Indiscreet (Sparks album)

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Indiscreet
Studio album by Sparks
Released October 1975
Recorded 1975
Genre Glam rock, art rock, baroque pop
Length 43:06
Label Island
Producer Tony Visconti
Sparks chronology
Propaganda
(1974)
Indiscreet
(1975)
Big Beat
(1976)
Singles from Indiscreet
  1. "Get In The Swing" b/w "Profile"
    Released: July 1975
  2. "Looks, Looks, Looks" b/w "Pineapple"
    Released: September 1975
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Indiscreet is the fifth album of music produced by Sparks. It was released in 1975 and later re-released with three bonus tracks. The album was produced by Tony Visconti, with whom the group reunited in 1997 to produce several tracks for their retrospective album Plagiarism. The song "How Are You Getting Home?" was used in Leos Carax's film Holy Motors.

Release[edit]

Indiscreet was released in October 1975, nearly a year after Sparks' previous album. It was not as successful as Kimono My House or Propaganda; reaching #18 on the UK Album Chart[2] and #169 in the US.[3] The group's next two albums were even less successful in Europe and the US. They would not garner significant attention until 1979's No. 1 In Heaven.

"Get In The Swing" and "Looks, Looks, Looks" were released as singles. Like the parent album they were only moderately successful reaching #27 and #26 in the UK.[2]

Re-release[edit]

Indiscreet was re-issued and remastered by Island in 1994 and 2006. The first issue by the Island Masters subsidiary added the b-side "Profile" and the non-album single "I Wanna Hold Your Hand", and its b-side "England". The '21st Century Edition' did not include "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" or "England"; in their stead it included the rare "The Wedding Of Jacqueline Kennedy to Russell Mael" and a live recording of "Looks, Looks, Looks".

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Ron Mael; except where indicated. 

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Hospitality On Parade"     4:00
2. "Happy Hunting Ground"     3:44
3. "Without Using Hands"     3:20
4. "Get in the Swing"     4:08
5. "Under the Table With Her"     2:20
6. "How Are You Getting Home?"     2:57
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
7. "Pineapple"   Russell Mael 2:45
8. "Tits"     4:57
9. "It Ain't 1918"     2:08
10. "The Lady is Lingering"     3:40
11. "In the Future"     2:12
12. "Looks, Looks, Looks"     2:35
13. "Miss the Start, Miss the End"     2:46
21st Century Edition bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Length
14. "Profile"     3:30
15. "The Wedding of Jacqueline Kennedy to Russell Mael"   Russell Mael 1:36
16. "Looks, Looks, Looks (live at Fairfield Halls 09/11/75)"     4:02

Personnel[edit]

  • Russell Mael – vocals
  • Ron Mael – keyboards
  • Ian Hampton – bass
  • Trevor White – guitar
  • Norman "Dinky" Diamond – drums

with

  • Mike Piggott – fiddle on "It Ain't 1918"
  • Tony Visconti – orchestral arrangements

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ a b "Chart Stats - Sparks". chartstats.com. Retrieved 2008-07-22. 
  3. ^ "Allmusic - Billboard Albums - Sparks". Billboard. Retrieved 2008-12-04.