Sparks are an American art pop band from Los Angeles, California, consisting of brothers Ron and Russell Mael, who play keyboards and sing respectively, alongside a backing band. The band are best known for the single, This Town Ain't Big Enough for Both of Us, which hit #2 in the UK Singles Chart in 1974.
Formed in 1971, under the name Halfnelson, the band released a self-titled album in 1972, they released their breakthrough third album, ‘Kimono My House’, in 1972, which reached #4 in the UK Albums Chart and was followed by ‘Propaganda’, in 1974, which peaked at #9. The band gained attention again in 1979, when they teamed up with Giorgio Moroder for ‘No. 1 in Heaven’ and ‘Terminal Jive’, in 1981.
The band continued to release albums throughout the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s, teaming up with Franz Ferdinand in 2015 for FFS. The band are set to release their 23rd album, ‘Hippopotamus’, on March 24, 2017.
Sparks will play UK shows in September as part of their The Hippopotamus Tour. Catch them live by checking out the tour dates and concert ticket information below on Stereoboard.
Sparks occupy a unique space in modern pop. Their new album, ‘Hippopotamus’ is their 23rd, and showcases the fundamentals of the band’s genre fusion: classically inspired songwriting shone through a prism of artful duality. It’s a kind of musical Theatre of the Absurd.
Sparks are an acquired taste. Joyously idiosyncratic and defiantly throwback, their 23rd album, ‘Hippopotamus’, showcases the arty quirkiness that long-time fans love while driving home their fundamental creative philosophy: classically informed songwriting infused with a camp, fun intellectualism.