Sparks

“Amateur Hour”


SHORT BIOGRAPHY:

Sparks is an American pop and rock duo formed by brothers Ron (keyboards) and Russell Mael (vocals) in Los Angeles in the late 1960's. The duo is noted for their quirky approach to songwriting. The band have many line-up changes underways, with the Mail brothers as key member throughout. The band's latest album, The Girl Is Crying in Her Latte, was released on May 26, 2023, via Island Records. .


Members:

Ronald David Mael (born August 12, 1945): Keyboards and composer

Russell Craig Mael (born October 5, 1948): Vocals



Discography:


1. Halfnelson - Bearsville 1971

Tracks: 1. Wonder Girl / 2. Fa La Fa Lee / 3. Roger / 4. High C / 5. Fletcher Honorama / 6. Simple Ballet / 7. Slowboat / 8. Biology / 9. Saccharin and the War / 10. Big Bands / 11. (No More) Mr. Nice Guys
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2. A Woofer in Tweeter's Clothing - Bearsville 1973

Tracks:
1. Girl From Germany / 2. Beaver O'Lindy / 3. Nothing Is Sacred / 4. Here Comes Bob / 5. Moon Over Kentucky / 6. Do Re Mi / 7. Angus Desire / 8. Underground / 9. The Louvre / 10. Batteries Not Included / 11. Whippings and Apologies
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3. Kimono My House - Island 1974

Tracks:
1. This Town Ain't Big Enough for Both of Us / 2. Amateur Hour / 3. Falling in Love With Myself Again / 4. Here in Heaven / 5. Thank God It's Not Christmas / 6. Hasta mańana, monsieur / 7. Talent Is an Asset / 8. Complaints / 9. In My Family / 10. Equator
Rating : 8


4. Propaganda - Island 1974

Tracks:
1. Propaganda / 2. At Home, at Work, at Play / 3. Reinforcements / 4. BC / 5. Thanks but No Thanks / 6. Don't Leave Me Alone With Her / 7. Never Turn Your Back on Mother Earth / 8. Something for the Girl With Everything / 9. Achoo / 10. Who Don't Like Kids /11. Bon Voyage
Rating : 7


5. Indiscreet - Island 1975

Tracks:
1. Hospitality on Parade / 2. Happy Hunting Ground / 3. Without Using Hands / 4. Get in the Swing / 5. Under the Table With Her / 6. How Are You Getting Home? / 7. Pineapple / 8. Tits / 9. It Ain't 1918 / 10. The Lady Is Lingering / 11. In the Future / 12. Looks, Looks, Looks / 13. Miss the Start, Miss the End
Rating : 6


6. Big Beat - Island 1976

Tracks:
1. Hospitality on Parade / 2. Happy Hunting Ground / 3. Without Using Hands / 4. Get in the Swing / 5. Under the Table With Her / 6. How Are You Getting Home? / 7. Pineapple / 8. Tits / 9. It Ain't 1918 / 10. The Lady Is Lingering / 11. In the Future / 12. Looks, Looks, Looks / 13. Miss the Start, Miss the End
Rating : 6


7. Introducing Sparks - CBS 1977

Tracks:
1. A Big Surprise / 2. Occupation / 3. Ladies / 4. I'm Not / 5. Forever Young / 6. Goofing Off / 7. Girls on the Brain / 8. Over the Summer / 9. Those Mysteries
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8. N° 1 in Heaven - Virgin 1979

Tracks:
1. Tryouts for the Human Race / 2. Academy Award Performance / 3. La dolce vita / 4. Beat the Clock / 5. My Other Voice / 6. The Number One Song in Heaven
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9. Terminal Jive - Oasis 1979

Tracks:
1. When I'm With You / 2. Just Because You Love Me / 3. Rock 'n' Roll People in a Disco World / 4. When I'm With You / 5. Young Girls / 6. Noisy Boys / 7. Stereo / 8. The Greatest Show on Earth
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10. Whomp That Sucker - RCA 1981

Tracks:
1. Tips for Teens / 2. Funny Face / 3. Where's My Girl / 4. Upstairs / 5. I Married a Martian / 6. The Willys / 7. Shoot Me / 8. Safety / 9. That's Not Nastassia / 10. Women
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11. Angst in My Pants - Atlantic 1982

Tracks:
1. Angst in My Pants / 2. I Predict / 3. Sextown U.S.A. / 4. Sherlock Holmes / 5. Nicotina / 6. Mickey Mouse / 7. Moustache / 8. Instant Weight Loss / 9. Tarzan and Jane / 10. The Decline and Fall of Me / 11. Eaten by the Monster of Love
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12. In Outer Space - Atlantic 1983

Tracks:
1. Cool Places / 2. Popularity / 3. Prayin' for a Party / 4. All You Ever Think About Is Sex / 5. Please, Baby, Please / 6. Rockin' Girls / 7. I Wish I Looked a Little Better / 8. Lucky Me, Lucky You / 9. A Fun Bunch of Guys From Outer Space / 10. Godammit
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13. Pulling Rabbits Out of a Hat - Atlantic 1984

Tracks:
1. Pulling Rabbits Out of a Hat / 2. Love Scenes / 3. Pretending to Be Drunk / 4. Progress / 5. With All My Might / 6. Sparks in the Dark (Part One) / 7. Everybody Move / 8. A Song That Sings Itself / 9. Sisters / 10. Kiss Me Quick / 11. Sparks in the Dark (Part Two)
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14. Music That You Can Dance To - MCA 1986

Tracks:
1. Music That You Can Dance To / 2. Rosebud / 3. Fingertips / 4. Change / 5. The Scene / 6. Shopping Mall of Love / 7. Modesty Plays / 8. Let's Get Funky
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15. Interior Design - Rhino 1988

Tracks:
1. So Important / 2. Just Got Back From Heaven / 3. Lots of Reasons / 4. You Got a Hold of My Heart / 5. Love-O-Rama / 6. The Toughest Girl in Town / 7. Let's Make Love / 8. Stop Me If You've Heard This Before / 9. A Walk Down Memory Lane / 10. Madonna
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16. Gratuitous Sax & Senseless Violins - Logic 1994

Tracks:
1. Gratuitous Sax / 2. When Do I Get to Sing "My Way" / 3. I Hear Charlie Parker Playing / 4. Frankly, Scarlett, I Don't Give a Damn / 5. I Thought I Told You to Wait in the Car / 6. Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil / 7. Now That I Own the BBC / 8. Tsui Hark / 9. The Ghost of Liberace / 10. Let's Go Surfing / 11. Senseless Violins
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17. Plagiarism - Virgin 1997

Tracks:
1. Pulling Rabbits Out of a Hat / 2. This Town Ain't Big Enough for the Both of Us / 3. The No. 1 Song in Heaven (Part Two) / 4. Funny Face / 5. Do I Get to Sing 'My Way' / 6. Angst in My Pants / 7. Change / 8. Popularity / 9. Something for the Girl With Everything / 10. This Town Ain't Big Enough for the Both of Us / 11. Beat the Clock / 12. Big Brass Ring / 13. Amateur Hour / 14. Propaganda / 15. When I'm With You / 16. Something for the Girl With Everything / 17. Orchestral Collage / 18. The No. 1 Song in Heaven / 19. Never Turn Your Back on Mother Earth
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18. Balls - Oglio 2000

Tracks:
1. Balls / 2. More Than a Sex Machine / 3. Scheherazade / 4. Aeroflot / 5. The Calm Before the Storm / 6. How to Get Your Ass Kicked / 7. Bullet Train / 8. It's a Knockoff / 9. Irreplaceable / 10. It's Educational / 11. The Angels
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19. Lil' Beethoven - Palm 2002

Tracks:
1. The Rhythm Thief / 2. How Do I Get to Carnegie Hall? / 3. What Are All These Bands So Angry About? / 4. I Married Myself / 5. Ride 'Em Cowboy / 6. My Baby's Taking Me Home / 7. Your Call's Very Important to Us, Please Hold / 8. Ugly Guys With Beautiful Girls / 9. Suburban Homeboy
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20. Hello Young Lovers - In Red 2006

Tracks:
1. Dick Around / 2. Perfume / 3. The Very Next Fight / 4. Can I Invade Your Country / 5. Rock, Rock, Rock / 6. Metaphor / 7. Waterproof / 8. Here Kitty / 9. There's No Such Thing as Aliens / 10. As I Sit Down to Play the Organ at the Notre Dame Cathedral
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21. Exotic Creatures of the Deep - Lil Beethoven 2008

Tracks:
1. Intro / 2. Good Morning / 3. Strange Animal / 4. Can't Believe That You Would Fall for All the Crap in This Song / 5. Let the Monkey Drive / 6. Intro Reprise / 7. I've Never Been High / 8. She Got Me) Pregnant / 9. Lighten Up, Morrissey / 10. This Is the Renaissance / 11. The Director Never Yelled 'Cut' / 12. Photoshop / 13. Likeable
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22. The Seduction of Ingmar Bergman - Lil Beethoven 2009

Tracks:
1. 1956 Cannes Festival / 2. "I Am Ingmar Bergman" / 3. Limo Driver (Welcome to Hollywood) / 4. "Here He Is Now" / 5. "Mr. Bergman, How Are You?" / 6. "He'll Come 'Round" / 7. En Route to the Beverly Hills Hotel / 8. Hollywood Welcome Committee / 9. I've Got to Contact Sweden" / 10. The Studio Commissary / 11. "I Must Not Be Hasty" / 12. Quiet on the Set" / 13. "Why Do You Take That Tone with Me?" / 14. Pleasant Hotel Staff / 15. Hollywood Tour Bus / 16. Autograph Hounds / 17. Bergman Ponders Escape / 18. "We've Got to Turn Him 'Round" / 19. Escape (Part 1) / 20. Escape (Part 2) / 21. "Oh My God" / 22. Garbo Sings / 23. Almost a Hollywood Ending / 24. "He's Home"
Rating :


23. FFS - Domino 2015

Tracks:
1. Johnny Delusional / 2. Call Girl / 3. Dictator's Son / 4. Little Guy From the Suburbs / 5. Encounters / 6. Save Me From Myself / 7. Ső desu ne / 8. The Man Without a Tan / 9. Things I Won't Get / 10. Power Couple / 11. Collaborations Don't Work / 12. Piss Off
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24. Hippopotamus - BMG 2017

Tracks:
1. Probably Nothing / 2. Missionary Position / 3. Piaf (Said It Better Than Me) / 4. Scandinavian Design / 5. Giddy / 6. the Hell Is It This Time? / 7. Unaware / 8. Hippopotamus / 9. Bummer / 10. I Wish You Were Fun / 11. So Tell Me Mrs. Lincoln Aside From That How Was the Play? / 12. When You're a French Director / 13. Amazing Mr. Repeat / 14. A Little Bit Like Fun / 15. Life With the Macbeths
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25. A Steady Drip Drip Drip - BMG 2020

Tracks:
1. All That / 2. I'm Toast / 3. Lawnmower / 4. Sainthood Is Not in Your Future / 5. Pacific Standard Time / 6. Stravinsky's Only Hit / 7. Out in the Cold / 8. Self-Effacing / 9. One for the Ages / 10. Onomato Pia / 11. iPhone / 12. The Existential Threat / 13. Nothing Travels Faster Than the Speed of Light / 14. Please Don't Fuck Up My World
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26. Annette: Cannes Edition - Milan 2021

Tracks:
1. So May We Start / 2. True Love Always Finds a Way / 3. We Love Each Other So Much / 4. I'm an Accompanist / 5. Aria (The Forest) / 6. She's Out of This World! / 7. Women Have Come Forward / 8. Used to Laugh / 9. Girl From the Middle of Nowhere / 10. Let's Waltz in the Storm! / 11. Washed Ashore / Baby Aria (The Moon) / I Will Haunt You, Henry / 12. Premiere Performance of Baby Annette / 13. All the Girls / 14. Back in Time / 15. Stepping Back in Time / 16. Sympathy for the Abyss
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27. The Girl Is Crying in Her Latte - Island 2023

Tracks:
1. The Girl Is Crying in Her Latte / 2. Veronica Lake / 3. Nothing Is as Good as They Say It Is / 4. Escalator / 5. The Mona Lisa's Packing, Leaving Late Tonight / 6. You Were Meant for Me / 7. Not That Well-Defined / 8. We Go Dancing / 9. When You Leave / 10. Take Me for a Ride / 11. It's Sunny Today / 12. A Love Story / 13. It Doesn't Have to Be That Way / 14. Gee, That Was Fun
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Essential Albums!

23 - Kimono My House - 1974
28 - N° 1 in Heaven - 1979
41 - Lil' Beethoven - 2002
45 - Propaganda - 1974
58 - Angst in my Pants - 1982
82 - Hello Young Lovers - 2006
122 - Indiscreet - 1975
289 - Exotic Creatures of the Deep - 2008
289 - Halfnelson - 1971
363 - Hippopotamus - 2017
409 - Whomp That Sucker - 1981
424 - Gratuitous Sax & Senseless Violins - 1994
531 - A Woofer in Tweeter's Clothing - 1973
531 - The Girl Is Crying in Her Latte - 2023
546 - In Outer Space - 1983
574 - Big Beat - 1976
594 - Introducing Sparks - 1977
641 - Terminal Jive - 1980
667 - Plagiarism - 1997
693 - The Seduction of Ingmar Bergman - 2009
720 - A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip - 2020
746 - Annette: Cannes Edition - 2021
816 - FFS - 2015
822 - Balls - 2000
943 - Pulling Rabbits Out of a Hat - 1984
977 - Music That You Can Dance To - 1986
1077 - Interior Design - 1988
Original albums as listed and rated on “Rate Your Music” - December 3 - 2023

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My Suggestion For a 80 minutes (app.) Best Of Compilation:


1. Never Turn Your Back on Mother Earth (Ron Mael) Propaganda
2. Amateur Hour - (Ron Mael) Kimono my House
3. Falling in Love with Myself - (Ron Mael) Kimono my House
4. Hasta Manana Monsieur - (Russell + Ron Mael) Kimono my House
5. Thanks but no Thanks - (Russell + Ron Mael) Propaganda
6. The Lady is Lingering - (Ron Mael) Indiscreet
7. Here in Heaven - (Ron Mael) Kimono my House
8. Thank God it's not Christmas - (Russell + Ron Mael) Kimono my House
9. Talent is an Asset - (Ron Mael) Kimono my House
10. In My Family - (Russell + Ron Mael) Kimono my House
11. Reinforcements (Russell + Ron Mael) Propaganda
12. Don't Leave Me Alone with Her (Ron Mael) Propaganda
13. How are you Getting Home - (Ron Mael) Indiscreet
14. Miss the Start, Miss the End - (Ron Mael) Indiscreet
15. Big Boy - (Ron Mael) Big Beat

LINKS:

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