiece. Believe or not, there's a young Chicago band that really reminds me of them --http://www.the-changes.com/music.html
download "When I Wake"

When it comes to rock's cyclical revisionism, quality will always out ...

3:24 PM  

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