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YMMV: Sparks
  • Crosses the Line Twice: "White Women". It seems racist at first, but after a listen or two it just seems ridiculous.
  • Dork Age: Their Synth Pop 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.
  • Ear Worm: Many of their songs.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: 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, Urban Renewal Project, predicted the prevalence of computers and the attachment some people get to them.
    • "I Predict": "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 Gilmore Girls 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 
  • Love It or Hate It: See Dork Age.
  • Signature Song: "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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