This Life of Live was kind of beaten to the punch by Hissy Fit a few weeks ago. At the time Prefab Sprout had entered a Blue Nilesque period of hibernation. With a comforting degree of stubbornness Paddy Macloon chose a period in between records and a time when Wendy Smith was about to have a baby to announce out of the blue a new tour.
I can still remember the moment when he wondered on stage sporting the big shades and zz top beard you could hear the gasp of all us earnest no longer so young men taking a collective breath and thinking "Christ he's turned into Neil Young"
We neednt have worried because as soon as he opened his mouth the familiar angelic smoothest of voices kick started Looking For Atlantis (okay so maybe I'm over romanticising just a tad!)
It was a great concert with every song a highlight - Golden Calf freed of its clunkiness , Lions in My Own Garden freed of its tweeness and Faron Young free of its studio trickery. The slower songs had us swooning the faster ones dancing and all of them had us singing (okay I'm definitely over romanticising now)
Hissy Fit has already found a treasure trove of live clips you can find here but below is way back when and one of those weird videos that the Tube would make for new bands