Tag Archives: Sparks

On November 15, 1994.

On November 15, 1994, at “Logic” label released “Gratuitous Sax & Senseless Violins”, the 16th Sparks album. It was recorded in 1994, at “Sparks Studios” in Los Angeles, and was produced by Ron Mael and Russell Mael.

Personnel:

  • Russell Mael – vocals
  • Ron Mael – keyboards
  • Tsui Hark, Bill Kong – guest vocals
  • Alan Fisch – engineering
  • John Thomas – additional engineering, mixing
  • Steve Bates – additional engineering, mixing
  • Mark Stagg – additional production
  • Linus Burdick – additional production

Track listing:

All tracks by Ron Mael and Russell Mael.

  1. Gratuitous Sax
  2. When Do I Get to Sing ‘My Way
  3. (When I Kiss You) I Hear Charlie Parker Playing
  4. Frankly, Scarlett, I Don’t Give a Damn
  5. I Thought I Told You to Wait in the Car
  6. Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil
  7. Now That I Own the BBC
  8. Tsui Hark
  9. The Ghost of Liberace
  10. Let’s Go Surfing
  11. Senseless Violins

on october 14, 2002.

On October 14, 2002, “Lil’ Beethoven / Artful” labels released “Lil’ Beethoven”, the 19th Sparks album. It was recorded 2001 – 2002, at “Sparks Studios” in Los Angeles, and was produced by Ron Mael and Russell Mael.

Personnel:

  • Russell Mael – vocals, programming, arrangements
  • Ron Mael – keyboards, orchestrations, programming, arrangements
  • Tammy Glover – drums
  • Dean Menta – guitar
  • Günther Koch – vocals
  • John Thomas – mixing, additional engineering

Track listing:

All tracks by Ron Mael and Russell Mael.

  1. The Rhythm Thief
  2. How Do I Get To Carnegie Hall?
  3. What Are All These Bands So Angry About?
  4. I Married Myself
  5. Ride ’Em Cowboy
  6. My Baby’s Taking Me Home
  7. Your Call’s Very Important To Us. Please Hold
  8. Ugly Guys With Beautiful Girls
  9. Suburban Homeboy

On August 14, 2009.

On August 12, 2009, “Lil’ Beethoven” and “SR Records” labels released “The Seduction of Ingmar Bergman”, the 22nd Sparks album. It was recorded 2008 – 2009, at “Hollywood American Studios” in Hollywood, “Radio Drama Studio” in Stockholm, Sweden, and was produced by Ron Mael, Russell Mael, and Marie Wennersten (producer for Swedish recording). The album was conceived as a radio drama, commissioned by “Sveriges Radio Radioteatern”. It was created to be listened as a single piece, rather than a collection of stand-alone songs.

Personnel:

  • Russell Mael– vocals, studio chief; policeman 1 and 2
  • Ron Mael– keyboard, limo driver; Hollywood tour guide
  • Marcus Blake – autograph hound; Woody
  • Tammy Glover – Hollywood welcoming committee; Gerry
  • Saskia Husberg – interpreter
  • Elin Klinga– Greta Garbo
  • Marie-Chantal Long – Cannes Festival announcer
  • Jonas Malmsjö– Ingmar Bergman
  • Steve McDonald – hotel concierge
  • Steven Nistor– hotel doorman
  • Katie Puckrik– hotel operator
  • Rebecca Sjöwall– Hollywood starlet
  • Jim Wilson – first A.D.; autograph hound
  • Jim Wilson – guitar
  • Dean Menta– guitar
  • Marcus Blake – bass
  • Tammy Glover– drums
  • Steven Nistor – drums
  • Marie Wennersten – director for Swedish recording
  • Magnus Lindman – translations
  • Sabina von Greyerz – SR Records project manager

Track listing:

All tracks are written by Ron Mael and Russell Mael.

  1. 1956 Cannes Film Festival
  2. I Am Ingmar Bergman
  3. Limo Driver (Welcome to Hollywood)
  4. Here He Is Now
  5. Bergman, How Are You?
  6. He’ll Come ‘Round
  7. En Route to the Beverly Hills Hotel
  8. Hollywood Welcoming Committee
  9. I’ve Got to Contact Sweden
  10. The Studio Commissary
  11. I Must Not Be Nasty
  12. Quiet on the Set
  13. Why Do You Take That Tone with Me?
  14. Pleasant Hotel Staff
  15. Hollywood Tour Bus
  16. Autograph Hounds
  17. Bergman Ponders Escape
  18. We’ve Got to Turn Him ‘Round
  19. Escape (Part1)
  20. Escape (Part 2)
  21. Oh, My God
  22. Garbo Sings
  23. Almost a Hollywood Ending
  24. He’s Home

On May 19, 2008.

On May 19, 2008, “Lil’ Beethoven” label released “Exotic Creatures of the Deep”, the 21st Sparks album. It was recorded 2007 – 2008, at “Sparks Studios” in Los Angeles, and was produced by Ron Mael and Russell Mael.

Personnel:

  • Russell Mael– vocals, engineering, mixing
  • Ron Mael– keyboards, programming, orchestrations, mixing
  • Tammy Glover– drums
  • Dean Menta– guitars
  • John Thomas – mixing, engineering

Track listing:

All tracks by Ron Mael and Russell Mael.

  1. Intro
  2. Good Morning
  3. Strange Animal
  4. I Can’t Believe That You Would Fall for All the Crap in this Song
  5. Let the Monkey Drive
  6. Intro Reprise
  7. I’ve Never Been High
  8. (She Got Me) Pregnant
  9. Lighten Up, Morrissey
  10. This is the Renaissance
  11. The Director Never Yelled Cut
  12. Photoshop
  13. Likeable

On March 29, 1982.

On March 29, 1982, “Atlantic” label released “Angst in My Pants”, the eleventh Sparks studio album. It was recorded in 1981 at “Musicland Studios” in Munich, Germany, and was produced by Mack.

Personnel:

  • Russell Mael- vocals
  • Ron Mael- keyboards, synthesizers, cover concept
  • Leslie Bohem- bass guitar, additional background vocals
  • Bob Haag – guitar, additional background vocals
  • David Kendrick – drums
  • James Goodwin – synthesizers
  • Mack- production, engineering, synthesizer programming

Track listing:

All tracks by Ron Mael and Russell Mael.

  1. Angst in My Pants
  2. I Predict
  3. Sextown U.S.A.
  4. Sherlock Holmes
  5. Nicotina
  6. Mickey Mouse
  7. Moustache
  8. Instant Weight Loss
  9. Tarzan and Jane
  10. The Decline and Fall of Me
  11. Eaten by the Monster of Love

On January 28, 1980.

On January 28, 1980, “Virgin” label released “Terminal Jive”, the ninth Sparks album. It was recorded in 1979, and was produced by Giorgio Moroder and Harold Faltermeyer.

Personnel:

  • Russell Mael- vocals
  • Ron Mael- keyboards
  • G. Snuffy Walden- guitar
  • Richie Zito- bass guitar
  • Harold Faltermeyer- keyboards
  • Keith Forsey- drums
  • Laurie Forsey – backing vocals
  • Brian Reeves, Dennis Drake – engineer
  • Gered Mankowitz- photography

Track listing:

All tracks by Ron Mael and Russell Mael, except where noted.

  1. When I’m With You
  2. Just Because You Love Me
  3. Rock ’n’ Roll People in a Disco World
  4. When I’m With You
  5. Young Girls
  6. Noisy Boys – Harold Faltemeyer, Keith Forsey, Ron Mael, Russell Mael
  7. Stereo – Giorgio Moroder, Ron Mael, Russell Mael
  8. The Greatest Show on Earth – Giorgio Moroder, Harold Faltemeyer, Ron Mael, Russell Mael

On January 25, 1973.

On January 25, 1973, “Bearsville” in 1972, label released “A Woofer in Tweeter’s Clothing”, the second Sparks studio album. It was recorded at “ID Sound at La Brea” and “Walley Heider Studios” and was produced by Thaddeus James Lowe.

Personnel:

  • Russell Mael – vocals
  • Ron Mael – keyboards
  • Earle Mankey – guitar
  • Jim Mankey – bass
  • Harley Feinstein – drums

Track listing:

  1. Girl from Germany – Russell Mael, Ron Mael
  2. Beaver O’Lindy – Ron Mael, Russsell Mael, Earle Mankey, Jim Mankey, Harley Feinstein
  3. Nothing is Sacred – Ron Mael
  4. Here Comes Bob – Ron Mael, Russell Mael
  5. Moon Over Kentucky – lyrics by Jim Mankey, music by Ron Mael
  6. Do Re Mi – Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II
  7. Angus Desire – Ron Mael, Russell Mael
  8. Underground – Earle Mankey
  9. The Louvre – Ron Mael, French translation by Josée Becker
  10. Batteries Not Included – Ron Mael
  11. Whippings and Apologies – Ron Mael

 

On September 10, 2013.

On September 11, 2013, “Anti” label released “On Oni Pond”, the fifth Man Man studio album. It was recorded in 2013, and was produced by Mike Mogis.

Personnel:

  • Honus Honus – lead vocalist, piano/organ
  • Pow Pow – drums, percussion, loops, programming
  • Brandon Lerbs, Tommy Van Den Berg, Willie Karpf, Andrew Beckstrom – horns
  • Adam Schatz – horns arrangements
  • Nate Walcott – string arrangements
  • Frank Seligman, Tracy Dunn, Keith Plenert, Phyllis Duncan – strings
  • Jamey “T. Moth” Robinson – assorted synth squiggles, bass bops, celeste, backing vocals
  • Adam “Brown Sugar” Schatz – assorted saxophone, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Mike Mogis – guitar, bass, engineer, mixing
  • Susan Sanchez, Kara Nelson – vocals
  • J. Mogis – upright bass
  • Nate Walcott – trumpet solo/arrangement
  • Bobby Rubalcava – engineer
  • Doug Van Sloun – mastering

Track listing:

  1. Oni Swan
  2. Pink Wonton
  3. End Boss
  4. Head On
  5. King Shiv
  6. Loot my Body
  7. Deep Cover
  8. Pyramids
  9. Sparks
  10. Paul’s Grotesque
  11. Fangs
  12. Curtains
  13. Born Tight

On September 8, 2017.

On September 8, 2017, “The End” and “BMG” labels released “Hippopotamus”, the twenty third Sparks studio album. It was recorded in 2016, at “Sparks Studio” in Los Angeles, and was produced by Ron Mael and Russell Mael.

Personnel:

  • Russell Mael– vocals, engineering, mixing
  • Ron Mael– keyboards, programming, orchestrations, mixing
  • Dean Menta– guitars
  • Steven Nistor– drums
  • Leos Carax– vocals, accordion
  • Rebecca Sjöwall– vocals

Track listing:

All tracks by Ron Mael and Russell Mael.

  1. Probably Nothing
  2. Missionary Position
  3. Edith Piaf(Said It Better Than Me)
  4. Scandinavian Design
  5. Giddy Giddy
  6. What the Hell Is It This Time?
  7. Unaware
  8. Hippopotamus
  9. Bumme
  10. I Wish You Were Fun
  11. So Tell Me  LincolnAside from That How Was the Play?
  12. When You’re a French Director
  13. The Amazing Mr. Repeat
  14. A Little Bit Like Fun
  15. Life with the Macbeths

 

On November 11, 1974.

On November 11, 1974, “Island” label released “Propaganda”, the fourth Sparks album. It was recorded in 1974, and was produced by Muff Winwood.

Personnel:

  • Ron Mael- keyboards
  • Russell Mael- vocals
  • Trevor White – guitar
  • Ian Hampton – bass
  • Norman “Dinky” Diamond- drums
  • Adrian Fisher– guitar
  • Richard Digby-Smith, Robin Black, Bill Price – recording engineers
  • Bill Price – remix engineer
  • Monty Coles – art concept, photography

Track listing:

All tracks by Ron Mael, except where noted.

  1. Propaganda
  2. At Home, At Work, At Play
  3. Reinforcements – Ron Mael, Russell Mael
  4. B. C.
  5. Thanks But No Thanks – Ron Mael, Russell Mael
  6. Don’t Leave Me Alone with Her
  7. Never Turn Your Back on Mother Earth
  8. Something for the Girl with Everything
  9. Achoo
  10. Who Don’t Like Kids
  11. Bon Voyage