Progrography

Sparks
One got the looks, the other got the moustache. Sparks is essentially the work of brothers Russell and Ron Mael. The sound of Sparks has changed over the years, from rococo rock to eurodisco to synthesizer pop, but the sarcasm has remained the same. Some have likened the early stuff to Queen, the later work to Devo, and while a Queevo hybrid may sound initially off-putting, it's tastier than it sounds. Try Propaganda or Angst In My Pants for starters.

Date ALBUMS / Singles
1971 HALFNELSON
1972 SPARKS
1972 Wonder Girl
1972 A WOOFER IN TWEETER'S CLOTHING
1972 Girl From Germany
1974 KIMONO MY HOUSE
1974 May This Town Ain't Big Enough For Both of Us
1974 July Amateur Hour
1974 Talent Is An Asset
1974 October Never Turn Your Back On Mother Earth
1974 PROPAGANDA
1974 Achoo
1975 January Something For The Girl With Everything
1975 INDISCREET
1975 July Get In The Swing
1975 October Looks Looks Looks
1976 BIG BEAT
1976 Big Boy
1977 INTRODUCING SPARKS
1977 A Big Surprise
1979 NO. 1 IN HEAVEN
1979 April The No. 1 Song In Heaven
1979 July Beat The Clock
1979 Tryouts For The Human Race
1979 La Dolce Vita
1979 THE BEST OF SPARKS - MUSIC THAT YOU CAN DANCE TO
1979 TERMINAL JIVE
1980 When I'm With You
1980 Young Girls
1981 WHOMP THAT SUCKER
1981 Tips For Teens
1981 THE HISTORY OF SPARKS
1982 Modesty Plays
1982 ANGST IN MY PANTS
1982 May I Predict
1982 Eaten By The Monster of Love
1983 All You Ever Think About Is Sex
1983 March Cool Places
1983 November SPARKS IN OUTER SPACE
1984 PULLING RABBITS OUT OF A HAT
1984 Pretending To Be Drunk
1984 Progress
1984 With All My Might
1986 Music That You Can Dance To
1986 Fingertips
1987 Rosebud
1988 INTERIOR DESIGN (aka JUST GOT BACK FROM HEAVEN)
1988 So Important
1989 Just Got Back From Heaven
1991 April 2 PROFILE: THE ULTIMATE SPARKS COLLECTION
1993 National Crime Awareness Week
1993 March WORLD OF SPARKS: MADONNA
1993 THE HELL COLLECTION
1993 IN THE SWING
1994 October When Do I Get To Sing "My Way"
1995 March When I Kiss You (I Hear Charlie Parker Playing)
1995 February 28 GRATUITOUS SAX AND SENSELESS VIOLINS
1995 THE BEST OF SPARKS
1996 Now That I Own The BBC
1996 THE 12 INCH MIXES
1997 PLAGIARISM
1997 December This Town Ain't Big Enough For Both of Us
1998 SPARKS (Oglio sampler)
1999 The No. 1 Song In Heaven (remix)
1999 April This Town Ain't Big Enough For Both of Us (remix)
2000 August 22 BALLS
2000 The Calm Before The Storm
2000 The Angels
2000 More Than A Sex Machine
2000 THE BEST OF SPARKS
2002 November 26 LIL' BEETHOVEN
2002 November 26 THIS ALBUM'S BIG ENOUGH... THE BEST OF SPARKS
2002 MAEL INTUITION: THE BEST OF SPARKS 1974-1976
2006 February 6 HELLO YOUNG LOVERS
2006 Dick Around
2006 Perfume
2008 May 12 Good Morning
2008 May 19 EXOTIC CREATURES OF THE DEEP

SEE ALSO...
Fright Night soundtrack
Heavenly Bodies soundtrack

 

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