Hello Sprout fans! Apologies for the enormous gap in news - almost a year - in all honesty, nothing has happened in the world of Sprouts during my absence, and somewhat overwhelmed with running my new business (well, it was new when I last posted) I've not had time to seek some out, or come up with something to keep you entertained. But I believe the forum is still going strong, and John Birch's work on his new, ultimate Sprout book continues apace - check out his newsletters here (and do visit the rest of that site for news of an interesting project currently ongoing). Luring me out of the wilderness ('some call me a recluse', ect) is news of a newly-released cover of 'We Let the Stars Go', by a singer-songwriter from the US called Robbie Dupree. It can be found on his EP 'Arc of a Romance' and downloaded for just under 70p on Amazon.co.uk. Thanks to Costa Pavlis for sending that over. And remember people, I'm still here in the world, and so (by all accounts) are Paddy & co. - if you do hear any news, you can reach me on email@example.com as ever.
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Anyone in the mood for some speculation? This tweet hit the internet last night:
Last month, we heard the first mutterings about a 2011 album of new material - no hard evidence has come to light since, but current rumours suggest Paddy was sent into the studio to record Zero Attention Span (an album previously described as 'unflattering snapshots of today') but surprised everyone by deciding to record 'something else'.
That much comes from reliable sources... less reliable sources ('a friend of a friend at the record label') have the 'something else' titled Trapdoor Melancholy, and appearing in October. If any more details come to light, this is where you'll hear them - unless you've found them out by yourself, in which case please let me know. In other news, Olaf Grossigk was kind enough to alert me to this video of Louis Philippe covering 'We Let The Stars Go' at a recent concert - well worth a look. Also, after five years of the 'Tin Can Pot' lyrics page reading 'I have no idea, please help', someone named Aron O'Gorman has had a go. I love his attitude, but there are still a few lines I am sceptical about... 'their markings are sucked soon with someone's red banana' is one. So if you can do any better, let me know - don't leave it another half-decade!
I've got a bit more 'new album' gossip for you today, sent in by Nephtalí Celis. Paul Smith (from Maximo Park) tweeted about a dream he had, in which he came across 'a double-CD of unreleased Prefab Sprout/Go-Betweens songs', to which the Sprout's own Wendy replied asking: 'was it called Trapdoor Melancholy?' That's twice the title has been mentioned now, it looks to be a likely contender at least! Though she could be teasing us, of course. Regular contributor bisonrav noted a few previously unavailable Sprout articles from decades past had appeared on the 'Hot Press' website - you can see one here, do let me know if you find anything else of interest.
Tom McAndrew wrote in with a new contribution to the ongoing saga of the 'Swoon' cover art. His email subject line was: 'It's Rudolf Nureyev', which caught my attention straight away - he continues:
The design is by East Orange, a Newcastle graphics company then, essentially Matthew Hobson (now poet Matthew Caley) and Pavllou Landraagon. On a visit to Newcastle, he mentioned he used a Nureyev picture he liked which he thought conveyed the feeling of "swoon".
Oh, and finally - this site is now more than five years old! Who'dve thought we'd make it so far? Here's to the next five; another two Sprout releases with new material will do me nicely.