* CrossesTheLineTwice: "White Women". It seems racist at first, but after a listen or two it just seems ridiculous.
* DorkAge: Their SynthPop period, (excluding the acclaimed ''No. 1 in Heaven'' and ''Gratuitous Sax and Senseless Violins''). While these albums certainly have their fans, it's a big point of contention.
* EarWorm: Many of their songs.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: They were always more popular in Europe - especially the UK, where ''Kimono My House'' made them famous - than their native USA. To put it into perspective, they were ''huge'' during the 70s and have had many successful singles throughout their career in Europe, whereas the only song to reach very high in the US charts was "Cool Places" in the 80s.
* {{Harsher In Hindsight}}/{{Hilarious In Hindsight}}: Sparks are noted for accidentally predicting the future in various ways:
** "Computer Girl", all the way back from their 1969 pre-Halfnelson incarnation, [[http://graphikdesigns.free.fr/urban-renewal-project.html Urban Renewal Project]], predicted the prevalence of computers and the attachment some people get to them.
** "I Predict": "[[http://www.laweekly.com/informer/2013/12/20/drinking-alcohol-can-help-you-fight-off-colds Cold beer will cure a cold]]". The irony: the song is about bogus predictions and horoscopes.
** The apocalyptic "The Calm Before the Storm" is thought to have predicted 9/11 a year before it happened.
** Ron and Russel appeared on ''Series/GilmoreGirls'' playing a version of "Perfume" with just the two of them. Come the 2010s and they're doing two whole tours with that concept.[[note]]''Two Hands, One Mouth'' and ''The Revenge of Two Hands, One Mouth''[[/note]]
* LoveItOrHateIt: See DorkAge.
* SignatureSong: "This Town Ain't Big Enough for the Both of Us", and to a lesser extent "Beat the Clock". Every one of their style phases may also have its own signature tune.

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