Prefab Sprout are an English pop band from Witton Gilbert, County Durham who rose to fame during the 1980s. Formed in 1978 by brothers Paddy and Martin McAloon and joined by vocalist, guitarist and keyboard player Wendy Smith in 1982, they released their debut album Swoon to critical acclaim in 1984. Their subsequent albums, including 1985's Steve McQueen and 1990's Jordan: The Comeback, have been described by Paul Lester of The Guardian as "some of the most beautiful and intelligent records of their era". Frontman Paddy McAloon is regarded as one of the great songwriters of his time and the band have been credited with producing some of the "most beloved" pop music of the 1980s and 1990s.

Nine of their albums reached the Top 40 in the UK Albums Chart and one of their singles, "The King of Rock 'n' Roll", peaked at number seven in the UK Singles Chart. The band's other popular songs include "When Love Breaks Down" and "Cars and Girls". In recent years, Paddy McAloon has retained the Prefab Sprout name as a solo project.

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1984SwoonPrefab Sprout48
1985Steve McQueenPrefab Sprout10
1988From Langley Park to MemphisPrefab Sprout47
1989Protest SongsPrefab Sprout5
1990Jordan: The ComebackPrefab Sprout56
1997Andromeda HeightsPrefab Sprout34
2001The Gunman and Other StoriesPrefab Sprout2
2009Let’s Change the World With MusicPrefab Sprout5
2013Crimson/RedPrefab Sprout4
2019I Trawl the MegahertzPrefab Sprout2

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1988The 12″ TapesPrefab Sprout1
1992The Best of Prefab Sprout: A Life of SurprisesPrefab Sprout4
199938 Carat CollectionPrefab Sprout3
2007Kings of Rock & Roll: The Best of Prefab SproutPrefab Sprout1


1982Lions in My Own Garden: Exit Someone / Radio LovePrefab Sprout2
1983The Devil Has All the Best Tunes / Walk OnPrefab Sprout1
1984Don’t SingPrefab Sprout2
1984Couldn’t Bear to Be SpecialPrefab Sprout2
1984When Love Breaks DownPrefab Sprout4
1985AppetitePrefab Sprout1
1985Faron Young (edit)Prefab Sprout1
1986Johnny JohnnyPrefab Sprout2
1988Cars and GirlsPrefab Sprout1
1988The King of Rock ’n’ RollPrefab Sprout4
1988NightingalesPrefab Sprout3
1988Hey Manhattan!Prefab Sprout1
1988The Golden CalfPrefab Sprout1
1990We Let the Stars GoPrefab Sprout2
1990Looking for AtlantisPrefab Sprout1
1991Carnival 2000Prefab Sprout1
1992If You Don’t Love MePrefab Sprout5
1992All the World Loves LoversPrefab Sprout1
1992Life of SurprisesPrefab Sprout3
1992The Sound of CryingPrefab Sprout2
1993I Remember ThatPrefab Sprout1
1997Electric GuitarsPrefab Sprout2
1997A Prisoner of the PastPrefab Sprout2
2000Cowboy DreamsPrefab Sprout1
2000Where the Heart IsPrefab Sprout1
2001Wild Card in the PackPrefab Sprout1
2013The Best Jewel Thief in the WorldPrefab Sprout1


1988Nightingales: The Early Years E.P.Prefab Sprout1
1990Jordan: The EPPrefab Sprout1

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