Edgar Wright is making a rock documentary about the 1970s band Sparks. Formed by Los Angeles based brothers Ron and Russell Mael in 1969, the pair released their debut album ‘Halfnelson’ in 1971.
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They later moved from L.A. to England and from 1974 through 1975, Sparks released three albums that gained a loyal, cult following. 1974 single ‘This Town Ain’t Big Enough for Both of Us’ even reached the number 2 spot on the UK’s official charts.
The Darkness and Franz Ferdinand have both collaborated with the band, while Paul McCartney has imitated them in his video for ‘Coming Up’. The band’s most recent release, ‘Hippopotamus,’ was released last year, marking their 23rd full-length album.
Wright shot the band’s May concert at the O2 Forum Kentish Town in London as part of the documentary and says that he’s currently gathering archival material on the band for the project.
“I have been a fan of them since I saw them on Top Of The Pops in 1979 — and when I had ‘Beat The Clock’ on vinyl,” Wright told IndieWire. You can see Wright’s Instagram post from the London gig below.
The project marks Wright’s first official documentary. Detail’s of its release are yet to be announced.
Meanwhile, the soundtrack sequel to Wright’s 2017 smash hit Baby Driver was released earlier this year. Baby Driver Volume 2: The Score For a Score features Danger Mouse, Big Boi, and Run the Jewels’ Grammy-nominated ‘Chase Me’ as well as cuts from The Foundations, Boards of Canada, Sky Ferreira, and The Steve Miller Band.
Vinnie Maniscalco’s ‘TaKillYa (Baby Driver Mix)’ and Kid Koala’s ‘Deborah’ also exclusively feature on this collection, as well as selections from Steven Price’s unreleased score.
As he accepted the award via video message, Edgar Wright wielded a banana and explained how the inspiration for the film had initially come to him at a tube station.