There are two types of cult following for bands: the Cool Cult, that most people won’t have heard of but the wearing of whose t-shirt will get you an appreciative nod from the girl behind the counter in the record … Continue reading The Sparks Brothers: Review
I’ve been a fan of sibling art-rockers Sparks for many years, from seeing them on Top of the Pops in the 1970s (John Lennon, Hitler on the telly, blah) to seeing them many times live at various locations with my … Continue reading Oy, the Mael Boys Already!
1994’s Gratuitous Sax and Senseless Violins marks the point at which I really got into Sparks. Sure, I was aware of them from my childhood in the 70s, when they were frequent visitors to Top of the Pops (I’m sure … Continue reading Sparks – Gratuitous Sax and Senseless Violins (Special Edition)
While some bands loudly extol their own virtues through splits, reformations and 47th farewell tours, there are other bands that just tick along in the cultish shadows being quietly magnificent. Sparks are the epitome of such a band. Formed in … Continue reading Past Tense: The Best of Sparks