Propaganda (Sparks album)

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Propaganda
Studio album by Sparks
Released November 1974
Recorded 1974
Genre Glam rock, art rock
Length 33:41
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. "Propaganda/At Home, At Work, At Play" b/w "Marry Me"
    Released: 1974 (FR)[1]
  3. "Something For The Girl With Everything" b/w "Marry Me"
    Released: January 1975
  4. "Achoo" b/w "Something For The Girl With Everything"
    Released: March 1975 (US)[2]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[3]
Robert Christgau C–[4]
Classic Rock 8/10 stars[5]

Propaganda is the fourth album by the American rock group 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[6] and #63 on the Billboard 200 (and remains their highest peak in that country).[7]

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.[6] In France, "At Home, At Work, At Play" together with "Propaganda" was released as a single instead of "Something for the Girl with Everything". In the US, "Achoo" was released as the album's only single.

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]

  • 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. ^ "45cat - Sparks - Propaganda, At Home At Work At Play / Marry Me - Island - France - 6138 061". 45cat. Retrieved 2014-12-14. 
  2. ^ "45cat - Sparks - Achoo / Something For The Girl With Everything - Island - USA - IS 023". 45cat. Retrieved 2014-12-14. 
  3. ^ Propaganda (Review) at AllMusic. Retrieved December 14, 2014.
  4. ^ "CG: Sparks". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2014-12-14. 
  5. ^ Makowski, Peter (December 2006). "Still able to start a fire: Sparks Reissues". Classic Rock. p. 101. 
  6. ^ a b "Chart Stats - Sparks". chartstats.com. Archived from the original on 2012-07-23. Retrieved 2008-07-22. 
  7. ^ "Allmusic - Billboard Albums - Sparks". Billboard. Retrieved 2008-12-04. 

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