| ||Attn: Todd Hutlock
First, congrats on your marriage!
Second, I am a die-hard female Prefab Sprout fan, have been for almost 20 years. I'm 39 now, and discovered them soon after graduating from hs. I hung out with some pretty cool older people who turned me on to a bunch of great music back then. I never noticed that other women don't care for Prefab Sprout, but I never met too many women or people in general who have good musical taste! Just wanted to let you know I exist - hope it brings some relief! - Regards, Colleen Kaley |
| ||Post Script: The wife and I have now separated and will be divorced in December 2004. Guess she didn't really like that album after all... |
| ||Todd Hutlock -- Bummer about the marriage. Sorry to hear that. Did want to say I sincerely enjoyed your article on Prefab Sprout. As a freshman at UT Austin in the spring of 1985, suffering my first real failures and therefore my parents' first huge disappointments in me, I clung to those lyrics... the magic I perform, pulling rabbits out of hats... thinking truly that if I screwed up too much, flunked out, lost that National Merit Scholar kind of glow they probably wouldn't love me anymore. I was partially right. Flunked out, had to go home for a semester, tuned out the parents' fighting with, among other things, Prefab Sprout on the WalkMan, and got my shit together enough to return to school. Now I teach 7th grade and believe it or not, those same lyrics are quite relevant and appealing to my modern overachieving 12 year olds. I used them just recently in a discussion of a journal topic and my students were all, "Yeah, that's exactly how I feel..." They understand quite well the concept of being the prodigal. Odd that you don't know any females who loved Prefab Sprout back in the day, or now. Or maybe I was/am just an odd girl. Whatever. I've been called worse.|
| ||You're probably right about the concept album angle but I never realised it -- although I've listened to the CD many times. Just started listening to Prefab Sprout again and wonder what ever happened to Wendy Smith. Her mysterious voice is without a doubt one of the reasons I like the CDs so much.
By the way, are you a fan of Todd Rundgren? Todd: one of the few American names that hasn't caught on here in Europe.|
| ||I've had a similar problem being that none of my boyfriends ever liked Prefab Sprout including my husband. I think they felt threated by Paddy McAloon somehow. Anyway, hi from another female fan since 1988.