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Sparks

Band, *1971 US, Los Angeles
Rock, Electronic and Pop
A.k.a. Ron and Russell Mael Halfnelson Lil' Beethoven

Sparks are an American glam rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1971 by brothers Ron (keyboards) and Russell Mael (vocals), renamed from Halfnelson, formed in 1968. Known for their quirky approach to songwriting, Sparks' music is often accompanied by intelligent, sophisticated, and acerbic lyrics, and an idiosyncratic, theatrical stage presence, typified in the contrast between Russell's animated, hyperactive frontman antics and Ron's deadpan scowling. They are also noted for Russell Mael's falsetto voice and Ron Mael's keyboard style.

     
Members
PortraitTammy Glover
dr
PortraitMartin Gordon
b *1954 GB
PortraitRon Mael
key, syn *1945 US
PortraitRussell Mael
voc *1948 US
PortraitDean Menta
g US
PortraitEarle Mankey
g *1947 US
David Kendrick
dr
PortraitJim Mankey
g, b
Bob Haag
g, bvoc
Leslie Bohem
bvoc, b
PortraitSal Maida
b US
PortraitAdrian Fisher
g
PortraitDinky Diamond
dr *1952 GB
PortraitHilly Michaels
dr US
Jim Goodwin
key, voc
PortraitIan Hampton
b *1947 GB
PortraitTrevor White
g
PortraitHarley Feinstein
dr
PortraitChristi Haydon
voc
Popular Tracks   
This Town Ain't Big Enough For Both Of Us on Kimono My House by Sparks
Angst In My Pants on Angst In My Pants by Sparks
Johnny Delusional on FFS by FFS, Franz Ferdinand & Sparks
When Do I Get to Sing "My Way" - 2019 - Remaster on Gratuitous Sax & Senseless Violins by Sparks
The Girl Is Crying In Her Latte on The Girl Is Crying In Her Latte by Sparks
Police Encounters on FFS by FFS, Franz Ferdinand & Sparks
The Number One Song In Heaven on No.1 In Heaven by Sparks
When I'm With You on Terminal Jive by Sparks
Amateur Hour on Kimono My House by Sparks
Singing in the Shower on Marc & Robert by Les Rita Mitsouko

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Band Membership
Discography



Title Artist Year Type
Stretched The 12" Mixes 1979-1984Sparks2018Compil.
The Best & The Rest Of The Island Years 74-78Sparks2018Compil.
You Earned The Right To Be A DickSparks2018Single
I Wish You Were FunSparks2017Album
What The Hell Is It This Time?Sparks2017Album
Edith Piaf (Said It Better Than Me)Sparks2017Album
HippopotamusSparks2017Album
HippopotamusSparks2017Single
Check Out Time 11AMSparks2017Single
Live At The Record Plant '74Sparks2016Album
The Island YearsSparks2015Album
Christmas Without A PrayerSparks2015Single
Left Coast AngstSparks2014Album
Kimono My House + PropagandaSparks2013Compil.
Two Hands One Mouth (Live In Europe)Sparks2013Album
New Music For Amnesiacs - The Ultimate CollectionSparks2013Single
New Music For Amnesiacs - The Essential CollectionSparks2013Compil.
Two Hands, One MouthSparks2012Single
Real Extended - The 12 Inch MixesSparks2012Compil.
Extended: The 12 Inch Mixes (1979-1984)Sparks2012Compil.
Shortcuts: The 7 Inch Mixes (1979-1984)Sparks2012Compil.
Gemma Ray Sings Sparks With SparksGemma Ray with Sparks2011Single
The Seduction Of Ingmar BergmanSparks2009Album
Lighten Up, MorrisseySparks2009Single
Exotic Creatures Of The DeepSparks2008Album
Islington N1Sparks2008Single
Good MorningSparks2008Single
Dee Vee DeeSparks2007Album
Dick AroundSparks2006Album
Computer GirlSparks2006Album
Made To Measure (A Personal Selection Of Classic Motown Cuts)Sparks2006Compil.
PerfumeSparks2006Single
SparksSparks2006Compil.
PerfumeSparks2006Single
Hello Young LoversSparks2006Album
Hello Young LoversSparks2006Album
Whomp That Sucker / Lil' BeethovenSparks2005Compil.
Terminal Jive / Gratuitous Sax & Senseless ViolinsSparks2005Compil.
Propaganda / Pulling Rabbits Out Of A HatSparks2005Album
Terminal Jive / Gratuitous Sax & Senseless ViolinsSparks2005Compil.
No 1 In Heaven / BallsSparks2005Compil.
In Outer Space / Big BeatSparks2005Compil.
Introducing / Just Got Back From Heaven (Interior Design)Sparks2005Compil.
Indiscreet / Music Than You Can Dance ToSparks2005Compil.
Kimono My House / Angst In My PantsSparks2005Compil.
Lil' BeethovenSparks2004Album
The Rhythm ThiefSparks2004Single
Sparks / A Woofer In Tweeter's Clothing / PlagiarismSparks2004Compil.
Suburban HomeboySparks2003Single
Коллекция Альбомов 1986-2002 CD2Sparks2003Compil.
SparksSparks2003Album
This Album's Big Enough... The Best Of SparksSparks2002Compil.
Native Love (Medley) / Beat The ClockDivine / Sparks / Carol Jiani2002Album
The Best OfSparks2002Compil.
Lil' BeethovenSparks2002Album
Electropop CollectionSparks2001Compil.
Live In LondonSparks2001Album
Greatest Music GallerySparks2001Compil.
HTV Music HistorySparks2001Compil.
AeroflotSparks2000Album
The AngelsSparks2000Single
The Best Of SparksSparks2000Compil.
Now That I Own The ABCSparks2000Album
BallsSparks2000Album
Big BeatSparks2000Album
Mael Order FunSparks2000Album
The Calm Before The StormSparks2000Single
Movie Music SamplerSparks1999Album
6 Song Sampler From The Forthcoming Album "Balls"Sparks1999Album
Plagiarism (Radio Sampler)Sparks1999Album
12" MixesSparks1999Compil.
More Than A Sex MachineSparks1999Album
Beat The Clock / Renegade MasterSparks / Wildchild1998Album
Oglio Catalog SamplerSparks1998Compil.
The Number One Song In HeavenSparks1997Single
PlagiarismSparks1997Album
This Town Ain't Big Enough For Both Of UsSparks Vs. Faith No More1997Single
UntitledSparks1997Album
Terminal Jive / In Outer SpaceSparks1996Compil.
The 12inch MixesSparks1996Compil.
No.1 In Heaven / Whomp That SuckerSparks1996Compil.
The Ultimate Hits Of Sparks №1 In HeavenSparks1995Compil.
Beat The Clock / No. 1 Song In Heaven / With All My Might / Cool PlacesSparks1995Single
When I Kiss You (I Hear Charlie Parker Playing)Sparks1995Album
Amateur HourSparks1995Compil.
Now That I Own The BBCSparks1995Single
When Do I Get To Sing "My Way"Sparks1994Album
Gratuitous Sax & Senseless ViolinsSparks1994Album
Gratuitous Sax & Senseless ViolinsSparks1994Album
When Do I Get To Sing "My Way"Sparks1994Single
The Heaven Collection / The Hell CollectionSparks1993Compil.
In The SwingSparks1993Compil.
The Heaven CollectionSparks1993Compil.
The Hell CollectionSparks1993Compil.
National Crime Awareness WeekSparks1993Single
Profile: The Ultimate Sparks CollectionSparks1991Compil.
Mael Intuition (The Best Of Sparks 1974-76)Sparks1990Compil.
Just Got Back From HeavenSparks1989Album
Singing In The ShowerLes Rita Mitsouko & Sparks1989Album
Interior DesignSparks1988Album
Madonna / So ImportantSparks1988Single
So ImportantSparks1988Single
RosebudSparks1987Single
Music That You Can Dance ToSparks1986Album
Music That You Can Dance ToSparks1986Album
FingertipsSparks1986Single
The Best Of SparksSparks1985Compil.
ChangeSparks1985Single
Give It UpEvelyn King / Sparks1985Single
Breaking Out Of Prison / Love Always WinsSparks / Joe Lamont1985Single
With All My MightSparks1984Single
Pulling Rabbits Out Of A HatSparks1984Album
Pretending To Be DrunkSparks1984Single
ProgressSparks1984Album
Please Baby, PleaseSparks1983Single
I Wish I Looked A Little BetterSparks1983Single
Modesty PlaysSparks1983Single
In Outer SpaceSparks1983Album
Cool PlacesSparks And Jane Wiedlin1983Single
In ConcertMarshall Crenshaw, Sparks1983Album
On Tour EPSparks1983Album
BBC Rock Hour #423Sparks1983Album
All You Ever Think About Is SexSparks1983Single
4 Track EPSparks1983Compil.
Get Crazy / Hot ShotSparks / Malcolm McDowell1983Single
Angst In My PantsSparks1982Album
Angst In My PantsSparks1982Single
I PredictSparks1982Single
This Town Ain't Big Enough For Both Of Us / Amateur HourSparks1982Single
King Biscuit Flower HourGraham Parker, Sparks1982Single
B.B.C. College Concert SeriesSparks1982Album
BBC Rock Hour # 324Sparks1982Album
Eaten By The Monster Of LoveSparks1982Single
Funny FaceSparks1981Single
Whomp That SuckerSparks1981Album
The History Of SparksSparks1981Compil.
Tips For TeensSparks1981Single
Terminal JiveSparks1980Album
When I'm With YouSparks1980Single
...E Camminiamo / When I'm With YouI Camaleonti / Sparks1980Single
Young GirlsSparks1980Single
Beat The ClockSparks1979Single
This Town Ain't Big Enough For The Both Of UsSparks1979Single
No. 1 In HeavenSparks1979Album
La Dolce VitaSparks1979Single
Tryouts For The Human Race / Beat The ClockSparks1979Album
Tryouts For The Human RaceSparks1979Single
The Number One Song In HeavenSparks1979Single
The Best Of SparksSparks1978Compil.
Je M'Appelle RussellSparks1977Single
Over The SummerSparks1977Single
Introducing SparksSparks1977Album
A Big SurpriseSparks1977Single
Big BoySparks1976Single
Live BootlegSparks1976Album
I Like GirlsSparks1976Single
I Like GirlsSparks1976Single
I Want To Hold Your HandSparks1976Single
ConfusionSparks1976Single
Big BeatSparks1976Album
One And A Half-Nelson - The Instant Darlings Recorded LiveSparks1975Album
Get In The SwingSparks1975Single
IndiscreetSparks1975Album
Looks, Looks, LooksSparks1975Single
Rhythm And Blue Jean BabyLynsey De Paul, Billie Jo Spears, Syreeta, Sparks1975Compil.
2 Originals Of SparksSparks1975Compil.
PropagandaSparks1974Album
Kimono My HouseSparks1974Album
Something For The Girl With EverythingSparks1974Single
Never Turn Your Back On Mother EarthSparks1974Single
Amateur HourSparks1974Single
The Dick Clark Music Machine Show #27Sparks1974Album
Never Turn Your Back On Mother EarthSparks, The Pretty Things, Barry Blue, Beano1974Compil.
AchooSparks1974Single
Propaganda/At Home At Work At PlaySparks1974Single
This Town Ain't Big Enough For Both Of UsSparks1974Single
Talent Is An AssetSparks1974Single
A Woofer In Tweeter's ClothingSparks1973Album
Girl From GermanySparks1973Single
Wonder GirlSparks1972Single
22 By SparksSparksCompil.
Monster Of LoveSparksAlbum
The Music Of Sparks 1974-2006SparksAlbum
Native Love (Medley) / Beat The Clock (Remix)Divine / SparksAlbum
Kimono My House + Big BeatSparksAlbum
Sparks часть 1-2SparksAlbum
Beat The Clock / ShanghaiedSparks / 'Lectric FunkAlbum
Propaganda + IndiscreetSparksAlbum
MP3 CollectionSparksAlbum
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