Interior Design (album)

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Interior Design
Studio album by Sparks
Released August 1988
Recorded 1988, The Pentagon Studio, Los Angeles
Genre Rock, Synthpop
Length 38:58
Label Fine Art
Producer Ron Mael, Russell Mael
Sparks chronology
Music That You Can Dance To
(1986)
Interior Design
(1988)
Gratuitous Sax & Senseless Violins
(1994)
Singles from Interior Design
  1. "So Important"
    Released: July 1988
  2. "Just Got Back From Heaven"
    Released: August 1989
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]

Interior Design is the fifteenth album by Sparks.

Release[edit]

Interior Design did little in the way to reverse the commercial fortunes of the group, and did not appear on the album charts in the US or the UK. The singles "So Important" and "Just Got Back From Heaven" did better, both of which reached the top ten of the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart at #8[2] and #7[2] respectively. "Just Got Back From Heaven" also appeared on the Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart at #24.[2]

Re-release[edit]

CD versions of the album included a number of bonus tracks including three versions of the LPs final track "Madonna", a remix of "So Important" and the short instrumental "The Big Brass Ring".

The album was released in some territories as Just Got Back From Heaven. These versions had altered sleeve art, some of which utilised a picture of the band from the mid-seventies, and were aimed at the budget market in general.

In 2008, Sparks' own record label Lil' Beethoven Records reissued the album in a digipak sleeve retaining the bonus tracks.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Ron Mael and Russell Mael. 

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "So Important"   4:33
2. "Just Got Back From Heaven"   4:09
3. "Lots Of Reasons"   3:47
4. "You've Got a Hold of My Heart"   4:58
5. "Love-O-Rama"   4:44
Side two
No. Title Length
6. "The Toughest Girl in Town"   4:16
7. "Let's Make Love"   4:45
8. "Stop Me if You've Heard this Before"   3:41
9. "A Walk Down Memory Lane"   4:53
10. "Madonna"   4:39
CD bonus tracks
No. Title Length
11. "Madonna" (French Version) 4:39
12. "Madonna" (German Version) 4:39
13. "Madonna" (Spanish Version) 4:39
14. "The Big Brass Ring"   2:20
15. "So Important (Extremely Important Remix)"   7:02

Personnel[edit]

  • Russell Mael, Vocals, production
  • Ron Mael, Keyboards, production
  • Spencer Sircombe, Guitar
  • Pamela Stonebrooke, Background vocals
  • John Thomas, Keyboards, engineering

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ a b c "Allmusic - Billboard Singles - Sparks". Billboard. Retrieved 2009-09-22.