Never Turn Your Back on Mother Earth

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"Never Turn Your Back On Mother Earth"
Single by Sparks
from the album Propaganda
B-side Alabamy Right
Released 1974
Format 7", 45rpm
Recorded 1974
Genre Rock, glam rock, chamber pop
Length 2:28
2:35 (re-recording)
Label Island
Writer(s) Ron Mael
Producer(s) Muff Winwood
Tony Visconti (re-recording)
Sparks singles chronology
"Amateur Hour"
(1974)
"Never Turn Your Back On Mother Earth"
(1974)
"Something For The Girl With Everything"
(1975)

"Never Turn Your Back On Mother Earth" is a song by the American group Sparks. The song was recorded by the group's mid-1970s 'glam' line-up. It was released in late 1974 as the first single from the group's fourth album, Propaganda.

Plagiarism re-recording[edit]

In 1997, Sparks recorded a new version of the song with the producer Tony Visconti. This introduced strings and a choir. The song concludes their Plagiarism album where it segues from out of the previous track, "The Number One Song In Heaven".

Cover versions[edit]

Depeche Mode recorded a cover version on a single-sided flexi-disc which was sent to members of their official fan club for Christmas 1987.

Martin Gore, the guitarist and songwriter of Depeche Mode, recorded a cover version for his first solo EP, Counterfeit, in 1989.

Nicola Sirkis covered the song as the B-side to his 1992 single "Alice Dans La Lune", from the album Dans La Lune.[1]

Billy Mackenzie recorded a version which appeared on his 2005 album Transmission Impossible.[2]

Mary Hopkin recorded a version which appeared on her 2007 album Valentine.[3]

Neko Case has a version on her 2009 album Middle Cyclone.[4]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Never Turn Your Back on Mother Earth" — 2:28
  2. "Alabamy Right" — 2:11

Personnel[edit]

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

Chart positions[edit]

Chart Peak
position
U.K. Singles chart 13
German Singles chart 40

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