Patrick Joseph McAloon (born 7 June 1957)[1] is an English singer-songwriter and a founder of the band Prefab Sprout.

Paddy McAloon
Birth namePatrick Joseph McAloon
Born (1957-06-07) 7 June 1957 (age 62)
Newcastle, England
GenresPop, new wave
InstrumentsVocals, various instruments

Early lifeEdit

McAloon was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.[2] He trained as a Catholic priest before deciding to commit to a career in music.[3]


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.[4]

Songs written by McAloon have also been recorded by Kylie Minogue ("If You Don't Love Me"),[5] Cher ("The Gunman"),[6] Wendy Matthews ("God Watch Over You" and "Ride"),[7] 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),[8] Danny Seward ("Home (Where The Heart Is)"),[9] Momus ("Green Isaac Pt. 2"),[10] and various songs for Jimmy Nail. "God Watch Over You" has also been covered by Frances Ruffelle,[11] and "When Love Breaks Down" has been covered by The Zombies,[12] Lisa Stansfield,[13] and Snow Patrol.[14] In 2008, the covers album Independents Day 08 included a version of "Bonny" performed by McAloon's label-mate Tom Smith of Editors.[15]

McAloon released the spoken word/instrumental album I Trawl the Megahertz (UK No. 167), under his own name, in 2003 on the EMI subsidiary company Liberty Records.[16] After losing his eyesight, now somewhat restored, he listened to CB radio and call-in talk shows and found inspiration for the album.[3] 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.[17]

A remastered ‘I Trawl The Megahertz’ was reissued by Sony in February 2019, credited to Prefab Sprout.

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.[18]

On 7 September 2009, Prefab Sprout released the album Let's Change the World with Music, based on a demo recording from 1992.[17]

A Prefab Sprout album entitled Crimson/Red was released by Icebreaker Records in October 2013.[19] McAloon is responsible for playing all of the instruments on the album.[17]

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.[20][21][22][23]

Personal lifeEdit

As of September 2013, McAloon resides in his native County Durham with his wife and three daughters: Georgia, Cecilia and Grace.[24] He suffers from a detached retina and tinnitus.[17] He dedicated the album Crimson/Red to "my wife and daughters", "the women with whom I'm lucky enough to share my life".[25]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Happy Birthday". Retrieved 9 June 2018.
  2. ^ Sutton, Michael. "Paddy McAloon". Retrieved 25 May 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Let's Change The World With Music worth the long wait". Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  4. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 433. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  5. ^ "Kylie Minogue Lyrics". Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  6. ^ "Cher Lyrics". Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  7. ^ "Wendy Matthews Discography". Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  8. ^ "Nightingales Lyrics". Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  9. ^ "Where My Heart Is". AllMusic. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  10. ^ "Momus Bibliotek CD". discogs. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  11. ^ "Frances Reffelle God Watches Over You". Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  12. ^ "When Love Breaks Down – The Zombies". YouTube. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  13. ^ "Lisa Stansfield When Love Breaks Down". Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  14. ^ "Friday Night Boys Paddy McAloon". Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  15. ^ "Independents Day 08". AllMusic. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  16. ^ "Albums by Paddy McAloon: Discography, songs, biography, and listening guide". Rate Your Music. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  17. ^ 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.
  18. ^ "Prefab Sprout Steve McQueen Review". BBC News. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  19. ^ Jamie McGarry (1 August 2013). "01/08/2013". Prefab Sprout – The Unofficial Homepage. Jamie McGarry. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
  20. ^ 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.
  21. ^ "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.
  22. ^ "Prefab-Sprout-Sänger Paddy McAloon: Pro-Einwanderungssong "America"". Rolling Stone (in German). 7 March 2017. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  23. ^ 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.
  24. ^ "Paddy McAloon the Return of the Prefab Sprouts Elusive Genius". The Independent. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  25. ^ Liner notes Crimson/Red

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