Sparks is the musical partnership of American keyboardist–songwriter Ron Mael and his vocalist brother Russell Mael. They first recorded as Halfnelson, a quintet with drummer Harley Feinstein and another set of brothers, guitarist Earle Mankey and guitarist–bassist Jim Mankey. They signed to Bearsville for the 1971 release Halfnelson, produced by Todd Rundgren. Soon after, they […]

Sparks ‎– No. 1 in Heaven (1979)

No. 1 in Heaven is the eighth album by American art-pop duo Sparks, released in 1979 on Virgin. Tracklist: A1. “Tryouts for the Human Race” (6:09) A2. “Academy Award Performance” (5:01) A3. “La Dolce Vita” (5:54) B1. “Beat the Clock” (4:23) B2. “My Other Voice” (4:56) B3. “The Number One Song in Heaven” (7:27) Credits: […]

Sparks ‎– Indiscreet (1975)

Indiscreet is the fifth album by American art-pop duo Sparks, released in 1975 on Island. Tracklist: A1. “Hospitality on Parade” (3:58) A2. “Happy Hunting Ground” (3:44) A3. “Without Using Hands” (3:19) A4. “Get in the Swing” (4:00) A5. “Under the Table With Her” (2:19) A6. “How Are You Getting Home?” (2:56) B1. “Pineapple” (2:42) B2. […]

Halfnelson / Sparks ‎– Halfnelson (1971)

Halfnelson is the debut album by the namesake American art-pop band that would eventually rename itself Sparks. The album was released in 1971 on Bearsville and re-released the following year as Sparks in ode to the name change. Tracklist: A1. “Wonder Girl” (2:20) A2. “Fa La Fa Lee” (2:53) A3. “Roger” (2:37) A4. “High C” […]

Sparks ‎– A Woofer in Tweeter’s Clothing (1972)

A Woofer in Tweeter’s Clothing is the second album by American art-pop band Sparks, released in 1972 on Bearsville. The album is the second and last to feature the original quintet-lineup with the Mankey brothers and drummer Harley Feinstein. All subsequent releases would feature the Mael brothers with assorted backing players. Tracklist: A1. “Girl From […]