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I don't know them except for 'When do I get to sing My Way', which was kind of Pet Shop Boys copyism. A friend of mine just bought tickets for us to see them next week, due to a misunderstanding that led her to believe it was a Siouxie and the Banshees concert. No, I didn't understand it either. Does anyone know what I can expect?

Gatinha (rwillmsen), Friday, 21 March 2003 15:48 (eighteen years ago) link

Gatinha.... Sparks INVENTED thePet Shop Boys! As Neil Tennant has readily admitted!

Great, witty, camp as tits wry pop from a band who have made some of the finest records ever made. There's a cheap 'best of' available including all their greatest hits and misses - essential purchase before you go to the gig.

russ t, Friday, 21 March 2003 15:59 (eighteen years ago) link

Great band. Never turn your back on mother earth is the best song ever.

Badger (Badger), Friday, 21 March 2003 17:15 (eighteen years ago) link

This one HAD to have been done.

Sparks - C ou D

yup.

classic, btw

J (Jay), Friday, 21 March 2003 17:22 (eighteen years ago) link

Oops, got lost in a self-refential logical vortex there. Try dis:

Sparks - C ou D

J (Jay), Friday, 21 March 2003 17:23 (eighteen years ago) link

What the heck?

J (Jay), Friday, 21 March 2003 17:23 (eighteen years ago) link

classic. best band ever.

mosurock (mosurock), Friday, 21 March 2003 17:23 (eighteen years ago) link

I really wish I had Kimono My House at work right now so I could blast it and freak out everybody.

hstencil, Friday, 21 March 2003 17:25 (eighteen years ago) link


The concert was great, and this was the highlight

Gatinha (rwillmsen), Friday, 28 March 2003 02:34 (eighteen years ago) link

Absolute total solid gold CLASSIC in every way! I remember seeing them on The White Room and being totally freaked out but transfixed at the same time. "When I Kiss You (I Hear Charlie Parker Playing)" is fab, both in its original form and in Bernard Butler's slo-mo asmospheric instrumental remix guise. Oh, and search "This Town Ain't Big Enough For The Both Of Us" for the ultimate in pre-PSB synth drama.

CharlieNo4 (Charlie), Friday, 28 March 2003 05:58 (eighteen years ago) link

Still classic. Folks on the mailing list I run said the recent shows were some of their best ever, and I fully believe that.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Friday, 28 March 2003 06:04 (eighteen years ago) link

i like the first three island discs from the mid '70s, neatly summarised on "Mael Intuition: Best of Sparks: 1974-76" which i got as a cut-out

Kimono My House, Propoganda and Indiscreet all have great songs on them mostly by Ron Mael and all have some lemons too (eg pineapple, a song by Russell)

george gosset (gegoss), Friday, 28 March 2003 06:11 (eighteen years ago) link

I bought Plagiarism.... and it's fucking awful. Pointless remixes of songs that simply didn't need them. Clever sleeve, though.

There's a brilliant Sparks Best Of available from Fopp for about £3 or £5 - well worth checking out. Unremixed, too.

russ t, Friday, 28 March 2003 10:55 (eighteen years ago) link

I would say definitely classic, in spite of Mael's annoying singing voice.

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Friday, 28 March 2003 12:40 (eighteen years ago) link

Pointless remixes of songs that simply didn't need them.

Actually full rerecordings rather than remixes, to be pedantic.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Friday, 28 March 2003 14:18 (eighteen years ago) link

I think Sparks are a bit good to be adequately summarised by anything but their best albums. Kimono My House, Propaganda, Indiscreet, Number One in Heaven, maybe even Angst in My Pants (at times, maybe weird times) are all really, really odd and good records.

Andrew Thames (Andrew Thames), Friday, 28 March 2003 14:23 (eighteen years ago) link

First record I ever bought was The (1979) Best Of Sparks. I recently bought Kimono My House - what a record; it just sounds so incredibly fresh and now. I once did This Town on karaoke and it was possibly my greatest triumph! So definite classic.

Daniel (dancity), Friday, 28 March 2003 15:50 (eighteen years ago) link

Something For The Girl With Everything

(Ron Mael)

See, the writing's on the wall
You bought the girl a wall
Complete with matching ball-point pen
You can breathe another day
Secure in knowing she won't break you (yet)

Something for the girl with everything
Have another sweet my dear
Don't try to talk my dear
Your tiny little mouth is full
Here's a flavour you ain't tried
You shouldn't try to talk, your mouth is full

Something for the girl with everything
Three wise men are here
Three wise men are here
Bearing gifts to aid amnesia
She knows everything
She knows everything
She knew you way back when you weren't yourself

Here's a really pretty car
I hope it takes you far
I hope it takes you fast and far
Wow, the engine's really loud
Nobody's gonna hear a thing you say

Something for the girl with everything
Three wise men are here
Three wise men are here
Where should they leave these imported gimmicks
Leave them anywhere
Anywhere
Make sure that there's a clear path to the door

Something for the girl with everything
Something for the girl with everything
Something for the girl with everything
Something for the girl with everything
Three wise men are here
Three wise men are here
Three wise men are here
Three wise men are here

Here's a partridge in a tree,
A gardener for the tree
Complete with ornithologist
Careful, careful with that crate
You wouldn't want to dent Sinatra, no

Something for the girl who has got everything,
Yes everything
Hey, come out and say hello
Before our friends all go
But say no more than just hello
Ah, the little girl is shy
You see of late she's been quite speechless, very speechless
She's got everything

Daniel (dancity), Friday, 28 March 2003 16:01 (eighteen years ago) link

three months pass...
actually i want 90% of the songs from the first three island albums

what's the latest album like ?

george gosset (gegoss), Sunday, 20 July 2003 05:15 (eighteen years ago) link

Pretty damn sweet.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Sunday, 20 July 2003 05:39 (eighteen years ago) link

there's fly on the wall information about a bands working methods and lifestyle it would be interesting to know -- ok, maybe they're more like writers (as well as being _real_ recoridng artists) (i imagine j.d. sallinger, so maybe a lit. crit. type tome is more appropriate

and why all those changes of style and demograph ? what of their large later (and earlier) less celabrated back catalog ? ie not glib search/destroy (yes or no or try this) answers, more _why_ ? how ? huh ?

(and how about photos from their earlier careers as clidd underwear models)

they're one of those outfits with their own quite different career mythology -- less groupies and drugs, probably very interesting in other ways

george gosset (gegoss), Sunday, 20 July 2003 10:03 (eighteen years ago) link

Played "Tryouts For The Human Race" in my mix for our Outlaw Dance Party (which I'll have to elaborate on sometime soon -- a peak into Little Rock life) last night. Crowd loved it, of course.

I wish someone would remix "Monster of Love" and crank the drums.

andrew m. (andrewmorgan), Sunday, 20 July 2003 15:09 (eighteen years ago) link

There's a brilliant Sparks Best Of available from Fopp for about £3 or £5 - well worth checking out. Unremixed, too.

Bought this for three quid in HMV - they've got loads, snap 'em up, kids!

Can't intellectualise the already weightily, flouncily intellectual - just buy the above or Kimono My House, c'mon, it's only just more than a pint. Worth it for "Beat The Clock" and the other Moroder collabs alone.

CharlieNo4 (Charlie), Sunday, 20 July 2003 15:11 (eighteen years ago) link

the video for 'Rhythm Thief' is really cool!

stevem (blueski), Sunday, 20 July 2003 17:18 (eighteen years ago) link

Absolute classic up through 'Indiscreet', less so, but still damn good afterwards. Especially search 'Kimono My House,' and 'Propaganda.' IMHO, Sparks had an unique sound that nobody, including PSB, has captured.

John Bullabaugh (John Bullabaugh), Sunday, 20 July 2003 17:50 (eighteen years ago) link

I want to love them more than I do, but I still own and enjoy a pile of their records. Search the Giorgio Moroder-produced No. 1 in Heaven where the Mael brothers' songwriting is efficient and Moroder pulls out all the stops. I also think Angst in My Pants can stand along with the classic Island albums.

I love "Pineapple" btw.

Sean (Sean), Monday, 21 July 2003 02:09 (eighteen years ago) link

"Rhythm Thief" - that's funny, Junior Senior have a song called "Rhythm Bandits"

and JS are opening for Sparks in Central Park this summer!

Tracer Hand (tracerhand), Monday, 21 July 2003 03:28 (eighteen years ago) link

Haha! That's brilliant, I have to say (and that should be one hell of a show).

Ned Raggett (Ned), Monday, 21 July 2003 03:30 (eighteen years ago) link

I know, I can't wait! Sunshine, disco, and foliage, how can you go wrong?

Re the question: I like some of their songs, but not that many. When they're on, they're a breed apart, but I certainly can't listen to a side all the way through.

Tracer Hand (tracerhand), Monday, 21 July 2003 03:31 (eighteen years ago) link

five months pass...
Listening to XTC's "1000 Umbrellas" and thinking it reminds me of Sparks' "Here Comes Bob".

dleone (dleone), Saturday, 10 January 2004 21:44 (seventeen years ago) link

VERY interesting. I'm going to have to relisten to "Here Comes Bob" and think about that!

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 10 January 2004 21:49 (seventeen years ago) link

I like "Rhythm Thief" but overall I think Lil' Beethovenflops. The songs aren't fully formed, more like fragments, and Ron's lyrical themes are totally played out to the point of being embarassing. The gimmick of the string arrangements diverts for a while, but doesn't carry the album. Sparks are still classic, but their discography is wildly inconsistant.

Sean (Sean), Sunday, 11 January 2004 00:07 (seventeen years ago) link

This is my fave unheralded pop surrealist miniature.

"Nicotina"

Not every cigarette is a dead, dead thing
Some have a mind and try to be other things
Pushed in the pack, they crave some Virginia air
Softly, they pray to someone, but life ain't fair

They're born to lose
They're born to fill
The lungs of Jack
The lungs of Jill
And like I said
Life just isn't fair

Nicotina, Nicotina, Nicotina is her name

Once in a while a cigarette has a name
N-I-C-O-T-I-N-A, that's her name
She had a tiny voice, and she sang all day
She was a cigarette, but she loved to play

Nicotina, Nicotina, Nicotina is her name

A man with a cough
Stepped to the machine
Dropped coins in the slot
The end of a dream

He ripped the pack and coughed, and then coughed again
Popped out a cigarette, and we're near the end
She screamed and screamed but so much was filtered out
Now Nicotina's only a tiny cloud

Nicotina's gone, but life goes on though
Nicotina's gone, but life goes on though
Nicotina's gone, but life goes on and on and on and on and on
Nicotina, Nicotina, Nicotina was her name

Ian Grey (Ian_G), Sunday, 11 January 2004 08:02 (seventeen years ago) link

two months pass...
And another revive to celebrate the upcoming show on Saturday in LA, which should be good fun. Arthur and Thea and I will be gathering with other Sparks maniacs beforehand, and you're welcome to join!

An acquaintance, Michelle who helps run Marc Almond's website, has a slew of enjoyable photos from the recent London show up here:

http://www.beyondthedarkroom.co.uk/

Click on 'Stage' and then follow the links.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Friday, 9 April 2004 00:05 (seventeen years ago) link

who's gonna see 'em in SF tonight? i hate you!

ken taylrr, Friday, 9 April 2004 16:03 (seventeen years ago) link

yeah, shaddup Ned :)

Donna Brown (Donna Brown), Friday, 9 April 2004 16:07 (seventeen years ago) link

*whistles idly* Living in their hometown area has its benefits. This'll be my fifth show in six years!

Ned Raggett (Ned), Friday, 9 April 2004 16:37 (seventeen years ago) link

I put Sparks in the same category as Suede and Marianne Faithful;
the music may have merit but I can't get past the vocals.

Squirrel_Police (Squirrel_Police), Friday, 9 April 2004 18:42 (seventeen years ago) link

Ron Mael walked up to me backstage at the Whiskey one time and looks all fretful, but, for a moment, doesn't say anything.

I say the early 80s version of Whassup and he scretches his chin, tells me in his late thirties, and he's worried that he isn't married yet. "Am I weird or something?" he asks.

Ian Grey (Ian_G), Friday, 9 April 2004 19:17 (seventeen years ago) link

Sparks rule!!!!!! I just found the Tips for Teens 12". Perfect. Andrew WK is a total Sparks head. Listen to Kimono My House and Indiscreet then put on I Get Wet. It all makes sense.

Justin Farrar (Justin Farrar), Saturday, 10 April 2004 01:58 (seventeen years ago) link

That's actually a brilliant comparison! (Now if I only liked Andrew WK.)

I was happy to let Sean in SF know about their show tonight via chat -- he got all excited because he didn't know about that beforehand, and is at the venue now! Hope he has a good time.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 10 April 2004 02:12 (seventeen years ago) link

Oh, and Ian's story rules.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 10 April 2004 02:12 (seventeen years ago) link

Thanks--And it's written entirely in TypoScript.

Ian Grey (Ian_G), Saturday, 10 April 2004 13:11 (seventeen years ago) link

Recently discovered 'The Japanese Have Come And They Bought My Number One' by the Maels. Only available on The Hell Collection but it's fantastic. From the early 90s, about a rich businessman stealing R. Mael's girlfriend from him, complete with a killer chorus. I'm sharing it on Ssk if anyone's interested.

Ian SPACK (Ian SPACK), Saturday, 10 April 2004 13:27 (seventeen years ago) link

The Hell Collection

A fine disc, that, as you can see here.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 10 April 2004 13:46 (seventeen years ago) link

Out of curiosity, what are Ron and Russell's marital statuses these days? I can't imagine them ever dating anyone ever, just sitting at home bringing cups of tea for each other and eyeballing Morrissey over the garden fence. Having said that, a good percentage of their songs are bitter little ditties about other guys getting girls and not our heroes. Ned, you're the oracle, what's the scandal?

Ian SPACK (Ian SPACK), Saturday, 10 April 2004 15:12 (seventeen years ago) link

Their private life is just that! I have a couple of odd suppositions here and there but pretty much they've got their comfy Hollywood Hills home and whatever goes on...goes on.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 10 April 2004 15:18 (seventeen years ago) link

Aw, I'm glad really. My idyllic view of them remains.

Ian SPACK (Ian SPACK), Saturday, 10 April 2004 15:23 (seventeen years ago) link

a) am I the only one who has heard/owns the Ron and Russell produced disco 12" Dancing is Dangerous by Noel on Virgin?

and if not, b) am th only one who thinks there is no such person as Noel and the song is just Russell singing in a low voice then sped up? Even the picture of "noel" on the label is questionable...I swear it could be Russell!

Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Saturday, 10 April 2004 15:47 (seventeen years ago) link

Spent the last two days listening to an awesome 17 minute version of this song, can't believe I've never heard of it before. Dan, thanks a dozen times for bringing it to my attention. I think you're right with reckoning it's Russell. What year was it released? As ever, I'm sharing it on slsk.

Also, 'We Are The Clash'. That's quite good too. I swear this band can never step a foot wrong.

Affectian (Affectian), Friday, 16 April 2004 00:36 (seventeen years ago) link

Good interview and live "Missionary Position":

https://www.kcrw.com/news-culture/shows/bookworm/sparks-part-i

... (Eazy), Friday, 15 December 2017 05:54 (three years ago) link

Oh nice, I'd missed they'd done another interview with him (had done one some years back).

Ned Raggett, Friday, 15 December 2017 05:55 (three years ago) link

six months pass...

Holy shit I need this immediately.

http://www.indiewire.com/2018/06/edgar-wright-documentary-rock-band-sparks-1201977373/

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 21 June 2018 21:14 (three years ago) link

Oh yeah, he mentioned it a few weeks ago during his appearance on the R U Talkin' R.E.M. RE: ME? podcast.

MarkoP, Thursday, 21 June 2018 21:28 (three years ago) link

I vaguely remember news of him filming the London concert but had missed the documentary news. What a good thing to see this week, honestly.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 21 June 2018 21:33 (three years ago) link

He said on R U Talkin' R.E.M. re: Me? (last week's episode) that he hasn't done anything on it apart from filming the London show, and there's no timeframe as yet.

kelp, clam and carrion (sic), Thursday, 21 June 2018 23:21 (three years ago) link

seven months pass...

Yes, thank you:

https://www.facebook.com/sparksofficial/photos/a.161269161864/10156502326196865/?type=3&theater

NO 1 IN HEAVEN・40TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION ✨

Originally released March 2nd 1979, Sparks are celebrating the 40th anniversary of No 1 In Heaven with a specially remastered and curated double color vinyl and CD release. This edition features new sleeve notes written by Ron & Russell and remastered bonus tracks, which include original and rare album Peter Cook radio promo spots.

Out March 1st 2019 on Lil' Beethoven Records.

Available for pre-order → store.allsparks.com

Ned Raggett, Monday, 28 January 2019 18:23 (two years ago) link

three months pass...

Sounds like this might actually finally be happening: https://variety.com/2019/film/global/marion-cotillard-leos-caraxs-annette-1203215774/

Vaguely Threatening CAPTCHAs, Wednesday, 15 May 2019 19:03 (two years ago) link

seven months pass...

Still great:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Givls9BUhc

Ned Raggett, Monday, 16 December 2019 21:28 (one year ago) link

saw that single pop up on RYM and wondered if it was an environmentalist tune

take the word "fuck" out of the title and this could be the Pet Shop Boys

frogbs, Monday, 16 December 2019 21:59 (one year ago) link

"We are the world" for the Greta age

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Monday, 16 December 2019 22:16 (one year ago) link

Am I the only who thinks the opening lines sound a bit like the chorus in "Across the Universe", harmonically?

Johan Lif, Monday, 16 December 2019 22:50 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

Sparks' new album A STEADY DRIP, DRIP, DRIP is released May 15th, 2020 ✨

Check out all the different editions of the album & pre-order your copy → https://t.co/pGZJKQ6OVg pic.twitter.com/LuyO06pn8g

— SPARKS (@sparksofficial) January 27, 2020

not sure if that picture disc is awesome or an eyesore but I'll probably grab it regardless

frogbs, Monday, 27 January 2020 17:39 (one year ago) link

An awesome eyesore.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 27 January 2020 17:53 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

oof the shipping puts this over fifty bucks, I guess I'm out

currently listening to the 3-disc version of Gratuitous Sax, this is kind of an odd album get the megaexpanded reissue treatment but it's pretty fun. there's basically an entire CD's worth of demos that were never properly recorded.

frogbs, Monday, 10 February 2020 20:22 (one year ago) link

Because of my Franz Ferdinand fandom (and their FFS collaboration, which I own a copy of on CD) and Ned's continual championing of the band, I own a copy of New Music for Amnesiacs: The Essential Collection and my goodness is it a good one. Think I should get their Moroder album next because I love Moroder already, then work my way through their '70s oeuvre before making my way through the '80s. Though I kinda already loved "Eaten by the Monster of Love" because of how much I love the music from the movie Valley Girl and I've known about "Cool Places" ever since I was a young teenager since it was on the first CD release I ever owned (Classic MTV Class of 1983).

We Live as We Dee, Alone (deethelurker), Tuesday, 11 February 2020 13:24 (one year ago) link

My intro to Sparks was in the 70's movie "Rollercoaster", about a cop tracking down a psychopath intent on planting bombs on rollercoasters across the USA. Sparks was the band playing during the inaugural ride on the faster/tallest coaster which was opening at Magic Mountain. They sure had the look and feel of a typical hard rock band of the era. Imagine my surprise when I finally heard Kimono My House!

http://graphikdesigns.free.fr/sparks-rollercoaster-movie/rollercoaster-movie-mael.jpg

henry s, Tuesday, 11 February 2020 15:39 (one year ago) link

haha wow

let's talk about gecs baby (sleeve), Tuesday, 11 February 2020 15:46 (one year ago) link

In retrospect this was a memorable sequence. The viewer wasn't sure if there was a bomb planted on the Great American Revolution (the name of the rollercoaster, this was 1976 after all) or not, and the camera POV kept going back and forth between the screaming riders and Ron Mael's glowering countenance. Every so often a flash pot would explode on the Sparks stage, to unsettling effect. It was pretty tense, actually!

henry s, Tuesday, 11 February 2020 16:04 (one year ago) link

New single! Though apparently not the first single from the new album, because Please Don't Fuck Up My World is going to be on there too.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkEAhNJC-zE

Vaguely Threatening CAPTCHAs, Thursday, 20 February 2020 21:26 (one year ago) link

awesome song! terrible production!

kurt schwitterz, Thursday, 20 February 2020 23:27 (one year ago) link

yeah it sounds like a compressed MP3. you can hear it in the drums

great song, does all the things they do well

frogbs, Friday, 21 February 2020 15:00 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

Love these guys so much. New album is GREAT.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DA95FFBJNs

Vaguely Threatening CAPTCHAs, Sunday, 17 May 2020 04:15 (one year ago) link

i watched the video for Lawnmower yesterday and I've been walking around singing it ever since

making gazebo money (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Monday, 18 May 2020 00:57 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

I like the new album a lot. like the last one it doesn't quite have the high points of Hello Young Lovers or Exotic Creatures but it's a much more consistent album. the singles aren't really any better or worse than the album tracks. as a whole it reminds me of Indiscreet, every track is its own thing and there are a lot of unexpectedly emotional moments. every time I listen to it I like it more

frogbs, Friday, 19 June 2020 17:08 (one year ago) link

Pacific Standard Time -> Stravinsky's Only Hit -> Left Out in the Cold...what a great stretch

frogbs, Friday, 19 June 2020 20:33 (one year ago) link

five months pass...

Been waiting for this news to break!

✨EXCITING NEWS!!✨@edgarwright's long-awaited documentary THE SPARKS BROTHERS will get its premiere at the 2021 @sundancefest!! 🎬#Sundance #TheSparksBrothers pic.twitter.com/Tit2GCAMjl

— SPARKS (@sparksofficial) December 15, 2020

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 15 December 2020 21:30 (seven months ago) link

Yes!!!

Three Rings for the Elven Bishop (Dan Peterson), Tuesday, 15 December 2020 22:02 (seven months ago) link

one month passes...

Okay, reminder that the Sparks documentary is live later today via Sundance -- go here:

https://fpg.festival.sundance.org/film-info/5fd11d4063d6771d15c3a5f8

3 pm Pacific, 6 pm Eastern, 11 pm UK.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 30 January 2021 18:24 (six months ago) link

Three hours to go, can’t wait!

Vaguely Threatening CAPTCHAs, Saturday, 30 January 2021 20:04 (six months ago) link

ysi?

Just kiddin. I hope there will be a DVD.

spectralist brostep (Noel Emits), Saturday, 30 January 2021 21:27 (six months ago) link

Awesome and a half. Waiting on the Q&A.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 31 January 2021 01:27 (six months ago) link

What a ride! I know there was a point where Edgar Wright was having trouble whittling down a 3-hour version of it. Hope that version sees the light of day eventually. Even if it’s just more footage of Ron and Russell going about their daily routine — all that stuff was delightful.

Vaguely Threatening CAPTCHAs, Sunday, 31 January 2021 17:17 (six months ago) link

Yeah that sense of regularity of habit immediately made me think of Gilbert and George.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 31 January 2021 17:18 (six months ago) link

two months pass...

Edgar may have to extend the documentary a bit

🤫#newsparksalbum pic.twitter.com/lyKC5ufzE7

— SPARKS (@sparksofficial) April 7, 2021

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 7 April 2021 17:07 (three months ago) link

two weeks pass...

new song with Todd Rundgren (!) who is imitating Klaus Nomi (??)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVxnnyvpqr0

frogbs, Friday, 23 April 2021 20:00 (three months ago) link

Trailer for Leos Carax’s ANNETTE, featuring a script/music by the Brothers Mael

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=On4v1gNJkrE

beamish13, Sunday, 25 April 2021 23:09 (three months ago) link

one month passes...

The Sparks Brothers is out in cinemas in multiple countries now*, and for a mere $75 you can pre-order the soundtrack, shipping sometime in the next 12 months, and featuring a few exclusive recordings: https://waxworkrecords.com/products/the-sparks-brothers

*and totally rules. way too short. Wright compared the 2hr 15 runtime this week to Billie Eilish having a 2hr 30 doco out when she's 18, but if one Beatles album can have its theatrical doco turned into a 6-hour series, Sparks could at least get six hours for 15 albums.

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Saturday, 19 June 2021 00:20 (one month ago) link

This is true.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 19 June 2021 02:12 (one month ago) link

I streamed it earlier this year, but it feels it would be a perfect summer crowded-on-a-weekend arthouse movie.

too cool for zen talk (Eazy), Saturday, 19 June 2021 02:37 (one month ago) link

Hey @edgarwright — took my son to see Sparks Brothers and later that night he made this… pic.twitter.com/mOUUr4koa5

— Scott Reynolds (@jscottamy) June 26, 2021

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Sunday, 27 June 2021 00:43 (one month ago) link

Good new story here chatting with R&R, goes into more about the filming of Annette.

https://www.vulture.com/2021/06/sparks-band-interview-the-sparks-brothers-and-annette.html

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 27 June 2021 03:05 (one month ago) link

A typed-up interview with Ron, Russel, and Wright:
https://www.rogerebert.com/interviews/edgar-wright-sparks-interview-2021

and a podcast with Edgar interviewing the Maels via Zoom:
https://www.talkhouse.com/edgar-wright-talks-with-ron-and-russell-mael-sparks-on-the-talkhouse-podcast/

(download option under "share")

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Monday, 28 June 2021 07:34 (one month ago) link

can anyone speak to the the reasoning behind putting it in multiplexes nationally (i think its on 500 screen?!) seems likea risky move

Did well enough that they will now have a third feature film released this summer, with a Wright-directed full live show from London 2018 premiering at the BFI in four weeks

Adam Buxton is hosting a four-part Sparks Brothers podcast series, presumably featuring more of the interviews not used in the film.

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Friday, 2 July 2021 22:10 (one month ago) link

I absolutely need this heist movie.

The cast & crew at the #Annette photocall: Leos Carax, Ron Mael, Marion Cotillard, Russell Mael, Simon Helberg, and Adam Driver #Cannes2021 pic.twitter.com/8tmdpv8qWJ

— Adam Driver UK (@AdamDriverUK) July 6, 2021

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 6 July 2021 14:21 (four weeks ago) link

And finally on that red carpet at Cannes, after all these decades.

#RedSteps ANNETTE by Leos CARAX – Opening film#Cannes2021 #Competition pic.twitter.com/BB4pdWhUUE

— Festival de Cannes (@Festival_Cannes) July 6, 2021

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 7 July 2021 01:55 (three weeks ago) link

Tour time:

Excited to FINALLY announce that Sparks will be touring in North America in 2022! ✨

🔗: https://t.co/50rd7OquJx

Tickets go on sale Friday, July 16 at 10AM.

Pre-sales:
Sparks Fan Club - Tue, 7/13 at 10AM
Maeling List - Wed, 7/14 at 10AM

(Pre-sales end on Thu, 7/15 at 10PM.) pic.twitter.com/EInWY3TzUp

— SPARKS (@sparksofficial) July 12, 2021

Ned Raggett, Monday, 12 July 2021 19:59 (three weeks ago) link

THEY ARE AT BIG EARS!

KEEP HONKING -- I'M BOBOING (Boring, Maryland), Monday, 12 July 2021 21:51 (three weeks ago) link

I think you started the Big Ears thread on the wrong board!

Ned Raggett, Monday, 12 July 2021 22:16 (three weeks ago) link

Adam Buxton is hosting a four-part Sparks Brothers podcast series, presumably featuring more of the interviews not used in the film.

turns out that only seven minutes of each seventy-minute episode are posted as podcasts, apologies :(

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Friday, 16 July 2021 04:24 (two weeks ago) link


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