Sunday, 24 January 2010

"The best thing I'd heard for ages..."

Thomas Dolby on Prefab Sprout

"I first encountered them in about 1983. I was a guest singles reviewer on BBC Radio One in London, a station that at the time had a total stranglehold on the volatile British pop charts. Most of the singles were absolutely dreadful, and of course the slimy DJ was calling them "Fab!" and "Ace!" In the midst of all the dross, one song came on that truly shone. " Dawn breaks in the Southern states" , wailed this soulful Geordie voice over frantic acoustic guitars and harmonica. "...the burden of love is so strange.""

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