Sparks: classic or dud?

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The only 70s band to evolve effortlessly from Glam to New Wave to New Romantic electro disco (making Bowie look hopelessly earthbound) OR just hopelessly pretentious and deservedly forgotten?

Guy, Monday, 30 April 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

I completely waive any attempt at being unbiased by simply noting that I have run the Sparks e-mail fan list since shortly after its birth in early 1995.

Classic doesn't begin to describe it. One of the most influential, entertaining and utterly hilarious groups ever does. And based on their shows last year, they can easily still cut it live.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 30 April 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

I'm making this one a Search & Destroy :

Search: the No. 1 In Heaven album (Sparks go disco !)

Destroy: most everything else, except maybe "Wonder Girl" and "Never Turn Your Back On Mother Earth". The worst of Roxy Music crossed with the worst of Queen isn't my idea of a party. Good song titles, though.

Patrick, Monday, 30 April 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

In no particular order I would search: ‘Beat the clock’ 'This Town ain't big enough’ (obviously), ‘Amateur hour’, ‘Tryouts for the human race’, the 12" mix of ‘Music you can dance to’, "Girl from Germany’, ‘Talent is an asset’, ‘Propaganda’,

Destroy - ‘Looks, Looks, Looks’

But remember that this is NOT the topic!

I would suggest that Sparks are hopelessly over-rated by their fans and under-rated by everyone else.

Guy, Monday, 30 April 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

BEAT THE CLOCK + THIS TOWN AIN'T BIG ENOUGH - TOTAL CLASSIC - NEVER HEARD NO OTHER STUFF- WHY WOULD I NEED TO ?

APPEARANSEZ ON totp BROUGHT AN OTHERNESS INTO grS LIVING ROOM AS A CHILD - PRETENTIOUS ? - WELL THEY PULLED IT OFF GOODSTYLE

gEORDIE rACER, Monday, 30 April 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

A rather predictable answer from me, maybe, but for the early singles, "Falling In Love With Myself Again", "Thank God It's Not Christmas", "Equator", "At Home, At Work, At Play", "Alabamy Right", "Bon Voyage", the late 70s Moroder era and the mid-90s singles ... I'd have to say classic.

Robin Carmody, Monday, 30 April 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

I suspect that the lack of debate here is because only those who like Sparks know them. I find it hard to believe that they have complete critical approval at ILM.

Guy, Tuesday, 1 May 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

A few good questions have gone begging lately.

I'm kind of trying to formulate my answer - there's things I like and don't like about them but I'm a bit fuzzyheaded on it this AM.

Tom, Tuesday, 1 May 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

My dad has always hated Sparks, equating them somehow with homosexual pedophilia. I can't explain the connection either, but it just feels right. Sparks fans are creepy. Of course, that doesn't change the fact that their disco songs are unparalleled.

Wait, did they have some kind of connection with Ayn Rand? They seem like that kind of band.

Chris H., Sunday, 6 May 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

"Well I was born a little premature...." I mean. And I did see some out-and-out flamers in the East Village doing Young Girls about a month ago - well not, um... anyway, they were singing it "Young boys..." So your dad's not alone in his interpretation. For the record I had never even heard of them until everyone started playing Beat the Clock for Y2K. Guess they didn't fit the boring narrow doorway of the American charts.

Tracer Hand, Monday, 7 May 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

seven months pass...
Sparks' first five albums - "Halfnelson"/"Sparks", "A Woofer in Tweeter's Clothing," "Kimono My House," "Propaganda," and the brilliant, "difficult" "Indiscreet" - are near-perfect. After those giddy heights, I lose interest...

My two cent's worth, friends.

Laura N.

Laura N., Monday, 24 December 2001 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

You don't like "No. 1 in Heaven" at all? I agree with pretty much everything else you said, though, Laura. Giddy heights, yup. Didn't completely lose interest, though--there's the occasional decent single-"Funny Face", "Mickey Mouse", "Tips for Teens".

Your Andrew WK comparison on that other thread has really got me going. I wonder when it's coming out here in the

Arthur, Tuesday, 25 December 2001 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

one year passes...
Revival time as they're back on top form. Ron wiping the floor with Lamaar on NMTB, Russell looking cool in black.

Lil' Beethoven, I've just discovered is one of the overlooked gems of last year. Any band who can make a record that fuses John Adams with showtunes and Randy Newman/Stephin Merritt's acerbic wit, is one to treasure. The titles alone are better than most bands careers.

Billy Dods (Billy Dods), Wednesday, 19 March 2003 22:31 (seventeen years ago) link

I can't really answer, as I'm still exploring this band. At the moment I only have their early stuff (ie nothing beyond Indiscreet), but so far I've found them to be complete, and total classic. SO much fun! Such wonderful melodies! This is what pop should be all about.

I've heard a few of the later songs, the "When do I get to sing 'My Way'" hit was a song I considered a guilty pleasure when I was younger, now it's just a pleasure. I have MP3s of some of the late70s Moroder material, and it certainly seems like a good time, though it took me a while to get into it. I particularly enjoy "Tryouts For The Human Race".

I gave the last two albums instore listens recently. "Balls" didn't seem like something for me, not really any melodies or anything that made my nostrils twitch. "Lil' Beethoven" seemed like it -might- be great fun. I didn't dare to buy it at the time though, as I was already spending far too much money.

I'll write "classic" on a post-it note and stick it to them for now, hopefully I can eventually glue it 'em.

Btw, "Tits" = The most depressing mammary-song of all time (yes, let's ignore that 'tits' aren't really what it's about as such, but hey!)

Øystein Holm-Olsen (Øystein H-O), Thursday, 20 March 2003 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

I love them like the Pet Shop Boys in that their last albums have each contained one of their best songs of their whole career ('Suburban Homeboy' and 'Try It (I'm in love with a married man)'), and I just love them full stop because... oh too many reasons. And yes, Ron was fantastic on the dogawful NMTB. I want to look as fantastic as him when I'm however old he is - no, fuck it I want to look like him now.

Ian SPACK (Ian SPACK), Thursday, 20 March 2003 01:09 (seventeen years ago) link

classic as hell.

roger adultery (roger adultery), Thursday, 20 March 2003 05:55 (seventeen years ago) link

I dont get Sparks at all!

girl scout heroin (iamamonkey), Thursday, 20 March 2003 06:01 (seventeen years ago) link

Your loss. ;-)

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 20 March 2003 06:15 (seventeen years ago) link

In Outer Space so perfectly captured a time/aesthetic. totally clever/functional pop.

Mr. Diamond (diamond), Thursday, 20 March 2003 07:31 (seventeen years ago) link

Worked w/ Moroder therefore classic, and I am becoming the Eurodisco Geir Hongro

dave q, Thursday, 20 March 2003 11:03 (seventeen years ago) link

CLASSIC! Though I prefer the older more complicated stuff (I like complication), even their stupid stuff is great, and the Moroder songs are glimmering gems. Whoever said their fans are creepy, I must regretfully agree, though that probably includes me by default. Can't wait to see Turbonegro's audience!

matt riedl (veal), Thursday, 20 March 2003 19:40 (seventeen years ago) link

would anyone say that "profile: the ult. sparks collection" is a good place to start with them? have not explored them at all but am interested...

marcg (marcg), Thursday, 20 March 2003 20:03 (seventeen years ago) link

I'd say grab all the songs I've got shared on Soulseek but if you can't do that then yeah a Sparks best of is bound to have some brilliance on.

Ian SPACK (Ian SPACK), Thursday, 20 March 2003 22:01 (seventeen years ago) link

three years pass...
Big Beat reissue came out. Six bonus tracks..

I Want To Hold Your Hand
England
Gone With The Wind
Intrusion/Confusion
Looks Aren't Everything
Tearing The Place Apart

...

When is Introducing Sparks going to get reissued? This is the one I'm missing now.

gwynywdd dwnyt fyrwr byychydd gww (donut), Tuesday, 24 October 2006 01:53 (thirteen years ago) link

is "Throw Her Away (And Get A New One)" supposed to just end cold?

gwynywdd dwnyt fyrwr byychydd gww (donut), Tuesday, 24 October 2006 02:08 (thirteen years ago) link

Last I checked.

I think most of those bonus tracks were on earlier reissues. I'm not all that hyped over these as a result, though if they fixed the terrible sound on Kimono My House I'll snag that.

As for Introducing Sparks, don't hold your breath. It has never been officially been released on CD and there is no impetus for it to be beyond the yearning of the hardest of hardcore fans -- and even most of them (HI DERE) think it's a very subpar release.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 24 October 2006 03:18 (thirteen years ago) link

I just wandered into an instant Sparks LP collection courtesy of my local used record store - Introducing... on red DJ promo vinyl, Kimono My House, Indiscreet, Whomp That Sucker, Angst In My Pants, and #1 In Heaven. total of around $35. This is all exciting because I have never been able to find this stuff - prior to this the only records I've heard have been Propaganda and the new In The Red album. Those already make them classic for sure.

so far w/my new finds I have really liked Kimono and #1 In Heaven. The one song I did play from Introducing... was indeed bad.

haven't listened to Indiscreet at all yet!

sleeve version 2.0 (sleeve testing), Tuesday, 24 October 2006 03:33 (thirteen years ago) link

These were listed as previous unreleased as of this year for this Big Beat reissue (which I just listened to, and it's great. Not their best, but definitely does not suck.):

Intrusion/Confusion
Looks Aren't Everything
Tearing The Place Apart

Not sure about the other reissues. I got everything else, and if they're the same bonus tracks than the Island or whatever ones, then I won't convert.

gwynywdd dwnyt fyrwr byychydd gww (donut), Tuesday, 24 October 2006 03:42 (thirteen years ago) link

I should add these three songs are REALLY good, not to be all "you have to get these or else", but it's really a shame they never were released until now.. they battle the stronger album tracks imho.

gwynywdd dwnyt fyrwr byychydd gww (donut), Tuesday, 24 October 2006 03:42 (thirteen years ago) link

I just double checked and "Tearing the Place Apart" was definitely on the earlier Big Beat reissue along with "Gone With the Wind," so who knows? Perhaps an alternate version? (The Sparks list has generally been a bit nonplussed with these reissues in terms of bonus content, I've noted.)

"Tearing" and "Gone" were both outtakes from Indiscreet, I should note, which is one reason why I like them better than The Big Beat tracks in general. ;-)

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 24 October 2006 03:57 (thirteen years ago) link

ten months pass...

okay so i finally bought a sparks record -- "indiscreet"

it's pretty amazing, they don't make 'em like this anymore, and they never did.

i can't even really understand how you sit down in a studio and come out with a record that sounds like this...so amazingly poppy, yet strange and overwrought (in a good way)...i can't really even compare this stuff to anything else...maybe like "virginia plain" or something...but yeah this is different, pretty unique.

all of which isn't very insightful i'm sure but anyway, yay sparks!!!!!

M@tt He1ges0n, Wednesday, 19 September 2007 19:06 (thirteen years ago) link

Hehehe, a VERY good choice for a first album, I have to say. Splashy in the best possible way.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 19 September 2007 19:08 (thirteen years ago) link

what should i get next?

i always remember kimono my house cuz of the funny title, is that one good?

M@tt He1ges0n, Wednesday, 19 September 2007 19:11 (thirteen years ago) link

Kimono My House is glammier

Shakey Mo Collier, Wednesday, 19 September 2007 19:14 (thirteen years ago) link

(ie more guitar and a little heavier)

the middle ground and my personal favorite of the glam-trio is definitely Propaganda (love that sleeve!)

Shakey Mo Collier, Wednesday, 19 September 2007 19:15 (thirteen years ago) link

kimono is their best

Zeno, Wednesday, 19 September 2007 19:15 (thirteen years ago) link

of the Moroder era No. 1 Song in Heaven is the one to get.

Shakey Mo Collier, Wednesday, 19 September 2007 19:15 (thirteen years ago) link

these guys really have a way with awesome album covers!

M@tt He1ges0n, Wednesday, 19 September 2007 19:18 (thirteen years ago) link

I got all their records through "Lost in Space" in Amsterdam for like $2 apiece several years ago - the two early ones on Rundgren's label are good little glampop slices as well ("Girl From Germany" is high-larious), Viscontin definitely upped the ante arrangement-wise tho. The Morodoer stuff is on a whole other level. By the time they hit the 80s things were getting a little spotty but there's always at least a few really great, clever singles on the albums.

Shakey Mo Collier, Wednesday, 19 September 2007 19:24 (thirteen years ago) link

Echoing the above, Kimono and Number One -- I'd also suggest Angst In My Pants for the eighties incarnation and the last two, Li'l Beethoven and Hello Young Lovers.

Oh BTW, seems as good a place to mention that Introducing Sparks -- actually their *seventh* album (long story) -- is finally getting an official CD release in a month or so.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 19 September 2007 19:49 (thirteen years ago) link

No love for "Whomp That Sucker"? A slight return to their glam days, "Tips for Teens" and "That's Not Nastasia" are great.

everything, Wednesday, 19 September 2007 19:57 (thirteen years ago) link

Indiscreet was my first, too, and from there I think I backtracked to Propaganda. Can't go wrong with Kimono, either, and if you like the "holy trinity," those first two are ridiculously brilliant early works. (Agreed, Visconti's production found a way to channel the weirdness of the first two a bit.)

Dan Peterson, Wednesday, 19 September 2007 19:57 (thirteen years ago) link

Whomp That Sucker also has "Mustache", right...? that song is great.

Shakey Mo Collier, Wednesday, 19 September 2007 20:20 (thirteen years ago) link

Moustache is on "Angst In My Pants," also a pretty good Sparks record overall.

Dan Peterson, Wednesday, 19 September 2007 20:40 (thirteen years ago) link

Forget the old stuff, for the time being anyway, next get Lil' Beethoven and then Hello Young Lovers.

Billy Dods, Wednesday, 19 September 2007 21:01 (thirteen years ago) link

I really really like Hello Young Lovers! All other recommendations seconded as well.

sleeve, Wednesday, 19 September 2007 23:28 (thirteen years ago) link

I felt like a theif, getting Propoganda and #1 Song in Heaven for a $3 each from a used store recently.

I eat cannibals, Wednesday, 19 September 2007 23:59 (thirteen years ago) link

thief even.

I eat cannibals, Wednesday, 19 September 2007 23:59 (thirteen years ago) link

I play the first five quite often, but while I like some songs here and there, I'm not too into any of the later stuff. I've played Lil Beethoven way too much, trying to make it "click". I'm not big on keyboard-orchestras.

Anyways, I'm really just posting to put this here
http://graphikdesigns.free.fr/sparks-propaganda-cover/sparks-propaganda-rear.jpg

Øystein, Thursday, 20 September 2007 09:42 (thirteen years ago) link

Later is better than never.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 28 October 2013 16:54 (six years ago) link

Except Never isn't hosted by Jools Holland.

Mark G, Monday, 28 October 2013 17:13 (six years ago) link

three months pass...

http://www.nme.com/news/franz-ferdinand/75354#9

Franz Ferdinand and Sparks working on joint album

Johnny Fever, Friday, 7 February 2014 19:10 (six years ago) link

Great news, this. Like I've muttered elsewhere, it's very unsurprising; they've had a huge mutual admiration society going for years now, and it's just another great 'who knew?' twist in Maeldom, beyond the occasional collaborations they've done with others. A tour would be interesting after the Two Hands/One Mouth setup.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 7 February 2014 19:35 (six years ago) link

one month passes...

Anyway, here's the Stuart Maconie radio special on the band from earlier today:

http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/radio4/r4choice/r4choice_20140311-1134a.mp3

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 11 March 2014 21:00 (six years ago) link

OH HELLO YOU.

Because I had to stop posting Sparks links on twitter, I'll post this here instead. Motiv8 remix of "Now That I Own The BBC"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-yKXQMYHp8

Britain's Obtusest Shepherd (Alan), Tuesday, 11 March 2014 21:57 (six years ago) link

one year passes...

Whole lotta Sparks threads, but I cannot see that anyone's mentioned "The Final Derriere" yet, so here it is.

'The Final Derriere’ is excerpted from the Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson film The Forbidden Room, screened at the IMAX London, on October 9th 2015 as part of the BFI London Film Festival and in select cinemas from December 2015.

Ron Mael and Russell Mael of Sparks were commissioned to write a song for a segment of the film that concerns a gentleman (Udo Kier) who is “plagued by bottoms” and seeks out a doctor (André Wilms) to surgically eliminate the desire, a desire fanned by “Master Passion” (Geraldine Chaplin). Special appearance by Charlotte Rampling.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YQw6KLJGf8

Enter nothing in the dialog and click 'OK' (Øystein), Monday, 26 October 2015 22:40 (four years ago) link

three weeks pass...

And here's their Christmas single. Really.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdQ4pLaPuYw

Ned Raggett, Friday, 20 November 2015 21:59 (four years ago) link

two years pass...

new single "you've every right to be a dick" is wonderful. Sparks write the best satirical tunes. "baby can i invade your country?" from a few years back was great too.

well bissogled trotters (Michael B), Thursday, 17 May 2018 13:01 (two years ago) link

seven months pass...

I know it's miming to payback but they're just so great to watch.

https://www.sonuma.be/archive/sparks-thanks-but-no-thanks

MaresNest, Saturday, 5 January 2019 13:09 (one year ago) link

I love that song.

Never Turn Your Back On Virginia Woolf (Tom D.), Saturday, 5 January 2019 13:50 (one year ago) link

V nice

Mark G, Saturday, 5 January 2019 14:12 (one year ago) link

Hah I loved that song for years before finally realizing what it was really about

frogbs, Saturday, 5 January 2019 16:44 (one year ago) link

Uh, what's it about?

Mark G, Saturday, 5 January 2019 18:11 (one year ago) link

... Really?

Mark G, Saturday, 5 January 2019 18:12 (one year ago) link

Predatory paedophiles, surely?

Never Turn Your Back On Virginia Woolf (Tom D.), Saturday, 5 January 2019 18:24 (one year ago) link

It’s about avoiding child molesters on the way home from school isn’t it?

frogbs, Saturday, 5 January 2019 18:24 (one year ago) link

... real or imagined.

Never Turn Your Back On Virginia Woolf (Tom D.), Saturday, 5 January 2019 18:24 (one year ago) link

Mmmmmmm

Nah

Mark G, Saturday, 5 January 2019 18:25 (one year ago) link

I can see what you mean, but...

I always had it as being in the army, posted to his hometown etc.

Mark G, Saturday, 5 January 2019 18:27 (one year ago) link

Army always tell you to go straight home to your parents at 3pm

sans lep (sic), Saturday, 5 January 2019 18:34 (one year ago) link

Where does it say that?

Mark G, Saturday, 5 January 2019 18:36 (one year ago) link

I'm surprised this thread doesn't have my "I got this album from Ron and Russ" story, but I'm sure its somewhere on ilx so hey.

Mark G, Saturday, 5 January 2019 18:39 (one year ago) link

Army officers are promoted based on height, that's why they are 2 feet taller (I should know of course)

Colonel Poo, Saturday, 5 January 2019 18:40 (one year ago) link

Where does it say that?

The first line is:

Don't dilly-dally, come right home

and the first verse further contextualises:

It’s 3 o’clock and here they come
...
But I've been ordered not to stall
...
My orders come from high above me
About a foot or two above me


The first line having already established that these orders come from people at the singer’s home, those people (a foot or two above him) are specified in the second verse:

I hate to hurt their feelings so
But I'm supposed to tell them no
My parents say the world is cruel
I think that they prefer it cruel

sans lep (sic), Saturday, 5 January 2019 18:51 (one year ago) link

I always had it as being in the army, posted to his hometown etc.

Sorry, Mark, that is just bizarre! I've never been in any doubt what it's about.

Never Turn Your Back On Virginia Woolf (Tom D.), Saturday, 5 January 2019 18:56 (one year ago) link

OK, you guys win

Mark G, Saturday, 5 January 2019 21:35 (one year ago) link

I suppose that's what happens when you decide what it means at age 14.

So, does anyone want to disavow from me what "BC" is about?

Mark G, Saturday, 5 January 2019 21:39 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

Recently uploaded in its entirety, unedited and in great quality, this is peak.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BJMzW77u9I

MaresNest, Friday, 25 January 2019 17:48 (one year ago) link

Ta very schön

Mark G, Friday, 25 January 2019 18:20 (one year ago) link

Ausgezeichnet!

Wonder how well Ron's mid-70s look went down with the German audiences of the time...

a passing spacecadet, Friday, 25 January 2019 23:12 (one year ago) link

He probably didn't look that much like Hitler to them.

Mark G, Saturday, 26 January 2019 16:44 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

Wonder how well Ron's mid-70s look went down with the German audiences of the time...

tbf Hitler never had a perm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H62a5TkohK0

The Corbynite Maneuver (Tom D.), Friday, 17 April 2020 13:41 (five months ago) link

Those kids are really determined to dance.

The Corbynite Maneuver (Tom D.), Friday, 17 April 2020 13:44 (five months ago) link

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EVzQVZNX0AA3IU4.jpg

mookieproof, Friday, 17 April 2020 14:16 (five months ago) link

You have what in your pants!

frogbs, Friday, 17 April 2020 14:16 (five months ago) link

From memory, German journalists have always described Ron's moustache as Chaplinesque, rather than being modelled on Hitler. As the German magazine Spex put it in 2008:

»Hitler's playing piano on Top Of The Pops!« This is what many Brits felt when they saw Sparks on the popular BBC music show in 1974. Ron Mael played his keyboard with a stoical Buster Keaton gaze above his Chaplin moustache.

I seem to remember that the moustache once got them banned by a French TV station though.

Portsmouth Bubblejet, Friday, 17 April 2020 14:23 (five months ago) link

one month passes...

why don't you PLEEEEEEEEEASE
go with me underground

budo jeru, Monday, 15 June 2020 15:45 (three months ago) link

one month passes...

relistening to all my Sparks stuff. I'm kind of amused how they wound up aping Devo as Devo themselves were sliding into irrelevancy. you can definitely draw a line between Pulling Rabbits Out of a Hat and Shout & Interior Design and Total Devo

surprised to find there are actually a few tunes on those albums I do like. "The Toughest Girl in Town" from Interior Design is actually quite good. and "Madonna" does make me laugh, I kinda love Sparks in "trying to be boring" mode

frogbs, Wednesday, 5 August 2020 21:46 (one month ago) link

Other than the singles, I've never heard anything in between Pulling Rabbits Out of a Hat and Balls. I've owned a copy of Interior Design for probably at least 10 years by now, but that little picture of Ron without a mustache on the back cover scares me too much to play it.

cwkiii, Wednesday, 5 August 2020 22:24 (one month ago) link

not missing much though Gratuitous Sax is pretty solid if you wanna hear them do the Pet Shop Boys in a non-literal sense

frogbs, Thursday, 6 August 2020 15:10 (one month ago) link

surprised to find there are actually a few tunes on those albums I do like. "The Toughest Girl in Town" from Interior Design is actually quite good. and "Madonna" does make me laugh, I kinda love Sparks in "trying to be boring" mode

With Interior Design I feel like they were just a little too successful at "trying to be boring." At least their personality still shines through on Pulling Rabbits Out of a Hat (and if nothing else it's got "A Song That Sing Itself"), but except for "Madonna," that's largely not the case on Interior Design.

(I love that "I Thought I Told You to Wait in the Car" from Gratuitous Sax is essentially a sequel to "Madonna"...six years later.)

Vaguely Threatening CAPTCHAs, Thursday, 6 August 2020 19:40 (one month ago) link

ah yeah "A Song That Sings Itself"! what was frustrating about those 80s albums is that I'd randomly get tunes from them stuck in my head but not remember what they were. that was definitely one of them

poster child though is "I Wish I Looked a Little Better". hearing it again it's got some of the funniest lyrics they've ever written..."went to high school and majored in lookin' real bad/got a real ugly mom and a real ugly dad"

frogbs, Friday, 7 August 2020 04:34 (one month ago) link

anyway every year or two I listen to all their albums in order and I'm always astounded by how fucking great Li'l Beethoven is compared to every record they made since No. 1 in Heaven to that point

frogbs, Friday, 14 August 2020 20:58 (one month ago) link

It's a real treasure. Very glad I caught the LA show for that in particular.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 14 August 2020 21:14 (one month ago) link

three weeks pass...

only photo I've ever seen Ron actually smiling in

https://www.facebook.com/sparksofficial/photos/a.161269161864/10158241452116865

frogbs, Thursday, 10 September 2020 17:37 (one week ago) link

Haha amazing.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 10 September 2020 17:48 (one week ago) link

He did "Get in the swing" on TOTP back in the day, smiling. In blackface. Footage lost.

Mark G, Thursday, 10 September 2020 23:21 (one week ago) link


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