This post stems from a Facebook post by Antonio Moreno Alvarez, proudly showing the 1997 photo (left) featuring Paddy and himself. Antonio worked for Spanish TV on two Prefab Sprout pieces, one the 1990 Metropolis feature included here, and another short piece in 1997, “Imperdible”. on TVE La2, which hasn’t yet been located (but we have high hopes!) To complete the round of credits, Manu Guinarte posted an extract from the Metropolis piece on Youtube, and very kindly sent me the full feature a little later.
The piece is notable for having some videos for songs that there are no official videos for: there are some minor sound problems on these which apparently were on the broadcast version, to the surprise of everyone involved – the master tape having been carefully checked.
It’s a good opportunity to ask if there are any more Spanish (or indeed any country) VHS clips sitting on old tapes anywhere. I’ll gladly cover return courier costs if I can borrow them for transfers. I have excellent kit for this and very keen to preserve whatever I can. The off air material is very ephemeral and because VHS tapes are very bulky and not valued they tend to get thrown away before other types of material.