Gleaming Spires

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Gleaming Spires was an American new wave pop group in the 1980s. Performing as Bates Motel, they were enlisted by brothers Ron and Russell Mael to be a part of the 1981–85 incarnation of their band, Sparks. After completing demos with neophyte producer Stephen Hague, principal members Leslie Bohem and David Kendrick (later of Devo) recruited fellow Sparks members Jim Goodwin and Bob Haag to form Gleaming Spires with the blessing of the Mael brothers. Following promotional materials by graphic artist Kevin J. Walker, they were signed to Posh Boy Records on the strength of what had been intended by the group as a non-LP B-side, "Are You Ready for the Sex Girls". "Sex Girls" became a hit on Los Angeles' KROQ-FM radio station and was later featured in the films The Last American Virgin and Revenge of the Nerds. On September 17, 2021, the band's three studio albums were reissued on CD by Omnivore Recordings, each containing bonus tracks, including the Life Out on the Lawn and Party EPs.
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Albums

PBS 125 Gleaming Spires - Songs Of The Spires album art Gleaming Spires Songs Of The Spires (Album) Posh Boy PBS 125 US 1981 Sell This Version
PC-5016 Gleaming Spires - Walk On Well Lighted Streets album art Gleaming Spires Walk On Well Lighted Streets (Album) PVC Records PC-5016 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
TGS-2 Gleaming Spires - Welcoming A New Ice Age album art Gleaming Spires Welcoming A New Ice Age (Album) Tabb Records (2) TGS-2 US 1985 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

PBS 1036 Gleaming Spires - Life Out On The Lawn album art Gleaming Spires Life Out On The Lawn Posh Boy PBS 1036 US 1982 Sell This Version
FLEXI #11 Gleaming Spires - Untitled album art Fools Face / Gleaming Spires Fools Face / Gleaming Spires - Untitled(Flexi, 7", Squ) Trouser Press, Posh Boy, Talk Records FLEXI #11 US 1982 Sell This Version
PBS 14 Gleaming Spires - How To Get Girls Thru Hypnotism album art Gleaming Spires How To Get Girls Thru Hypnotism(7") Posh Boy PBS 14 US 1982 Sell This Version
13214 Gleaming Spires - Are You Ready For The Sex Girls ? album art Gleaming Spires Are You Ready For The Sex Girls ?(7", Single) Underdog (5) 13214 France 1983 Sell This Version
VDK 5002 Gleaming Spires - Party E.P. album art Gleaming Spires Party E.P. (EP) The Vodka Label VDK 5002 US 1984 Sell This Version

Compilations

67967 Gleaming Spires - Songs Of The Spires album art Gleaming Spires Songs Of The Spires(LP, Comp) Underdog (5) 67967 France 1983 Sell This Version