Interior Design (album)

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Interior Design
Interior Design - Sparks.jpg
Studio album by Sparks
Released August 1988
Recorded The Pentagon Studio, Los Angeles
Genre Synth-pop
Length 44:25
Label Fine Art
Producer Ron Mael, Russell Mael
Sparks chronology
Music That You Can Dance To
(1986)Music That You Can Dance To1986
Interior Design
(1988)
Gratuitous Sax & Senseless Violins
(1994)Gratuitous Sax & Senseless Violins1994
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 15th album by the American rock band 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". In 2008, Sparks' own record label Lil' Beethoven Records reissued the album in a digipak sleeve retaining the bonus tracks.

Alternate title[edit]

For unknown reasons, Interior Design has been re-released multiple times in various European territories as a budget CD. The most common retitled version is Just Got Back From Heaven. However, many other versions have been released often utilising images of the mid-seventies Island-era iteration of the band. Other releases market the album as if it were a greatest hits album.

The alternate titles of Interior Design are as follows: Just Got Back From Heaven (Soundwings, Success, Hallmark Music & Entertainment), The World Of The Sparks / Madonna (Trace Trading), So Important (Trend, LaserLight Digital), Gold (Gold), The Magic Collection (ABC Records).

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written 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.