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Prefab Sprout — Faron
Album: Two Wheels Good
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6.8

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Total ratings: 861









Released: 1985
Length: 3:37
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Antiques !
Every other sentiments an antique
As obsolete as warships in the baltic
I'm driving on a straight road it never alters
And the radio serenades but doesn't falter

You offer infrared instead of sun
You offer paper spoons and bubble gum

Late sky
Like an all night radio station
Without morning
Like stumbling on pearl harbour
Without warning

You offer infrared instead of sun
You offer bubble gum

You give me faron young four in the morning
You give me faron young four in the morning
Every mother's son's romantic
Every mother's son's frantic !

The sunset makes a fence out of the forest
But here I am with head inside the bonnet
I've lost just what it takes to be honest

You offer infrared instead of sun
You offer bubble gum

You give me faron young four in the morning
You give me faron young four in the morning
Forgive me faron young four in the morning
Forgive me faron young four in the morning
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The album always reminds me of rainy fall days, since it was the soundtrack to a long PNW road trip. And, today, it's pouring rain. Nice.
Really liking the arcade video game sound of this track....1985 for sure....8 for me and Long Live RP!!
I hear Neil Finn
 LPCity wrote:

This deserves a bump just due to your knowledge of that wonderful movie.  If you were a kid in the 70's who lived and breathed motorcycles, On Any Sunday was something to behold.  Somewhere at home I have a VHS copy signed by Malcolm Smith that Bruce Brown added a directors commentary onto the end of.  Glory Days!
 

I was that “lived and breathed motorcycles” guy and my other favourite biking VHS was the original Mad Max. As you can see my tastes went from the sublime to the ridiculous in these days. 

Too long ago I listen to PS. Time to get undust all the albums again and spent a nice listening evening.
 TerryS wrote:
My Auntie Madge lived in a prefab and yes, grew sprouts on her little patch of a back garden. What's the big deal?
 
I hope she got some royalties for the band name.  ; )
My Auntie Madge lived in a prefab and yes, grew sprouts on her little patch of a back garden. What's the big deal?
 Stingray wrote:
nothing but a "10'"

If the world were a fair place,
this would possible be accepted as one
of the BEST SONGS

ever written
and played!

a "10" ...

who does not agree,
has no clue!

An IDIOT in other words!
 
I agree !! One of the best BRITISH albums ever, too much class for the neighbourhood (and for yankee ears)
 ddog wrote:

Sounds like lots of mid 80's music to me. Squeeze in particular.

 

Reminds me more of "Driving Away From Home" by It's Immaterial...



Far-out man {#Bananajam}
 ScottFromWyoming wrote:

The US release was always Two Wheels Good. 

I know the stated reason was trouble from the estate objecting to the name, but I always had more of a suspicion that the US label was afraid people would think Steve had put out a record.  

 
Well, it was 1985.  Fogerty had a huge hit album with "Centerfield".
PUT ME IN, COACH!
 pankman wrote:
"Walk like an egyptian"  rip off ... or vice versa? Hmmm, both songs were released 1985.

 
{#Yes}
 WonderLizard wrote:

Of course this fear was well founded. McQueen had only been dead for five years. For a great flick, try "On Any Sunday" with McQueen showing off on his Triumph, Malcolm Smith, and Mert Lawwill simply flying on anything on two wheels. Produced by Bruce Brown, the same guy who did "The Endless Summer."

 
This deserves a bump just due to your knowledge of that wonderful movie.  If you were a kid in the 70's who lived and breathed motorcycles, On Any Sunday was something to behold.  Somewhere at home I have a VHS copy signed by Malcolm Smith that Bruce Brown added a directors commentary onto the end of.  Glory Days!
 Proclivities wrote:

"Walk Like An Egyptian", really?  I guess everyone hears different things.

 
Sounds like lots of mid 80's music to me. Squeeze in particular.
 pankman wrote:
"Walk like an egyptian"  rip off ... or vice versa? Hmmm, both songs were released 1985.

 
"Walk Like An Egyptian", really?  I guess everyone hears different things, but hundreds of songs have similar rhythm and bass line to this song.
"Walk like an egyptian"  rip off ... or vice versa? Hmmm, both songs were released 1985.
 ScottFromWyoming wrote:

I just went to reply to your comment. But when I hit reply it disappeared... and to direct your attention wayyyy down the page where a certain dmax posted the same comment but had the good sense to simply say "...of the decade." 

 
Proof he's smarter than I'll ever be.
 eveliko wrote:
Gosh, my favorite guitar sound.

 
First time I've heard this...reminds me of It's Immaterial's "Driving Away From Home"...
A mid sixties Triumph Trophy on the album cover.  I had one, in ancient ages past.
 Steely_D wrote:

dangit - typo - 80s

And as much as I agree that Paddy wrote some great tunes - half the genius of this album is Dolby's production. This whole thing just sounds so perfect.

 
I just went to reply to your comment. But when I hit reply it disappeared... and to direct your attention wayyyy down the page where a certain dmax posted the same comment but had the good sense to simply say "...of the decade." 
 On_The_Beach wrote:

The 70s?
The best album of the 70s??

 
dangit - typo - 80s

And as much as I agree that Paddy wrote some great tunes - half the genius of this album is Dolby's production. This whole thing just sounds so perfect.
 Steely_D wrote:
The worst song off the best album of the 70s.
 
The 70s?
The best album of the 70s??
One of my alltime fave bands, saw them many times. The McAloons were the best.
Gosh, my favorite guitar sound.
Bill,

Thanks for filling in the blanks on the album title change after 30 years.  I was managing a record store in '85, and wondered what the deal was. 

In the end, it really didn't matter, because you really couldn't sell a Prefab Sprout album in Minnestoa no matter how many CBS promo posters they sent out.  Much like The Jam five years earlier, they were "far too British" to crossover commercially in fly-over USA.   
10+  The genius-level song writing is essentially Paddy McAloon - who now suffers from partial sightedness and profound tinnitus - a cruel blow if there ever was one.

More sprouts please ... even the more recent stuff ..
 ScottFromWyoming wrote:

The US release was always Two Wheels Good. 

I know the stated reason was trouble from the estate objecting to the name, but I always had more of a suspicion that the US label was afraid people would think Steve had put out a record.  

 
Of course this fear was well founded. McQueen had only been dead for five years. For a great flick, try "On Any Sunday" with McQueen showing off on his Triumph, Malcolm Smith, and Mert Lawwill simply flying on anything on two wheels. Produced by Bruce Brown, the same guy who did "The Endless Summer."
 ScottFromWyoming wrote:

The US release was always Two Wheels Good. 

I know the stated reason was trouble from the estate objecting to the name, but I always had more of a suspicion that the US label was afraid people would think Steve had put out a record.  
 

Your post made me laugh ScottFromWyomig, thanks. I do love being in the company of cynics. 


Bubble and squeak.




THOMAS DOLBY IS NOW A MUSIC PROFESSOR!
10 - all (their) album(s)!

PS
Fantastic COVER-SHOT! 
CFNY was the leader in North America.  They could have even better if they didn't have to play 33% Canadian crap.
 


kaybee wrote:

Toronto's CFNY station played a lot of British New Wave in the 80's including some Prefab Sprout.  They were definitely a good listen.
 


Same here !
 

Hogtownmike wrote:
Loved this in high school—and haven't heard in eons! thanks RP.

 


The Steve McQueen connection: look at the Triumph on the cover. Steve rode Triumphs.  
 ScottishWillie wrote:

Loved this album when it came out but it was called Steve McQueen so I take it that this “Two Wheels Good” thing is either an Americanism or a rerelease?

 
The US release was always Two Wheels Good. 

I know the stated reason was trouble from the estate objecting to the name, but I always had more of a suspicion that the US label was afraid people would think Steve had put out a record.  

Loved this album when it came out but it was called Steve McQueen so I take it that this “Two Wheels Good” thing is either an Americanism or a rerelease?


{#Heartkiss}  God, this is soooooooooo good 9
 citizenkeith wrote:
Radio Paradise needs more Prefab Sprout songs. May I suggest "Looking for Atlantis," "Wild Horses" or "Carnival 2000" from Jordan, "Cowboy Dreams" from The Gunman and Other Stories, "Life of Surprises" from Protest Songs or many of the classics on Two Wheels Good/Steve McQueen: "Bonny," "Appetite" or "Desire As." 

  upload....


Radio Paradise needs more Prefab Sprout songs. May I suggest "Looking for Atlantis," "Wild Horses" or "Carnival 2000" from Jordan, "Cowboy Dreams" from The Gunman and Other Stories, "Life of Surprises" from Protest Songs or many of the classics on Two Wheels Good/Steve McQueen: "Bonny," "Appetite" or "Desire As." 
Loved this in high school--and haven't heard in eons! thanks RP.
Fun and funny little blast from the days of Thomas Dolby and madly cool musical art that was struggling to find its expression through doldrums of vacuum and apathy at the time... Thanks, RP, for playing The Soundtrack to LIFE!
 laozilover wrote:
Was the odd sound a Didgeridoo? Anybody know?
 
Definitely not a didgeridoo.  Sounded like tuned electronic static — moog or other synthsizer maybe, but could really be anything sequenced "properly."
just beatiful but if keep tuning on RP i'll have a middle life crisis....
 On_The_Beach wrote:
This album is packed full of radio-friendly catchy-as-hell pop tunes. It's a shame they're virtually unknown in North America. The CD version adds 3 "bonus tracks" that aren't up to the level of the original 11 on the album, but worth a listen nonetheless.

 
Toronto's CFNY station played a lot of British New Wave in the 80's including some Prefab Sprout.  They were definitely a good listen.

Two Wheels Good, Four Wheels Bad? *snort*

(I know, I know! This album is called "Steve McQueen" outside the US.)

This album is packed full of radio-friendly catchy-as-hell pop tunes. It's a shame they're virtually unknown in North America. The CD version adds 3 "bonus tracks" that aren't up to the level of the original 11 on the album, but worth a listen nonetheless.

This song is a blast of fresh air. I forgot about this record. Thanks RP!
 Stingray wrote:
ScottFromWyoming wrote:

I think it's all electronics. Album produced by Thomas Dolby...

 

I think it's all electronics ....
tzzzzzzzzz!!!!

Scott from Wyoming - you are a true mountainman!


 


ScottFromWyoming wrote:

I think it's all electronics. Album produced by Thomas Dolby...

 

I think it's all electronics ....
tzzzzzzzzz!!!!

Scott from Wyoming - you are a true mountainman!


nothing but a "10'"

If the world were a fair place,
this would possible be accepted as one
of the BEST SONGS

ever written
and played!

a "10" ...

who does not agree,
has no clue!

An IDIOT in other words!

 dmax wrote:
Easily the worst song on the best record of the entire decade. More Prefab Sprout, please! Paddy MacAloon rocked!
 
I agree completely with this.

 laozilover wrote:
Was the odd sound a Didgeridoo? Anybody know?
 
I think it's all electronics. Album produced by Thomas Dolby...

 FredInShanghai wrote:
 lmic wrote:
They Might Be Giants + Crowded House
 The guitar work reminded me more of the Smiths (J. Marr) actually . . .
 
Ya, the last minute could have been a lost recording of the Smiths..

Wow, I haven't heard this in years. These guys were great.

10 10 10 10


All their albums - and there are
quite a few - and most of their songs
are 10!

PS
COVER-ART a "10" as well!


alcohol is your yoga bayyybeeeeeeeee-ehhhhh
gonna call at your name, then i'm gonna rain
all over youuuuu, all over youuuuuuu
 lmic wrote:
They Might Be Giants + Crowded House
 The guitar work reminded me more of the Smiths (J. Marr) actually . . .


They Might Be Giants + Crowded House
Guitar riff reminds me of Johny Cash on Gonna Break this Rusty Chain and Run
More Sprouts, please.

"You offer infrared instead of sun
You offer paper spoons and bubble gum"
Was the odd sound a Didgeridoo? Anybody know?


 handyrae wrote:
Where does one get the name Prefab Sprout?
 
Surely not at the food co-op, where we expect everything to be organic.

"The sunset makes a fence out of the forest..."


 handyrae wrote:
Where does one get the name Prefab Sprout? It does have a nice ring to it, but when you think about the words, it's really silly.
 
Right about where you can rate this song there are various web links.. one of them is Wikipedia. All will be reveled unto whomsoever seeks true knowledge.
 SparkyMarky wrote:
From the album 'Two Wheels Good'?? Unworthy Radio Paradise. it was called Steve McQueen. Shape up!
 

...and Two Wheels Good in the US, really... the heirs of Steve McQueen weren't amused
From the album 'Two Wheels Good'?? Unworthy Radio Paradise. it was called Steve McQueen. Shape up!
Cheesy? HIGHLY intelligent lyrics, gorgeous music!
ercasul wrote:
I remember leaving the 80s with the feeling that Prefab Sprout were a bit cheesy, and that I wouldn't miss them very much. But this track is lots of toe tapping fun. Yay for nearly 20 years' worth of perspective (aka '20 years of intervening crap making cheese seem pretty good by comparison')

I was thinking the same thing (or near enough). Too bad I never heard this one from them on the radio back in the day.

I remember leaving the 80s with the feeling that Prefab Sprout were a bit cheesy, and that I wouldn't miss them very much.  But this track is lots of toe tapping fun.   Yay for nearly 20 years' worth of perspective (aka '20 years of intervening crap making cheese seem pretty good by comparison')


Where does one get the name Prefab Sprout? It does have a nice ring to it, but when you think about the words, it's really silly.
Man, I'd love to have that Triumph on the album cover.
It is bouncy...
fissmoll wrote:
So this is the only Prefab song at RP.

Thank God for that.


WORLDCLASS!!!!
(Thomas Dolby produced the album
with at least 5 more songs rating "10")

10+


C'mon Bill, there's plenty wonderful stuff in this album you could play, like: "When Love Breaks Down", "Goodbye Lucille #2", "Appettite","Desire As", I mean, for me, you could as well play the whole disc!!
This album is called "Steve McQueen" in the UK
fabtastic under rated band, check out some of their others you'll be pleasantly surprised
love them!
Wasn't Swoon released in the previous century? I bought in the NL and moved 1979 to Switzerland so it must be older than 2004...
That was scary, Was just looking up if Prefab Sprout was listed at all on RP, and it got played ! Thanks William! :bananajam:
So this is the only Prefab song at RP. Hmmm...
Great stuff! Somehow KROQ missed offering this to us listeners back in it's heyday in the 80's. Thanks to BillG for introducing it to me retro!
oh my god! i LOVED prefab sprout...they were one of my faves in high school 20 years ago (yikes). and i never hear them on the radio...so cool!
:bananajam: :dancingbanana_2: 10! Nothing to say more.....
Thanks mate dmax wrote:
video...
Tessiepops wrote:
"Steve McQueen" is up there with "Sgt Pepper" & "Solid Air" in the top five best ever albums. So there.
Agreed. Great song, great album. Think I wore out my vinyl and the cassette in my car. Hope we can hear more of the album on RP.
"Steve McQueen" is up there with "Sgt Pepper" & "Solid Air" in the top five best ever albums. So there.
Jordan: The Comeback.... one of the most genius, overlooked CDs ever produced. The Sprouts... on the most talented, overlooked, unknown bands ever.
I got excited for a second - intro sounded like Johnny Cash's Rusty Cage.
Great album full of catchy pop tunes. Nice to see it turn up on RP. I really like "Horsin' Around", among several others.
dmax wrote:
Easily the worst song on the best record of the entire decade. More Prefab Sprout, please! Paddy MacAloon rocked!
Rocked? This was the best song. The rest of the album was quiet moaning tunes. It took awhile to get used to the rest of the album, which sounded VERY different, but it never got past an "art school level" of good. Not for most people.
dmax wrote:
Easily the worst song on the best record of the entire decade. More Prefab Sprout, please! Paddy MacAloon rocked!
Hear hear!
Easily the worst song on the best record of the entire decade. More Prefab Sprout, please! Paddy MacAloon rocked!
Ah, the prefabs: one of the best things to come out of the 1980's. More Sprouts, please!
These guys are great. Melodies, hooks, interesting arrangements, unique tenderness, surprising chord changes, thoughtful lyrics...doesn't get much better
This is a great song off a masterpiece album. Sure, if you're listening to the album for the first time it may take a while to step back in time, but you'll get there in the end. Outside of the USA this album is known as "Steve McQueen"
wpmccray wrote:
Wow. I haven't heard this since the 1980s. Brings back a memory of a smoke filled dorm room...cigarette smoke. Let's be clear about that. :shhh:
:eek: Dang! This is the first I've ever heard it! :good-vibes: That's what I like about RP: I'm always hearing cool stuff I never heard before! :dance:
nice tune :bananasplit:
sans wrote:
Better shape up, cuz I need a man, and my heart is set on you... you're the one that I want, oo oo oo honey.
Cheeky...but true. This isn't a bad song, though.
Wow. I haven't heard this since the 1980s. Brings back a memory of a smoke filled dorm room...cigarette smoke. Let's be clear about that. :shhh:
Better shape up, cuz I need a man, and my heart is set on you... you're the one that I want, oo oo oo honey.
Personally, I think "Jordan: The Comeback" was their masterpiece. Maybe I'll upload a few tracks...
'When Love Breaks Down' is their masterpiece IMHO. They were good for their time, but then we're talking about the mid 80s here - and the 80s compare very poorly with the 70s or 90s musically speaking.
beelzebubba wrote:
I remember now why I haven't heard this in the past 20 years except for on RP: the rest of the album sucks, so I never bought it ...
I was not so lucky.
Too flaming bumptious for me, sounds like a vaguely psychedelic country boogie band. Oy.
'bout time this was played again!
ce wrote:
At first, I thought it was Yello. It reminds me of "The Race", or perhaps "The Race" was inspired by this song. In any case: nice tune.
I'm a big fan of both bands, but to me they sound as simmilar as fire and ice... ;)
At first, I thought it was Yello. It reminds me of "The Race", or perhaps "The Race" was inspired by this song. In any case: nice tune.
Darlington wrote:
Wow! Have not heard this in YEARS....
Same hear - to be exactly: Not in 21 years and 4 months.
Drunkenlilacwine wrote:
Brings back a ton of memories of high school. I love this song!!!
Same here. Used to sing along to this album at top volume (no idea how my parents put up with it) :nodhead:
radiojunkie wrote:
Wow, this brings back great memories of... Oh no it doesn't! I've never heard it before. But sometimes the desire to fit in is just so overwhelming
...But you know how it is, you're Not One of Us, not one of us. No, you're not one of us...
Wow, this brings back great memories of... Oh no it doesn't! I've never heard it before. But sometimes the desire to fit in is just so overwhelming
Wow! Have not heard this in YEARS....
I remember now why I haven't heard this in the past 20 years except for on RP: the rest of the album sucks, so I never bought it (and lost the cassette bootleg I copied from my roommate's LP). It's a shame the rest of the album isn't is good as this song. Love & Rockets Kundalini Express is a good full album if you like this type of sound. I'll think I'll get this song from Itunes, though
Brings back a ton of memories of high school. I love this song!!!
This was a great little snippet of the 80s; showing some creativity in a sea of hair bands and bad techno.
Another great memory given new life! :D
Wow...haven't heard this in years. I liked it then, still like it. My college roommate turned me onto this.
wow, this is one from back in the day...makes work seem to fade into the back of my wondering mind... so good in fact I think I will go get it on line for my i tunes/i pod and donate to RP with the down load...it's the least I can do I continue to enjoy the range played on RP
Great to hear Prefab Sprout. I think Swoon was their best album, with the only competitive chess reference I've ever heard in a song: "When Bobby Fisher's plane touches ground... He takes those Russian boys and plays them out of town." "I Never Play Basketball Now" is also a great one.