Playing tracks by
Prefab Sprout, Cher, Kylie and Karlheinz Stockhausen.
Thirty years have elapsed since Prefab Sprout's debut album Swoon saw their frontman Paddy McAloon garlanded with superlatives. In the interim, his perfectionism has resulted in a body of work which – featuring highlights such as Steve McQueen, Jordan: The Comeback and Andromeda Heights – stands shoulder to shoulder with the best of his peers. It's unlikely that Paddy's profile will ever return to its late 80s peak when, for a time, Prefab Sprout were appearing on Top of the Pops and fielding Going Live phone-ins. However, last year, with the breathtaking Crimson/Red, Prefab Sprout returned with their most acclaimed set of songs for over two decades.
For the fifth Long Player, Paddy McAloon talks about a huge array of subjects: among them, the oddness of seeing his songs covered by Cher and Kylie; the bittersweet ubiquity of King of Rock 'n' Roll; and his lingering Scott Walker regret. Oh, and once in a while, he'll pick up his guitar and illustrate his point.