BRADLEY Walsh couldn’t hide his shock as a member of a famous 80s band appeared on The Chase.
The revelation came as an unassuming contestant stepped up to face Jenny ‘The Vixen’ Ryan on the ITV show.
Ron from Northumberland was up first and as he introduced himself to Bradley as a warehouseman who played the guitar in his spare time.
The 58-year-old told the host: “I play guitar in my local rock band.
“I’ve been playing guitar since I was 19 years old and I did the clubs all around the North East in the 80s and I’m now just playing 70s classic rock music.”
Adding that his current group was called Contraband, Ron went on to reveal: “I was in the band that went on to become Prefab Sprout.”
To which a surprised Bradley exclaimed: “No!”
“And I left because I thought it had a stupid name,” Ron smiled.
A shocked Bradley said: “You did not!”
Prefab Sprout were an English rock pop band from County Durham fronted by Paddy McAloon.
Nine of their albums reached the top 40 UK chart, while their single The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll peaked at number seven in the UK singles chart.
Viewers of Wednesday’s show hit Twitter to comment on the musician’s appearance.
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One wrote: “Loved Prefab Sprout. Cars And Girls, The King Of Rock N Roll. The wonderfully named Paddy Mcaloon.”
Another lamented: “Wow. He left because of the name!”
Ron went on to bank £2,000 for the Final Chase, playing for a total of £12,000 with law student Alex and retired market trader Barbara.
Working together they beat the Chaser and took home £4,000 each.
The Chase airs weekdays 5pm on ITV.
Nine of Prefab Sprout’s albums reached the top 40 UK chart[/caption]