Article: Team Rock


Team Rock (November 18, 2016)
The 10 best Faith No More songs not written by Faith No More


5) This Town Ain't Big Enough For Both Of Us – Sparks (1974)
The baroque zeal of Sparks’ best-known single was already an absolute winner. It still is. Brothers Ron and Russell Mael revisited their catalogue on Sparks’ 1997 Plagiarism, enlisting Faith No More to guest on Something For The Girl With Everything and This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both Of Us. The latter is sillier, heavier and even more bombastic than the original, Patton’s Donald Duck wails sprinkling the track with a little grit. Sparks were actually invited to play this alongside the band at the Hollywood Palladium in 2010, bringing with them live guitarist Dean Menta, who also toured as Faith No More’s axeman on the King For A Day… Fool For A Lifetime run. So that was nice.



Article: Glenn Gregory's six best albums


Daily Express (October 14, 2016)
Heaven 17 singer Glenn Gregory: My six best albums


SPARKS: No1 In Heaven (Repertoire)

Prior to this, Sparks had been guitar-led but this is Giorgio Moroder taking the next step from I Feel Love. It contains two of my favourite songs: My Other Voice which segues into the title track. It reminds me of getting ready to go out to nightclubs in Sheffield with Martyn Ware.



Article: Pitchfork


Pitchfork (August 22, 2016)
The 200 Best Songs of the 1970s



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Sparks “This Town Ain’t Big Enough for the Both of Us”

Decades before anyone used the term “toxic masculinity,” Sparks were skewering the concept on their 1974 breakthrough single. It took a bit longer for the band to catch on in the States, but in the UK, “This Town Ain't Big Enough for Both of Us” drove their Kimono My House album to the Top 5. In its time, this was understood as a glam-rock record, and it was hooky and stompy enough to pass in the company of T. Rex and Slade.

In fact, it’s something much weirder and more complicated: Sparks’ songwriter and keyboardist Ron Mael and his vocalist brother Russell declared their contempt for stupidity and bonhomie. The title is a Western movie cliché, and the rest of the lyrics are a hilariously vicious indictment of dumb heroic archetypes and the hopeless dudes who try to live up to them. “Zoo time/Is she-and-you time/The mammals are your favorite type,” Russell enunciates witheringly. His voice is a full-on art-song countertenor, a voice that couldn't be much more distant from rock’n’roll machismo, even as Sparks’ rhythm section lays into the song like a back-alley kicking. “This Town”’s final glass-shattering high note is less orgasmic than it is vindictive. –Douglas Wolk



Article: Classic Rock Mag


Classic Rock Mag (August 14, 2015/ Dutch)
Top 10: De tien meest onweerstaanbare nummers van Sparks


Top 10: The ten most irresistible songs from Sparks
10. Sherlock Holmes
9. Perfume
8. Johnny Delusional
7. At Home, At Work, At Play
6. When Do I Get To Sing "My Way"
5. Never Turn Your Back On Mother Earth
4. The Number One Song In Heaven
3. Your Call's Very Important To Us. Please Hold
2. Amateur Hour
1. This Town Is not Big Enough For Both Of Us


YES! Nice selection!







Article: Giorgio Moroder 10 of the best


The Guardian (August 14, 2015)
Giorgio Moroder – 10 of the best


4. Sparks – The Number One Song in Heaven

Another duo who called upon Moroder to sprinkle some of his disco dust on their careers in 1978 was Sparks, who’d not had a major hit for a few years. Having expressed their admiration for the producer to a German journalist who happened to be a personal friend of Moroder’s, they were soon hooked up, and the chance encounter reaped dividends too: the Number One Song In Heaven not only achieving empyrean supremacy but also charting in the Top 20 in the UK and Ireland.

Written collaboratively between Ron and Russell Mael of Sparks, and Moroder, the song is a high-octane slab of disco campness, with a cerebrally comedic concept in keeping with much of Sparks’ tongue-in-cheek oeuvre, while the galloping space groove underneath was perfect for Russell’s firmament-bothering castrato. So pleased were they with the results of album No 1 in Heaven that they worked together again on the 1980 follow up. The Mael brothers achieved an unexpected smash in France with When I’m with You, and spent the best part of a year there promoting album Terminal Jive.


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