SPARKS

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BIOGRAPHY:
Sparks is an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1971 by brothers Ron (keyboards) and Russell Mael (vocals), renamed from Halfnelson, formed in 1968. Known for their quirky approach to songwriting, Sparks' music is often accompanied by intelligent, sophisticated, and acerbic lyrics, and an idiosyncratic, theatrical stage presence, typified in the contrast between Russell's wide-eyed hyperactive frontman antics and Ron's sedentary scowling. They are also noted for Russell Mael's falsetto voice and Ron Mael's keyboard style.
Though the band's long career has seen them successfully pioneer many different musical genres; including glam rock, new wave, synthpop, electronica, and most recently chamber pop, Sparks have created their own unique musical universe. While achieving chart success in various countries around the world including United Kingdom, Germany, France, and the United States, they have enjoyed a cult following since their first releases. During the late 1970s, when in collaboration with Giorgio Moroder (and Telex subsequently), Sparks reinvented themselves as a new wave/synthpop duo, and abandoned the traditional rock band line up. Their frequently changing styles and visual presentations have kept the band at the forefront of modern, artful pop music.
The 2002 release of Lil' Beethoven, their "genre-defying opus", as well as the more recent albums Hello Young Lovers (2006, their 20th studio album), Exotic Creatures Of The Deep (2008), and their latest fantasy musical The Seduction of Ingmar Bergman (2009–2010) have brought Sparks renewed critical and commercial success, and seen them continue to "steer clear of pop conventions."
Sparks are best known for the songs "This Town Ain't Big Enough for Both of Us", which reached number 2 in the British charts in 1974, the electronic hit "The Number One Song in Heaven" in 1979, "When I'm With You" which topped the French Charts in 1980, the single "I Predict" became Sparks' first appearance on the Billboard Hot 100, reaching #60 in May 1982; the 1984 single "Cool Places" with Go-Go Jane Wiedlin, and "When Do I Get To Sing 'My Way'" which topped the German and European charts in 1994/95 and was the top airplay record in Germany for 1994.

LAST ALBUM:
HIPPOPOTAMUS (2017)
Sparks

HOMEPAGE: www.allsparks.com

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DISCOGRAPHY - ALBUM:

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2017 - HIPPOPOTAMUS
Label: Bmg Right Mgmt / PIAS

2015 - FFS (Franz Ferdinand & Sparks)

Label: Domino

2014 - LEFT COAST ANGST: LIVE RADIO BROADCAST 1982-1983
Label: Sonic Boom

2013 - NEW MUSIC FOR AMNESIACS: THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION
Label: Lil Beethoven Records
2013 - TWO HANDS ONE MOUTH: LIVE IN EUROPE
Label: Lil Beethoven Records
2012 - SHORTCUTS: THE 7" MIXES (1979-1984)
Label: SMD Reportoire
2012 - EXTENDED: THE 12" MIXES (1979-1984)
Label: SMD Reportoire
2012 - REAL EXTENDED: THE 12" MIXES (1979-1984)

Label: SMD Reportoire
2009 - THE SEDUCTION OF INGMAR BERGMAN
Label: Lil Beethoven Records
2008 - EXOTIC CREATURES OF THE DEEP
Label: Lil Beethoven Records
2004 - HELLO YOUNG LOVERS
Label: Essential Music
2003 - THE BEST OF SPARKS

Label: SMD Reportoire
2002 - LIL' BEETHOVEN
Label: Artful Records
2000 - BALLS
Label: Strange Ways
1997 - PLAGIARISM
Label: Virgin
1994 - GRATUITOUS SAX & SENSELESS VIOLINS

Label: Lil Beethoven
1993 - THE WORLD OF THE SPARKS: MADONNA
Label: Sound Solution

1990 - MAEL INTUITION: THE BEST OF SPARKS 1974-1976
Label: Island Records

1988 - INTERIOR DESIGN
Label: Rhino

1986 - MUSIC THAT YOU CAN DANCE TO

Label: MCA Records

1984 - PULLING RABBITS OUT OF A HAT
Label: Atlantic Records

1983 - IN OUTER SPACE
Label: Atlantic Records
1982 - ANGST IN MY PANTS
Label: Atlantic Records
1981 - WHOMP THAT SUCKER
Label: RCA Records

1980 - TERMINAL JIVE
Label: Ariola

1979 - NO.1 IN HEAVEN
Label: Virgin

1979 - THE BEST OF SPARKS
Label: Island Records

1977 - INTRODUCING SPARKS

Label: CBS Records
1976 - BIG BEAT

Label: Island Records
1975 - INDISCREET
Label: Island Records
1974 - PROPAGANDA

Label: Island Records
1974 - KIMONO MY HOUSE
Label: Island Records
1972 - A WOOFER IN TWEETER'S CLOTHING
Label: Bearsville Records
1971 - SPARKS
Label: Bearsville Records


DIVAMANIA - MUSIC NEWS: (05.2015)

FFS = FRANZ FERDINAND & SPARKS:
The scotish band FRANZ FERDINAND formed with the Mael Brothers of SPARKS a new Band named FFS.
The Idea of this collaboration starts 2013 when there worked together in san francisco.
The vocal styles of Franz frontman Alex Kapranos and Sparks singer Russell Mael fuse together well, according to the keyboard player. ffsHe said: "Alex and Russell’s voices are very distinctive, so you notice the trade-off between them straight away. Both bands' styles are coming together pretty seamlessly."If there was a train crash between Franz Ferdinand and Sparks, this is what the wreckage would sound like."
FFS released her debut album on the 5th of june and will touring this summer around Europe
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