This week in my newspaper: there’s a re-issue of the fabulous “Steve McQueen” album (1985) by Prefab Sprout. Prefab Sprout is: songwriter Paddy McAloon on vocals, guitars, keyboards, Martin McAloon on bass, Wendy Smith on backing vocals, guitars, Neil Conti on drums. It was one of the first vinyl records I ever bought and certainly one of the best. The quality of the album might have something to do with the producer: Thomas Dolby.

Big surprise: instead of having to look for the lyrics on some shady spyware-infested illegal site, you can find them right there on the Prefab Sprout site:

My love and I, we are boxing clever
She’ll never crowd me out
Fall be free as old confetti
And paint the town, paint the town
(When Love Breaks Down)

What does it mean? I have no idea.

For those of you for who the group name does not ring a bell, here’s some videos, taking you back, all the way to the eighties!

“When love breaks down”


“Goodbye Lucille #1 (Johnny Johnny)”

“Appetite” (check out the stash on Paddy McAloon!)