Terminal Jive

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Terminal Jive
Terminal Jive - Sparks.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 28, 1980
GenreNew wave, disco-rock[1]
Sparks chronology
No. 1 In Heaven
Terminal Jive
Whomp That Sucker
Singles from Terminal Jive
  1. "When I'm with You"
    Released: January 1980
  2. "Young Girls" b/w "Just Because You Love Me"
    Released: May 1980
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
Smash Hits9/10[3]

Terminal Jive is the ninth album by the American rock band Sparks and the second recorded with Giorgio Moroder. The album has a disco-vibe like its predecessor but featured fewer synthesizers, opting instead for more electric rock guitar, resulting in a new wave sound.[4] The album was produced by Moroder and Harold Faltermeyer, the latter of whom is claimed to have produced the majority of the album.

Sparks scored a hit single in France with "When I'm with You", which led to them staying in the country for a year promoting the album.[5][6]


Terminal Jive was not released in the US, although Polydor Records issued it in Canada. It was also not a success in the UK. However, it fared better in continental Europe.

The lead single "When I'm with You" was a hit in France where it reached #16. The single also hit the Top 20 in Australia, reaching #14.[7] The second single from the album was "Young Girls", it too performed well in France. "Young Girls" was released with an extended remix on 12", an edited version on the 7" single, and backed with "Just Because You Love Me". French releases included "Rock 'n' Roll People in a Disco World", since "Just Because You Love Me" had accompanied the release of "When I'm with You" in that territory already.

Cover art[edit]

The album's artwork features various poses of the Mael brothers in odd postures in and around Hamleys toy store in Regent Street, London.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Ron Mael and Russell Mael; except where indicated.

Side one
1."When I'm with You"5:45
2."Just Because You Love Me"4:36
3."Rock 'n' Roll People in a Disco World"4:47
4."When I'm with You (Instrumental)"3:45
Side two
5."Young Girls" 4:49
6."Noisy Boys"Harold Faltermeyer, Keith Forsey, Mael, Mael3:55
7."Stereo"Giorgio Moroder, Mael, Mael4:01
8."The Greatest Show on Earth"Moroder, Faltermeyer, Mael, Mael4:17




  1. ^ "Sparks - Terminal Jive". Allmusic. Retrieved 21 December 2014.
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Starr, Red. "Albums". Smash Hits (February 21 – March 5): 28.
  4. ^ "Sparks - Terminal Jive". Allmusic. Retrieved 21 December 2014.
  5. ^ Easlea, Daryl (July 2003). "Sparks Interview". Record Collector Magazine Issue. 287.
  6. ^ Encyclopedia of Popular Music. ""Sparks"". BBC.co.uk. Retrieved 2006-04-13.[dead link]
  7. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (Illustrated ed.). Sydney: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.