Plagiarism (album)

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Plagiarism
Studio album by Sparks
Released 1997 (1997)
Recorded Sparks Studio, Los Angeles
CTS Studios, London
Coast Recorders, San Francisco
RAK Studios, London
Genre Synthpop, rock, orchestral
Length 72:00
Label Oglio
Producer Ron Mael, Russell Mael, Faith No More, Erasure
Sparks chronology
Gratuitous Sax & Senseless Violins
(1994)
Plagiarism
(1997)
Balls
(2000)
Singles from Plagiarism
  1. "The Number One Song In Heaven"
    Released: October 18, 1997 (1997-10-18)
  2. "This Town Ain't Big Enough for Both of Us (with Faith No More)"
    Released: December 6, 1997 (1997-12-06)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Plagiarism is the 17th album by American band Sparks. It is a tribute album of sorts featuring new alternate versions of some of their best known songs.

Release[edit]

Plagiarism was not successful across Europe like its predecessor Gratuitous Sax & Senseless Violins had been, and did not chart significantly in any territory. The two singles performed well enough to register in the lower regions of the UK Singles Chart. The first single from the album was "The Number One Song In Heaven", the single version did not include the vocals of Jimmy Somerville, it reached #70 in October 1997.[2] Remixes of the single reached the US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart (and currently their final entry) in 1999 at #28.[3] The second single; This Town Ain't Big Enough for Both of Us did better, and was buoyed by the presence of Faith No More, it peaked at #40 (and remains Sparks last UK top 40 entry) in December 1997.[4]

Track listing[edit]

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

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Pulling Rabbits Out of a Hat"     3:36
2. "This Town Ain't Big Enough for Both of Us"   Ron Mael 4:03
3. "No 1 Song in Heaven (Part Two)"   Ron Mael, Russell Mael, Giorgio Moroder 4:06
4. "Funny Face"     5:11
5. "When Do I Get to Sing "My Way""     5:44
6. "Angst in My Pants"     5:19
7. "Change"     5:26
8. "Popularity"     4:21
9. "Something For the Girl With Everything"   Ron Mael 2:52
10. "This Town Ain't Big Enough for Both of Us" (with Faith No More) Ron Mael 3:00
11. "Beat the Clock"     4:30
12. "Big Brass Ring"     4:20
13. "Amateur Hour" (with Erasure) Ron Mael 3:35
14. "Propaganda"   Ron Mael 2:35
15. "When I'm With You"     4:06
16. "Something For The Girl With Everything" (with Faith No More) Ron Mael 3:15
17. "Orchestral Collage"   Ron Mael, Russell Mael, Giorgio Moroder 0:24
18. "The Number One Song in Heaven" (with Jimmy Somerville) Ron Mael, Russell Mael, Giorgio Moroder 5:19
19. "Never Turn Your Back On Mother Earth"   Ron Mael 2:35

Personnel[edit]

  • Russell Mael - Vocals, production, mixing
  • Ron Mael - Keyboards, production
  • Tony Visconti, Orchestral, choral arrangements and conducting on "Pulling Rabbits Out Of A Hat", "This Town Ain't Big Enough for Both of Us", "When Do I Get To Sing 'My Way'", "Change", "Something For The Girl With Everything", "Propaganda", "The Number One Song In Heaven" and "Never Turn Your Back On Mother Earth"
  • John Thomas - Mixing
  • Greg Penny - Mixing
  • Metro Voices - Vocal backing on "Pulling Rabbits Out Of A Hat", "When Do I Get To Sing 'My Way'", "The Number One Song In Heaven" and "Never Turn Your Back On Mother Earth"
  • Dean Menta - Guitar on "Funny Face"
  • Eskimos and Egypt - Additional production, remix, bass, guitar and drums on "Angst In My Pants"
  • Faith No More - Production and performer on "This Town Ain't Big Enough for Both of Us" and "Something For The Girl With Everything"
  • Erasure - Production and performer on "Amateur Hour"
  • Jenny O'Grady and David Porter-Thomas - Additional vocals on "Propaganda"
  • Jimmy Somerville - Performer on "The Number One Song In Heaven"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "Chart Stats - Sparks". chartstats.com. Archived from the original on 2012-07-23. Retrieved 2008-07-22. 
  3. ^ "Allmusic - Billboard Singles - Sparks". Billboard. Retrieved 2009-09-22. 
  4. ^ "Chart Stats - Sparks Vs Faith No More". chartstats.com. Archived from the original on 2013-01-18. Retrieved 2009-09-23.