Prefab Sprout

Genres: Pop / Rock
Descriptive "tags": pop 80s new wave british indie alternative Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
Links online: BBC Music Wikipedia

Biography

The intricate tales and thoughts in the lyrics of Prefab Sprout’s guiding light Paddy McAloon indicate a major songwriter. The combination of Bob Dylan imagery and Elvis Costello bluntness helped make Prefab Sprout one of the most refreshing pop bands of the late 80s and beyond.

The band was formed in 1977 by Paddy McAloon (Patrick Joseph McAloon, 7 June 1957, Durham, England; guitar/vocals) and his brother Martin McAloon (b. 4 January 1962, Durham, England; bass), with Michael Salmon completing the line-up on drums. Allegedly taking their name from a mishearing of the line ‘hotter than a pepper sprout’ in Nancy Sinatra’s ‘Jackson’, Prefab Sprout did not make their recording debut until 1982 when they recorded the self-pressed single ‘Lions In My Own Garden’/‘Radio Love’. The recording session featured Wendy Smith (b. 31 May 1963, Middlesbrough, Cleveland, England) on backing vocals, and she...

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