I'm a sucker for well-crafted pop songs, especially ones that break your heart. I'm a sucker for Prefab Sprout.
While they/Paddy McAloon can be so awfully twee and saccharine (and occasionally broadwayesque) your teeth hurt (yet still so delicious) more often they just make brilliant, sometimes odd, always sophisticated and classical pop (Cher covered a song.)
Prefab Sprout's album Two Wheels Good (called Steve McQueen outside of the U.S....estate issues, of course) ranks as one of my favorite albums of all time.
The song Donna Summer was a b-side on the 12" ep for their hit song When Love Breaks Down (from Two Wheels Good). I found it in a little store in Spokane, Washington and when I first heard it I bet I played it 25 times in a row. It's gorgeous, melancholy, and far too short. Listen:
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