Propaganda (Sparks album)

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Propaganda
Studio album by Sparks
Released November 1974
Recorded 1974
Genre Rock
Length 43:06
Label Island
Producer Muff Winwood
Sparks chronology
Kimono My House
(1974)
Propaganda
(1974)
Indiscreet
(1975)
Singles from Propaganda
  1. "Never Turn Your Back on Mother Earth" b/w "Alabamy Right"
    Released: October 1974
  2. "Something For The Girl With Everything" b/w "Marry Me"
    Released: January 1975
  3. "Achoo" b/w "Something For The Girl With Everything"
    Released: March 1975 (US)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Propaganda is the fourth album by Sparks. The title track is a short a cappella song with multiple overdubs from Russell Mael.

Release[edit]

The album followed its predecessor Kimono My House by half a year and was a successful album in the UK and US. It reached #9 on the UK Album Chart[2] and #63 on the Billboard 200 (and remains their highest peak in that country).[3]

The singles "Never Turn Your Back on Mother Earth" and "Something for the Girl with Everything", while not as successful as those from Kimono My House both reached the top twenty in the UK reaching number 13 and number 17 respectively.[2]

Re-release[edit]

Propaganda was re-issued and remastered by Island in 1994 and 2006. The first issue by the Island Masters subsidiary added the b-sides "Alabamy Right" and "Marry Me". The '21st Century Edition' also included an interview from Saturday Scene recorded in November 1974.

Track listing[edit]

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

Side One
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Propaganda"     0:23
2. "At Home, At Work, At Play"     3:06
3. "Reinforcements"   Ron and Russell Mael 3:55
4. "B.C."     2:13
5. "Thanks But No Thanks"   Ron and Russell Mael 4:14
6. "Don't Leave Me Alone with Her"     3:02
Side Two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
7. "Never Turn Your Back on Mother Earth"     2:28
8. "Something for the Girl with Everything"     2:17
9. "Achoo"     3:34
10. "Who Don't Like Kids"     3:37
11. "Bon Voyage"   Ron and Russell Mael 4:52
21st Century Edition bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Length
12. "Alabamy Right"     2:11
13. "Marry Me"     2:54
14. "Interview - Saturday Scene 8/11/74"     7:16

Personnel[edit]

  • Ron Mael - keyboards
  • Russell Mael - vocals
  • Trevor White - guitar
  • Ian Hampton - bass
  • Norman "Dinky" Diamond - drums
  • Adrian Fisher - guitar
  • Produced by Muff Winwood
  • Recording Engineers - Richard Digby-Smith, Robin Black and Bill Price
  • Remix Engineer - Bill Price
  • Concept and Photography - Monty Coles

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ a b "Chart Stats - Sparks". chartstats.com. Archived from the original on 2012-07-23. Retrieved 2008-07-22. 
  3. ^ "Allmusic - Billboard Albums - Sparks". Billboard. Retrieved 2008-12-04. 

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