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 - Halfnelson illustration d'album Halfnelson, Sparks Halfnelson, Sparks - Halfnelson (Album) Bearsville US 1971 Vendre cette version
Sparks - A Woofer In Tweeter's Clothing illustration d'album Sparks A Woofer In Tweeter's Clothing (Album) Bearsville France 1972 Vendre cette version
Sparks - Propaganda illustration d'album Sparks Propaganda (Album) Island Records, Island Records Italy 1974 Vendre cette version
Sparks - Kimono My House illustration d'album Sparks Kimono My House (Album) Island Records South Africa 1974 Vendre cette version
# 27 3a Sparks - The Dick Clark Music Machine Show #27 illustration d'album Sparks The Dick Clark Music Machine Show #27(LP) The Dick Clark Music Machine # 27 3a US 1974 Vendre cette version
Sparks - Indiscreet illustration d'album Sparks Indiscreet (Album) Island Records France 1975 Vendre cette version
Sparks - Big Beat illustration d'album Sparks Big Beat (Album) Island Records US 1976 Vendre cette version
XSM 160902/3 Sparks - Live Bootleg illustration d'album Sparks Live Bootleg(LP) Columbia XSM 160902/3 US 1976 Vendre cette version
Sparks - Introducing Sparks illustration d'album Sparks Introducing Sparks (Album) CBS UK 1977 Vendre cette version
Sparks - No. 1 In Heaven illustration d'album Sparks No. 1 In Heaven (Album) Elektra US 1979 Vendre cette version
Sparks - Terminal Jive illustration d'album Sparks Terminal Jive (Album) Virgin UK 1980 Vendre cette version
Sparks - Whomp That Sucker illustration d'album Sparks Whomp That Sucker (Album) RCA Spain 1981 Vendre cette version
Sparks - The History Of Sparks illustration d'album Sparks The History Of Sparks (Comp) Carrere France 1981 Vendre cette version
Sparks - Angst In My Pants illustration d'album Sparks Angst In My Pants (Album) Atlantic New Zealand 1982 Vendre cette version
427 Sparks - King Biscuit Flower Hour illustration d'album Graham Parker, Sparks Graham Parker, Sparks - King Biscuit Flower Hour(12", Album + 12", S/Sided, Album) D.I.R. Broadcasting Corp. 427 US 1982 Vendre cette version
#324 Sparks - BBC Rock Hour # 324 illustration d'album Sparks BBC Rock Hour # 324(LP, Transcription) London Wavelength #324 US 1982 Vendre cette version
none Sparks - B.B.C. College Concert Series illustration d'album Sparks B.B.C. College Concert Series(LP, Transcription) London Wavelength none US 1982 Vendre cette version
Sparks - In Outer Space illustration d'album Sparks In Outer Space (Album) Atlantic Scandinavia 1983 Vendre cette version
none Sparks - BBC Rock Hour #423 illustration d'album Sparks BBC Rock Hour #423(LP, Transcription) London Wavelength none 1983 Vendre cette version
83-15 Sparks - In Concert illustration d'album Marshall Crenshaw, Sparks Marshall Crenshaw, Sparks - In Concert(2xLP, Transcription) Westwood One Radio Network 83-15 US 1983 Vendre cette version
Sparks - Pulling Rabbits Out Of A Hat illustration d'album Sparks Pulling Rabbits Out Of A Hat (Album) Atlantic, Atlantic Germany 1984 Vendre cette version
Sparks - Music That You Can Dance To illustration d'album Sparks Music That You Can Dance To (Album) MCA Records Australia & New Zealand 1986 Vendre cette version
Sparks - Interior Design illustration d'album The Sparks* Interior Design (Album) Fine Art, Rhino Records (2) Europe 1988 Vendre cette version
Sparks - Gratuitous Sax & Senseless Violins illustration d'album Sparks Gratuitous Sax & Senseless Violins (Album) Logic Records, Logic Records Australia 1994 Vendre cette version
Sparks - Plagiarism illustration d'album Sparks Plagiarism (Album) Virgin Europe 1997 Vendre cette version

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Rich.C

Rich.C

26 janvier 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

20 novembre 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

11 juillet 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.
tonumaa

tonumaa

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

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