Prefab Sprout Similar Artists

Aztec Camera - 98% 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 - 88% match to Prefab Sprout

Genres: Pop / Rock Reggae
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 Style Council - 84% match to Prefab Sprout

Genres: Pop / Rock Pop / Rock Music Videos & Concerts
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

China Crisis - 73% match to Prefab Sprout

Genres: Pop / Rock Electronic & Ambient World Music
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This Liverpool, England-based band was formed in 1979 around the core of Gary Daly (10 May 1962, Kirkby, Merseyside, England; vocals) and Eddie Lundon (b. 9 June 1962, Kirkby, Merseyside, England; guitar). In 1982, their first single, ‘African And White’, initially on the independent Inevitable label, was picked up for distribution by Virgin Records and made a crit Read more

Pale Fountains - 59% match to Prefab Sprout

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Formed in Liverpool in the early 80s by songwriter Michael Head (28 November 1961, Liverpool, England; guitar, vocals) and Chris ‘Biffa’ McCaffrey (bass) with Thomas Whelan (drums) and Andy Diagram, formerly of Dislocation Dance and the Diagram Brothers. Having been assimilated into the early 80s’ ‘quiet pop’/‘Bossa Nova’ movement, Pale Fou Read more

XTC - 57% match to Prefab Sprout

Genres: Pop / Rock Pop / Rock Music & Radio Music Videos & Concerts
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

Orange Juice - 52% match to Prefab Sprout

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 2000s
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Formed in Scotland at the end of the 70s, this engaging and, in some quarters, revered, pop band comprised Edwyn Collins (23 August 1959, Edinburgh, Scotland; vocals/guitar), James Kirk (vocals/rhythm guitar), David McClymont (bass) and Steven Daly (drums). They began their career on the cult independent label Postcard Records, where they issued some of the best pop records Read more

Thomas Dolby - 50% match to Prefab Sprout

Genres: Pop / Rock Drama Horror Music & Radio 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 - 45% match to Prefab Sprout

Genres: Pop / Rock Electronic & Ambient Music Videos & Concerts 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

The Go-Betweens - 45% 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

The The - 44% match to Prefab Sprout

Genres: Pop / Rock Soundtracks
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in 1979, this UK band centres around the activities of singer-songwriter Matt Johnson (15 August 1961, London, England). Initially, the unit included keyboardist Keith Laws and cartoonist Tom Johnston, but the line-up was continually changing and often featured Johnson alone. Following their debut at London’s Africa Centre on 11 May 1979, The The’s first sin Read more

Haircut 100 - 42% match to Prefab Sprout

Genres: Pop / Rock Pop / Rock Music Videos & Concerts
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in Beckenham, Kent, England in 1980, Haircut 100 began on a part-time basis with a line-up comprising Nick Heyward (20 May 1961, Beckenham, Kent, England; vocals), Les Nemes (b. 5 December 1960, Croydon, Surrey, England; bass) and Graham Jones (b. 8 July 1961, Bridlington, North Yorkshire, England; guitar). Early the following year they were augmented by Memphis Blair Read more

Nick Heyward - 42% match to Prefab Sprout

Genres: Pop / Rock Electronic & Ambient
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

Swing Out Sister - 42% match to Prefab Sprout

Genres: Pop / Rock Blues
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

Joe Jackson - 41% match to Prefab Sprout

Genres: Pop / Rock Comedy Drama Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock Soundtracks
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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11 August 1954, Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire, England. Having learned violin and piano as a teenager in Portsmouth, Jackson gained a place to study piano, percussion, composition and orchestration at London’s Royal Academy of Music. After leaving college in 1974 he joined the covers band Edward Bear. The line-up of Jackson, Mark Andrews (vocals) and Graham Maby (bas Read more


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