When Love Breaks Down (4:10)

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Prefab Sprout formed in Newcastle and released their debut album ‘Swoon’ in 1984, one year after I was born, on the Kitchenware Records label. 21 years later I released my first album ‘Clocktower Park’ through Kitchenware Records. ‘When Love Breaks Down’ was the first Prefab Spout song I ever heard. It was on a ‘Best Of’ compilation given to me by my then manager Keith Armstrong, and I loved it from the very first listen. Paddy McAloon, the songwriter, has an amazing way with words and this song is no exception. Funny, when I hear the song these days the words are quite reminiscent of what was going on for me in the industry back then, nearly 10 years ago now. Prefab Sprout’s original version of the song is much more upbeat in pace and production but I really wanted to try and capture the true melancholy meaning of the words. When love breaks down it is sometimes best just to shake hands, wish each other well and then walk away.


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