When Love Breaks Down (4:05)

Cover of Steve McQueen

From Steve McQueen and 66 other releases

This is track #4 from the original album of 1985 as well as the 2007 remastered re-release.

Paddy on the song:

“It is a very personal song. It’s not that far removed from personal experience. I’ve worked so hard, it’s been to the detriment of other things. Relationships have suffered, I don’t mind saying that. But I know if I don’t work hard I won’t get that golden moment. I know I can go even further but to do that I have to narrow down my interests.” - Melody Maker, June 1, 1985


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  • gazza1985

    paddy is a true genius never got the recognition he deserved

    23 Mar 4:01pm Reply
  • wetwillies

    my love and i, we are boxing clever

    7 Mar 12:24am Reply
  • sidney_adv

    Muito boa!

    17 Jan 7:26pm Reply
  • Winston63

    Paddy McAloon still going strong. New album Crimson/Red is a great work. Paddy in his studio alone with his machines, keyboards and mainly guitars. Due to hearing problems he can't play with the band anymore.

    25 Oct 2013 Reply
  • jaredpaune5656

    One of the most perfect pop songs ever.

    20 Oct 2013 Reply
  • marjo47

    I always learnt..absence makes the heart grow fonder.. oh well still a great song.

    1 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Elyssyan

    Beutiful sounds from Prefab Sprout always.♥

    12 Sep 2013 Reply
  • PMRunia

    Paddy McAloon is one of the best songwriters in pop ever! This is a classic track which was put out as a single in the 80's.

    24 Aug 2013 Reply
  • DrSocrates

    the song is much better than the band

    4 May 2013 Reply
  • flamencodave

    One of their best. So nice I get the chills hearing it. Gorgeous.

    21 Feb 2013 Reply
  • davemj

    Paddy = Greatest ever

    29 Jan 2013 Reply
  • toffea

    Agree with RAGGLEMAN

    19 Nov 2012 Reply
  • lucassoul


    18 Nov 2012 Reply
  • flamencodave

    Very nice tune.... I wish I had heard them ages ago!

    23 Jul 2012 Reply
  • wackersska

    A rented room,tape recorder, 1987. ;-]

    20 May 2012 Reply
  • RussellChap

    Gorgeous pop music. Great production & a wonderful middle eight & coda

    13 Mar 2012 Reply
  • sirthorty

    fabulous Prefab!

    12 Mar 2012 Reply
  • TantoTempo

    Paddy Mc writes great, great songs.

    2 Mar 2012 Reply
  • santizo

    : D

    3 Feb 2012 Reply

    Look at the 'similar artists'......there was some real quality songwriting around in those days. Classic stuff. Prefab Sprout, XTC, Aztec Camera, Blue Nile etc.

    20 Jan 2012 Reply
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