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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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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

Badger (Badger), Friday, 21 March 2003 17:15 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

This one HAD to have been done.

Sparks - C ou D

yup.

classic, btw

J (Jay), Friday, 21 March 2003 17:22 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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

Sparks - C ou D

J (Jay), Friday, 21 March 2003 17:23 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

What the heck?

J (Jay), Friday, 21 March 2003 17:23 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

classic. best band ever.

mosurock (mosurock), Friday, 21 March 2003 17:23 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink


The concert was great, and this was the highlight

Gatinha (rwillmsen), Friday, 28 March 2003 02:34 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Friday, 28 March 2003 12:40 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Pretty damn sweet.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Sunday, 20 July 2003 05:39 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

the video for 'Rhythm Thief' is really cool!

stevem (blueski), Sunday, 20 July 2003 17:18 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

"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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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

ken taylrr, Friday, 9 April 2004 16:03 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

yeah, shaddup Ned :)

Donna Brown (Donna Brown), Friday, 9 April 2004 16:07 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

*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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Oh, and Ian's story rules.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 10 April 2004 02:12 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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

Ian Grey (Ian_G), Saturday, 10 April 2004 13:11 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

The Hell Collection

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

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 10 April 2004 13:46 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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

Ian SPACK (Ian SPACK), Saturday, 10 April 2004 15:23 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

So classic. What else do we have remotely like them?

Andrew W.K.!!!!!

frogbs, Friday, 15 June 2012 13:15 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (8 years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

The only reply I can imagine woudld be the face that says "O Rlly?"

Because, that sounds like someone that's kept his 'other life' completely secret, successfully.

Mark G, Monday, 25 June 2012 13:09 (four years ago) Permalink

yeah we know stunningly little about these guys. have they ever been married?

frogbs, Monday, 25 June 2012 15:22 (four years ago) Permalink

Other than their complete lack of rock'n'roll behavior, we don't even learn that much about their personal lives in any of their biographies.

Maybe they're spies or somethin?

mr.raffles, Monday, 25 June 2012 16:04 (four years ago) Permalink

They just know how to stay low key. (Met 'em briefly a couple of times, know a variety of people who know them -- again, they just know how to stay low key.)

Actually this is a timely revival, they've just fired up an official YouTube channel -- plenty of their videos have long been around but now there's a proper central location. And a lot of them are absolutely great!

http://www.youtube.com/SparksOfficialVideo

Ned Raggett, Monday, 25 June 2012 16:53 (four years ago) Permalink

Nice rendition of Sherlock Holmes from their recent show at Bush Hall:

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

Vaguely Threatening CAPTCHAs, Tuesday, 26 June 2012 15:11 (four years ago) Permalink

Sparks official channel –––– yes!!!!!

chupacabra seeds (Abbbottt), Tuesday, 26 June 2012 15:14 (four years ago) Permalink

forgot how much I love "tips for teens"

chupacabra seeds (Abbbottt), Tuesday, 26 June 2012 15:15 (four years ago) Permalink

Any idea if they're working on a new album at all? I can't believe it's already been four years since Exotic Creatures.

Kitchen Person, Tuesday, 26 June 2012 15:23 (four years ago) Permalink

this is a timely top, i listened to sparks on my commute in this morning. it just felt like a sparks day.

john zorn has ruined klezmer for an entire generation (bene_gesserit), Tuesday, 26 June 2012 15:33 (four years ago) Permalink

Well they did the Seduction of Ingmar Bergman project so more like two years -- probably something up their sleeve here soon.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 26 June 2012 15:35 (four years ago) Permalink

I can't remember where I heard this but my favorite quote about that soundtrack was "I really admire Sparks four-decade long quest to sell as few albums as possible"

It's actually quite good!

frogbs, Tuesday, 26 June 2012 15:37 (four years ago) Permalink

Oh yeah I forgot that soundtrack even came out, didn't do a lot for me really. The three albums before that are all so good, really excited to see what they come back with.

Kitchen Person, Tuesday, 26 June 2012 15:46 (four years ago) Permalink

Yeah I'm still listening to Hello Young Lovers six years later now, next to Kimono I think it's almost definitely their best album, there's nothing like it

Exotic Creatures was definitely very good, but IMO outside of "Lighten Up, Morissey" it didn't quite hit those same highs

frogbs, Tuesday, 26 June 2012 15:49 (four years ago) Permalink

Lighten Up though was probably the best single of the year, if it was a single, that 3rd extended chorus is one of the all time great Sparks moments

frogbs, Tuesday, 26 June 2012 15:52 (four years ago) Permalink

Yeah I totally agree with that, Exotic is a really solid album but not in the same league as Hello Young Lovers or Lil' Beethoven which both just blew me away at the time. They would both be in my top five Sparks albums, which would probably look like this these days,

1. Propaganda
2. No. 1 In Heaven
3. Kimono My House
4. Hello Young Lovers
5. Lil' Beethoven

Kitchen Person, Tuesday, 26 June 2012 18:26 (four years ago) Permalink

Oooh... fun!

Lessee:
1. Propaganda
2. Indiscreet
3. Hello Young Lovers
4. Lil Beethoven
5. No.1 in Heaven

mr.raffles, Tuesday, 26 June 2012 18:37 (four years ago) Permalink

And just because they have so many great albums..

6. Indiscreet
7. A Woofer In Tweeting's Clothing
8. Angst In My Pants
9. Exotic Creatures Of The Deep
10. Sparks

Kitchen Person, Tuesday, 26 June 2012 18:49 (four years ago) Permalink

Yeah! Your 6-10 are still albums most groups would kill to make.

Mines:
6. Kimono My House
7. Exotic Creatures of the Deep
8. Woofer in Tweeter's Clothing
9. Seduction of Ingmar Bergman
10. Angst In My Pants

After this, it gets a lil muddier.
All their albums have SOME dope shit on them though.

mr.raffles, Tuesday, 26 June 2012 19:33 (four years ago) Permalink

Yeah I think they are the band with the most great albums. Apart from the ones I listed I really rate Outer Space and Gratuitous Sax too. The rest are mostly mixed but do contain some great moments. Pulling Rabbits Out of a Hat is probably my least favourit album of thiers but it still has A Song That Sings Itself which is stunning.

Surprised to see Seduction of Ingmar Bergman in your list, I only played it the once but don't remember much about it.

Kitchen Person, Tuesday, 26 June 2012 20:39 (four years ago) Permalink

Re: Song Thaat Sings Itself... YES.

Even Big Beat has a bunch of songs I like!
As Seduction goes, it hit me hard after a few listens. Thought it was minor myself at first, but that may just be because it wasn't rly treated like a new Sparks album when it came out. Love it now.Some very catchy stuff on there.

mr.raffles, Tuesday, 26 June 2012 21:01 (four years ago) Permalink

I'm surprised to find out that people don't like Big Beat. I'm not big on the production but I like the feel of it - like Sparks does the Cars (though the Cars wouldn't come around for a few years)

My top 5 would probably be Kimono, Hello Young Lovers, Propaganda, No. 1 in Heaven, and Li'l Beethoven, in some order, honorable mention to the s/t and Big Beat

frogbs, Tuesday, 26 June 2012 21:03 (four years ago) Permalink

I'll have to give Seduction another listen at some point.

Big Beat just doesn't have that many memorable songs on it, the only one I usually put on playlists/compilations would be I Bought The Mississippi River. I think the other problem is the albums it followed, such an amazing run of albums then Big Beat just sounded flat in comparison. That one and Introducing aren't bad albums just quite forgettable.

Kitchen Person, Tuesday, 26 June 2012 22:32 (four years ago) Permalink

'Indiscreet' is the masterpiece for me, I've listened to it a zillion times. I will have to check out the more recent once; I did listen to 'Hello Young Lovers' and there were some genius moments though nothing compares to the early stuff for me....the first 5 + 'Number 1 in Heaven' are just INFALLIBLE.

hyksos, Tuesday, 26 June 2012 22:56 (four years ago) Permalink

Indiscreet would make my top five records by anyone ever. There are at least 4 or 5 others that are legitimately great.

I am apparently the only person that doesn't like Lil' Beethoven. I keep going back to it, hoping this will be the time it finally clicks...nothing yet. It's weird because there's no other band that I love so much with an album as universally revered as this that just doesn't resonate with me at all.

cwkiii, Wednesday, 27 June 2012 13:19 (four years ago) Permalink

I was like that about Lil, like also I was like that re: Paul's Boutique.

but hey

Mark G, Wednesday, 27 June 2012 13:21 (four years ago) Permalink

That one definitely took a while to fully appreciate. It's definitely the most atypical Sparks album and outside of "Ugly Guys with Beautiful Girls" it doesn't really have that Sparks sound the way the following two albums did.

As for Big Beat and Introducing - you gotta love "Occupation", right? I dunno I feel both albums are let down a bit by the production but they're both pretty good. I was surprised by how much I wound up liking Introducing Sparks after being thoroughly confused on the first listen

frogbs, Wednesday, 27 June 2012 13:59 (four years ago) Permalink

Introducing's best incarnation was the live performance that was part of the 21 x 21 series in London a few years back. They could seriously swap out that performance for the studio recording and everyone would think it's one of the best albums ever.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 27 June 2012 14:21 (four years ago) Permalink

so where's the 21-disc box set capturing all this? (only half-joking, btw)

frogbs, Wednesday, 27 June 2012 14:23 (four years ago) Permalink

There were rumors of a DVD set but so far nothing...

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 27 June 2012 14:23 (four years ago) Permalink

I'm listening to Introducing Sparks right now and "Big Surprise" just cut into "Baby Blue Sedan" by Modest Mouse after 50 seconds, then to some crappy later-day ELP tune after 20 more, my iPod is seriously acting weird

frogbs, Wednesday, 27 June 2012 15:28 (four years ago) Permalink

I don't mean the track skipped, I mean this is what the track is now

frogbs, Wednesday, 27 June 2012 15:28 (four years ago) Permalink

the song was "Better Days". then it cut into one second of "Me! I Disconnect From You" by Gary Numan. wtf is going on here

frogbs, Wednesday, 27 June 2012 15:31 (four years ago) Permalink

hidden message from yr iPod, it seems.

Mark G, Wednesday, 27 June 2012 15:33 (four years ago) Permalink

lol it just cut in more Black Moon-era ELP and then some Uriah Heep , what are you trying to tell me

frogbs, Wednesday, 27 June 2012 15:42 (four years ago) Permalink

ok now "Over the Summer" got mixed into "Foil" by Autechre. I'm done with this.

frogbs, Wednesday, 27 June 2012 17:57 (four years ago) Permalink

four years pass...

Heads up, new album fully announced for September, Hippopotamus. Song titles:

1. Probably Nothing
2. Missionary Position
3. Edith Piaf (Said It Better Than Me)
4. Scandinavian Design
5. Giddy Giddy
6. What The Hell Is It This Time?
7. Unaware
8. Hippopotamus
9. Bummer
10. I Wish You Were Fun
11. So Tell Me Mrs. Lincoln Aside From That How Was The Play?
12. When You're A French Director
13. The Amazing Mr. Repeat
14. A Little Bit Like Fun
15. Life With The Macbeths

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 25 March 2017 02:19 (two months ago) Permalink

They played some new songs tonight in Glasgow for the 6 Music Festival -- here's the title track:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/events/e368gw/videos/p04x13b3#p04xylv0

And here's "What The Hell Is It This Time?" via an audience member:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMa-0eaZQUo&t=193s

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 25 March 2017 02:20 (two months ago) Permalink

Album preorder page, etc. etc

https://sparks.tmstor.es/

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 25 March 2017 02:22 (two months ago) Permalink

The single is pretty good!

cwkiii, Saturday, 25 March 2017 04:11 (two months ago) Permalink

They've done this thing so many times now where the opening line of a song is so, so corny, I think "OK, they've finally lost it," but they consistently spin this stuff into gold. Unreal.

cwkiii, Saturday, 25 March 2017 04:12 (two months ago) Permalink

Almost fifty years on and they just still have that indefinable 'it' in that regard. Spectacular.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 25 March 2017 04:30 (two months ago) Permalink

The backing band is mostly made up of the guys from Mini Mansions, which is Queens of the Stone Age bassist Michael Shuman's side project.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hc8b8_qhvSY

how's life, Monday, 27 March 2017 13:18 (two months ago) Permalink

there's a fairly detailed 5-star review up on RYM already that's pretty hilarious (and obviously fake)

We get another mash up with Sparks re-imagining New Orders "Love Triangle" as "Stitch Me Up, Patch Me Down" (Peter Hook garnering a co-writing credit), before we get seriously operatic with a gazillion Russells chorusing "When The Fat Lady Sings (I Can't Get Laid)" as our lover boys sexual anguish builds up to derail our Diva's onstage performance. A certain Katherine Jenkins, for freaks sake. Sparks then go Japanese heavy in a manner only really PiL have been able to do, ("Ease" from Album) again Dean Menta's crashing chords against some outstanding Asian wooden drums playing (synth) from Ron in "Geisha Boy, Geisha Girl (I MILFed Your Mama)" then its a colossal, uplifting instrumental that could have been borrowed from Classical Chill. Ron's weaving a Stravinsky ballet with some subtle percussion, leading to an outstanding guitar solo, "(D)Air To Behold" one of Sparks's loveliest pieces for some time. We finish with a couple of slower numbers "The Man Who Put The "E" Into Whiskey" mourning a lovers breakdown late in a bar (the obvious successor to "T*ts") and "I Mourn You" a soul wrenching struggle concerning the death of ??? It remains unclear.

frogbs, Monday, 27 March 2017 13:55 (two months ago) Permalink

I can't believe the name of Track #11

cpl593H, Tuesday, 28 March 2017 13:41 (two months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Jim O'Rourke singing karaoke of Sparks lmao https://youtu.be/h_yuTYi4xpM?t=22m55s

flappy bird, Thursday, 20 April 2017 03:43 (two months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

And we got new single/video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oC0rzv1j8Zc

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 16 May 2017 17:33 (one month ago) Permalink

its already stuck in my head

frogbs, Tuesday, 16 May 2017 17:41 (one month ago) Permalink

Man, that sounds like Sparks.

Are you Thurston Moore (but enjoying it less) (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Wednesday, 17 May 2017 08:30 (one month ago) Permalink

I don't really like that at all. It doesn't have the same charm as anything from Lil' Beethoven or Hello Young Lovers. I hope there's better to come from them.

kitchen person, Wednesday, 17 May 2017 13:26 (one month ago) Permalink


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