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OK, so here I am, a pretty big fan of Sparks. I browse iTunes for a review of this fantastic album and there is none! This album follows a perfect natural progression from Angst in my Pants to Sparks In Outer Space to Pulling Rabbits out of a Hat. It's as witty and amazing musically as any of their records! The production is top notch! Buy it now! It's music that you can dance too!!!!

Underrated Music (That You Can Dance To)

It's a nice surprise to see Sparks' umpteenth (14th?) album available here under the proper title with the proper album cover and track sequence. Almost since its initial US release, shortly after it was cutout and relegated to bargain bins, it's been sold as "The Best of Sparks" which is neither correct nor an honest marketing tactic. Instead, this is an album that finds the Brothers Mael mutating out of their early-80s LA new wave rock phase and into a less productive, glossy (for the time) synth-pop style that led them into a floundering creative dead end from which they didn't escape until their mid-90s revitalization. Still, the music here is no better or worse than that of the previous two albums, In Outer Space and Pulling Rabbits Out of a Hat, and it straddles that same line between Sparks' earlier (and later) ironic cleverness and the unfortunate rut of bland, commercial-sounding pop songs into which they had fallen. Luckily, Sparks' bite was sharpened up a bit by a newfound dance/club consciousness, and several songs scored in that market, including a few that were given well-known Razormaid DJ remixes (esp. the title track and "Rosebud"), which is how most people at the time were exposed to this band. The production is extremely dated now, but fans of '80s music might find it thrilling.

The track listing in the US was originally altered to include the pre-album single "Change," definitely a Sparks classic with a bombastically-produced mid-section that almost seems to be deriding the mid-'80s trend of bigger drums and more synthetic sounds. That part of the track shares sonic characteristics with the rest of the album, perhaps making it a more appropriate inclusion here than the vaguely-spooky "Armies of the Night," a decent song from the Fright Night soundtrack. This version finds "Armies" restored and "Change" absent. A proper reissue would include both while remastering the sound to unveil its lost muscle.

Fright Night!❤️

Fright Night (1985) is my all time favorite movie & the movie features Armies Of The Night! Now it's my favorite song EVER! Thanks to Fright Night and iTunes for having it!


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...
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