Sparks 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, power pop, electronic dance music, mainstream pop 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. Sparks have been highly influential on the development of popular music, in particular on the late 1970s scene, when in collaboration with Giorgio Moroder (and Telex subsequently), they reinvented themselves as an electronic pop 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 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 reaching #60 in May 1982, the 1984 US hit "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.

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Sparks News

Sparks to perform live version of their 'musical' LP ahead of movie adaptation

LA audiences can see 'The Seduction Of Ingmar Bergman'

  • Jun 15, 2011

Sparks to release limited edition 'Morrissey' single

The band are also set to play two albums in full for London shows

  • Feb 27, 2009

Sparks announce new album tracklisting

Duo gear up for 21-night residency with new record

  • Mar 13, 2008

Sparks confirm 21-night London residency

They'll perform all their albums - including their new one

  • Nov 28, 2007

Sparks set for record residency

Duo to play 21 nights in London

  • Nov 21, 2007

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Sparks Music Videos

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Just Drown

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Sparks Reviews

Balls

Balls

A calculated (and doomed) attempt to shock.

  • Sep 1, 2000

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