Hello again Sprout fans, sorry for neglecting the site lately - it's been a busy month! Quite a backlog has built up since I was last on, so get yourself settled in and prepare for a long haul.
First, the Japanese release of LCTWWM had no bonus track at all
, thanks to everyone who emailed in to report that. Forum member blueroses5327
took things a stage further, writing to Sony's Japanese headquarters, who told us the bonus track 'project' was 'aborted.' Another dream down the pan!
However, there are a couple of releases to get excited about - first there is this
excellent looking release involving orchestral versions of classic pop songs, including 'Andromeda Heights.' You can even listen to samples on the link; though no word on a worldwide release yet. Thanks to forum member Porky
for spotting this.
Also, Mark Magrs
' book, set in County Durham, about a young lad who loves the Sprouts, is now out in paperback, apparently revised and updated! For more info see this forum thread
, or check it out on amazon here
Next up, Martin
(from the band) emailed in having noticed that Sondre Lerche's track 'I Cannot Let You Go' is crammed full of Sprout references. You should be able to listen to it here
, on the 'featured tracks' player. He also reported that a key line from legendary unheard Sprout song 'Snowy Rents a Dog' is: 'The loveless lonely sometimes jog, but poor old snowy, rents a dog.' I felt like I should pass that on.
And now, news of a live Sprout appearance! (Almost.) Thomas Dolby 'twittered' a report that Martin and Wendy would be 'guest stars' at his gig in London on February 28th, which has since been confirmed. Before you all rush to book tickets, I should mention they will only be playing/singing on one song, the charmingly named 'I Scare Myself.' Some sort of streaming will allegedly be available on the net, but we'll keep you informed.James Fogle
has recorded two brilliant versions of the Sprout song 'Dublin,' which you can hear on his myspace here
, or download here
. Oh, and John Green
sent in guitar tabs for the acoustic version of 'Appetite
' and 'Music is a Princess
,' which you can see by clicking the titles. I think that's enough Sprout stuff for now - but I have seven new(ish) interviews to upload here soon, so do remember to check back.