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The Enchanter: Paddy McAloon

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Vogue, 1988

PADDY McALOON is an anomalous figure in the British Pop climate of the late '80s. One of our precious few songwriters of any worth, he ...

Catching Up with Paddy Mac

Interview by Chris Ingham, unpublished, November 1999

This is an unpublished interview with Paddy McAloon on the release of 38 Carat Gold: The Best Of Prefab Sprout. ...

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Prefab Sprout's Paddy McAloon (1988)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages audio, January 1988

King Sprout McAloon on the state of songwriting and production in 1988, Bruce Springsteen and Robert De Niro, Newcastle, fame, breaking America, and... Issac Hayes!

File format: mp3; file size: 18mb, interview length: 19' 40" sound quality: ***

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The ICA Season: Rock Bands Find The Human Touch

Live Review by Simon Frith, The Observer, 1984

Billy Bragg/Prefab Sprout: The Institute of Contemporary Arts, London ...

Einstürzende Neubauten, Prefab Sprout: ICA, London

Live Review by Max Bell, The Times, 9 January 1984

THIS YEAR the I.C.A.'s excellent and well-established Rock Week event went under the banner "Big Brother Is Watching You". He certainly got value for his ...

Prefab Sprout, The Daintees, Hurrah!: ICA, London

Live Review by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, 14 January 1984


Prefab Sprout: Faith, Hope & Glory?

Profile and Interview by Max Bell, The Face, March 1984

"IF ALL THIS HADN'T worked out, I was resigned to being a librarian. That's what I wanted to do." Thus speaks Paddy McAloon, brains in ...

Prefab Sprout: Sprout's honour

Interview by Graham K. Smith, Record Mirror, 3 March 1984

IN THE beginning, I wasn't convinced. With a name like that they just had to be jokers, or terminally dour, or both, and cursory (I ...

Prefab Sprout: Swoon (Kitchenware KWLP1)

Review by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, 10 March 1984


Couldn’t Bear To Be Precious: Prefab Sprout

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, 17 March 1984

THE BOY'S a natural born charmer. ...


Report and Interview by Mark Cooper, City Limits, 19 July 1985

Can a group that conjure up ugly buildings and vegetables conquer the world? Do they want to? MARK COOPER meets the makers of Steve McQueen. ...

Prefab Sprouting All Over

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Creem, February 1986

PADDY MCALOON likes words like a dog likes lampposts, darting from one to the next, meandering back again, cocking his conversational leg to spray another ...

Prefab Sprout: All The Way To Memphis

Report and Interview by David Stubbs, Melody Maker, 30 January 1988

THE BEARD HAS gone. Yes, squeamish sartorial onlookers will be relieved to note that Paddy's shrubbery has been shorn, that his shapely chin now positively ...

Prefab Sprout: A Satisfying Whiff of Glue

Interview by Mark Cooper, The Guardian, 11 March 1988

Paddy McAloon of Prefab Sprout talks to Mark Cooperabout Tin Pan Alley, nostalgia and his search for enchantment ...

Prefab Sprout: From Langley Park To Memphis

Review by Len Brown, New Musical Express, 12 March 1988

FROM THE raw-wrestling flesh of Swoon to the black-faced greasy bikedom of Steve McQueen, the sleeves of Sprout albums have refused to reveal or hint ...

Prefab Sprout: From Langley Park To Memphis

Review by Dave Rimmer, Q, April 1988

A RUM PROPOSITION, this Prefab Sprout. It depends on your mood and mode of musical preference, of course, but while much of the time they ...

Prefab Sprout: Extracting the Michael

Interview by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, 14 May 1988

Though inspired by dreams of Wacko Jacko, PREFAB SPROUT'S mainman PADDY McALOON has little time lor most rock legends — Talking Heads and Bruce Springsteen ...

Prefab Sprout: Protest Songs (Kitchenware LP/Cassette/CD)

Review by Stuart Maconie, New Musical Express, 24 June 1989

THIS SPRING, I spent a very pleasant afternoon in a bar with Paddy McAloon and, inevitably, the conversation got around to Protest Songs, the Sprouts' ...

Prefab Sprout: Protest Songs

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, July 1989

LET'S GET this straight at the outset; this isn't the new Prefab Sprout album and they aren't protest songs. Confused? Listen to Paddy McAloon and ...

Prefab Sprout: Jordan: The Comeback

Review by Lloyd Bradley, Q, September 1990

ALMOST THREE YEARS on from Langley Park To Memphis, Prefab Sprout are once again produced by Thomas Dolby, and on first impression there's no obvious ...

Prefab Sprout's Jordan: An Interview with Paddy McAloon

Interview by Tom Doyle, International Musician & Recording World, October 1990

The new Prefab Sprout album, Jordan: The Comeback, is a veritable potpourri of styles. Tom Doyle talks to mainman Paddy McAloon about singing, songwriting and ...

Prefab Sprout: Waxing Lyrical

Profile and Interview by Nick Coleman, Time Out, 17 October 1990

Prefab Sprout's Paddy McAloon fancies himself as a metaphysical Michael Jackson. Not only does he pride himself on his ability to mix musical genres, he ...

Prefab Sprout: McAloony Tunes

Report and Interview by Paul Lester, Melody Maker, 5 January 1991

Prefab Sprout's latest album, Jordan: The Comeback, was lavished with even more praise than their previous two classics, and their European dates are inspiring the ...

Paddy McAloon – The Mild One

Interview by David Cavanagh, Select, August 1992

WHEN EVERYBODY ELSE went for rhythm Paddy McAloon stuck with melody. He's got ten years of defiantly unrockist pop behind him and his next seven ...

Prefab Sprout: A Life Of Surprises: The Best Of

Review by Robert Sandall, Q, August 1992

Prefab Sprout: whatever happened to great songs? ...

Phone Home: Paddy McAloon

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, December 1994

"I'M ACTUALLY going for the record of being the longest hold-out character on the face of the earth. I'm trying to evaporate into a realm ...

Paddy McAloon: In God's Prefab are Many Mansions

Profile and Interview by Caitlin Moran, The Times, 25 April 1997

Paddy Mcaloon once trained to be a priest. Now he's a Prefab Sprout, but he still has his faith. ...

Prefab Sprout: Andromeda Heights

Review and Interview by Chris Ingham, MOJO, May 1997

ONCE, WHILE LISTENING To Prefab Sprout's Protest Songs, wide-eyed in admiration at the musical facility, the poetic imagination, the sheer individuality of it all, my ...

Paddy McAloon: Sprout on his own

Profile and Interview by Nick Coleman, The Independent, 9 May 1997

Prefab Sprout's Paddy McAloon talks to Nick Coleman about his new album, epic songs of the heart and why he flies in the face of ...

Prefab Sprout: Andromeda Heights

Review by Paul Lester, Uncut, June 1997

Andromeda heights ...

Prefab Sprout

Profile and Interview by Paul Lester, Uncut, July 1997

Absolutely Prefabulous: Far from the sonic mainstream with Paddy McAloon ...

Prefab Sprout's Paddy McAloon (1998) [transcript]

Audio transcript of interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages transcripts, April 1998

This is a transcription of Barney's audio interview with Paddy. Listen to the audio of this interview. ...

Prefab Sprout: Going for a Song

Profile and Interview by Tom Cox, The Guardian, 21 March 2000

Paddy McAloon made Prefab Sprout one of Britain's favourite bands. Now you can buy the albums for just 10p. Tom Cox asks him how he ...

Prefab Sprout: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, June 2000

A THIRD of the way through this rare Sprout outing to the capital, Paddy McAloon dedicates the lovely, little-known 'Dragons' to the spouse of his ...

The Backpages Interview: Paddy McAloon

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, 16 June 2001

Fans of Prefab Sprout’s Paddy McAloon – the Gershwin of Tyneside – are used to defending him against the barbarians of Britrock and other genres ...

Prefab Sprout: The King Of Rock'n'Roll

Interview by David Stubbs, Uncut, September 2001

FOR SOMEONE who's only ever strived to bring a little wistful beauty into our pop lives, with an honest and artisan approach to the craft ...

Prefab Sprout

Interview by Jason Cohen, Stereophile, Winter 2001

THE NEWS was right up there with Brian Wilson playing Pet Sounds live, Steely Dan making a new record and Mario Lemieux lacing up the ...

Last Night A Record Changed My Life: Paddy McAloon on Stevie Wonder's Journey Through The Secret Life Of Plants

Interview by Pete Paphides, MOJO, July 2004


Absolutely Prefabulous: Steve McQueen Reissued

Retrospective and Interview by Daryl Easlea, Record Collector, May 2007

PREFAB SPROUT'S shimmering masterpiece, Steve McQueen, began life in 1984 with the working title of June Parade. Led by writer, vocalist and guitarist Paddy McAloon, ...

Prefab Sprout: Steve McQueen (Kitchenware/Sony)

Review and Interview by Andrew Mueller, Uncut, May 2007

Remastered '85 masterpiece with extra acoustic disc. ...

Erase And Rewind: Paddy McAloon

Report and Interview by Graeme Thomson, The Word, September 2009

Paddy McAloon’s lost folly has just been released after 17 years. Many and complex were the obstacles in its path, as he tells GRAEME THOMSON. ...

Paddy McAloon: "I'll do without an audience to make the music I want"

Profile and Interview by Paul Lester, The Guardian, 5 September 2013

Prefab Sprout sold millions of records in the '80s, but singer Paddy McAloon always made music for himself rather than the masses. Now he's back ...

Why Prefab Sprout's return with 'America' is a whim and a wonder

Report by Pete Paphides, The Guardian, 6 March 2017

Paddy McAloon surfaced on Friday with a new track that is heartbreaking in an entirely unexpected way. ...


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