Prefab Sprout: 1988 lost interview with Paddy McAloon

Words and curation by Nick Rivers, artwork by Mick Clarke, as ever!

I was a Prefab Sprout fan from the first moment I heard “When Love Breaks Down” on MTV. It was their music, not the lyrics, that drew me in. Paddy McAloon’s non-traditional arrangements and musical progressions were the catalyst for me. From there however, years & years of nuanced discoveries in the music — the production, lyrics and presentation — followed. Prefab Sprout are like that film or book that gets better every time you re-watch it or re-read it. The songs have a…