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Witton Gilbert, County Durham (1976 – present)

Prefab Sprout are an English pop band from Witton Gilbert, County Durham formed in 1976, who rose to fame during the 1980s. Though critically acclaimed, and considered by many to have released some of the best pop albums of the decade, the band never matched this acclaim with commercial success. The band’s best known lineup comprised Paddy McAloon (vocals, guitar, keyboard), Wendy Smith (vocals, guitar, keyboard), Martin McAloon (bass), and Neil Conti (drums).

Their biggest commercial and critical success came with 1990’s Jordan: The Comeback (one of two albums produced by Thomas Dolby), which was a hit in the UK and nominated for a BRIT award. The band also had a UK Top 10 hit with their 1988 song The King of Rock ‘N’ Roll.

Perhaps their finest album, Steve McQueen (originally released in June 1985) was re-released in August 2007 as a 2-CD deluxe edition, with a bonus disc of eight acoustic reinterpretations of some of the original tracks. Of the release, the record company said: “Digitally remastered by original producer Thomas Dolby, the album is sounding even better than ever. As if that weren’t enough it is complemented here with a second disc containing eight sublime acoustic versions, which have been specially re-recorded for this release by Paddy McAloon.”

Steve McQueen was released in the US under the title Two Wheels Good following pressure from the late actor’s estate.

Prefab Sprout rleased Let’s Change the World With Music - The Blueprint in 2009 on the Kitchenware Records label (website). See also Sprout Trivia below.


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  • massimo35

    che tempi...!

    1 Sep 12:36pm Reply
  • Diabeticus

    This band is just insanely good. Such a rich discography to get lost in! Each album shines. [3]

    20 Aug 8:30pm Reply
  • JeremyAce4

    Easy finds in the bargain bin.

    17 Aug 12:50pm Reply
  • Sonicjr01

    New Wave Blues ?

    13 Aug 3:07am Reply
  • bingbongbilly

    Paddy McAloon is one of the great English songwriters, even though you won't read about it that often.

    11 May 8:44am Reply
  • lyle_catcliffe

    God, last year I was on such a Steve McQueen high and this year I'm positively obsessed with Jordan: The Comeback. Such a rewarding listen- that Side 2 (from All The World Loves Lovers onwards) is pure heaven.

    24 Jan 4:29pm Reply
  • zvoytfsk21

    Life's not complete till your heart's missed a beat.

    13 Jan 8:12pm Reply
  • Ennuiunbridled

    Steve McQueen is one of the best albums ever

    11 Jan 6:44pm Reply
  • postgator

    Vigilance is lax, security complacent.

    10 Jan 10:43am Reply
  • roberawards

    Prefab Sprout have been nominated in three categories of this year's Rober Awards Music Poll. You can vote for them @

    5 Jan 4:41pm Reply
  • Dotachin

    This band has been topping the living shit out of my charts this past month. Made my top 15 artists in such short time.

    1 Jan 8:27pm Reply
  • michcik_b

    The Best Jewel Thief in the World is named the 74th best track of 2013 iny my Top 100 list:

    30 Dec 2013 Reply
  • surajsharma

    This band is just insanely good. Such a rich discography to get lost in! Each album shines. +1

    25 Dec 2013 Reply
  • lyle_catcliffe

    This band is just insanely good. Such a rich discography to get lost in! Each album shines.

    3 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Der_Fab

    The Best Jewel Thief In the World is a beautiful song

    1 Dec 2013 Reply
  • DantonRamone

    que surpresa boa

    24 Nov 2013 Reply
  • spacemangraig

    if ever a band deserved the paradoxical qualification sophisti-pop, it's prefab sprout.

    21 Nov 2013 Reply
  • mk741

    was not expecting them to be as good as they were [2] Ended up buying a copy of Steve McQueen and Jordan after hearing brilliant tracks like Bonny and Wild Horses (and many others).

    14 Nov 2013 Reply
  • CreamCat

    Be a Buddhist boy and let it go

    28 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Berrieworld

    He may be something of a recluse these days, but Paddy McAloon has made another little gem, showing his craftsmanship once more. "Crimson/Red" may not be the perfect pop album (there is no "If You Don't Love Me" for instance), but each song on it is at least damn good. Note to self: listen to it repeatedly! Note to the world: about bloody time you discovered the genius of Prefab Sprout! @ space-2 : beautiful words! :-)

    22 Oct 2013 Reply
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