Sparks discography

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

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]
1971 Halfnelson (as Halfnelson)
1973 A Woofer in Tweeter's Clothing
  • Released: February 1973 (1973-02)[11]
  • Labels: Bearsville, Warner Bros.
1974 Kimono My House
  • Released: May 1974 (1974-05)
  • Label: Island
101 58 10 4
Propaganda
  • Released: November 1974 (1974-11)
  • Label: Island
63 81 49
[6]
50 9
1975 Indiscreet
  • Released: October 1975 (1975-10)
  • Label: Island
169 86 19 6 18
1976 Big Beat
  • Released: October 1976 (1976-10)
  • Labels: Island, Columbia
24
1977 Introducing Sparks
  • Released: October 1977 (1977-10)
  • Labels: Columbia, CBS
41
1979 No. 1 in Heaven 204 43 73
1980 Terminal Jive
  • Released: 1980 (1980)
  • Labels: Virgin, Carrere/Underdog, Ariola, Oasis
1981 Whomp That Sucker
  • Released: 1981 (1981)
  • Labels: Why-Fi, Carrere, Ariola, Oasis
182
1982 Angst in My Pants
  • Released: May 1982 (1982-05)
  • Labels: Atlantic, Carrere
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
  • Released: September 1986 (1986-09)
  • Labels: MCA, Consolidated Allied, Disques Vogue
1988 Interior Design
  • Released: August 1988 (1988-08)
  • Labels: Rhino/Fine Art, Carrere
1994 Gratuitous Sax & Senseless Violins
  • Released: November 1994 (1994-11)
  • Label: Logic
29
[13]
150
1997 Plagiarism
2000 Balls
2002 Lil' Beethoven
  • Released: 26 November 2002 (2002-11-26)
  • Labels: Artful/Lil' Beethoven
2006 Hello Young Lovers
  • Released: 6 February 2006 (2006-02-06)
  • Labels: Gut, In the Red
48 66
2008 Exotic Creatures of the Deep
  • Released: 19 May 2008 (2008-05-19)
  • Label: Lil' Beethoven
54
2009 The Seduction of Ingmar Bergman
  • Released: 15 August 2009 (2009-08-15)
  • Labels: SR, Lil' Beethoven
2015 FFS (as FFS)[14]
  • Released: 9 June 2015 (2015-06-09) (US)
  • Labels: Domino
22 13 17
2017 Hippopotamus
  • Released: 8 September 2017 (2017-09-08)
  • Labels: BMG

Live albums[edit]

Year Album details Chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
US
[4]
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]

  • A Woofer in Tweeter's Clothing (1968, Self-released) (Collection of demo recordings)
  • 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)
  • Real Extended: The 12 inch Mixes (1979 - 1984)" (2012, Repertoire Records) Improved and Corrected Version of above
  • New Music for Amnesiacs: The Essential Collection (2013, Lil Beethoven Records)

Singles[edit]

1970s
Year Single Chart positions Album
US Hot 100 DEU
[15]
FR
[15][16]
IE
[17]
NL
[18]
SWI
[19]
UK
[8][9]
1972 "Wonder Girl" 112 Sparks
1974 "This Town Ain't Big Enough for Both of Us" 12 15 4 7 2 Kimono My House
"Girl from Germany" A Woofer in Tweeter's Clothing
"Amateur Hour" 12 19 6 7 Kimono My House
"Talent Is An Asset" (US only)
"Never Turn Your Back on Mother Earth" 40 13 Propaganda
"Propaganda/At Home, At Work, At Play" (FR only)
1975 "Something for the Girl with Everything" 17
"Achoo" (US only)
"Get in the Swing" 27 Indiscreet
"Looks, Looks, Looks" 26
1976 "I Want to Hold Your Hand"
"Big Boy" Big Beat
"I Like Girls"
1977 "Over the Summer" (US only) Introducing Sparks
"A Big Surprise"
1979 "La Dolce Vita" No. 1 In Heaven
"The Number One Song in Heaven" 5 14
"Beat the Clock" 16 10
"Tryouts for the Human Race" 45
1980s
Year Single Chart positions Album
US Hot 100
[20]
US D-P
[20][21]
US D-S
[20]
AUS FR
[15][22]
UK
[8][9]
1980 "When I'm With You" 14 16 Terminal Jive
"Young Girls" 55
1981 "Tips for Teens" Whomp That Sucker
"Funny Face"
1982 "I Predict" 60 Angst in My Pants
"Angst in My Pants" (DEU only)
"Eaten by the Monster of Love" (US only)
"Modesty Plays"
1983 "Get Crazy"/"Hot Shot" (Malcolm McDowell) (Split single) Get Crazy (OST)
"Cool Places" 49 13 In Outer Space
"All You Ever Think About is Sex" (US only)
"Please Baby, Please" (FR only)
1984 "Pretending to be Drunk" Pulling Rabbits Out of a Hat
"With All My Might" 104 28
"Progress" (US 12" only)
1985 "Give It Up" (Evelyn "Champagne" King)/"Armies of the Night" (Split single) Music That You Can Dance To
"Change" 85
1986 "Music That You Can Dance To" 6 11
"Fingertips/The Scene" (US 12" only) 38
1987 "Rosebud" (UK only)
1988 "So Important" 8 Interior Design
1989 "Madonna" (FR only)
"Just Got Back from Heaven" 7 24
"Singing in the Shower" (Les Rita Mitsouko and Sparks) 24 37 Marc & Robert
1990s-present
Year Single Chart positions Album
US D-P
[20]
AUS DEU
[15]
NL
[18]
SWI
[19]
UK
[8][9]
1993 "National Crime Awareness Week"
1994 "When Do I Get to Sing "My Way"" 9 7 35 22 38 Gratuitous Sax & Senseless Violins
1995 "When I Kiss You (I Hear Charlie Parker Playing)" 24 61 36
"When Do I Get to Sing "My Way"" (UK re-issue) 32
"Now That I Own the BBC" 81 60
1997 "The Number One Song in Heaven" 28 70 Plagiarism
"This Town Ain't Big Enough for Both of Us" (with Faith No More) 69 40
1999 "More Than a Sex Machine" (DEU only) Balls
2000 "The Calm Before the Storm"
"The Angels" (DEU only)
2003 "Suburban Homeboy" (UK only) 142 Lil' Beethoven
2006 "Perfume" (UK only) 80 Hello Young Lovers
"Dick Around/Waterproof" 139
2008 "Good Morning" 147 Exotic Creatures of the Deep
2009 "Lighten Up, Morrissey" (UK only)
2015 "Johnny Delusional" FFS
"Call Girl"
"Police Encounters"
"Christmas Without a Prayer" Non-album single
2017 "Hippopotamus" Hippopotamus

Collaborations and 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"
  • Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (2013) - "The Number One Song in Heaven"
  • The Overnight (2015) - "Tryouts for the Human Race"

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[23]
"Beat the Clock" Brian Grant[23]
"La Dolce Vita" Bruce Gowers[23]
"Tryouts for the Human Race" Brian Grant[23]
1980 "When I'm with You" Brian Grant[23]
"Stereo" Brian Grant[23]
1981 "Tips for Teens"
"Funny Face" Sam Peckinpah[citation needed]
1982 "I Predict" David Lynch[24]
1983 "Cool Places" Graham Whiffler[25]
"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[23]
1995 "When I Kiss You (I Hear Charlie Parker Playing)" Sophie Muller[23]
"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[23]
2006 "Perfume" Shaw Petronio
"Dick Around" Shaw Petronio
2009 "Lighten Up Morrissey" Shaw Petronio

References[edit]

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