Sparks

Sparks

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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 and Faith No More.
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Sparks Discography

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Sparks Sparks (Album) Bearsville US 1972 Sell This Version
Sparks A Woofer In Tweeter's Clothing (Album) Bearsville France 1972 Sell This Version
Sparks Propaganda (Album) Island Records, Island Records Italy 1974 Sell This Version
Sparks Kimono My House (Album) Island Records South Africa 1974 Sell This Version
Sparks Indiscreet (Album) Island Records France 1975 Sell This Version
Sparks Big Beat (Album) Island Records US 1976 Sell This Version
Sparks Introducing Sparks (Album) CBS UK 1977 Sell This Version
Sparks No.1 In Heaven (Album) Elektra US 1979 Sell This Version
Sparks Terminal Jive (Album) Virgin UK 1980 Sell This Version
Sparks Whomp That Sucker (Album) RCA Spain 1981 Sell This Version
Sparks Angst In My Pants (Album) Atlantic New Zealand 1982 Sell This Version
none Sparks B.B.C. College Concert Series(LP, Transcription) London Wavelength none US 1982 Sell This Version
Sparks In Outer Space (Album) Atlantic Scandinavia 1983 Sell This Version
none Sparks BBC Rock Hour #423(LP, Transcription) London Wavelength none 1983 Sell This Version
Sparks Pulling Rabbits Out Of A Hat (Album) Atlantic Germany 1984 Sell This Version
Sparks Music That You Can Dance To (Album) MCA Records Australia & New Zealand 1986 Sell This Version
Sparks Interior Design (Album, Comp) Fine Art, Rhino Records (2) Europe 1988 Sell This Version
Sparks Gratuitous Sax & Senseless Violins (Album) Logic Records Australia 1994 Sell This Version
Sparks Plagiarism (Album) Virgin Europe 1997 Sell This Version
Sparks Balls (Album) Strange Ways Records UK 2000 Sell This Version
Sparks Lil' Beethoven (Album) Lil' Beethoven Records US 2002 Sell This Version
Sparks Hello Young Lovers (Album) Gut Records US 2006 Sell This Version
Sparks Exotic Creatures Of The Deep (Album) Lil' Beethoven Records Japan 2008 Sell This Version
Sparks The Seduction Of Ingmar Bergman (Album) Lil' Beethoven Records UK 2009 Sell This Version
LBRCD115 Sparks Two Hands One Mouth (Live In Europe)(2xCD, Album) Lil' Beethoven Records LBRCD115 UK 2013 Sell This Version

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Rich.C

Rich.C

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 ;)
nagyphilip

nagyphilip

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!
musand

musand

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.
specialistmor

specialistmor

June 26, 2016
AIRSUPPLY MOODY BLUES ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA GENESIS ARE MUCH MOR ESSENTIAL
tonumaa

tonumaa

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

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