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I Trawl The MEGAHERTZ

Paddy McAloon

27th May 2003 (Paddy McAloon), February 2019 (re-release as Prefab Sprout)

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Prefab Sprout were a pretty popular band in the 80s that, to be honest, I didn’t really like that much. But 20 years later I heard about singer Paddy McAloon’s solo record and it’s a fascinating story, which resulted in an amazing album. In 2019, this album was re-released under the Prefab Sprout banner.

I Trawl The Megahertz is the second in a pair of “spoken word” records.

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The Gift

The Velvet Underground

30th January 1968

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The first of two “spoken word” songs, this is the tale of Waldo Jeffers, who misses his girlfriend Marsha after she returns home when school ends. He decides to post himself in a box to see her.

It doesn’t end well for Waldo. “That schmuck.”

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7 O’Clock News/Silent Night

Simon and Garfunkel

10th October 1966

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This version of the early-19th Century Christmas carol is mixed with a simulated news bulletin based on events of 3rd August 1966.

No mention, sadly, of England’s World Cup win only five days previous.

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