McAloon was born Patrick Joseph McAloon in Durham, England.
Prefab Sprout enjoyed considerable success in the 1980s and early 1990s. They peaked commercially with The King of Rock 'N' Roll, which was a "Top Ten" single in the UK Singles Chart.
Songs written by McAloon have also been recorded by Kylie Minogue ("If You Don't Love Me"), Cher ("The Gunman"), Wendy Matthews ("God Watch Over You" and "Ride"), Sondre Lerche ("Nightingales" - the song appeared in "From Langley Park to Memphis" and Lerche sang it with the Faces Down Quartet as a tribute to Prefab Sprout), Danny Seward ("Home (Where The Heart Is)"), Momus ("Green Isaac Pt. 2") and various songs for Jimmy Nail. "God Watch Over You" has also been covered by Frances Ruffelle, and "When Love Breaks Down" has been covered by The Zombies, Lisa Stansfield and Snow Patrol. In 2008, the covers album Independents' Day 08 included a version of "Bonny" performed by McAloon's label-mates Editors.
That record [I Trawl The Megahertz] was so important to me. I was disappointed—extremely—that the Guardian never even reviewed it. That stayed with me. I kept waiting week after week: "Come on, if you're thinking they don't make records like they used to, if you're looking for personal vision, something unusual—I'm your guy!" But it never came.
In 2006 Prefab Sprout's Steve McQueen album was remastered by Thomas Dolby, and was then released in 2007 as a double-CD package. The second CD featured acoustic versions of songs from the original album that were recorded in 2006.
A Prefab Sprout album entitled Crimson/Red was released in October 2013. McAloon is responsible for playing all of the instruments on the album and Icebreaker Records is the album's corresponding label.
As of September 2013, McAloon resides in his native County Durham. He suffers from a detached retina and tinnitus. He dedicated the album Crimson/Red to "my wife and daughters", "the women with whom I'm lucky enough to share my life".
- Kitchenware Records
- List of bands from Newcastle, United Kingdom
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- St Joseph's College, Upholland
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- Paul Lester (5 September 2013). "Paddy McAloon: 'I'll do without an audience to make the music I want'". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
- Jamie McGarry (1 August 2013). "01/08/2013". Prefab Sprout - The Unofficial Homepage. Jamie McGarry. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
- Liner notes Crimson/Red
- Audio interview with Paddy McAloon on the Sodajerker On Songwriting podcast
- Paddy McAloon biography at Allmusic website
- Let There Be Music by Sean Curnyn, First Things
- Biography Biography on the fansite Sproutnet