To set the context, this was the three piece band with Mick Salmon on drums, preceding Wendy’s involvement by a couple of years. You can hear what they sounded like the previous summer at the Domefest recording. The seeds of Paddy’s persona have already taken root and are flourishing nicely.
At this point, I think most accounts suggest that Martin was the driving force behind the band’s emergence. He was doing the heavy lifting in terms of sending tapes around, getting and promoting bookings – you can find Prefab Sprout listed in the gigs section of the NME from around 1980. But as ever Paddy got the attention.