This section has links to all the Prefab Sprout video footage I was able to track down. If you have any more out there, maybe on a dusty old video in your attic, please get in touch and we'll sort something out. In the meantime, enjoy this collection - all of which have been hosted on YouTube for your viewing convenience. Not all will be available in all countries, you can thank Sony BME and their lawyers for that.
The Sprouts' first video was thought 'missing in action' for a long time, but has now (thankfully) returned.
This charming (but grainy) footage was on the old official site, apparently from the 'Protest Songs' sessions.
'Yeah, I'm into Sprouts,' says one cheerful fan. This video comes to you live from 'Acapulco Rolfs' (allegedly.)
A great, atmospheric video with Paddy driving in the rain, and a continuation of the 'If You Don't Love Me' vid.
A fairly decent video, if a bit peculiar at times. Since it's the millenium, Paddy pops on a bow tie - nice!
a.k.a Goodbye Lucille #1. This is one of the good ones, especially if you like close-ups of the band's faces!
This eerie, black-and-white style was all the rage in 1997, but it goes well with the song. I suppose!
My personal favourite video, despite the quirky 'silent film' sections...and the traditional half-naked man.
This is a classy, well-made video, which goes very well with the song, and features all the band.
After fifteen years practice, the Sprouts finally rustle up a sensible video. Comes with a nifty 'b-roll.'
The Sprouts debut their bright, flashy new look - it's a rather cheesy effort, but fairly straightforward.
The most infamous moment in Sprout history - featuring a half-naked man, a frog waiter, and dancing hot dogs.
The Sprouts' second (and final) 'Top Of The Pops' appearance, and they really do give it some!
The Gunman Interview 2001
A somewhat one-sided interview with Paddy and Martin, on a video set.
A very interesting interview covering most of the 80's material, with what I believe are Japanese subtitles.
A rare interview with the whole band, conducted by Philip Schofield, and fans phoning in with questions.
Fleadh Festival 2000
Three brilliant songs from the Sprout's set at Fleadh:
This classic Sprout moment sees Paddy in a duet with Jimmy Webb. This is also available on MP3 here.
The whole performance from 'Top of The Pops' in 1985. Very soulful, and very much in the spirit of the video.
Cruel, live on 'The Tube' in 1984. It's great, even with the slightly bizarre transition from a previous track...
A performance from 'The Old Grey Whistle Test' in 1985. Watch it quick, before the BBC find out it's here!
Bob Monkhouse, allegedly a big fan, introduces them on the National Lottery show in 1997.
What can I say - an entire Prefab Sprout concert, capturing them at the height of their powers, right here:
This cheerful video involves a lot of running about in white suits, and has a special cameo by Thomas Dolby.
This video is very much of the time - the time being the 80's - but it's clear a lot of effort has gone in.
A bit of a 'modern art' vibe here, but the floating, handwritten lyrics are a nice touch.
A reasonable video, with some clever use of grainy old footage - and some random objects being blown up.
Channel 4 1988
A bitesize interview with Paddy, in '80's executive' mode.
A great clip of Paddy on Japanese TV, talking about the '38 Carat Collection.'
A smart beard and a tight skirt are found at the Ibiza Music Festival in 1988. And it's at least partly live.
A spirited performance on the 'Wogan' show in 1990, with the band looking like a flock of angels.
The Sprouts close an episode of 'Motormouth.' I hope you like credits, because there's plenty!
Just Paddy and Wendy, on an as-yet-unidentified TV programme, with the rest of the band piped in.
As performed on 'Hold Tight,' a gameshow filmed at Alton Towers. I bet bands were fighting for a place!
Swedish TV 2003
A lengthy piece conducted for SVT2, to promote 'I Trawl The Megahertz.'
A very rockin' performance from the show 'Bliss,' in 1985. All the band are there, plus a few extras!
'Like a bolt out from the blue,' this excellent video was never released, and only surfaced recently.
A mostly straightforward video, with Paddy modelling some of the worst facial hair ever recorded to tape.
Paddy playing the classic hit in Newcastle city centre, interspersed with some live footage.
As performed on 'Going Live,' in January 1991. See below for the interview that followed.
Video File 1990
Paddy back in Ireland, talking about his music videos with possibly the world's most Irish man.
An interview between Paddy and Richard Jobson on the subject of 'Hey Manhattan!' Also includes the video.
The band perform their highest-reaching hit on the 'Wogan' show, when it was hosted by Sue Lawler.
Paddy talks about his various records, and a few video segments are played.
With not a single 'music box' in sight.
'MrDamo' posted this after finding it on a VHS in his attic, claiming it was from 'an arty late night show.'
He also found this one - together they must be some of the best live performances. They are from 1990.
This video gets progressively weirder. Look out for Wendy with her 'devil horns,' and a huge, glowing road.
An atmospheric, leafy effort, with a slightly different mix of the song than appears on the record.