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The swingin' single "Perfume" was the record company's choice, the epic "Dick Around" was Sparks', and the duo backs up their choice with a great set of extras on the U.S. single. Just about as big and as tricky as "Bohemian Rhapsody," the version of "Dick Around" is the same as found on Hello Young Lovers, but the album's "(Baby, Baby) Can I Invade Your Country" appears here with different lyrics, safer ones that remove references to the American national anthem. Three chestnuts played live by the enthusiastic 2006 version of the band follow, then there's a hilarious interview with Ron and Russell Mael conducted by former Sex Pistol Steve Jones for his L.A. radio show. As if hearing the three talk about stealing equipment and "the smell of man" isn't enough, the videos for "Dick Around" and "Perfume" are included in the CD's multimedia section with downloadable versions for iPods and PSPs. This is a fun hodgepodge hardcore fans shouldn't pass up.


Formed: 1970 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Sparks is the vehicle for the skewed pop smarts and wise-guy wordplay of brothers Ron and Russell Mael, Los Angeles natives who spent their childhood modeling young men's apparel for mail-order catalogs. While attending UCLA in 1970, the Maels formed their first group, Halfnelson, which featured songwriter Ron on keyboards and Russell as lead vocalist; the band was rounded out by another pair of brothers, guitarist Earle and bassist Jim Mankey, and drummer Harley Feinstein. Halfnelson soon came...
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