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Title: The Prefab Sprout YouTube Experience
Description: Kung Fu, Suicide and Nature Trails

Jim_Williams - June 25, 2008 07:58 PM (GMT)
"Kung Fu Beyond The Grave Prefab Sprout A Life of Surprises" - you have to see this:

And I have a feeling Paddy would love this one:

life's a miracle - June 26, 2008 03:03 AM (GMT)
Kung Fu was extremely serious stuff back then and to see it now, well, it is kind of laughable ?. No, maybe more amusing . The person who ingeniously attached this to a serious song is exceptional.
I just have one question ? The fanged tooth guy at the end of the video. I keep playing the part where he is talking and I'm trying to read his lips. I think the last word is "surprises" but I can't make out the other words. Any ideas? Not that it really matters. Two excellent presentations.

loaffish - June 26, 2008 07:39 PM (GMT)
Great stuff,!

Jim_Williams - June 28, 2008 03:01 PM (GMT)
More examples of the strange phenomenon of clips on YouTube being accompanied by PS:

A warning: depending on your point of view, the following clip is either grotesquely and morbidly prurient or a jarring, but audacious and life-affirming coupling of Life's a Miracle and a still photograph of a violent suicide... No, really:

Apparently, there's also a deeply annoying 7 second 'Bonny' ringtone:

"I can completely use my ears" says our next contender. Funny, 'cause 'incomplete' and 'inept' were the words that came to my mind:

life's a miracle - June 29, 2008 06:55 PM (GMT)
life-affirming coupling of Life's a Miracle

Hurray ! 'Life's a Miracle' made it on youtube. It is a great song, words and music.

Show someone you love them don't be scared

And if they fall into your arms you'll be surprised to find

The weight that you can bear.

These lines have made it in the 'best of Life" Quotes along with Einstein, Twain, Franklin,
Leo buscaglia , Lennon and others. Not shabby company at all for a guy who has a degree in English Literature. As one critic said of Paddy. He's "a Shakespeare in a world of cheap novels"---Thanks , Paddy for this song (words and music).

Jesse James - June 29, 2008 07:07 PM (GMT)
These lines have made it in the 'best of Life" Quotes along with Einstein, Twain, Franklin,
Leo buscaglia , Lennon and others.

What's that, a book? Do you have a link at all?

timonofathens - June 29, 2008 08:01 PM (GMT)
please tell us.
out with it!

Ryan - June 29, 2008 08:06 PM (GMT)
Yeah, I saw the Bonny ringtone a while back...just to think that someone would buy it gives me the chills.

life's a miracle - July 1, 2008 12:26 PM (GMT)
What's that, a book? Do you have a link at all?

This came to me second handed as an e-mail from someone who knows that I broadcast this song as exceptional. Honestly, there maybe some factual errors
but I do know Paddy's lyric in my post is linked to a writer by the name of. Steve
Talbott. What book of his it is in ? I have no clue but it would be intresting to try and
find out what book and if he is a Paddy McAloon fan. It may be a line that just struck his fancy, I don't know. I'm going to try and e-mail him and get more info.

Jesse James - July 1, 2008 09:53 PM (GMT)
Is it connected to this in anyway?

I typed Steve Talbott and Prefab Sprout into Google, and came across it. No real idea what it is though.

life's a miracle - July 1, 2008 10:33 PM (GMT)
Is it connected to this in anyway?

Could be. I briefly scanned his homepage

and the subject matter of his working knowledge could easily be a connection to Paddy's valuable insights in his own way. Still would be interesting if he is a Prefab Sprout fan. Maybe, at lest in the lyrics.

Jim_Williams - July 1, 2008 11:54 PM (GMT)
It's just a list of quotes favoured by a computer programmer from Italy called Nicola Larosa (male).

user posted image

He even includes one of his own: "An unsigned 32-bit integer is enough to count all the seconds in your life. (Even a *signed* one, if you're not lucky.)" Thanks for that, Nicola. At yet another site, he quotes McAloon again:

Jesse James - July 2, 2008 12:03 AM (GMT)
"An unsigned 32-bit integer is enough to count all the seconds in your life. (Even a *signed* one, if you're not lucky.)" Thanks for that, Nicola.

But so true.

Hey, look at this:

My nickname, tekNico, is a play on words, based on my first name (hence the capital "N"), my technical inclinations, and my being a blockhead (Tek is a very hard wood).

I know, they say jokes should not be explained, but it seems that only a few people get this one.

Ha, ha. Endearing stuff. B)

Jim_Williams - July 2, 2008 12:06 AM (GMT)
Lol - priceless. Gawd bless 'im.

Jim_Williams - July 5, 2008 05:25 PM (GMT)
The reasons for combining these images for a DIY video montage accompanying Goodbye Lucille #1 remain something of a mystery, though I expect that the passing of youth, as symbolised by the summer of love, have something to do with it:

Meanwhile, a chap called Robert at YouTube has posted 3 clips from Brokeback Mountain accompanied by Sprout tunes. The first, When Love Breaks Down, I've posted before. Second up is If You Don't Love Me. Unsurprisingly, the most effective - and affecting - choice is Cowboy Dreams:

Jim_Williams - July 6, 2008 11:51 AM (GMT)
A little overly descriptive and literal at times (e.g. a shot of an apple pie), but as Moondog-inspired montages go it's better than I could do:

The same person has given One of the Broken, Michael and Mercy the same treatment. Well, it's basically just the lyrics. Fairly pointless, if satisfying for the creator:

When was the last time you saw someone drumming along to Sprout? What, never?

Brilliant animated work in progress (Looking for Atlantis). McAloon should check this out, should he be interested in visual interpretations of his work:

Hmm, what to say about this one. I just wonder what Martin would think of his bass booming around some huge auditorium as a bunch of majorettes strut their stuff to the strains of Horsin' Around. Check out those moves at 2:00, for the bass driven mid-section. Go, girls!:

Right, I've had enough.

Jim_Williams - October 26, 2008 09:39 AM (GMT)
A cover of Cars and Girls. One man and his ukelele:

Oh dear:

It's a shame about the sound quality, but this cover of Dragons, by a young bedroom troubadour from the States, shows promise:

Prefab Sprout/Future Sound Of London - If You Don't Love Me (Deep Field Mix):

One man and his ukulele, Cars and Girls Redux. I can't play the ukulele, but I could use one to scrape a barrel with:

rock smith - April 16, 2009 11:57 AM (GMT)
Moving The River
sung in Sproutlish..
a photo montage of the town of Bearpark that i think is great.The line 'hard as nails Geordies' mixed with images of smiling schoolkids really got me.beautiful :)

Rae - April 16, 2009 01:43 PM (GMT)
Rock, those Bearpark pictures are incredible. Very beautiful, melancholy, evocative ... great find.

qmbcole - April 16, 2009 02:05 PM (GMT)
That was awesome Rock. Hats off to the creator of those!!
Bearpark made me feel like I had actually been there.

Kev Tinsley - April 16, 2009 04:35 PM (GMT)
Fantastic Rock - wonder if Paddy or Martin has seen it?

Jim_Williams - April 16, 2009 07:29 PM (GMT)
The Bearpark montage is touching. Nice work.

tetty - April 16, 2009 09:52 PM (GMT)
I created the Bearpark montage and only hope that Prefab Sprout don't mind me using thier music. But I've been a Bearparker all my life, 39 years, so obviously I'm hard as nails. They won't say

Seriously though, someone pointed out this song to me a few years ago because I run a website about Bearpark. Didn't like it much at first, but it's grown on me. The song was obviously written by someone who knew Bearpark, it was flattering in a way, that someone not even from the village should have such strong feelings about the place. But Bearpark is a very typcal pit village, so maybe the song reminds the writter of home in general. After all it's easier to fit Bearpark into a song than Langley Park or Witton Gilbert.

Kev Tinsley - April 17, 2009 10:15 AM (GMT)
Well done mate. Fine piece of work. I should think they'd be honoured rather than otherwise in the way you've used it.

Rae - April 17, 2009 11:59 AM (GMT)
Really good, Tetty! Hey, what's the word in and around Bearpark regarding the upcoming new release? ;)

rock smith - May 3, 2009 08:16 PM (GMT)
Sondre Lerche Plays LIMOGES Live.. I was expecting this to be good,but am left a bit non-plused really.Maybe it's the bad sound quality..

Jim_Williams - May 3, 2009 09:06 PM (GMT)
A relief. I was expecting a mess, but no, I think it's a really great version. Yes, the sound's shocking, but I love Lerche's phrasing and stop-start strumming. It'd be great to find a better quality recording of it. In the meantime, let's enjoy the utterly fab Two Way Monologue:

Jim_Williams - May 8, 2009 06:22 PM (GMT)
An image for a CD single never released?

And I imagine younger viewers have never seen the vinyl version (12", mind) of...
['removed due to terms of use violation', apparently]

'Cars and Girls', with an emphasis on the girls:

life's a miracle - May 9, 2009 12:37 PM (GMT)
Niiiiice ! flurry of covers and new PS videos and songs posted on youtube.
Got to visit this thread more often. :)

Tezz - May 9, 2009 11:13 PM (GMT)
Hope i am not off topic with this here, but stumbled across this one during my regular trawl through Youtube.Thought it worthy enough to add to the ever growing collection though i must add its not by Prefab Sprout but dedicated to them in some strange way,lol.

Jim_Williams - May 9, 2009 11:45 PM (GMT)
No, it's definitely 'on topic', Tezz. I think most of us know the track, but I hadn't seen the YouTube link before. Thanks.

In the meantime, here's four more wannabes:

And here's a cover of Moving the River by an unnamed Japanese singer:

Finally (for now), a clip from the movie Control, accompanied by Tom 'Editors' Smith's version of Bonny:

Jim_Williams - May 10, 2009 09:10 AM (GMT)

Jim_Williams - May 16, 2009 10:57 AM (GMT)
Another well-meaning, underwhelming cover version, this time of We Let The Stars Go:

And, oh dear.. I mean, what was he thinking? That he can sing and that the world should know it? The stupefying, X Factorisation of song continues:

Atomino - May 23, 2009 03:50 PM (GMT)
Hi, I am new to this forum and delighted that there's someone out there in the Internet universe who's holding up the Sprout-flag. Congratulations to your side, 'Jim'!!!
Well, I am one of those you uses to call "Wannabe's". Hmmm.... I just wanted to let you know that neither me or surely some og the other "youtubers" have the intention to be somebody else or something their not :)
Good old Paddy is Paddy and me is just me. Me is also a Sprout fan who simply just likes their music and had put in a cover version with the deepest respect for Paddy, although my effort is sure sooooo far from being perfect, a fact I know :)
Keep it goin' Jim. Cheers to Paddy and all of you, Greetings from Iceland.

timonofathens - May 23, 2009 03:52 PM (GMT)
hello there in Iceland!
welcome aboard.

Jim_Williams - May 24, 2009 09:53 AM (GMT)
QUOTE (Atomino @ May 23 2009, 03:50 PM)
Well, I am one of those you uses to call "Wannabes".

No offence intended, Atomino. Welcome.

Kev Tinsley - May 26, 2009 02:24 PM (GMT)
Respectful greetings to the country that gave us Sigur Ros

Jim_Williams - June 18, 2009 03:48 PM (GMT)
With this cover of Cowboy Dreams, I can't help thinking of Harry Enfield with an over-pronouncing German accent:

And here's a pretty impressive photo and slo-mo film montage of Sprout, to the strains of Nightingales:

rock smith - June 25, 2009 06:20 PM (GMT)
King Of R 'n R...

National Diploma students at New College Durham play Prefab Sprout's "The King of Rock and Roll" at the Gala Theatre ..I wonder if Paddy was in the audience?

Jim_Williams - June 25, 2009 07:58 PM (GMT)
Nice work. I wish the drama students had been doing Sprout covers when I was at college. ;)

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