Hippopotamus Japanese Edition



Interview: Riddle Issue No.35

Riddle Issue No.35
Sparks "Pushing the Limits of and three or four-minute Pop Songs"

"Lyrically, it’s more waiting for the muse to appear, and she doesn’t always appear that often."

Radio: BBC 6Music Sunday Service

BBC Radio 6 Music (July 9, 2017)
Jarvis Cocker's Sunday Service

Sparks sit in
Sparks sit in for Jarvis Cocker with the Sunday afternoon show on 6 Music.

Beastie Boys - Girls
Joey Ramone - Maria Bartiromo
Cassius Clay - I Am The Greatest
Bob Dorough - Baltimore Oriole
Jim Carroll Band - People Who Died
Kigurumi and Koji Ueno - Tarako Tarako Tarako
Cast of West Side Story - Cool
The Beach Boys - All Dressed Up for School
Clarence “Frogman” Henry - Ain't Got No Home
Gillette Advert
Miles Davis - Agharta (Prelude Part 1)
The Music Machine - Talk Talk
George and Ira Gershwin - I Love To Rhyme
Shoukichi Kina - Haisai Ojisan
Love - Alone Again Or
The Shangri-Las - Past, Present And Future
Osvaldo Golijov & Dawn Upshaw - Tancas Serradas A Muru
Mr Clean Advert
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu - Tsukema Tsukeru
Isabelle Adjani - D'Un Taxiphone
The Singers Unlimited - London By Night
B. Bumble & The Stingers - Bumble Boogie
Dave Brubeck - Unsquare Dance
Andy Warhol - Ah Yes Uh No
Little Richard - Heeby-Jeebies
Barbara - La Jaconde
Steve Reich - Electric Counterpoint
Ritchie Valens - Come On Let's Go
Michael Daugherty - Desi
The Beach Boys - My Only Sunshine
Don't Cross In The Middle Of The Street
Muddy Waters - Mannish Boy
The Cast of West Side Story - America

きゃりーぱみゅぱみゅ - つけまつける , Kyary Pamyu Pamyu - Tsukematsukeru

Playlist: Sparks Sunday Service on July 12, 2015

Catherine Ringer+ Sparks

Catherine Ringer + Special Guest Sparks + Solo (DJ set)
La Cigale on September 4, 2017

Interview: writewyattuk

writewyattuk (June 29, 2017)
The enduring appeal of Sparks – in conversation with Ron Mael

" We apologise for any kind of seeping into your brain, but in the end that’s what we’re trying to do anyway. So perhaps we shouldn’t really apologize!"

Article: Director Edgar Wright's Favourite Albums

The Quietus (June 23, 2017)
The Fabulous, Most Groovy: Director Edgar Wright's Favourite Albums

Sparks – Kimono My House

The first time I heard Sparks was on those Ronco compilations of chart hits. One of them had ‘Beat The Clock’ on it and another one had ‘When I’m With You’.

Later I heard ‘This Town Ain’t Big Enough For The Both Of Us’, which is an extraordinary rock single. To call it a glam rock single does it a disservice. The album itself is all killer. Oh my God, what an album!

I’ve bit listening to it a lot recently since Sparks did the album FFS with Franz Ferdinand, which is highly, highly entertaining. I went back and listened again to the 1970s albums, especially Propaganda and Kimono My House, which were like a one-two punch in 1974. They are both amazing but there’s not a duff moment on Kimono My House. Obviously, ‘This Town’ is the most famous song but the album reaches its peak when there’s a run of three songs which are perfection: ‘Here In Heaven’, ‘Thank God It’s Not Christmas’ and ‘Hasta Manana Monsieur’.

The Mael brothers must have been somewhat miffed to see Queen, another band with a similar operatic sound, soaring to huge chart success, while Sparks stayed relatively culty.

But I think in retrospect Sparks made albums that were more consistent in theme and tone and still to this day they keep putting out records that are always just a little ahead of their time. To keep doing that for nearly 50 years is no mean feat.

Video: Sparks @ VEGA

Sparks @ VEGA 7. august 2017

The Hippopotamus Tour 2017 (So Far)


August 7 Copenhagen, Danmark - Vega
August 8 Oslo, Norway - Rockefeller
August 10 Stockholm, Sweden - Skandiascenen
August 12 Helsinki, Finland - Flow Festival

September 10 Bratislava, Slovakia - Ateliér Babylon
September 11 Prague, Czech Republic - Lucerna Music Bar
September 12 Berlin, Germany - Columbia Theatre
September 14 Den Haag, Holland - Paard van Troje
September 15 Luxembourg - Den Atelier
September 16 Brussels, Belgium - Ancienne Belgique
September 18 Norwich, UK - The Waterfront
September 19 Newcastle upon Tyne, UK - Boiler Shop
September 20 Edinburgh, UK - Queens Hall
September 22 Manchester, UK - O2 Ritz
September 23 Nottingham, UK - Rock City
September 24 Birmingham, UK - O2 Institute
September 26 Bristol, UK - O2 Academy Bristol
September 27 London, UK - O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire
September 28 London, UK - O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire

October 1 Paris, France - La Gaîté Lyrique

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