Prefab SproutProtest Songs

Label:Kitchenware Records – KWLP4
Vinyl, LP, Album
Genre:Rock, Pop
Style:Indie Rock, Pop Rock, Indie Pop


A1The World Awake4:24
A2Life Of Surprises
Mixed ByLance Phillips
A4Wicked Things3:08
B3Talking Scarlet4:32
B4'Til The Cows Come Home4:12
B5Pearly Gates5:28

Companies, etc.


Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (String): 5099746511814
  • Barcode (Printed): 5 099746 511814
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout): KWLP.4 A2 THE COMEBACK'S UNDER WAY! C7 ∴
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout): KWLP.4 B2 ∴ TY1
  • Rights Society: MCPS/BIEM
  • Label Code: LC 0149
  • Price Code: CB 291
  • Price Code: 58
  • Other: TX

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
New Submission
Protest Songs (LP, Test Pressing, White Label, Stereo)Kitchenware RecordsnoneUK1985
New Submission
Protest Demo's (Cassette, Album, Unofficial Release, Stereo)Not On Label (Prefab Sprout)noneUK1988
Recently Edited
Protest Demo's (Cassette, Album, Unofficial Release, Stereo)London Live (2)noneUK1988
New Submission
Protest Demo's (Cassette, Album, Unofficial Release, Stereo)Not On Label (Prefab Sprout)noneUK1988
Protest Songs (LP, Album)Kitchenware Records, CBS465118 1Europe1989


  • Ubangistomp's avatar
    Originally down for a Strictly limited edition for one week only. Release date December 2nd 1985 According to a flyer that is in my record.
    Did any actually come out and everyone just thinks it was released for the first time later in 1989
    • vinyl_solution's avatar
      Edited 2 months ago
      Protest Songs is imo the most underrated of all PS albums. I wasn't too sure about it when I bought it on release, but I've grown to love it. It's common knowledge that it should have been released hot on the heels of Steve McQueen, but due to record company issues it didn't happen, so we had to wait until 1989 and it really got no promotion whatsoever, as I recall. It's simply a beautiful album from start to finish, more "folky" maybe than any other PS release, and it has some real gems. Dublin is just lovely, just on the right side of schmaltzy and sentimental, and with some political overtones. If Diana is not about the late Princess then I'll eat my hat (though McAloon always denied it I believe), again a lovely song and shouldn't really work, given its strange time signature, but it does. Talking Scarlett will probably be an "ear worm" for anyone for days afterwards. For me, the best is saved until last. Till The Cows Come Home is fantastic, I'm a sucker for doom laden chords, pure drama in this track. But the best is saved for the last track, Pearly Gates. This track reduces me to tears every single time I hear it. There's been many songs tackling mortality, but this is my favourite of all. Paddy McAloon usually (not always) manages to not sound over sentimental and "corny" in his vocal delivery, it's quite a fine line, and on Pearly Gates he gets it absolutely spot on. It's a terrific piece of music and one that I would have played at my funeral I think.
      There's not much Mr McAloon can do wrong in my eyes, and this album should be given much more attention than it does. Beautifully recorded too. Highly recommended.
      • pricey123's avatar
        anyone notice the sound on the title track is a bit glitchy around the 3:30 mark on the cd release (KWCD 4 465118 2)?
        • robbieboy1982's avatar
          does anyone know whether is it wendy on the cover?
          • adrianhardy1962's avatar
            Are Prefab Sprout - Protest Songs and Prefab Sprout - Protest Songs identical versions of this release and so should be merged ? Or are there minor differences I haven't spotted ?



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