History Music / Sparks

25th Mar '17 2:25:24 AM TrippyDippy
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** "Hippopotamus", of various things that end in 'us' that the narrator finds in his pool, including the titular hippopotamus, a book by anonymous, a painting by Hieronymous Bosch, and even ''Theatre/TitusAndronicus''!

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** "Hippopotamus", of various things that end in 'us' that the narrator finds in his pool, including pool. These include the titular hippopotamus, a book by anonymous, a painting by Hieronymous Bosch, and even ''Theatre/TitusAndronicus''!
25th Mar '17 2:23:41 AM TrippyDippy
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** "Hippopotamus", of various things that end in 'us' that the narrator finds in his pool, including the titular hippopotamus, a book by anonymous, a painting by Hieronymous Bosch, and even ''Theatre/TitusAndronicus''!
28th Dec '16 7:36:18 AM TrippyDippy
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* ''Hippopotamus'' (2017)
22nd Dec '16 8:40:20 PM MarkLungo
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Sparks are an American band who formed in 1970 in Los Angeles and are still active today. The band officially consists of only brothers Ron (keyboards, songwriting, questionable mustache) and Russell Mael (vocals), but over the years they have accumulated a large amount of ex-members and session musicians. The duo's style is characterized by their whimsically over-the-top songwriting, their funny, witty lyrics, Russell's falsetto, and a quirky stage presence which plays with the contrast between Russell's hyperactive FaceOfTheBand attitude and Ron's [[TheStoic deliberately stiff and taciturn]] stage persona.

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Sparks are an American band who formed in 1970 in Los Angeles UsefulNotes/LosAngeles and are still active today. The band officially consists of only brothers Ron (keyboards, songwriting, questionable mustache) and Russell Mael (vocals), but over the years they have accumulated a large amount of ex-members and session musicians. The duo's style is characterized by their whimsically over-the-top songwriting, their funny, witty lyrics, Russell's falsetto, and a quirky stage presence which plays with the contrast between Russell's hyperactive FaceOfTheBand attitude and Ron's [[TheStoic deliberately stiff and taciturn]] stage persona.



They followed it up with ''Propaganda'' the same year and ''Indiscreet'' the next, which were essentially a continuation of the ''Kimono'' sound to continued success (though the latter was much more prone to GenreRoulette), after which they returned to the United States starting with the more straightforward Rock sound of ''Big Beat''. During the next few decades they would go on to make over a dozen albums in which they would flirt with many different genres, including disco with ''Music/No1InHeaven'' (produced by Music/GiorgioMoroder) and a [[NewWaveMusic New Wave]]/SynthPop period in the '80s (''Angst In My Pants, Pulling Rabbits Out of a Hat, Interior Design'').

They had brief resurgences of popularity (especially in Europe) with 1979's ''Music/No1InHeaven'', 1980's ''Terminal Jive'' (which made them {{One Hit Wonder}}s in France with "When I'm With You") and 1994's Europop-tastic ''Gratuitous Sax and Senseless Violins''. The release of the NewSoundAlbum ''[[Music/LilBeethoven Lil' Beethoven]]'' in 2002 (ahem) [[JustForPun sparked]] renewed global interest and acclaim. Since then, the band has been making music that's a mocking combination of HouseMusic, ProgressiveRock, BaroquePop and straight-up classical music. The new style paved the way for a productive decade that resulted in the rock-oriented follow-ups, ''Hello Young Lovers'' and ''Exotic Creatures of the Deep'', as well as their latest work, ''[[TheMusical The Seduction of Ingmar Bergman]]'', a musical Ron and Russell composed for a Swedish radio station.

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They followed it up with ''Propaganda'' the same year and ''Indiscreet'' the next, which were essentially a continuation of the ''Kimono'' sound to continued success (though the latter was much more prone to GenreRoulette), after which they returned to the United States starting with the more straightforward Rock sound of ''Big Beat''. During the next few decades they would go on to make over a dozen albums in which they would flirt with many different genres, including disco with ''Music/No1InHeaven'' (produced by Music/GiorgioMoroder) and a [[NewWaveMusic New Wave]]/SynthPop period in the '80s (''Angst In My Pants, Pulling Pants'', ''Pulling Rabbits Out of a Hat, Interior Hat'', ''Interior Design'').

They had brief resurgences of popularity (especially in Europe) with 1979's ''Music/No1InHeaven'', 1980's ''Terminal Jive'' (which made them {{One Hit Wonder}}s in France with "When I'm With You") and 1994's Europop-tastic ''Gratuitous Sax and Senseless Violins''. The release of the NewSoundAlbum ''[[Music/LilBeethoven Lil' Beethoven]]'' ''Music/LilBeethoven'' in 2002 (ahem) [[JustForPun sparked]] renewed global interest and acclaim. Since then, the band has been making music that's a mocking combination of HouseMusic, ProgressiveRock, BaroquePop and straight-up classical music. The new style paved the way for a productive decade that resulted in the rock-oriented follow-ups, ''Hello Young Lovers'' and ''Exotic Creatures of the Deep'', as well as their latest work, ''[[TheMusical The Seduction of Ingmar Bergman]]'', a musical Ron and Russell composed for a Swedish radio station.
22nd Dec '16 8:38:21 PM MarkLungo
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->''"Envision berets, tennis shorts, absurdist French comedy, espresso, faux luxury, fake English accents and a Hitler moustache, and some kind of picture will form that approximates the genius that is the first five Sparks albums."''\\

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->''"Envision berets, tennis shorts, absurdist French comedy, espresso, faux luxury, fake English accents and a Hitler [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler Hitler]] moustache, and some kind of picture will form that approximates the genius that is the first five Sparks albums."''\\
26th Oct '16 2:41:15 AM ThornBrain
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In 2014 they formed FFS with their PostPunk {{Big Name Fan}}s Music/FranzFerdinand and released a self-titled album in 2015, followed by a tour.

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In 2014 they formed FFS with their PostPunk {{Big Name Fan}}s Music/FranzFerdinand and released a self-titled album in 2015, followed by a tour.
tour. The brothers have a new album on the way in 2017.
26th Oct '16 2:39:41 AM ThornBrain
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* UnwantedAssistance: The title character of "Suzie Safety" is always helping and protecting the narrator from every little possible danger, and he's starting to resent it. [[invoked]]

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* UnwantedAssistance: The title character of "Suzie Safety" is always helping and protecting the narrator from every little possible danger, and he's starting to resent it. [[invoked]]
26th Oct '16 12:10:19 AM JakesBrain
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** He sings lead on ''one line'' in the FFS song "Collaborations Don't Work", although you can frequently hear him embedded in the backing vocals.
29th Jul '16 2:17:23 PM collapsingnewpeople
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* LongRunner: As of 2014, Sparks have been around in one form or another for ''45 years''.[[note]]This includes their earliest incarnation, Urban Renewal Project, and the original Halfnelson ''A Woofer in Tweeter's Clothing'' demo album, both from 1969.[[/note]]

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* LongRunner: As of 2014, In 2018, Sparks (including Halfnelson) will have been around in one form or another a band for ''45 ''50 years''.[[note]]This includes their earliest incarnation, Urban Renewal Project, and the original Halfnelson ''A Woofer in Tweeter's Clothing'' demo album, both from 1969.[[/note]]
12th Jul '16 7:04:19 AM longWriter
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* StopHelpingMe: The title character of "Suzie Safety" is always helping and protecting the narrator from every little possible danger, and he's starting to resent it. [[invoked]]


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* UnwantedAssistance: The title character of "Suzie Safety" is always helping and protecting the narrator from every little possible danger, and he's starting to resent it. [[invoked]]
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