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Title: 01/03/08 - Give Paddy His Freedom

Jamie - March 1, 2008 01:13 PM (GMT)
Two things today. Firstly, I am on 'school placement' for the rest of this month, sent away to live in Saltburn-by-the-Sea, with no internet access. So don't expect much in the way of updates!

Also, I have been contacted by a man campaigning to get Paddy 'Honorary Freedom of the City of Durham.' You can find out about this, and how you can help, right here.

Jamie - March 1, 2008 01:15 PM (GMT)
A direct link to the article about this in the Durham Times, especially for you forum nerds:

Give Freedom To Citys King Of Rock N Roll (from Durham Times)


Jamie - March 3, 2008 08:05 PM (GMT)
You can also email the guy, on:

sprouter - March 3, 2008 10:38 PM (GMT)
Can't we add our names to an online petition rather than emailing this councillor?

I've asked our Lib Dem MP to support this, he is a massive Prefab Sporut fan too.

life's a miracle - March 9, 2008 01:31 AM (GMT)
Dear Sprouter,

Sounds like a good Idea but how about getting this massive prefab Sprout
fan in here and do some talking. In the mean time let's all get our local phone books and start to list the names from A to Z online. Paddy is sure to win.
yours truly,
P. S. I'm sure your sincere but it won't work. I like the e-mail route better.

rock smith - March 10, 2008 12:00 AM (GMT)
hey life,how about a postcard or something from you to co.Reynolds?i don't know why but the lines:
"I know the mayor of this hysterical town,
Worked himself up from the dirt on the ground.
Now everyone asks him questions and so on.
People consider they've a right to be told,
He just can't imagine what it is he should know.
People naturally wonder what its all leading to..." keep coming into my head...paddy's
'Honorary Freedom of the City of Durham.' i hope :D

richard - March 10, 2008 11:57 AM (GMT)
Please could you tell me which Lib Dem MP you are referring to?
S/he could be a very useful ally in all this.
Many thanks.
Please contact me at
Best wishes,

why ice - April 2, 2008 02:11 AM (GMT)
I was pleased to find some high praise of our man Paddy in a sort of interview with Torquil Campbell of the group Stars. It appeared in the US satirical publication the Onion. In a feature called "Random Rules" they let the interviewee discuss some songs that turn up randomly on his or her Ipod. Here's what Torquil had to say when one of the songs that turned up on his Ipod was an old Prefab B side (a concept that may not be comprehensible to those among you below a certain age!). The reference below to Paddy's alcoholism was news to me, and I certainly hope untrue..

"Prefab Sprout, "Walk On"

TC: This is a B-side from, I think, 1982 or '83—it was made about the same time they put Swoon out. He's my single favorite songwriter ever, and he's a huge, huge, huge hero of mine, and one of the four or five bands that I seriously couldn't live without. I have listened to them since I was like 12 or 13 years old, and stuck with them even through the period of time when everyone else hated what they were doing. I'm just so completely devoted to Paddy McAloon and think he's so brilliant. If we lived in a different era, he would be George Gershwin and everybody would give him Grammys and he'd live in a penthouse in New York. Instead, he's an alcoholic who lives in Newcastle and nobody listens to his records.

He apparently has 20 albums or something written, and about seven recorded that he's never put out, including a musical about Michael Jackson's life that's supposed to be absolutely fucking incredible. And he's not allowed to put it out, because the wacko will sue him if he does. [Laughs.] He put out a record a couple years ago called I Trawl The Megahertz—it's the first record he put out under his own name, and it was mostly instrumental string music. But it also had this 25-minute spoken-word piece that's just one of the most beautiful things I've ever heard in my life. Anybody who cares about what's happening in music today should hear this record, because it's unlike anything else out there. Stars was called Stars because that's Paddy McAloon's favorite word—the whole idea of stars being a great metaphor for life and for art, because it means "movie stars," and it also means the deepest, most profound aspect of our universe, and that's sort of what pop music should be, this mixture of totally idiotic and completely profound."

rock smith - April 3, 2008 12:00 PM (GMT)
thanks why ice,nice post. :rolleyes:

Jim_Williams - May 13, 2008 05:40 PM (GMT)
Any news on this 'keys to the city' lark?

Rivermoving - August 16, 2009 06:59 AM (GMT)
Found this while googling:

Does anyone know if Paddy did receive this honour from Durham?

Langley Parkas - August 16, 2009 08:43 AM (GMT)
QUOTE (Rivermoving @ Aug 16 2009, 06:59 AM)
Found this while googling:

Does anyone know if Paddy did receive this honour from Durham?

Don't think so. Guess we would have heard about it, and Durham Times - who wrote about the campaign - don't seem to have written about any result.

Searching their site I did find some other articles with interesting headlines:

"A moving end to the prefab era "

"Time capsule records prefab memories "



None of them seem to be about PS or LCTWWM though..

Stewart - August 16, 2009 10:06 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (Rivermoving @ Aug 16 2009, 06:59 AM)
Found this while googling:

Does anyone know if Paddy did receive this honour from Durham?

The thing that amuses me about that story is that the photograph - of Paddy and his daughter - was initially published in the paper with no-one having any idea who Paddy was. It formed part of a spread of pictures that were taken at last year's Lanchester Festival, and it wasn't until after publication (when readers of the paper wrote in to ask why the newspaper hadn't attempted an interview) that the photographer and reporter realised they'd been speaking to a reclusive pop star...

Jim_Williams - August 30, 2009 09:37 PM (GMT)
What became of this campaign? Anyone know?

James L - August 30, 2009 09:59 PM (GMT)
Does anyone else agree that Torquil Campbell sounds like a bit of an arsehole?

Aviva - August 30, 2009 10:04 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (James L @ Aug 30 2009, 09:59 PM)
Does anyone else agree that Torquil Campbell sounds like a bit of an arsehole?

Firstly, he needs a good slap just for being called 'Torquil'.

Secondly he needs a good slap for claiming Paddy's an alcoholic. That's surely slanderous.

Jamie - August 30, 2009 10:06 PM (GMT)
Oh god, who's dredged this thread up? I actually failed the placement I mention in post one, causing me to give up Teaching and take English Literature instead. But, it's a lot more fun, so all's well that ends well.

Torquil is a silly name, but 'The Night Starts Here' is quite a good track.

Jim_Williams - August 31, 2009 08:09 AM (GMT)
Is that a 'no', then?

Jamie - August 31, 2009 12:25 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (Jim_Williams @ Aug 31 2009, 08:09 AM)
Is that a 'no', then?

I never heard anything else.

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