ORGAN PREVIEW: Sparks to perform in-store at London’s Rough Trade East…


Sparks will be Live in-store at Rough Trade East to perform tracks from new album ‘Hippopotamus’, the peformance happens on the release day, 8th September.

6.30pm Doors // 7.00pm On-stage // 7.45pm Signing // 9.00pm close.


The artists who would come to be known for posterity as Sparks commenced inventing their often-copied, seldom-equaled brand of music back around 1970, when pop was young and brash and the Southern California airwaves awash with a contingent of post-British invasion inspirations like The Kinks, Barretts Floyd, and The Seeds. The purchase of countless shiny-sleeved import LPs convinced young Ron and Russell Mael that this enticingly provocative presentation would be the ideal means by which to impress upon the public their idiosyncratic take on life, art, and everything.

Their efforts crystallized in 1971, with the addition of another pair of brothers, Earle and Jim Mankey, and drummer Harley Feinstein, incorporated under the uncommon name of Halfnelson. Produced by wonderboy and kindred spirit Todd Rundgren, the groups startlingly original debut yielded a local hit (local being Montgomery, Alabama); then vanished from view. Their label, with the mysterious logic that only record companies possess, decided that their sportcentric moniker was responsible for the albums less-than-stellar performance, and suggested a Marx Bros-inspired name change: thus Sparks was born.

A Woofer In Tweeters Clothing, was released as a follow-up, with high psychedelia-cred coming from helmer James Lowe of The Electric Prunes. Once again, clever nomenclature didn’t translate to runaway revenues; and the group found itself at an impasse. The icebreaker came from across the pond, where the band had been welcomed enthusiastically by Continental types on a brief 1972 transatlantic jaunt. In quick succession the Maels parted ways with their LA compatriots; hopped a plane to Heathrow; recruited a group of London players-about-town to back them; and in 1974 began recording (with producer Muff Winwood) the album that would make Sparks a Kimono-My-House-hold name in the UK.

Within 8 months of emigrating, the group had infected the Isles with the melodic diabolism of the #2 hit This Town Aint Big Enough For Both of Us, regularly frightening the nations children with their Top of the Pops appearances. Propaganda, released mere months later… Read on via the Rough Trade website



ORGAN THING: Sparks announce tour dates and reveal video for Hippopotamus single…

Sparks have announced some European tour dates and revealed a video for the excellent new Hippopotamus single, here’s the video and the dates are here . From the upcoming Sparks album ‘Hippopotamus’, out 8th September. Stream the single and pre-order the album here   And because the the song is so good, here’s a recent…

ORGAN THING: Sparks release another single, What The Hell Is It This Time? Hear it here…

  Sparks have released a second single from the upcoming album ‘Hippopotamus’.  The album is out 8th September, here’s the single now, what the hell is it this time? . The second single from the upcoming Sparks album ‘Hippopotamus’. The album is out 8th September, Pre-order the album here . Tour dates: Facebook:…

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