In Paddy’s field: Pre­fab Sprout.

Mojo (UK) - - Interview -

1 Fresh Sprouts: (from left) brother Martin and Paddy McAloon, Pre­fab re­hearsal, ’77. 2 Great es­capol­ogy: McAloon on wheels, circa 1985’s Steve McQueen.

3 Cigar club: the Pre­fabs cel­e­brate fin­ish­ing Jor­dan: The Come­back, 1990 (from left) Paddy, remix en­gi­neer Eric Calvi, Martin, Wendy Smith, Keith Arm­strong. “I did like my cigars in those days,” he ad­mits. 4 The King Of Rock ’N’ Roll: pro­mo­tional shot of McAloon on tour. “I wasn’t con­vinced it was the life for me,” he says now. 5 El toro ne­gro rides again: guest Ste­vie Won­der adds har­mon­ica to Nightin­gales off 1988’s From Lan­g­ley Park To Mem­phis. 6 Not a pris­oner of the past: McAloon on-stage at the Lon­don Fleadh Fes­ti­val, 2000.

7 Meet the fans: sign­ing From Lan­g­ley Park al­bums in New­cas­tle-upon-Tyne, 1988.

8 He’s gotta have it: Paddy meets film di­rec­tor Spike Lee, whose younger brother Cin­qué scripted a mu­si­cal – “on ev­ery page there’s a lyric from one of my songs. Sur­real.” 9 Cue fan­fare: McAloon in 1985. “Fame in it­self in­ter­ested me.”

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