Paddy McAloon and Thomas Dolby: how we made Prefab Sprout’s Steve McQueen

‘People think Bonny is about my father’s death, but he wasn’t dead then – I imagined grief’

I grew up in Witton Gilbert in County Durham and started Prefab Sprout with my brother [Martin, bass] and Michael Salmon, who lived down the street. Michael borrowed a drum kit and Martin and I shared an amplifier. We rehearsed in my dad’s run-down wooden-framed petrol station. We were as rough as can be, but we sounded like a band, at least to ourselves.

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