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Encyclopedia > Sparks (band)
Sparks
Origin Los Angeles, California, USA
Genre(s) Rock, pop, Psychedelic pop
Years active 1970–present
Website www.allsparks.com
Members
Ron Mael
Russell Mael
Dean Menta
Tammy Glover
Former members
John Mendelsohn
Earle Mankey
Jim Mankey
Harley Feinstein
Martin Gordon
Adrian Fisher
Norman "Dinky" Diamond
Trevor White
Ian Hampton
Sal Maida
Jeffrey Salen
Hilly Boy Michaels
Ben Benay
Alan Broadbent
David Foster
Ed Greene
David Paich
Mike Porcaro
Reinie Press
Lee Ritenour
Thom Rotella
Keith Forsey
Bob Haag
Leslie Bohem
David Kendrick
James Goodwin
John Thomas

Sparks is an American rock and pop music band formed in Los Angeles in 1970 by brothers Ron (keyboards) and Russell Mael (vocals), initially under the name Halfnelson. Best known for their quirky approach to song writing,[1] Sparks' music is often accompanied by cutting and acerbic lyrics,[2] and an idiosyncratic stage presence, typified in the contrast between Russell's wide-eyed hyperactive frontman antics and Ron's sedentary scowling.[3] Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the genre. ... This article is about the genre of popular music. ... Psychedelic pop is a musical style inspired by the harder, louder songs of Psychedelic rock but applied more to a pop music setting. ... Ron Mael (born J Ronald Day on August 12, 1947 in Culver City, California) is the elder of the brothers in the popular band Sparks. ... Russell Mael (born Dwight Russell Day on 5 October 1953 in Santa Monica, California) is the younger of the two brothers in the band Sparks. ... Dean Menta served as the guitarist for the rock band Faith No More from 1995 to 1997. ... John Mendelsohn, American drummer and rock critic of Rolling Stone magazine. ... James Mankey is the guitarist in Concrete Blonde and also played with the Sparks. ... Punkmorten 00:04, 17 December 2005 (UTC) Category: ... Alan Broadbent is a jazz pianist born April 23, 1947 in Auckland, New Zealand. ... For other persons named David Foster, see David Foster (disambiguation). ... David Paich during a live concert David Paich (born David Frank Paich on June 25, 1954 in Los Angeles, California) is a session musician from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, keyboard player, vocalist and main composer of the Los Angeles based rock/pop band Toto. ... Michael Joseph Porcaro is the bass player in the Grammy award-winning band Toto. ... Lee Mack Captain Fingers Ritenour (born January 11, 1952) is an internationally acclaimed guitarist, recording artist, composer and producer. ... Keith Forsey (born on January 22, 1948 in London, England, UK) // In 1988 Keith Forsey won the ASCAP Award for Most Performed Songs from Motion Pictures for: Beverly Hills Cop II (1987) Shared with: Harold Faltermeyer Bob Seger In 1984, Keith Forsey won an Oscar for Best Music, Original Song... Leslie Les Bohem (born 1950) is an American screenwriter and television writer. ... This article is about the genre. ... This article is about the genre of popular music. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... Ron Mael (born J Ronald Day on August 12, 1947 in Culver City, California) is the elder of the brothers in the popular band Sparks. ... Russell Mael (born Dwight Russell Day on 5 October 1953 in Santa Monica, California) is the younger of the two brothers in the band Sparks. ...


The band's long career has seen them successfully adopt many different musical genres; including glam pop, power pop, electronic dance music and mainstream pop. Despite these many styles, a recognizable "Sparks sound" remains throughout, and they have enjoyed a large cult following since their first releases.[4] Sparks have been highly influential on the development of popular music,[3] in particular on the late 1970s scene, when in collaboration with Giorgio Moroder (and Telex subsequently), they reinvented themselves as an electronic pop duo, and abandoned the traditional rock band line up.[5] In contrast to the esteem in which they are held by such peers as Depeche Mode, New Order and the Pet Shop Boys, who all cite Sparks as a major influence,[2][5] their almost constantly changing styles and unique visual presentations have sometimes seen them dismissed as a novelty act.[6] Glam rock (also known as glitter rock), is a rock music style that developed in the UK in the post-hippie early 1970s which was performed by singers and musicians wearing outrageous clothes, makeup, hairstyles, and platform-soled boots. ... Power pop is a long-standing musical genre that draws its inspiration from 1960s British and American pop music. ... Electronic dance music is a broad set of percussive music genres that largely inherit from 1970s disco music and, to some extent, the experimental pop music of Kraftwerk. ... The term classic pop may be used, in general, to refer to any kind of American popular music that either wholly predates the eruption of rock and roll in the mid-1950s, or to any popular music which exists concurrently to rock and roll but originated in a time before... Giorgio Moroder (born Giovanni Giorgio Moroder on April 26, 1940 in Ortisei, Italy) is an Academy Award-winning Italian record producer, songwriter and performer, whose groundbreaking work with synthesizers during the 1970s was a significant influence on new wave, techno and electronic music in general. ... Telex can refer to more than one thing: For the communications network, see Telegraphy. ... Depeche Mode (pronounced ) are an electronic music band formed in 1980, in Basildon, Essex, England. ... This article is about the alternative rock/electronic band New Order. ... Pet Shop Boys are an English dance music duo, consisting of Neil Tennant who provides main vocals, keyboards and occasionally guitar, and Chris Lowe on keyboards and occasionally on vocals. ...


The 2002 release of Lil' Beethoven, their self-described "genre-defining opus",[7] and 2006's Hello Young Lovers (their 20th studio album) have brought Sparks renewed critical and commercial success, and seen them continue to "steer clear of pop conventions."[8] Lil Beethoven is the nineteenth album by Sparks. ... Hello Young Lovers is the twentieth album by Sparks. ...

Contents

History

The history of Sparks spans five decades, from inception in the late 1960s LA club scene, through adoption by English fans in the middle 1970s, electronic experimentation in the late 1970s, and finally breaking through in the US of the early 1980s, a cinematic sojourn at the end of that decade with a return to form in the mid-1990s which continues to this day as they continue to push the boundaries of pop music. Image File history File links Mergefrom. ...


Inception in Los Angeles

Brothers Ron and Russell Mael grew up in Pacific Palisades, in western Los Angeles County, California,[9] during the “Golden Age” of the LA club scene, with The Doors, Love and The Standells regularly playing the Whisky-a-Go-Go on Sunset Strip and the Beach Boys playing the afternoon event Teenage Fair.[10] Both Ron and Russell Mael are seen in the audience during the Ronettes section of the famous rock movie Big TNT Show, filmed in 1966. Both attended UCLA, Ron studying cinema and graphic art, Russell theatre arts and filmmaking. Detesting the folk music scene, which they considered "...cerebral and sedate and we had no time for that",[10] they developed a particular taste in English bands of the time such as The Who, Syd Barrett's Pink Floyd, The Kinks and The Move, which led their description of themselves as "Anglophiles".[10] Pacific Palisades is a district within the city of Los Angeles, California located between Brentwood to the east, Malibu to the west, Santa Monica to the southeast, the Santa Monica Bay to the southwest, and the Santa Monica Mountains to the north. ... Map of California showing Los Angeles County. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... The Doors were an American rock band formed in 1965 in Los Angeles by vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, drummer John Densmore, and guitarist Robby Krieger. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Standells were a 1960s rock and roll band from Los Angeles, California who, like the The Seeds, exemplified the garage rock style. ... The Whisky A Go-Go is a nightclub in West Hollywood, California, at 8901 Sunset Boulevard on the Sunset Strip. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Beach Boys, originally the Beech Boys, a small team of four brothers from the south of Poland, emigrated to America in the early 1950s in search of a fortune to be made in the Arizonian logging industry. When it soon became evident they had been the victims of... The Ronettes first album The Ronettes were a girl group of the 1960s from New York City, best known for their work with producer Phil Spector. ... Binomial name Ucla xenogrammus Holleman, 1993 The largemouth triplefin, Ucla xenogrammus, is a fish of the family Tripterygiidae and only member of the genus Ucla, found in the Pacific Ocean from Viet Nam, the Philippines, Palau and the Caroline Islands to Papua New Guinea, Australia (including Christmas Island), and the... The Who are an English rock band that formed in 1964. ... Pink Floyd are an English rock band that initially earned recognition for their psychedelic or space rock music, and, as they evolved, for their progressive rock music. ... The Kinks were an English rock group formed in 1963 by lead singer-songwriter Ray Davies, his brother, lead guitarist and vocalist Dave Davies, and bassist Pete Quaife. ... The Move were one of the leading British rock bands of the 1960s from Birmingham, England, and were among the most popular British bands to not find any success in the US. The Move were led by guitarist, singer and songwriter Roy Wood (although Chris Ace Kefford was their original... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Forming Halfnelson in 1968, with rock critic John Mendelsohn on drums, they soon came to the attention of producer Todd Rundgren, at whose urging Albert Grossman signed the band to his Bearsville record label. Their self-titled debut - with the line-up consisting of college friend Earle Mankey on guitar, Mankey's brother James on bass, Harley Feinstein now on drums and Rundgren producing - sold poorly, but after switching labels to Warner Bros. Records and renaming themselves Sparks, a play on the Marx Brothers,[11] the re-issued debut spawned the minor regional hit "Wonder Girl". John Mendelsohn, American drummer and rock critic of Rolling Stone magazine. ... Todd Harry Rundgren (born June 22, 1948 in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, United States), is an American musician, singer, songwriter and record producer. ... Albert Bernard Grossman (May 21, 1926 -- January 25, 1986) is best known as the manager of Bob Dylan. ... James Mankey is the guitarist in Concrete Blonde and also played with the Sparks. ... Warner Bros. ... This article is about the comedian siblings. ...


Their follow up album, A Woofer In Tweeter's Clothing, led to a tour of the United Kingdom, including a residency at the Marquee in London,[5] which, despite much heckling during performances, helped them to secure a significant cult following.[9] An appearance on the BBC Television's Old Grey Whistle Test led to wider interest regardless of a cold reception from the show's host Bob Harris.[11]
This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... BBC Television is a service of the British Broadcasting Corporation which began in 1932. ... The Old Grey Whistle Test was an influential BBC2 television music show that ran from September 1971 until 1987. ... Bob Harris in 1975 Whispering Bob Harris (born Robert Brinley Harris in Northampton, England on 11 April 1946) is a radio host who currently works for BBC Radio 2, presenting music two nights a week. ...


Anglophiles in Albion

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Sparks "This Town Ain't Big Enough for Both of Us" (1974) Image File history File links Sparks_this_town_aint_big_enough_for_the_both_of_us(clip). ...

20 second clip of Sparks's "This Town Ain't Big Enough For the Both of Us".
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Relocating to England in 1973 with a new manager, John Hewlett, founder of John's Children,[12] and a deal from Island Records, thanks in part to the exposure garnered by their Whistle Test performance,[5] they placed an ad in music weekly Melody Maker ("Wanted bass player for Sparks. Must be beard free and exciting")[13] and through this hired Martin Gordon. With Adrian Fisher on guitar and Dinky Diamond on drums, in the midst of power strikes and a threatened vinyl shortage,[14] they recorded their breakthrough Kimono My House in 1974, scoring a number 2 hit with the single "This Town Ain't Big Enough for Both of Us", despite Elton John betting producer Muff Winwood that the song wouldn't break into the charts.[14] This hit led to an appearance on the BBC's flagship music show Top of the Pops. Russell's hyperactive movements were in sharp contrast to the keyboard-bound, soberly-dressed Ron's expressionless squint, whose toothbrush mustache and neatly parted hair gave him more than a passing resemblance to Adolf Hitler. Gordon was sacked the day after the band's appearance on the show with no explanation at the time, although years later, Hewlett admitted to him that the brothers had found him intimidating.[13] Johns Children were a Leatherhead, England-based 1960s proto-punk band featuring future T. Rex frontman Marc Bolan, whose 1967 single Desdemona was banned by the BBC for the controversial lyric, Lift up your skirt and fly. Their manager was Simon Napier-Bell, who devised white stage outfits and... Island Records is a record label that was founded by British record producers in Jamaica. ... This article is about the music newspaper. ... Punkmorten 00:04, 17 December 2005 (UTC) Category: ... Kimono My House is the third album by Sparks. ... A song written by Ron Mael of the American pop group Sparks. ... Sir Elton Hercules[1] John CBE[2] (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947) is a five-time Grammy and one-time Academy Award-winning English pop/rock singer, composer and pianist. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... Top of the Pops, also known as TOTP, was a long-running British music chart television programme, made and broadcast by the BBC. It was originally shown each week, mostly on BBC One, from 1 January 1964 to 30 July 2006. ... Hitler redirects here. ...


The follow up albums, Propaganda and Indiscreet, the latter produced by Tony Visconti, were similarly successful and produced the hit singles "Looks, Looks, Looks", "Never Turn Your Back On Mother Earth" and "Something For The Girl With Everything".[9] For other uses, see Tony Visconti (disambiguation). ...


Return home

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Sparks "Big Boy" (1976) Image File history File links Sparks_Big_Boy(clip). ...

14 second clip of Sparks's "Big Boy".
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1976 saw the Maels return home to LA. Concerned that their music may have become stale, they changed to a more "American" sound and recorded Big Beat with Rupert Holmes on production, followed by Introducing Sparks; both were mostly recorded with session musicians. This new "West Coast" sound was deemed a failure as they felt the results were "bereft of personality".[5] In 1976, Sparks made one of their first forays into the movie business, making a cameo appearance in the disaster film Rollercoaster, after Kiss turned down the roles.[15] Big Beat is the sixth album by Sparks. ... Rupert Holmes (born February 24, 1947 in Northwich, Cheshire, England) is a composer and writer who grew up in the northern New York City suburb of Nanuet, New York, and attended nearby Nyack High School. ... Introducing Sparks is the seventh album by Sparks. ... With the release of The Poseidon Adventure (1972), the Disaster film officially became a movie-going craze. ... Rollercoaster is a summer 1977 disaster-suspense film directed by James Goldstone. ... Kiss is an American rock band formed in New York City in January 1973. ...


After the disappointment of the last two albums, the brothers found themselves at "a 'what do we do now?' moment". By 1979 they had tired of the rock band format and determined to take their music in a more electronic direction. They had expressed admiration for Giorgio Moroder, creator of the iconic disco anthem I Feel Love performed by Donna Summer, to a German journalist who turned out to be a friend of his. As a result, they teamed up with Moroder and created No. 1 In Heaven, an album which would not only redefine the Sparks sound but would challenge the concept of what is meant by a band[5] and would be a major influence on emerging electro pop artists.[2] The follow-up in 1980, Terminal Jive, scored a massive hit single in France, "When I'm With You", which led to them staying in the country for a year promoting the album.[5][9] The single also hit the Top 20 in Australia, reaching #14. Giorgio Moroder (born Giovanni Giorgio Moroder on April 26, 1940 in Ortisei, Italy) is an Academy Award-winning Italian record producer, songwriter and performer, whose groundbreaking work with synthesizers during the 1970s was a significant influence on new wave, techno and electronic music in general. ... I Feel Love is a song by Donna Summer, taken from her 1977 concept album I Remember Yesterday. ... Donna Summer (born LaDonna Adrian Gaines on December 31, 1948) is an American singer-songwriter and musician who gained prominence during the disco era of music. ... No. ... Terminal Jive is the ninth album by Sparks. ...


Finding the electronic equipment they had adopted for their new sound too cumbersome to tour with, they returned to the more traditional band format for their next three releases, Whomp That Sucker, Angst In My Pants and Sparks in Outer Space. They finally broke into the US singles charts with "Cool Places" from 1983's ..Outer Space. The track was a collaboration with Go-Go Jane Wiedlin, who, at one time, ran her own Sparks fanclub,[15] and its success was in part thanks to LA's KROQ radio station, which hailed them as local heroes.[2] Whomp That Sucker is the tenth album by Sparks. ... Angst in My Pants is the eleventh album by Sparks. ... In Outer Space is the twelfth album by Sparks. ... For the 1960s band, see The Go-Gos (1960s). ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... KROQ is a commercial rock and roll music radio station in Los Angeles, California, broadcasting on 106. ...


The late 1980s and early 1990s saw the brothers concentrate on filmmaking, particularly an attempt to make a Japanese comic strip, Mai, The Psychic Girl, into a movie. Despite interest from Tim Burton and six years' work on the project, it came to nothing.[9][16] Mai, the Psychic Girl is a manga written by Kazuya Kudo and illustrated by Ryoichi Ikegami. ... Timothy Tim William Burton (born August 25, 1958) is an Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominated American film director, writer and designer notable for the quirky and often dark atmosphere in his high-profile films. ...


Return to music

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Sparks "When Do I Get To Sing My Way?" (1994) Image File history File links Sparks_When_Do_I_Get_To_Sing_My_Way(clip). ...

15 second clip of Sparks's "When Do I Get To Sing My Way".
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1994 saw the Maels return with the release of Gratuitous Sax and Senseless Violins, providing the hit singles "When Do I Get To Sing My Way?" and "When I Kiss You (I Hear Charlie Parker Playing)". 1997 saw the release of Plagiarism, an album of cover versions of their own songs featuring collaborations with Faith No More, Erasure and Jimmy Somerville. Half of the album was recorded by Tony Visconti in London with the other half recorded by the brothers in their own purpose-built studio in LA, surrounded by busts of Elvis.[9][2] In 1998 they recorded the soundtrack for the movie Knock Off, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, directed by the acclaimed Hong Kong based producer/director Tsui Hark[6] (who had appeared on his own tribute song by the band on the album Gratuitous Sax and Senseless Violins). Balls, released in 2000, was generally perceived as Sparks treading water.[9] This article is about the song made famous by Frank Sinatra. ... For other persons of the same name, see Charles Parker. ... FNM redirects here. ... This article is about the a musical group Erasure. ... Jimmy Somerville – concert in Warsaw, 2006. ... Elvis redirects here. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... Van Damme redirects here. ... This is a Chinese name; the family name is Tsui (徐) Tsui Hark, born Tsui Man-kong (徐文光) on February 15, 1950, is a New Wave film director in Hong Kong and a highly influential producer. ...


Revival: 2002 - 2006

If Balls was greeted with apathy, 2002 saw the release of the album which the band themselves described as their "genre-defining opus". Lil' Beethoven, featuring quasi-classical arrangements of strings and choirs,[9] led to renewed interest in the band, for instance Record Collector magazine named the album as one of its "Best New Albums of 2002", describing it as "... possibly the most exciting and interesting release ever from such a long established act"[17] and later in 2003 saying "... it really does feel like one of the best albums ever made."[5] A UK and European tour had the band playing the entire album each night in the first half of the show, with fan favourites making up the second. The line-up now included Tammy Glover on drums and former Faith No More guitarist Dean Menta. Long-time fan Morrissey invited Sparks to perform at the 2004 Meltdown Festival, of which he was curator. They performed their breakthrough Kimono My House album, followed by Lil Beethoven, both in their entirety.[7] Cover of the Nov 2005 issue Record Collector started in 1979 and is the UK’s longest-running monthly music magazine. ... FNM redirects here. ... Dean Menta served as the guitarist for the rock band Faith No More from 1995 to 1997. ... For other uses, see Morrissey (disambiguation). ... Meltdown is an annual music festival held at the Royal Festival Hall, part of Londons South Bank Centre. ...

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Sparks "Perfume" (2006) Image File history File links Sparks_Perfume(clip). ...

23 second clip of Sparks's "Perfume".
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February 2006 saw the release of Hello Young Lovers, their twentieth studio album.[16] The album is regarded as carrying on where Lil Beethoven left off, being described as "... cynical, intelligent and very, very funny",[18] it has met with considerable acclaim, though some reviewers regard the constant use of wit, satire, and lyrical repetition as becoming wearisome or annoying.[19][20]


The brothers tend to be dismissive of the latest trends in popular music, seeing most current bands as lacking musical ambition and experimental drive.[7][3][8] Indeed the predictable trends in much of modern rock, as they see it, served as inspiration for their latest album.[8] However, they have expressed admiration for Eminem, Outkast, Franz Ferdinand, Belisha and Morrissey.[7][10] Marshall Bruce Mathers III (born October 17, 1972), better known as Eminem or Slim Shady, is a Grammy and Academy Award-winning American rapper, record producer and actor from the Detroit, Michigan area. ... This article is about the hip hop group. ... Franz Ferdinand are an award winning rock band, from Glasgow, Scotland. ... Belisha Summer 2007. ...


The pair appeared in the season 6 finale of the US TV show Gilmore Girls, performing "Perfume" from the album Hello Young Lovers. They released a live DVD of a September 2006 show at the London Forum as well as a long-awaited CD release of their previously unavailable 1977 album Introducing Sparks. Gilmore Girls is a long-running, Emmy Award winning, and Golden Globe nominated American television drama/comedy created by Amy Sherman-Palladino and starring Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel. ... Introducing Sparks is the seventh album by Sparks. ...


2008

On May 12th 2008, Sparks released the single "Good Morning", taken from their forthcoming album Exotic Creatures Of The Deep.


May / June 2008 saw the 21-night "Sparks Spectacular" in London, where they played each of their albums in chronological order during the first twenty nights, and premiered their new album on the twenty-first concert on June 13th, 2008.[21]. Each night, they performed an album in its entirety followed by a rare track - many of the songs had never been performed live before. The band asked their fans to visit their website and vote for the track that they'd most like to hear the band perform during the second half of the 21st concert after the premiere of Exotic Creatures Of The Deep.


Fans who bought a "Golden Ticket" (which allowed entry into all 21 gigs) also received a poster signed by the band and a CD single entitled Islington N1, a reference to the postal address of the venue for the first 20 gigs.


Sparks Spectacular

Date Title Year Venue Rare track
16 May Sparks / Halfnelson 1971 Carling Islington Academy England
17 May A Woofer in Tweeter's Clothing 1972 Carling Islington Academy Arts & Crafts Spectacular
18 May Kimono My House 1974 Carling Islington Academy Barbecutie
20 May Propaganda 1974 Carling Islington Academy Lost and Found
21 May Indiscreet 1975 Carling Islington Academy Gone With The Wind
23 May Big Beat 1976 Carling Islington Academy Tearing The Place Apart
24 May Introducing Sparks 1977 Carling Islington Academy Alabamy Right
25 May No. 1 In Heaven 1979 Carling Islington Academy Dancing Is Dangerous
27 May Terminal Jive 1980 Carling Islington Academy Singing In The Shower
28 May Whomp That Sucker 1981 Carling Islington Academy Get Crazy
30 May Angst in My Pants 1982 Carling Islington Academy
31 May In Outer Space 1983 Carling Islington Academy
1 June Pulling Rabbits Out of a Hat 1984 Carling Islington Academy
3 June Music That You Can Dance To 1986 Carling Islington Academy
4 June Interior Design 1988 Carling Islington Academy
6 June Gratuitous Sax & Senseless Violins 1994 Carling Islington Academy
7 June Plagiarism 1997 Carling Islington Academy
8 June Balls 2000 Carling Islington Academy
10 June Lil' Beethoven 2002 Carling Islington Academy
11 June Hello Young Lovers 2006 Carling Islington Academy
13 June Exotic Creatures Of The Deep 2008 Shepherds Bush Empire

Halfnelson is the debut album by Halfnelson/Sparks. ... // February 8 - Bob Dylans hour-long documentary film, Eat the Document, premieres at New Yorks Academy of Music. ... A Woofer In Tweeters Clothing is the second album by Sparks. ... // January 17 - Highway 51 South in Memphis, Tennessee is renamed Elvis Presley Blvd January 20 - Pink Floyd debuts Dark Side of the Moon during a performance at The Dome, in Brighton, but due to technical difficulties, is halted during the song Money. ... Kimono My House is the third album by Sparks. ... // January - The Ramones form. ... Propaganda is the fourth album by Sparks. ... // January - The Ramones form. ... Indiscreet is the fifth album by Sparks. ... // January 2 - New York City U.S. District Court Judge Richard Owen rules that former Beatle John Lennon and his lawyers can have access to Department of Immigration files pertaining to his deportation case. ... Big Beat is the sixth album by Sparks. ... See also: 1970s in music. ... Introducing Sparks is the seventh album by Sparks. ... See also: 1970s in music. ... No. ... See also: Musical groups established in 1979 Record labels established in 1979 1979 in music (UK) // Stevie Wonder uses digital audio recording technology in recording his album Journey through the Secret Life of Plants. ... Terminal Jive is the ninth album by Sparks. ... // January 1 - The year starts off with a strong disco backlash, which causes the majority of musicians to abandon the use of real instruments in an attempt to distant themselves from anything associated with disco. ... Whomp That Sucker is the tenth album by Sparks. ... See also: Musical groups established in 1981 Record labels established in 1981 list of years in music // January 10 - Revival of the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta The Pirates of Penzance opens at Broadways Uris Theatre, starring Linda Ronstadt and Rex Smith February 14 - Billy Idol leaves the band Generation... Angst in My Pants is the eleventh album by Sparks. ... See also: 1982 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1982 Record labels established in 1982 list of years in music // January 15 - K.C. and the Sunshine Bands Harry Wayne Casey is seriously injured in an automobile accident in Miami, Florida. ... In Outer Space is the twelfth album by Sparks. ... See also: 1983 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1983 Record labels established in 1983 // Michael Jacksons Thriller, the most successful album not only of 1983, but of all time, was released in 1982 and began its epic domination of the music charts the following year, 1983. ... Pulling Rabbits Out of a Hat is the thirteenth album by Sparks. ... See also: // January 21 - Relax by Frankie Goes to Hollywood reaches number one in the UK singles chart: it spends a total of forty-two weeks in the Top 40. ... Music That You Can Dance To is the fourteenth album by Sparks. ... See also: Musical groups established in 1986 Record labels established in 1986 // 1986 - Goo Goo Dolls are formed in Buffalo, New York. ... Interior Design is the fifteenth album by Sparks. ... See also: Musical groups established in 1988 Record labels established in 1988 // Peter Ruzicka becomes director of the Hamburg State Opera and State Philharmonic Orchestra. ... Gratuitous Sax & Senseless Violins is the sixteenth album by Sparks. ... See also: 1994 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1994 Record labels established in 1994 // January 29 - The Supremes Mary Wilson is injured when her jeep hits a freeway median and flips over just outside of Los Angeles, California. ... Plagiarism is the seventeenth album by Sparks. ... See also: 1997 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1997 Record labels established in 1997 // January 9 - David Bowie performs his 50th Birthday Bash concert (the day after his birthday) at Madison Square Garden, with guests Frank Black, The Foo Fighters, Sonic Youth, Robert Smith of The Cure, Lou... Balls is the eighteenth album by Sparks. ... See also: 2000 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 2000 Record labels established in 2000 // John Tavener is knighted in the New Years Honours List. ... Lil Beethoven is the nineteenth album by Sparks. ... See also: 2002 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 2002 Record labels established in 2002 // 2002 was marked by significant trends in rock music. ... Hello Young Lovers is the twentieth album by Sparks. ... See also: 2006 in British music Musical groups established in 2006 Record labels established in 2006 // January – James Nicholl, drummer of Pay*Ola became ill and was admitted to hospital. ... The year 2008 in music is full of events, albums released by major artists and bands, and hit singles. ... The Shepherds Bush Empire (the first word is sometimes spelled Shepherds) is a music venue in Shepherds Bush, West London, England, run by the Academy Music Group. ...

Style

Sparks' musical style has changed dramatically over their almost forty year career. In the beginning they attempted to emulate the sound of their English heroes, such as The Who, Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd and The Kinks, sometimes even pretending to be an English band while on the LA club circuit. They relocated to England during the Glam rock era where, despite cutting an odd figure on this scene, they found success with their polished brand of intricate pop tunes and convoluted lyrics. By the second half of the decade, they were concerned that the sound they had developed while based in England was in danger of becoming stale; they returned to LA, determined to adopt a more "West Coast" sound. This they achieved with producer Rupert Holmes on Big Beat and (sans Holmes) on Introducing Sparks. The Who are an English rock band that formed in 1964. ... Roger Keith Syd Barrett (6 January 1946 – 7 July 2006) was an English singer, songwriter, guitarist, and artist. ... Pink Floyd are an English rock band that initially earned recognition for their psychedelic or space rock music, and, as they evolved, for their progressive rock music. ... The Kinks were an English rock group formed in 1963 by lead singer-songwriter Ray Davies, his brother, lead guitarist and vocalist Dave Davies, and bassist Pete Quaife. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... Glam rock (also known as glitter rock), is a rock music style that developed in the UK in the post-hippie early 1970s which was performed by singers and musicians wearing outrageous clothes, makeup, hairstyles, and platform-soled boots. ... Regional definitions vary from source to source. ...


However the band were not satisfied with the results, which they felt lacked personality, perhaps due to the reliance on session musicians. This led to the most dramatic change of style the band would attempt, when they teamed up with Giorgio Moroder, dropped the band format altogether and produced Number One in Heaven. This album is regarded as a landmark in the development of electronic music and greatly influenced bands which would emerge in the following years.[5][2] They soon returned to a more traditional line-up, which remained until 1988's Interior Design. There then followed a long hiatus until 1994's Gratuitous Sax & Senseless Violins, which was a foray into the techno dance world, which they had helped to spawn back in the late 1970s.[22] While their style has remained on the same path since Gratuitous Sax..., they have nonetheless continued to push the boundaries of conventional pop music and songwriting, remaining both innovative and highly influential.[3] It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Sideman. ... Giorgio Moroder (born Giovanni Giorgio Moroder on April 26, 1940 in Ortisei, Italy) is an Academy Award-winning Italian record producer, songwriter and performer, whose groundbreaking work with synthesizers during the 1970s was a significant influence on new wave, techno and electronic music in general. ... Techno is a form of electronic music that emerged in the mid-1980s and primarily refers to a particular style developed in and around Detroit and subsequently adopted by European producers. ...


Lyrically, the band's style has been described as coming from "the school of Cole Porter, favouring caustic wit over trivial personal problems, …achingly clever lyrics seesaw between superficial gloss, profound sentiment and the incomprehensibly bizarre."[2] Repeated lyrical motifs have become a distinct feature on recent albums. On "My Baby’s Taking Me Home" off Lil' Beethoven (2002), the song title is repeated 104 times, with no other words being used, other than a spoken interlude.[5] Similarly, on the same album, "Your Call Is Very Important To Us", uses a corporation style call-hold message: "Your call is very important to us. Please hold" which is then sung with some additional words: "At first she said your call is very important to us, then she said please, please hold." The only other lyrics in the song are "Red light" and "Green light". These elements are layered with a simple piano line to create a highly textured effect.[20]


Discography

see Sparks discography

References and notes

  1. ^ Dye, David (2006). "Sparks: Elegantly Whimsical". npr.org. Retrieved on 2006-09-24.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Alfvegren, Skylaire. ""Shooting Off Sparks"", LA Weekly, 1998-11-04. Retrieved on 2006-04-13. 
  3. ^ a b c d McNair, James (2006). "Sparks: Creating mischief again with their latest album". Enjoyment. Retrieved on 2006-04-18.
  4. ^ Ashlock, Jesse (2003). "Sparks profile". Epitonic.com. Retrieved on 2006-09-24.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Easlea, Daryl (July 2003). "Sparks Interview". Record Collector Magazine Issue 287. 
  6. ^ a b J.R. Taylor. "Lively Sparks", New York Press. Retrieved on 2006-04-13. 
  7. ^ a b c d Sparks Interview "Melting Down Beethoven" on musicohm.com. Retrieved on 2006-04-13.
  8. ^ a b c "News", Billboard News. Retrieved on 2006-04-13. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h Encyclopedia of Popular Music. "Sparks". BBC.co.uk. Retrieved on 2006-04-13.
  10. ^ a b c d Hodgkinson, Will. ""Sparks Interview"", Arts Guide, Guardian Newspaper, 2002-11-01. Retrieved on 2006-04-13. 
  11. ^ a b Sparkography on allsparks.com. Retrieved on 2006-04-15.
  12. ^ Welch, Chris (1974). "Bright Sparks". Melody Maker. Retrieved on 2006-04-13.
  13. ^ a b "Hello, Goodbye 77 - Martin Gordon and Sparks" (August 2003). Mojo Magazine Issue 117. 
  14. ^ a b "Sparks of a revolution", Living Section, Scotsman Newspaper. Retrieved on 2006-04-18. 
  15. ^ a b Black, Johnny (September 2006). ""Sparks Interview"". Mojo Magazine Issue 154. 
  16. ^ a b Thirty chord wonders. Living Section. Scotsman Newspaper. Retrieved on 2006-04-13.
  17. ^ Various Staff Writers (January 2003). "Best New Albums of 2002". Record Collector Magazine Issue 281. 
  18. ^ Hello Young Lovers review on bbc.co.uk. Retrieved on 2006-04-25.
  19. ^ Cairns, Dan. ""Hello Young Lovers Review"", Sunday Times (Ireland), 2006-02-05. Retrieved on 2006-04-25. 
  20. ^ a b Hello Young Lovers review on StylusMagazine.com. Retrieved on 2006-04-25.
  21. ^ Sparks to play an album a night in London
  22. ^ Sparks Profile on music.com. Retrieved on 2006-04-18.

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