Interview: Metro

Metro (May 18, 2018)
Unusual musical duo Sparks are as uncompromising and rebellious as ever

Within the next few years cinema-goers will get a chance to see a musical they’ve written, called Annette, about a comedian and an opera star. It will star Adam Driver (when he gets a break from the Star Wars franchise) and Michelle Williams.

Interview: Yorkshire Evening Post

Yorkshire Evening Post (February 16, 2018)
Music interview – Sparks: ‘You have to find new ways of presenting what you’re doing’

"hopefully going to be shooting at some point in the first half of this year"

Interview: Sunday Post

Sunday Post (February 3, 2018)
'The blandness of today’s pop lyrics should be banned': 10 Questions for Sparks star Russell Mael

How’s your musical, Annette, doing?

It’s great. We’ve been at it for five years, writing it and getting people interested. We thought it would be filmed last year, but we start shooting soon.

What caused the delay?

Our stars are so busy. Adam Driver was doing Star Wars, and Michelle Williams had those re-shoots to do on the All The Money In The World movie. But all’s good. We’ll shoot it this year.

Interview: Magnet Magazine

Magnet Magazine (December 27, 2017)
A Conversation With Sparks

"With the exception of the classics “Pineapple” and “Gone With The Wind.” Mine only ever come around every 10 years."

Radio: KCRW

2:30pm, November 2, 2017
Sparks (Part I) (Podcast)

Sparks plays stripped-down acoustic versions of art rock songs off their new album Hippopotamus, along with a classic song, and the theme to Bookworm, Where Would We Be Without Books. Twenty-three albums into their brilliant career, Angeleno brothers Ron and Russell Mael discuss the poetry and the cliches of their new songs Probably Nothing and Missionary Position. Their smart, witty, funny, sad, and dear talents are on full display in their signature song This Town Ain’t Big Enough for Both of Us.

2:30pm, November 9, 2017
Sparks (Part II) (Podcast)

The second conversation with brothers Ron and Russell Mael of the band Sparks, along with stripped-down versions of two songs from their new album Hippopotamus. The brothers discuss major label support, their tour, and their writing for the upcoming Leos Carax film Annette. The esoteric sounds of people who find joy in murder are sung about in Life with the Macbeths. The show closes with their high art and pop art song Edith Piaf (Said It Better than Me).

この番組はオープニングとエンディングがスパークスのオリジナル曲なのですが、オープニング曲の"Where Would We Be Without Books"を生演奏しているところが聞き所です。

Interview: Brain Magazine

Brain Magazine (October 28, 2017/ French)
Sparks attack !

"We started trying to copy the English bands, so maybe the kids can try to copy us, and maybe by accident and with their sensitivity, they will find their style. Just as we found ours. So find something to copy, copy, and find something else. That's the advice I give."

Radio: Live on WFMU

3-6pm, October 31, 2017
Sparks: Live on WFMU! Plus, interview with Ron and Russell Mael. Oct 31st 3pm-6pm
Brian Turner: Playlist from October 31, 2017 (Starts at 01:00:00)

Live in the WFMU Studio:

Missionary Position
I Wish You Were Fun
Probably Nothing
This Town Ain't Big Enough for Both of Us
Edith Piaf (Said It Better than Me)

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