Quite a digest today. First things first... don't forget about the competition I mentioned in my last post. You still have till the 21st Feb to enter, and I reckon you're in with a very good chance of winning one of those signed CDs.
Next: a slew of articles from a generous contributor named Jim Farmer. Interviews with Paddy, by Sylvie Simmons in 'Creem' magazine in 1986 (here), by Karen Schoemer in 1988 (here), and a review of Jordan: The Comeback by Ira Robbins from 'Entertainment' in October 1990 (here.) He has also provided the picture from the latter review in jpg form, and one of him and Paddy at Shepherd's Bush Empire in 2000 for the 'images' page - big thanks to Jim for all this material.
There is also a brand new interview with Paddy, circa February 4th 2011, online at the Huffington Post (scroll past the Bruce Cockburn info to find it, unless you're a Bruce fan!) Thanks to ronchito for alerting us to that piece.
Then there are some videos on YouTube I haven't seen before - The Golden Calf on 'The Hippodrome Show', and a double header, Cars & Girls / Hey Manhattan. Anyone with further information on these videos is invited to come forward and get in touch.
Have you heard of a man named Burton Cummings? He was in a band called 'The Guess Who'. Rock Smith found him blogging (entirely in capitals) on the subject of Paddy and the Sprouts, which he has filed under 'philosophy'. Worth a read perhaps.
And finally...something I expect to be mentioning a lot more in future...John Birch, writer of the only existing book on the Sprouts is in the advanced stages of producing an updated sequel. He wanted me to give out his email address, and encourage 'inquiries of any nature.' We all wish him very the best of luck.
I love the quote in the Huffington interview:
MR: What advice would you have for new artists?
PM: Cover my songs. All of them... particularly you, Bublé. Oh, must I be serious? Listen to your heart. Then reach for the beta-blockers.
I had to laugh...