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TRACK: SPARKS – ONE FOR THE AGES

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Not Forgotten: Sparks – Gratuitous Sax and Senseless Violins

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A Beginners Guide to Sparks

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Taken from their recent long player ‘A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip’, the bothers Mael are back again with a new video for album favourite ‘Left out in the cold’. The band are also being celebrated, or at least documented in a new film ‘The Sparks Brothers’ by Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Baby Driver). …

The video for Sparks’ The Existential Threat, a highlight from their stellar 2020 album, was released the same day as physical copies of A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip were made available. The video’s congruously surreal, absurdist conception was masterminded by Cyriak, an animator famous for a magnificently made Run the Jewels video amongst many other …

Legendary pop-pioneers Sparks who are releasing their 24th studio album ‘A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip’ on May 15th Via BMG have just dropped the video for their 4th tease of what is to come from the new album. Titled One For The Ages is keyboard heavy as expected from this duo with the trademark falsetto from …

Sparks were in a weird position in the mid 90s. Once one of the most subversively inspirational acts, by the time Gratuitous Sax and Senseless Violins was released, The Mael Brothers has been overtaken both commercially and artistically by some of the very acts that they had inspired, most obviously Pet Shop Boys. From it’s sphincter tighteningly bad …

Sparks aren’t just any old pop band. Formed by brothers Ron and Russell Mael, the former child models were just too weird for the macho chest-beating alpha male loving American rock scene of the 70s, Sparks have always enjoyed far greater success in Europe. Following some tentative steps as Halfnelson, the brothers would form Sparks …

Career reinventions don’t come much more well executed than Sparks’ recently reissued 1979 album, No.1 in Heaven. While brothers Ronald and Russell Mael had found an enthusiastic audience for their arch intelligent pop in the UK in the mid 70s, reaching a commercial peak with the game-changing single ”This Town Ain’t Big Enough for the …

When Sparks roared back to relevance with 2002‘s Lil’ Beethoven, it was treated as a glorious return to form. How long that form would last was another matter. Was it a one off, or the start of a more sustained period of creative success? 2006’s Hello Young Lovers very much confirmed that the previous album’s …

Having comprehensively out smarted Roxy Music with their art pop in the mid-70s, and proved you could be an influential synth pioneer and still have a sense of fun by the end of the decade, the 80s and 90s had seen Sparks become an uncelebrated act that had nevertheless influenced countless acts that followed in …

One of the great things about Sparks down the decades has been their innate ability to innovate and inspire those that follow in their wake. The fact that those that follow in their wake have their own disciples and, somewhat frustratingly, bigger sales, only adds to the lure of Sparks for me. Having made great …

FFS are a supergroup in the purest sense. Two musical acts, seperated by a generation, combining to release an album which will hopefully combine the best bits of their respective sounds. It’s particularly interesting for me though, as I’ve had contrasting fan-relationships with the two acts. I liked Franz Ferdinand from the moment I heard …