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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 (sixteen years ago) link

The concert was great, and this was the highlight

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

Pretty damn sweet.

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

the video for 'Rhythm Thief' is really cool!

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

This is my fave unheralded pop surrealist miniature.


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 (fifteen 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:

Click on 'Stage' and then follow the links.

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

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

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

yeah, shaddup Ned :)

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

Oh, and Ian's story rules.

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

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

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

The Hell Collection

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

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

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

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

! I must know more about this.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Friday, 16 April 2004 00:41 (fifteen years ago) link

Which one? I can email either to you as mp3, though be warned 'Dancing is dangerous' is huge at 15mb (though I have a shorter 8mb version if that's any better).

I don't know if 'We are the Clash' has been discussed already but it's from a recent issue of Uncut, part of the Clash-tribute cover cd, and so it's very nu-Sparks. Big clean sharp sound and well worth hearing. 'Dancing is dangerous' is set to be my big 'weekend song' for the next few months, I can tell. Really, everyone should hear this - interested parties should email me.

Affectian (Affectian), Friday, 16 April 2004 00:50 (fifteen years ago) link

Send either song as an e-mail over the weekend, it'll be easy enough for me to download it at home -- and thanks!

Ned Raggett (Ned), Friday, 16 April 2004 03:11 (fifteen years ago) link

one month passes...
I just read on the Redd Kross website that their doing Kimono My House in it's entirety at Morrissey's Meltdown, plus a couple of b-sides! And Steven McDonald is playing bass! I guess they gave in to Morrissey's demands after all.

Arthur (Arthur), Tuesday, 18 May 2004 04:14 (fifteen years ago) link

Yeah, they're also doing the new album too, so it's a bit of then and now.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 18 May 2004 04:35 (fifteen years ago) link

I just recently got into Sparks after randomly downloading a live "Amateur Hour" on 70's TV from Soulseek and being transfixed. I love "Kimono My House"!!

Adam Bruneau, Tuesday, 18 May 2004 06:14 (fifteen years ago) link

one year passes...
New album Hello Young Lovers out early next year, a track "Waterproof" is starting to circulate -- crappy quality mp3 but the song itself sounds a treat, mixing the orchestral conceits of Li'l Beethoven with a bit of classic glam era guitar crunch near the end.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 25 October 2005 04:14 (thirteen years ago) link

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 years ago) link

I can't believe the name of Track #11

cpl593H, Tuesday, 28 March 2017 13:41 (two years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Jim O'Rourke singing karaoke of Sparks lmao

flappy bird, Thursday, 20 April 2017 03:43 (two years ago) link

three weeks pass...

And we got new single/video

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 16 May 2017 17:33 (two years ago) link

its already stuck in my head

frogbs, Tuesday, 16 May 2017 17:41 (two years ago) link

Man, that sounds like Sparks.

Are you Thurston Moore (but enjoying it less) (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Wednesday, 17 May 2017 08:30 (two years ago) link

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 (two years ago) link

two months pass...

That was a great track and you're high.

American tour dates announced, shows on sale Friday

🇺🇸 U S A✨
Get ready! Ron and Russell are finally bringing the Sparks Hippopotamus Tour home this October!

Tickets on sale this Friday.

— SPARKS (@sparksofficial) July 25, 2017

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 25 July 2017 17:10 (two years ago) link

(And hint, tickets actually on sale now -- MISSIONARYPOSITION is the code. See you at the 7 pm SF show...)

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 27 July 2017 17:49 (two years ago) link

thanks for the tip!

Badmotorfinger Debate Club (MFB), Thursday, 27 July 2017 20:29 (two years ago) link

Second NYC show added, IIRC. Also, new interviews abounding -- good one in the Quietus:

Which has this detail:

The way you ended up working with Giorgio Moroder was thanks to...

Russell: ...a lie. As is our wont.

Ron: It wasn’t the first time and won't be the last.

Russell: We’d been doing an interview in LA with a German journalist and she said, “What’s next for you guys?” And we said, “Oh, we’re going to be working with Giorgio Moroder on our new album” and we hadn’t even made any contact with him. It was something we wanted to do. She said, “Oh really, that’s great, Giorgio is my good friend”. We went, like, “Oh shit”. We owned up and said, “We haven’t actually approached him but we would like to work with Giorgio” so she said she would introduce us. No one knew what that album was going to be like. There was an intimidation factor because he was knowledgeable about electronics; at that time we didn’t have any knowledge of that - we’ve since learned. And the other thing was he was used to working with Donna Summer who’s this great singer, so it was intimidating for someone like me coming from a band world with these stylistic eccentricities. In the end, he really embraced it and we think [No.1 in Heaven] was a really special record.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 10 August 2017 17:01 (two years ago) link

And re Morrissey:

It is true that you used to always communicate by fax?

Russell: Yes, we did. We have all the fading messages which we’ve kept. By fax and in giant letters, and even more recently - several months back - on my doorstep. I didn’t hear him. I was working at home, and I go outside and there’s an album propped up against the door and it’s a Morrissey album with the Ameba Records sticker still on it which had just been purchased there obviously, and it had been inscripted by Morrissey saying “Russell, you have to record ‘Windy Day’” - which was a demo we made in the Kimono My House period that was recently released in a repackaging of Kimono with various tracks that were demos at the time. And he said that, and it was just left there, and he was gone in the wind. He didn’t want to speak, so there’s this odd relationship from a distance. It’s intriguing and nice.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 10 August 2017 17:07 (two years ago) link

funny, I just listened to Introducing Sparks for the first time in a while yesterday. I agree with them on that album and Big Beat - good songs, execution maybe not so good. Big Beat sounds like it was recorded in a closet. funny he should mention "Goofing Off"...that's one of my favorite Sparks tunes. also love "Occupation", it reminds me of a couple songs my 2 year old likes

frogbs, Thursday, 10 August 2017 19:01 (two years ago) link

la lala la lala la la la la
la lala la lala la la la la
la lala la lala la la la la

flappy bird, Thursday, 10 August 2017 19:04 (two years ago) link

also wanna point out that Big Beat is the one time where the lyrics seem to go from funny to downright cruel in a few spots. well that and "Tips for Teens". Sparks sorta get a pass on this but I kinda wonder what the fallout would be if someone wrote a song like "Throw Her Away And Get a New One" today

frogbs, Thursday, 10 August 2017 19:05 (two years ago) link

You read that story about the guy with six 'pre-interview' dates at almost the same time the other day? If anything that song is now a documentary.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 10 August 2017 20:32 (two years ago) link

"Don't Shoot Me" is in the ads for the Get Shorty tv show and got me to revisit Whomp That Sucker. So thanks, Get Shorty tv show.

The Man Who Saw The Midwife (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Saturday, 12 August 2017 07:45 (two years ago) link

three weeks pass...

listened to ONE random track from the new Scooter album and guess who it is

you probably shouldn't listen to this

frogbs, Sunday, 3 September 2017 20:40 (two years ago) link

well that was fucking nuts

flappy bird, Sunday, 3 September 2017 22:14 (two years ago) link

Blocked in my country due to copyright reasons.

shackling the masses with plastic-wrapped snack picks (sic), Monday, 4 September 2017 00:55 (two years ago) link

The new album definitely needs cutting down a little bit, but there's some great stuff here. I Wish You Were Fun and So Tell Me Miss Lincoln Aside From That How Was The Play? are my current favourites.

kitchen person, Wednesday, 6 September 2017 17:43 (two years ago) link

Okay, it's out:

Ned Raggett, Friday, 8 September 2017 13:16 (two years ago) link

this is their funniest album in a long time, isn't it? kinda feels like the sharp sense of humor that went wayward sometime around Pulling Rabbits Out of a Hat is back. some real great tunes too. I don't think it needs to be cut down...every song on this seems pretty good to me!

frogbs, Monday, 18 September 2017 13:40 (two years ago) link

Yeah, I was thinking you'd have to go back to the '80s to find the last Sparks album that was this overtly fun/funny. At the same time some of the last album's more melancholy side is there too -- feel like they've really perfected that balance.

Vaguely Threatening CAPTCHAs, Monday, 18 September 2017 20:53 (two years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Livestream of their Berlin show happening now:

Ned Raggett, Friday, 6 October 2017 16:31 (one year ago) link

Oooooh, thank you!

ok I'm dying at the video for "missionary position"

good art is orange; great art is teal (wins), Monday, 9 October 2017 17:16 (one year ago) link

Btw I find the idea that they haven't been funny since the 80s bizarre. Good morning, lighten up morrissey, collaborations don't work

good art is orange; great art is teal (wins), Monday, 9 October 2017 17:21 (one year ago) link

I hard a rumour that the collaboration didn't work and that they fell out with Franz

PaulTMA, Monday, 9 October 2017 17:35 (one year ago) link

Well hope various American posters caught the NYC/California shows. Saw the early show last night here in SF; fantastic as ever. They're doing two nights in Tokyo in a couple of days should anyone be over there.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 21 October 2017 13:39 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

every day i find myself with any of a half dozen of the new tracks in my head and i haven't even listening to the album that much.

new noise, Thursday, 14 December 2017 17:15 (one year ago) link

Btw I find the idea that they haven't been funny since the 80s bizarre. Good morning, lighten up morrissey, collaborations don't work

― good art is orange; great art is teal (wins)

agree, see also "Let The Monkey Drive"

sleeve, Thursday, 14 December 2017 17:20 (one year ago) link


I think every song on it is good. It actually reminds me more of Indiscreet than anything, where each song seems to be in it's own world. But I find it even better than that album, because yeah, nearly song is so stupidly catchy, and only the title track is actively irritating. I've gone back to it a lot, it's very much the sort of album I wished Exotic Creatures was.

frogbs, Thursday, 14 December 2017 17:35 (one year ago) link

My 2-year old daughter is obsessed with the title track so I've been hearing it daily for the past few weeks.

cwkiii, Friday, 15 December 2017 03:35 (one year ago) link

Good interview and live "Missionary Position":

... (Eazy), Friday, 15 December 2017 05:54 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

six months pass...

Holy shit I need this immediately.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 21 June 2018 21:14 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

seven months pass...

Yes, thank you:


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 →

Ned Raggett, Monday, 28 January 2019 18:23 (seven months ago) link

three months pass...

Sounds like this might actually finally be happening:

Vaguely Threatening CAPTCHAs, Wednesday, 15 May 2019 19:03 (four months ago) link

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