Steve McQueen (album)

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Steve McQueen
Studio album by Prefab Sprout
Released June, 1985
Genre Pop rock
Label Kitchenware
Producer Thomas Dolby
Prefab Sprout chronology
Swoon
(1984)
Steve McQueen
(1985)
From Langley Park to Memphis
(1988)

Steve McQueen is the second album by English pop band Prefab Sprout, released in June 1985. It was released in the United States as Two Wheels Good due to a legal conflict with the estate of American actor Steve McQueen. The album reached #21 on the UK album chart and #180 on the Billboard 200.

The cover of the album is a reference to Steve McQueen's lifelong passion for Triumph motorcycles and the 1963 film The Great Escape, starring McQueen and featuring prominent motorcycle chase scenes (with stunts performed by himself on a Triumph motorcycle).

On April 2, 2007 it was reissued as a Legacy edition double CD, featuring a remastered version of the original album and a bonus disc featuring acoustic versions of the songs recorded by Paddy McAloon in 2006.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
BBC (Favorable)[2]
Music Box 3.5/5 stars[3]
Pitchfork Media (8.6/10)[4]
Uncut 5/5 stars[5]
Q 4/5 stars[6]

Critically acclaimed at the time, it reached #4 in the 1985 NME end of year poll for best albums, and #28 on the Pazz & Jop poll.

It has subsequently featured in a number of all time polls for best album, including #47 in a poll by The Times in 1993, #90 in a poll by Mojo in 1995 and #61 in a 1997 poll by The Guardian.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Paddy McAloon.

  1. "Faron Young" – 3:50
  2. "Bonny" – 3:45
  3. "Appetite" – 3:56
  4. "When Love Breaks Down" – 4:08 (The UK and US releases have slightly different versions of the song)
  5. "Goodbye Lucille #1" – 4:31
  6. "Hallelujah" – 4:20
  7. "Moving the River" – 3:57
  8. "Horsin' Around" – 4:39
  9. "Desire As" – 5:19
  10. "Blueberry Pies" – 2:24
  11. "When the Angels" – 4:29
  12. "The Yearning Loins – 3:38 [US bonus track]
  13. "He'll Have to Go" – 3:06 [US bonus track]
  14. "Faron" (Truckin' mix) – 4:45 [US bonus track]

Legacy Edition Second Disc[edit]

  1. "Appetite" – 3:57
  2. "Bonny" – 5:58
  3. "Desire As" – 7:08
  4. "When Love Breaks Down" – 4:24
  5. "Goodbye Lucille #1" – 3:54
  6. "Moving the River" – 3:39
  7. "Faron Young" – 3:47
  8. "When the Angels" – 4:08

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