Brothers Ron and Russell Mael from Los Angeles, USA have been making diverse music since 1969 under various incarnations of Sparks. In 1979 they ditched the guitars and keyboards of glam geek rock and started working with Italian producer Giorgio Moroder, beginning a love affair with electronic music. Since then they have worked with a variety of people including Finitribe, Les Rita Mitsouko, Erasure, Faith No More and Franz Ferdinand.


BV 2048 Sparks - Halfnelson album art Halfnelson, Sparks Halfnelson, Sparks - Halfnelson (Album) Bearsville BV 2048 US 1971 Sell This Version
none Sparks - A Woofer In Tweeter's Clothing album art Sparks A Woofer In Tweeter's Clothing (Album) Bearsville none US 1972 Sell This Version
ILPS 19312 Sparks - Propaganda album art Sparks Propaganda (Album) Island Records, Island Records ILPS 19312 Italy 1974 Sell This Version
L 35170, L-35,170, ILPS 9272 Sparks - Kimono My House album art Sparks Kimono My House (Album) Island Records L 35170, L-35,170, ILPS 9272 Australia 1974 Sell This Version
# 27 3a Sparks - The Dick Clark Music Machine Show #27 album art Sparks The Dick Clark Music Machine Show #27(LP, Promo) The Dick Clark Music Machine # 27 3a US 1974 Sell This Version
RL - 38-5 Sparks - Propaganda / Play Don't Worry album art Sparks / Mick Ronson Sparks / Mick Ronson - Propaganda / Play Don't Worry(LP, Transcription) Afrts RL - 38-5 US 1974 Sell This Version
ZCI 9345 Sparks - Indiscreet album art Sparks Indiscreet (Album) Island Records ZCI 9345 Denmark 1975 Sell This Version
PC 34359 Sparks - Big Beat album art Sparks Big Beat (Album) Island Records PC 34359 US 1976 Sell This Version
XSM 160902/3 Sparks - Live Bootleg album art Sparks Live Bootleg(Acetate, LP) Columbia XSM 160902/3 US 1976 Sell This Version
PC 34901 Sparks - Introducing Sparks album art Sparks Introducing Sparks (Album) CBS PC 34901 US 1977 Sell This Version
200 353 Sparks - No. 1 In Heaven album art Sparks No. 1 In Heaven (Album, Comp) Elektra 200 353 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
RL 22-5 Sparks - Kimono My House / Rock and Roll Outlaws album art Sparks / Foghat Sparks / Foghat - Kimono My House / Rock and Roll Outlaws(LP, Transcription) Afrts RL 22-5 US 1979 Sell This Version
V2137 Sparks - Terminal Jive album art Sparks Terminal Jive (Album) Virgin V2137 UK 1980 Sell This Version
WHO-1, WHO 1 Sparks - Whomp That Sucker album art Sparks Whomp That Sucker (Album) RCA WHO-1, WHO 1 Spain 1981 Sell This Version
K 450 888 Sparks - Angst In My Pants album art Sparks Angst In My Pants (Album) Atlantic K 450 888 Scandinavia 1982 Sell This Version
427 Sparks - King Biscuit Flower Hour album art Graham Parker / Sparks Graham Parker / Sparks - King Biscuit Flower Hour(LP, Transcription + LP, S/Sided, Transcription) D.I.R. Broadcasting Corp. 427 US 1982 Sell This Version
#324 Sparks - BBC Rock Hour # 324 album art Sparks BBC Rock Hour # 324(LP, Transcription) London Wavelength #324 US 1982 Sell This Version
none Sparks - BBC College Concert Series album art Sparks BBC College Concert Series(LP, Transcription) London Wavelength none US 1982 Sell This Version
70 981 Sparks - In Outer Space album art Sparks In Outer Space (Album) Atlantic 70 981 France 1983 Sell This Version
423 Sparks - BBC Rock Hour #423 album art Sparks BBC Rock Hour #423(LP, Transcription) London Wavelength 423 1983 Sell This Version
83-15 Sparks - Westwood One In Concert album art Marshall Crenshaw / Sparks Marshall Crenshaw / Sparks - Westwood One In Concert(2xLP, Transcription) Westwood One 83-15 US 1983 Sell This Version
7 80160-1, 80160-1 Sparks - Pulling Rabbits Out Of A Hat album art Sparks Pulling Rabbits Out Of A Hat (Album) Atlantic, Atlantic 7 80160-1, 80160-1 US 1984 Sell This Version
VPL1 6729 Sparks - Music That You Can Dance To album art Sparks Music That You Can Dance To (Album) MCA Records VPL1 6729 Australia & New Zealand 1986 Sell This Version
110.1115-2 Sparks - Interior Design album art The Sparks* Interior Design (Album) Fine Art, Rhino Records (2) 110.1115-2 Europe 1988 Sell This Version
74321232672, 7432123267-2, LOCCD12, Loc CDLP 12 Sparks - Gratuitous Sax & Senseless Violins album art Sparks Gratuitous Sax & Senseless Violins (Album) Logic Records, Logic Records 74321232672, 7432123267-2, LOCCD12, Loc CDLP 12 Europe 1994 Sell This Version

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July 4, 2020
The only band I know who could compile a ‘Best Of Sparks’ of songs from 2000 onwards which would be as good or better than a ‘Best Of Sparks’ from the 70s or 80s or 90s.


November 4, 2019
Am I the only one who's got the first version labels (Halfnelson) with the second version sleeve (Sparks) ? Or maybe it's a previous owner blend ?


January 26, 2017
Sparks were doomed to obscurity from the beginning. Like Oscar Wilde and the turn-of-the-century decadents and dandies who inspired the Mael brothers, scandal both brought them fame and prevented the public from taking them seriously. Vocalist Russell Mael played the rock star with all the flamboyance of a peacock, while songwriter and keyboardist Ron Mael contrasted his brother's excesses with his ascetic scowl and Hitler mustache. The latter's favourite ploy has always been exposing people squirming in insecurity behind screens of wealth, vanity, professionalism and mediocrity. "This Town Ain't Big Enough for Both of Us" (1974) is a classic case in point, and one of the few Sparks songs to crack the charts. "Number One Song in Heaven" (1976) also gained them a rare bit of exposure.
..It's easily one of the most bizarre songs ever to be a Disco hit -- a celestial stairway of rapturous melodies heavily greased with irony and black humor...and for many recent listeners people will remember it from the ending to Alan Partridges Alpha Papa!! Though in the 1980s and beyond the Maels tended to settle for Disco chintz over rock 'n' roll substance, their music still retains the stinging wit that gives it savor and makes Sparks absolutely unique ;)


November 20, 2016
I agree with the comments below! No one, i say NO ONE writes as genius, clever lyrics like Ronald Mael. No way. Highly underrated cult band.
Kimono My House, such a great album. But their whole seventies work is pretty perfect, except for Introducing. Also check Propaganda and Indiscreet!


July 11, 2016
Sparks are MUCH more influential than most people are aware of.
They have influenced (maybe not correct english word?) many groups and artists such as for ex. Queen, Depeche Mode, Morrissey (he has even said that "Kimono My House" was the reason he started in music), Björk, Ramones, Erasure, Kurt Cobain, Franz Ferdinand, Al Yankovic to name a few..and have had a big impact on different music styles.


January 18, 2015
Sparks rule, Ron & Russell are the best thing since Beatles

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