Prefab Sprout Similar Artists

Aztec Camera - 87% match to Prefab Sprout

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This acclaimed band was formed in 1980 by Roddy Frame (29 January 1964, East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire, Scotland), as a vehicle for his songwriting talents. The other members, Campbell Owens (bass), and Dave Mulholland (drums), soon passed through, and a regular turnover in band members ensued while Frame put together the songs that made up 1983’s exceptionally strong Read more

Scritti Politti - 75% match to Prefab Sprout

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Founded by a group of Leeds, England-based art students in 1978, by the time of their first single, ‘Skank Bloc Bologna’, the nucleus of Scritti Politti was Green Gartside (Paul Julian Strohmeyer, 22 June 1956, Cardiff, Wales; vocals/guitar), Matthew Kay (keyboards) and Tom Morley (drums) and Nial Jinks (bass, departed 1980). At this stage, the band was explicitly Read more

The Blue Nile - 75% match to Prefab Sprout

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This enigmatic Scottish band was formed in 1981 by Glasgow University students Paul Buchanan (Glasgow, Scotland; vocals, guitar, synthesizers), Robert Bell (b. Glasgow, Scotland; synthesizers) and Paul Joseph Moore (b. Glasgow, Scotland; piano, synthesizers). Taking their name from Alan Moorehead’s 1962 novel, the Blue Nile’s debut single, ‘I Love This Life Read more

The Style Council - 57% match to Prefab Sprout

Genres: Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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UK band founded in 1983 by Paul Weller (John William Weller, 25 May 1958, Woking, Surrey, England) and Mick Talbot (b. 11 September 1958, London, England). Weller had been lead singer of the Jam while Talbot was the former keyboards player with the Merton Parkas, Dexys Midnight Runners, and the Bureau. Other collaborators included drummer Steve White (b. 31 May 1965, London, Read more

The Go-Betweens - 39% match to Prefab Sprout

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Critical favourites formed in late 1977 in Brisbane, Australia, by Robert Forster (29 June 1957, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia; guitar/vocals) and Grant McLennan (b. 12 February 1958, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia, d. 6 May 2006, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia; bass, guitar, vocals). These two songwriters were influenced by Bob Dylan, the Velvet Underground, the Monk Read more

XTC - 38% match to Prefab Sprout

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in Wiltshire, England, in 1972 as Star Park (Rats Krap backwards) this widely beloved UK pop unit became the Helium Kidz in 1973 with the addition of bass player Colin Moulding (Colin Ivor Moulding, 17 August 1955, Swindon, Wiltshire, England), drummer Terry Chambers (b. 16 July 1955, Swindon, Wiltshire, England) and a second guitarist Dave Cartner (b. Swindon, Wiltsh Read more

Swing Out Sister - 33% match to Prefab Sprout

Genres: Blues Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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A brace of sparkling pop hits in late 1986/early 1987 marked a fine opening for UK jazz/pop trio Swing Out Sister. ‘Breakout’ (number 4) and ‘Surrender’ (number 7) preceded It’s Better To Travel, which topped the UK album charts. ‘Breakout’ also provided the band with a US Top 10 single in autumn 1987. The band was formed by Corinne Drewery (v Read more

Thomas Dolby - 33% match to Prefab Sprout

Genres: Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Thomas Morgan Robertson, 14 October 1958, Cairo, Egypt. Dolby is a self-taught musician/vocalist/songwriter and computer programmer. After studying meteorology and projectionism at college, he started building his own synthesizers at the age of 18. With his own hand-built PA system he acted as sound engineer on tours by the Members, Fall and the Passions. Afterwards, he co-f Read more

ABC - 32% match to Prefab Sprout

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Purveyors of ‘perfect pop’ in the early 80s, ABC’s sound has always been dominated by the stunning vocal range and lyrical songwriting skills of lead singer Martin Fry (9 March 1958, Manchester, England). The band was formed after Fry had interviewed Mark White (b. 1 April 1961, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England; guitar) and Stephen Singleton (b. 17 April 1959, Sh Read more

Nick Heyward - 32% match to Prefab Sprout

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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20 May 1961, Beckenham, Kent, England. The original lead vocalist in UK pop act Haircut 100, Heyward left for a solo career in late 1982. Early the following year he returned with a couple of chart hits, ‘Whistle Down The Wind’ and ‘Take That Situation’, both close to the ‘boy next door blue-eyed soul’ style developed by his former group. His de Read more

The High Llamas - 30% match to Prefab Sprout

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Formed in London, England, the High Llamas is the vehicle of former Microdisney co-founder Sean O’Hagan (Eire). After that band sundered in 1987, O’Hagan spent three years incubating his solo debut album, High Llamas, released on Demon Records in 1990. Though a low-profile release, it received several encouraging reviews, not least from long-standing Microdisney fa Read more

Donald Fagen - 27% match to Prefab Sprout

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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10 January 1948, Passaic, New Jersey, USA. A graduate of New York’s Bard College, Fagen joined fellow student Walter Becker in several temporary groups, including the Leather Canary and Bad Rock Group. The duo then forged a career as songwriters - their demos were later compiled on several exploitative releases - and spent several years backing Jay And The Americans. Ha Read more

Heaven 17 - 27% match to Prefab Sprout

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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An offshoot project from the UK production company BEF, this synthpop band featured the keyboards duo Ian Craig Marsh (11 November 1956, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England) and Martyn Ware (b. 19 May 1956, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England) and vocalist Glenn Gregory (b. 16 May 1958, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England). Heaven 17’s first UK hit was the dance-orientated ‘(We Don& Read more

The Durutti Column - 27% match to Prefab Sprout

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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One of the more eclectic bands to emerge from Manchester, England’s punk scene, Vini Reilly (Vincent Gerard Reilly, August 1953, Manchester, England) and his Durutti Column have combined elements of jazz, electronic and even folk in their multitude of releases. However, Reilly’s musical beginnings were as guitarist in more standard 1977 hopefuls Ed Banger And The N Read more

Todd Rundgren - 27% match to Prefab Sprout

Genres: Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s
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22 June 1948, Upper Darby, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. One of rock’s eccentric talents, Rundgren began his career in local bar-band Woody’s Truck Stop, before forming the Nazz in 1967. This acclaimed quartet completed three albums of anglophile pop/rock before disintegrating in 1970. Rundgren sought solace as an engineer - his credits included Stage Fright by Read more


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