Prefab Sprout - Crimson/Red

Most of those trawling 80's Brit pop history have a special place in their hearts for Prefab Sprout. As one of the most inventive, clever, literate and downright melodic bands of the U.K., the Sprouts, led by the brilliant songwriter Paddy McAloon, were a critic's delight that found success -- selling millions of albums overseas -- but without a slew of chart-topping hits or a breakthrough in the U.S. where punk, hair-band rock and brittle new wave dance beats ruled the day. The reclusive and wonderfully hirsute McAloon now returns as Prefab Sprout on the one-man-show Crimson/Red (October 7, U.K.) just to remind us just what we've missed. Dusting off ten unreleased songs written over the past few decades, McAloon gives us the lush, serpentine pop melodies, odd time signatures and eccentric instrumentation that have given his work a timeless, if off-kilter, feel. Crimson/Black sounds equally fresh and nostalgic, a remarkable throwback to a time when a perfectly formed pop song could still make you think and swoon. Click through below for "The Songs of Danny Galway" and a fan-created video for "The Best Jewel Thief In the World"...

Prefab Sprout - "Devil Came A Calling" (from Crimson/Black)

Prefab Sprout - "The Songs of Danny Galway" (from Crimson/Black)

Check out Paul Lester's interview with Paddy McAloon at The Guardian here...