Cool Places

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"Cool Places"
Single by Sparks and Jane Wiedlin
from the album In Outer Space
B-side "Sports"
Released April 1983
Format 7", 12"
Genre Pop, new wave
Length 3:25
Label Atlantic
Writer(s) Ron Mael, Russell Mael
Producer(s) Ron Mael, Russell Mael
Sparks singles chronology
"I Predict"
(1982)
"Cool Places"
(1983)
"All You Ever Think About Is Sex"
(1983)
Jane Wiedlin singles chronology
"Cool Places"
(1983)
"Blue Kiss"
(1985)

"Cool Places" is a song recorded by American duo Sparks in collaboration with Go-Go's member Jane Wiedlin.

The song was released as the lead single for Sparks’s 1983 album In Outer Space. At the time Sparks were at their most popular in US, their two previous albums had dented the lower reaches of the Billboard 200 album chart. The single reached #49 on the Hot 100 in April 1983. The hit followed on from the success of their previous single and only other Hot 100 entry "I Predict".

Sparks recorded "Lucky Me, Lucky You" with Jane Wiedlin for the same parent album. Jane Wiedlin also helped promote the album on tour and appeared at a few gigs to perform the duets.

The song is a bit of an anomaly in Sparks back catalogue, being one of the closest examples to a novelty song.[citation needed] Sparks have often been labelled a novelty act throughout their career. The song is at least representative of the style and content of their work in the mid eighties.

Wiedlin's band, The Go-Go's, performed the song on their 2006 tour, employing a more rock-driven style. The song continues to be a part of their live set.

Alvin and the Chipmunks covered the song for their 2007 self-titled video game.

Track listing[edit]

Seven Inch Atlantic 0-89863
  1. "Cool Places" — 3:25
  2. "Sports" — 3:23
Twelve Inch Atlantic 0-89863[1]
  1. "Cool Places" (Long Mix) — 4:38
  2. "Sports" — 3:23

Chart positions[edit]

Chart Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 49
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 13

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sparks And Jane Wiedlin - Cool Places (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2014-05-10. 

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