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First part of John Birch's projected trilogy is full of precise, carefully extracted detail. Paddy McAloon and Wendy Smith of Prefab Sprout. From Genius to Revelation PADDY McALOON is a thirty-year-old, practising Catholic who lives with his parents in Durham. The instigator of Prefab Sprout, he is. This has ended any notion of Prefab Sprout as a functioning band. The other members, Wendy Smith and Paddy's older brother Martin, left for.
But nothing really changes there, either: Like every one of my favourite groups — The Blue Nile, R. Knowing little else, I thought that all of my formative pet sounds were peerless which, I suppose, is exactly as it should be during those first unsuspecting meets with the heady power of song. All of the above and nothing on earth?
Is there another contemporary writer for whom songs and the transcendence of sound have been celebrated so explicitly across such a vast body of work?
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A career that now spans thirty-six years and nine studio albums. It flagged and left me in the dark. Perhaps Prefab Sprout were just too tailored, complicated and subtle for him, but The Go-Betweens have far more in common with them than Robert might like to think. I had thirty minutes with one of my favourite ever songwriters and was implored not to over-run.
During which, overcome with stage fright, I fluffed my lines badly and broke one of the most basic rules of journalism. Whatsapp Every musical career has its own narrative, and most of them include at least one comeback.
To come back, you first have to go away; then you have to stay away; and finally, when everyone has forgotten your name, you wander nonchalantly back under the arc-lights and wave modestly to screaming fans and waiting reporters.
As has been discussed here before, the gaps between record releases for all but the most irresponsibly prolific artists have become so wide that simply making another album becomes a comeback in itself. Thus has the currency of the comeback been devalued. A few of them could usefully have stayed away a little longer. Again, long experience of comeback disappointment makes older and more cynical listeners unwilling to suspend disbelief.
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We have been caught that way before, too many times. McAloon recorded the whole thing himself with computers, apparently in a shed. Gradual group disintegration is a familiar symptom of long and inexorable decline, although sad fans like me kept on buying every new album as soon as it came out.
Not that there have been many of them. After producing five albums of new material between and — two of them cast-iron classics — McAloon had managed only four more since.