One of my favorite discoveries yet.
One of my favorite discoveries yet.
You really should listen to one of their greatest hits collections -- most of their albums contain several brilliant songs alongside a number of forgettable ones. But the sheer number of brilliant tracks over time is remarkable.
Here's my top 10, in no particular order:
With All My Might
Rock n Roll People in a Disco World
The Number 1 Song in Heaven
Tips for Teens
Angst in My Pants
Pulling Rabbits Out of a Hat
All You Ever Think About Is Sex
Seen her perform with them at UC Irvine, also seen them play LA Street Scene. It will be so awesome to see them in the polo fields.
2 oz blended whiskey
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 tsp powdered sugar
1/2 slice lemon
Shake blended whiskey, juice of lemon, and powdered sugar with ice and strain into a whiskey sour glass. Decorate with the half-slice of lemon, top with the cherry, and serve.
This needs to be higher. I pray there's no conflict with how to destroy angels. Seeing this name on the poster was the turning point for me.
1/11 Tamaryn @ The Echo, 1/20 Elton John @ Caesars Palace, 2/14 Sparks @ The Ace, 2/17 Emmy the Great @ DC9 (?)
per Sparks Official they will be play "Two Hands One Mouth" at Coachella see below
Sparks release a 2 CD souvenir of their recent ‘Two Hands One Mouth’ European tour that saw the American brothers tour as a duo for the first time. With no band & no computers, Ron (two hands…on keyboards) and Russell (one mouth…on vocals) presented the very essence of Sparks and their extensive catalogue in a show of impact, energy and aggression. This unique performance is now available on what will be Sparks’ first live album.
Ron and Russell explain:
“This is the first ever official live recording of Sparks. The ‘Two Hands One Mouth’ tour in Europe, from which these recordings were taken (the tour continued in Japan and soon America), has been an exceptional experience for us and, judging by the reaction and feedback, also a memorable and emotional event for Sparks' fans. As a result, we want to celebrate the event with a souvenir for all Sparks' fans that captures this tour and the unique format of the performance. While we began the tour with certain fears of not having the safety net of a band or computers, we soon realized that the format was wildly successful (for us and for the audience) in highlighting in the purest form the core elements of what Sparks has always been--our musical world conveyed through our songs and our vocals and performed in a most aggressive way. What seemed to always set us apart was, we think, made emphatic in this format.
We don't consider this album as a substitute for Sparks' next studio recording, but rather as a special souvenir of an event that, as most Sparks fans will know, will most likely be followed by our moving in some different and, we hope, puzzling new direction. Until then, here is/are Two Hands One Mouth.”
‘Gig of the year? Quite possibly...’ - LouderThanWar
‘The number one band in heaven...or on earth for that matter’ - Gigjunkies
‘In any sane universe Sparks are big. It’s pop that got small.’ - Independent on Sunday
‘Ron and Russell retain the muscle, the gravitas of the original but add a rare sparsity.’ - Clash Music
‘a feat of stamina and courage and brilliance’ - The Quietus
1 Sparks Overture
2 Hospitality On Parade
5 At Home, At Work, At Play
6 Sherlock Holmes
7 Good Morning
8 Under The Table With Her
9 My Baby’s Taking Me Home
10 Singing In The Shower
11 The Wedding of Jacqueline Kennedy To Russell Mael
12 Excerpts from THE SEDUCTION OF INGMAR BERGMAN
I Am Ingmar Bergman
Mr. Bergman How Are You?
We’ve Got To Turn Him ‘Round
13 Dick Around
14 Never Turn Your Back On Mother Earth
15 This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both Of Us
16 The Rhythm Thief
17 Suburban Homeboy
18 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’
CD2 : THE ENCORE
1 The Number One Song In Heaven
2 Beat The Clock
3 Two Hands One Mouth
...stampeding rhinos, elephants and tacky tigers!
I was very excited to hear these guys after hearing a lot of boardies talk abotu them...then I checked out all the youtube vids that were posted....
Yeah,, fuck these guys
Superfan will be in front of the Fonda masturbating furiously to a photo of him taking a photo of a band. Set is from 8:05 to approximately 8:05:15. Guest list only.
Upcoming Shows: Nocturnal Wonderland Saturday, Cut Chemist/Dj Shadow - Palladium, Massive Attack SB Bowl, Festival Supreme, Coachella 2015
Well, the essence of the tracks is most definitely intact.
But I can't say this isn't disappointing.
Haha I love that description. Schedule permitting I will still try to see them, but after watch that video they have fallen out of must see list.
whoa somehow missed this the first 20+ times i went through the lineup, sweet!
Originally Posted by menikmati
I'm locking this fucker.
Sideways vaginas. Totally hipster.
How often do they play shows stateside?
"Crazy rare" or "moderately rare"?
damn this is really good...and kinda funny...but in like a good way, not in like a Childish Gambino kinda way.
Cooler than a polar bears toenails.
They have done one set stateside in the last three years I have known of them which was for "The Seduction of Ingmar Bergman" at Ford Theater.
2011 LA Ford(Bergman)
2009 LA Royce Hall
1986 LA Hollywood Palace
1984 LA Greek Theater opening for the Psychedelic Furs
1983 Columbus Ohio opening for Rick Springfield
1982 Detroit club
1976 Chicago opening for Patti Smith
The more I think about it, this is a serious contender for rarest US show on the entire bill. That article did imply some other US shows - we'll see. With the duo format they can travel dirt cheap and play shows they couldn't with a full band.
per their latest fb post:
(And for all Los Angeles fans, another Sparks standalone concert will be announced shortly. And more US dates to follow. Details soon.)
I'm going to also catch the LA gig but fuck I'm a bit disappointed. I want to rock the fuck out!