Paddy McAloon

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Patrick Joseph "Paddy" McAloon
Born 7 June 1957
Durham, England
Genres Pop, new wave
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, various instruments

Patrick Joseph "Paddy" McAloon is an English singer-songwriter and a founder of the band Prefab Sprout.

Early life[edit]

McAloon was born in Durham, England on 7th June 1957.[1] He trained as a Catholic priest before deciding to commit to a career in music.[2]


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.[3]

Songs written by McAloon have also been recorded by Kylie Minogue ("If You Don't Love Me"),[4] Cher ("The Gunman"),[5] Wendy Matthews ("God Watch Over You" and "Ride"),[6] 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),[7] Danny Seward ("Home (Where The Heart Is)"),[8] Momus ("Green Isaac Pt. 2"),[9] and various songs for Jimmy Nail. "God Watch Over You" has also been covered by Frances Ruffelle,[10] and "When Love Breaks Down" has been covered by The Zombies,[11] Lisa Stansfield,[12] and Snow Patrol.[13] In 2008, the covers album Independents Day 08 included a version of "Bonny" performed by McAloon's label-mate Tom Smith of Editors.[14]

McAloon released the spoken word/instrumental album I Trawl The Megahertz (UK #167), under his own name, in 2003 on the EMI subsidiary company Liberty Records.[15] After losing his eyesight, now somewhat restored, he listened to CB radio and call-in talk shows and found inspiration for the album.[2] In a 2013 interview, McAloon stated:

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.[16]

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.[17]

On 7 September 2009, Prefab Sprout released the album Let's Change the World with Music, based on a demo recording from 1992.[16]

A Prefab Sprout album entitled Crimson/Red was released by Icebreaker Records in October 2013.[18] McAloon is responsible for playing all of the instruments on the album.[16]

On 3 March 2017, McAloon, under the Prefab Sprout name, was shown singing a new song, America, on the Instagram and YouTube channels of Keith Armstrong, his manager and the former boss of Kitchenware Records. Seeming to be a protest song about the administration of President Trump, and released with no accompanying publicity the song was the subject of discussion and speculation[19][20][21][22]

Personal life[edit]

As of September 2013, McAloon resides in his native County Durham with his wife and three daughters – Georgia, Cecilia, and Grace.[23] He suffers from a detached retina and tinnitus.[16] He dedicated the album Crimson/Red to "my wife and daughters", "the women with whom I'm lucky enough to share my life".[24]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Happy Birthday". Retrieved 9 June 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Let's Change The World With Music worth the long wait". Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 433. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  4. ^ "Kylie Minogue Lyrics". Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  5. ^ "Cher Lyrics". Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  6. ^ "Wendy Matthews Discography". Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  7. ^ "Nightingales Lyrics". Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  8. ^ "Where My Heart Is". AllMusic. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  9. ^ "Momus Bibliotek CD". discogs. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  10. ^ "Frances Reffelle God Watches Over You". Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  11. ^ "When Love Breaks Down – The Zombies". YouTube. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  12. ^ "Lisa Stansfield When Love Breaks Down". Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  13. ^ "Friday Night Boys Paddy McAloon". Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  14. ^ "Independents Day 08". AllMusic. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  15. ^ "Albums by Paddy McAloon: Discography, songs, biography, and listening guide". Rate Your Music. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  16. ^ a b c d 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.
  17. ^ "Prefab Sprout Steve McQueen Review". BBC News. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  18. ^ Jamie McGarry (1 August 2013). "01/08/2013". Prefab Sprout – The Unofficial Homepage. Jamie McGarry. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
  19. ^ Paphides, Pete (6 March 2017). "Why Prefab Sprout's return with America is a whim and a wonder". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  20. ^ "Paddy McAloon of Prefab Sprout Posts New National Anthem for Trump-Troubled USA – Stereo Embers Magazine". Stereo Embers Magazine. 9 March 2017. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  21. ^ "Prefab-Sprout-Sänger Paddy McAloon: Pro-Einwanderungssong "America"". Rolling Stone (in German). 7 March 2017. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  22. ^ EK. "'Do what's right': Prefab Sprout debuts new pro-immigration song 'America'". slicing up eyeballs // 80s alternative music, college rock, indie. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  23. ^ "Paddy McAloon the Return of the Prefab Sprouts Elusive Genius". The Independent. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  24. ^ Liner notes Crimson/Red

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