Pulling Rabbits Out of a Hat

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For the illusion of pulling a rabbit from a hat, see Hat-trick (magic trick).
Pulling Rabbits Out of a Hat
Studio album by Sparks
Released June 1984
Recorded Oasis Studios, Los Angeles, California [1]
Genre Synth Pop, Pop
Length 38:58
Label Atlantic
Producer Ian Little
Sparks chronology
In Outer Space
Pulling Rabbits Out of a Hat
Music That You Can Dance To
Singles from Pulling Rabbits Out of a Hat
  1. "With All My Might"
    Released: June 1984
  2. "Pretending To Be Drunk"
    Released: 1984
  3. "Progress"
    Released: 1984
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[2]

Pulling Rabbits Out of a Hat is the thirteenth album by Sparks. Released in 1984, it was not very well received and failed to capitalise on the commercial success of their 1983 album In Outer Space. The album developed the light synthpop sound of In Outer Space but with slightly darker lyrics revolving around Ron Mael's favourite subject matter: relationships.


Pulling Rabbits Out of a Hat did not chart in the US in spite of the popularity of their 1983 album In Outer Space. In UK, where the group hadn't charted since 1979, the album was also unsuccessful.

Three singles were lifted from the album. The lead single; "With All My Might" reached #104 on Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles and made the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart; where it peaked at #28.[3] The other two singles were "Pretending To Be Drunk" and "Progress", which were extended, remixed and released as club promos.

Track listing[edit]

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

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Pulling Rabbits Out Of A Hat"   4:07
2. "Love Scenes"   4:20
3. "Pretending To Be Drunk"   3:38
4. "Progress"   4:43
5. "With All My Might"   4:06
Side two
No. Title Length
6. "Sparks In The Dark (Part One)"   0:28
7. "Everybody Move"   2:58
8. "A Song That Sings Itself"   4:29
9. "Sisters"   3:53
10. "Kiss Me Quick"   4:07
11. "Sparks In The Dark (Part Two)"   2:58


  • Producer - Ian Little
  • Mixed by - Brian Reeves, Dave Bianco, Mick Guzauski
  • Engineer - Steve Bates