Sparks discography

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Sparks discography
Releases
Studio albums 22
Live albums 1
Compilation albums 12
Singles 49
Video albums 4
Music videos 24

The following is a comprehensive discography of Sparks, an American rock and pop music band formed in Los Angeles in 1970 by brothers Ron (keyboards) and Russell Mael (vocals), initially under the name Halfnelson. Best known for their quirky approach to song writing,[1] Sparks' music is often accompanied by cutting and acerbic lyrics,[2] and an idiosyncratic stage presence, typified in the contrast between Russell's wide-eyed hyperactive frontman antics and Ron's sedentary scowling.[3]

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
US
[4]
CA
[5]
GER NL
[6]
SWE
[7]
UK
[8][9]
1968 A Woofer in Tweeter's Clothing
  • Released: 1968 (Collection of demo recordings)
  • Labels: Self-released
1971 Halfnelson (as Halfnelson)
1972 Sparks (as Sparks) (Reissue of Halfnelson)
  • Released: February 1972 (1972-02)[10]
  • Labels: Bearsville, Warner Bros.
1973 A Woofer in Tweeter's Clothing
  • Released: February 1973 (1973-02)[11]
  • Labels: Bearsville, Warner Bros.
1974 Kimono My House 101 58 10 4
Propaganda
  • Released: November 1974 (1974-11)
  • Labels: Island
63 81 49[6] 50 9
1975 Indiscreet
  • Released: October 1975 (1975-10)
  • Labels: Island
169 86 19 6 18
1976 Big Beat 24
1977 Introducing Sparks
  • Released: October 1977 (1977-10)
  • Labels: Columbia, CBS Records
41
1979 No. 1 In Heaven 204 43 73
1980 Terminal Jive
  • Released: 1980 (1980)
  • Labels: Virgin, Carrere Records/Underdog Records, Ariola, Oasis
1981 Whomp That Sucker
  • Released: 1981 (1981)
  • Labels: Why-Fi Records, Carrere, Ariola, Oasis
182
1982 Angst in My Pants 173
1983 In Outer Space
  • Released: April 1983 (1983-04)
  • Labels: Atlantic, Carrere/Underdog, Oasis
88
1984 Pulling Rabbits Out of a Hat
  • Released: 1984 (1984)
  • Labels: Atlantic, Oasis
202
1986 Music That You Can Dance To
1988 Interior Design
  • Released: August 1988 (1988-08)
  • Labels: Rhino/Fine Art, Carrere
1994 Gratuitous Sax & Senseless Violins 29[13] 150
1997 Plagiarism
2000 Balls
2002 Lil' Beethoven
  • Released: 26 November 2002 (2002-11-26)
  • Labels: Artful/Lil' Beethoven Records
2006 Hello Young Lovers
  • Released: 6 February 2006 (2006-02-06)
  • Labels: Gut Records, In The Red Recordings
48 66
2008 Exotic Creatures Of The Deep
  • Released: 19 May 2008 (2008-05-19)
  • Labels: Lil' Beethoven Records
54
2009 The Seduction of Ingmar Bergman
  • Released: 15 August 2009 (2009-08-15)
  • Labels: SR Records, Lil' Beethoven Records

Live albums[edit]

Year Album details Chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
US
[14]
CA
[5]
GER NL
[6]
SWE
[7]
UK
[8][9]
2013 Two Hands, One Mouth: Live In Europe
  • Released: March 2013
  • Labels: Lil' Beethoven Records

Compilation albums[edit]

  • 2 Originals of Sparks (1975, Bearsville) - Double LP set consisting of Halfnelson and A Woofer in Tweeter's Clothing
  • The Best of Sparks (1979, Island Records)
  • The History of the Sparks (1981, Carrere)
  • Mael Intuition (The Best of the Sparks 1974-76) (1990, Island)
  • Profile: The Ultimate Sparks Collection (1991, Rhino)
  • The Heaven Collection (1993, Underdog/Sony France)
  • The Hell Collection (1993, Underdog/Sony France)
  • In the Swing (1993, Spectrum/Karussell)
  • The 12 Inch Mixes (1996, Kiosk)
  • 12" Mixes (1999, Oglio Records)
  • The Best of Sparks (2000, Repertoire Records)
  • This Album's Big Enough... The Best of Sparks (2002, Music Club)
  • Shortcuts - The 7inch Mixes (1979-1984) (2012, Repertoire Records)
  • Extended - The 12inch Mixes (1979-1984) (2012, Repertoire Records)

Singles[edit]

Year Title Album
1972 "Wonder Girl" Sparks
1973 "Girl from Germany" A Woofer in Tweeter's Clothing
1974 "This Town Ain't Big Enough for Both of Us" Kimono My House
"Amateur Hour"
"Talent Is An Asset" (US only)
"Never Turn Your Back on Mother Earth" Propaganda
"Achoo" (US only)
1975 "Something for the Girl with Everything"
"Get in the Swing" Indiscreet
"Looks, Looks, Looks"
1976 "Big Boy" Big Beat
"I Like Girls"
"I Want to Hold Your Hand"
1977 "A Big Surprise" Introducing Sparks
1979 "The Number One Song in Heaven" No. 1 In Heaven
"Beat the Clock"
"Tryouts for the Human Race"
"La Dolce Vita"
1980 "When I'm With You" Terminal Jive
"Young Girls"
1981 "Tips for Teens" Whomp That Sucker
"Funny Face"
1982 "I Predict" Angst in My Pants
1983 "Get Crazy"
"Modesty Plays"
"Cool Places" In Outer Space
"All You Ever Think About is Sex"
1984 "With All My Might" Pulling Rabbits Out of a Hat
"Pretending to be Drunk"
"Progress"
1985 "Change"
1986 "Music that You Can Dance To" Music That You Can Dance To
"Fingertips"
1987 "Rosebud"
1988 "So Important" Interior Design
1989 "Just Got Back from Heaven"
"Singing in the Shower" (Les Rita Mitsouko and Sparks) Marc et Robert
1993 "National Crime Awareness Week" Unlawful Entry (soundtrack)
1994 "When Do I Get to Sing "My Way"" Gratuitous Sax & Senseless Violins
1995 "When I Kiss You (I Hear Charlie Parker Playing)"
1996 "Now that I Own the BBC"
1997 "The Number One Song in Heaven" Plagiarism
"This Town Ain't Big Enough for Both of Us"
1999 "More than A Sex Machine" Balls
2000 "The Calm Before the Storm"
"The Angels"
2003 "Suburban Homeboy" Lil' Beethoven
2006 "Perfume" Hello Young Lovers
"Dick Around" / "Waterproof"
2008 "Good Morning" Exotic Creatures of the Deep
2009 "Lighten Up, Morrissey"
"I Can't Believe That You Would Fall for All the Crap in This Song"

Chart singles[edit]

Year Single Chart positions
U.S. Hot 100
[15]
U.S. Dance Play
[15][16]
AUS DEU
[17]
FR
[17]
IRL
[18]
NL
[19]
SWI
[20]
U.K.
[8][9]
1972 "Wonder Girl" 112
1974 "This Town Ain't Big Enough for Both of Us" 12 4 7 2
"Amateur Hour" 12 19 6 7
"Never Turn Your Back on Mother Earth" 40 13
1975 "Something for the Girl with Everything" 17
"Get in the Swing" 27
"Looks, Looks, Looks" 26
1979 "The Number One Song in Heaven" 5 14
"Beat the Clock" 16 10
"Tryouts for the Human Race" 45
1980 "When I'm With You" 14 1
1982 "I Predict" 60
1983 "Cool Places"
(with Jane Wiedlin)
49 13
1984 "With All My Might" 104 28
1985 "Change" 85
1986 "Music that You Can Dance To" 6
"Fingertips" / "The Scene" 38
1988 "So Important" 8
1989 "Just Got Back from Heaven" 7
"Singing in the Shower"
(Les Rita Mitsouko and Sparks)
24 37
1994 "When Do I Get to Sing "My Way"" 9 7 35 22 38
1995 "When I Kiss You (I Hear Charlie Parker Playing)" 24 61 36
"When Do I Get to Sing "My Way""
(re-issue)
32
1996 "Now That I Own the BBC" 81 60
1997 "The Number One Song in Heaven"
(re-recording)
28 70
"This Town Ain't Big Enough for Both of Us"
(re-recording with Faith No More)
69 40
2003 "Suburban Homeboy" 142
2006 "Perfume" 80
"Dick Around" / "Waterproof" 139
2008 "Good Morning" 147
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Collaborations & Contributions[edit]

  • 1979 - produced and wrote an album called Is There More To Life Than Dancing? for a singer named Noël.
  • 1979 - produced the album Pas Dormir for a French band Bijou.
  • 1979 - produced the single "C’est Sheep" by Adrian Munsey.
  • 1981 - wrote the lyrics for the album Sex by Telex.
  • 1982 - worked with Lio on her album Suite Sixtine, which was a compilation of French rarities and English versions (translated by Sparks) of tracks from her first album.
  • 1984 - wrote a song called "Yes or No" for The Go-Go's album Talk Show.
  • 1988 - "Singing in the Shower", "Live in Las Vegas" and "Hip Kit" with Les Rita Mitsouko from Marc et Robert.
  • 2001 - "Kimono" with Pizzicato Five from Çà et là du Japon.
  • 2001 - "La nuit est là" and "Yo quiero màs dinero" with Grand Popo Football Club from Shampoo Victims.
  • 2004 - "Acid Pants" with Orbital from Blue Album.
  • 2005 - remixed Morrissey's song, "Suedehead", for the compilation Future Retro
  • 2010 - remixed the song "Give Me Something" by Yoko Ono
  • 2011 - remixed the song "A Happy Place" by Katie Melua as Sparks Vs Katie Melua
  • 2012 - produced Gemma Ray's cover versions of Sparks songs "How Do I Get to Carnegie Hall" and "Eaten by the Monster of Love"

Soundtrack appearances[edit]

  • Rollercoaster (1977) - "Big Boy" and "Fill 'Er Up"
  • Valley Girl (1983) - "Angst in My Pants" and "Eaten By The Monster Of Love"
  • Get Crazy (1983) - "Get Crazy"
  • Heavenly Bodies (1984) - "Breaking Out Of Prison"
  • Growing Pains (aka Bad Manners) (1984) - "Motorcycle Midget"
  • Fright Night (1985) - "The Armies of the Night"
  • Rad (1986) - "Music That You Can Dance To"
  • Black Rain (1989) - "Singing In The Shower"
  • Unlawful Entry (1992) - "National Crime Awareness Week"
  • Knock Off (1998) - Original Musical Score and "It's A Knockoff"
  • Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever (2009) - "Eaten by the Monster of Love"
  • Kick Ass (2010) - "This Town Ain't Big Enough for Both of Us"

Video[edit]

  • Amateur Hour (V-CD, 1995)
  • Live in London (2003)
  • Lil' Beethoven - Live In Stockholm (2004)
  • DEE VEE DEE - Live at the London Forum (2007)

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
1974 "This Town Ain't Big Enough For Both Of Us"
1977 "Occupation"
1979 "The Number One Song in Heaven" Bruce Gowers[21]
"Beat the Clock" Brian Grant[21]
"La Dolce Vita" Bruce Gowers[21]
"Tryouts for the Human Race" Brian Grant[21]
1980 "When I'm With You" Brian Grant[21]
"Stereo" Brian Grant[21]
1981 "Tips for Teens"
"Funny Face" Sam Peckinpah[citation needed]
1982 "I Predict" David Lynch[22]
1983 "Cool Places" Graham Whiffler[23]
"All You Ever Think About is Sex"
1984 "With All My Might" Graham Whiffler
1986 "Music that You Can Dance To" Ron & Russell Mael
1988 "So Important" Ron & Russell Mael
1989 "Singing in the Shower"
1993 "National Crime Awareness Week" Finitribe
1994 "When Do I Get to Sing "My Way"" Sophie Muller[21]
1995 "When I Kiss You (I Hear Charlie Parker Playing)" Sophie Muller[21]
"Now that I Own the BBC" Oliver Kuntzel & Florence Deygas
1997 "The Number One Song in Heaven" Oliver Kuntzel & Florence Deygas
2000 "The Calm Before the Storm" Oliver Kuntzel & Florence Deygas
2003 "The Rhythm Thief" Oliver Kuntzel & Florence Deygas
2003 "I Married Myself" Oliver Kuntzel & Florence Deygas
2004 "My Baby's Taking Me Home" Shaw Petronio[21]
2006 "Perfume" Shaw Petronio
"Dick Around" Shaw Petronio
2009 "Lighten Up Morrissey" Shaw Petronio

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Alfvegren, Skylaire (1998-11-04). "Shooting Off Sparks". LA Weekly. Retrieved 2006-04-13. 
  3. ^ McNair, James (2006). "Sparks: Creating mischief again with their latest album". Enjoyment (London). Retrieved 2006-04-18. [dead link]
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  17. ^ a b "Charts Surfer - UK, German and French charts". charts-surfer.de. Retrieved 2008-07-22. 
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  19. ^ "dutchcharts.nl - Discography Sparks". © 2006-2010 Hung Medien / hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2010-07-04. 
  20. ^ "chitparade.ch - Discography Sparks". © 2006-2010 Hung Medien / hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2010-07-04. 
  21. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Sparks Videography - Music Video Database - The Base Of Music Videos". © 2006 onlinemusikvideos.com. Retrieved 10 July 2010. 
  22. ^ "allmusic - I Predict - Sparks". © 2009 Macrovision Corporation. All Rights Reserved. Retrieved 2009-09-21. 
  23. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/song/t2359489

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