From Langley Park to Memphis

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From Langley Park to Memphis
Studio album by Prefab Sprout
Released 14 March 1988
Recorded 1988
Genre Pop
Length 45:32
Label Kitchenware
Producer Thomas Dolby, Jon Kelly, Paddy McAloon, Andy Richards
Prefab Sprout chronology
Steve McQueen
From Langley Park to Memphis
Protest Songs
Singles from From Langley Park to Memphis
  1. "Cars and Girls"
    Released: February 1988
  2. "The King of Rock 'n' Roll"
    Released: April 1988
  3. "Hey Manhattan!"
    Released: July 1988
  4. "Nightingales"
    Released: November 1988
  5. "The Golden Calf"
    Released: February 1989
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

From Langley Park to Memphis is the third album by English pop band Prefab Sprout, released on 14 March 1988.[2]

The title is taken from a lyric to one of the album's songs, 'The Venus of the Soup Kitchen', and refers to the village of Langley Park, County Durham, and the city of Memphis, Tennessee. 'Nightingales' features the harmonica playing of Stevie Wonder, while Pete Townshend plays acoustic guitar on 'Hey Manhattan!'.[3] All songs on the album are written by frontman Paddy McAloon, who also produced many of the tracks.[3]

The album reached number five on the UK Albums Chart, the highest position for any studio album released by the band,[4] and contained their highest charting single, with 'The King of Rock 'n' Roll' peaking at number seven on the UK Singles Chart for two weeks in May/June 1988.[5]

Five singles were released to promote the album; in order of release these were 'Cars and Girls', 'The King of Rock 'n' Roll', 'Hey Manhattan!', 'Nightingales' and 'The Golden Calf'.[6]

'I Remember That' was later released as a single to promote the greatest hits album A Life of Surprises: The Best of Prefab Sprout, in March 1993.[6]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Paddy McAloon

  1. "The King of Rock 'n' Roll"
  2. "Cars and Girls"
  3. "I Remember That"
  4. "Enchanted"
  5. "Nightingales"
  6. "Hey Manhattan!"
  7. "Knock on Wood"
  8. "The Golden Calf"
  9. "Nancy (Let Your Hair Down for Me)"
  10. "The Venus of the Soup Kitchen"


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Strong, Martin C. (2000). The Great Rock Discography (5th ed.). Edinburgh: Mojo Books. p. 760. ISBN 1-84195-017-3. 
  3. ^ a b "Album credits by Jason Ankeny". Retrieved 6 December 2008. 
  4. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 433. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  5. ^ "'The King of Rock 'n' Roll' listing on Official Charts website". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 17 February 2017. 
  6. ^ a b McIntosh, Bedford. "Prefab Sprout discography". Retrieved 13 February 2017.