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A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip

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For over fifty years, the Mael brothers Ron (the one with the moustache) and Russell (the one with the shaggy hair) have been writing sophisticated baroque-pop songs that border on kitsch. Sparks are one of those bands who were never really popular with the general public but have been greatly admired by many famous musicians. Their reputation seems to traverse all styles and genres, from Depeche Mode, Björk, New Order and Kurt Cobain through to The Smiths, Siouxsie and the Banshees and Sonic Youth, not to mention the kooky Franz Ferdinand with whom Sparks recorded an album entitled FFS (for Franz Ferdinand Sparks). This 24th album, A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip, is equally as brilliant as its predecessors. It features fourteen synthetic pop tracks and is surprisingly contemporary for a duo of brothers who are both over the age of seventy. As ever, the pair inject humour into their music with tracks like iPhone (“Put your fucking iPhone down and listen to me…”) and Lawnmower (about a “showstopping” lawnmower) but the album ends on a more touching song with choral vocal effects, entitled Please Don’t Fuck Up My World, in which the gravity of their message comes through the seemingly lighthearted music. This is the perfect album to listen whilst waiting for the release of Sparks’ musical comedy directed by Leos Carax, which is out soon. © Yan Céh/Qobuz

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1
All That
00:04:44

Patrick Kelly, Bass Guitar - Bill Inglot, Engineer - Steve Nistor, Drums - Russell Mael, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Vocals, Writer - Ron Mael, Composer, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer, Writer - Sparks, MainArtist - Dave Schultz, Engineer - Evan Weiss, Guitar - Eli Pearl, Guitar

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2
I'm Toast
00:03:31

Patrick Kelly, Bass Guitar - Bill Inglot, Engineer - Steve Nistor, Drums - Russell Mael, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Vocals, Writer - Ron Mael, Composer, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer, Writer - Sparks, MainArtist - Dave Schultz, Engineer - Evan Weiss, Guitar - Eli Pearl, Guitar

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3
Lawnmower
00:03:38

Bill Inglot, Engineer - Steve Nistor, Drums - Russell Mael, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Vocals, Writer - Ron Mael, Composer, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer, Writer - Sparks, MainArtist - Dave Schultz, Engineer

2020 BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited 2020 BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

4
Sainthood Is Not in Your Future
00:04:12

Patrick Kelly, Bass Guitar - Bill Inglot, Engineer - Steve Nistor, Drums - Russell Mael, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Vocals, Writer - Ron Mael, Composer, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer, Writer - Sparks, MainArtist - Dave Schultz, Engineer - Evan Weiss, Guitar - Eli Pearl, Guitar

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5
Pacific Standard Time
00:04:23

Bill Inglot, Engineer - Steve Nistor, Drums - Russell Mael, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Vocals, Writer - Ron Mael, Composer, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer, Writer - Sparks, MainArtist - Dave Schultz, Engineer

2020 BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited 2020 BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

6
Stravinsky's Only Hit
00:04:10

Patrick Kelly, Bass Guitar - Bill Inglot, Engineer - Steve Nistor, Drums - Russell Mael, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Vocals, Writer - Ron Mael, Composer, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer, Writer - Sparks, MainArtist - Dave Schultz, Engineer - Evan Weiss, Guitar - Eli Pearl, Guitar

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7
Left Out in the Cold
00:04:18

Patrick Kelly, Bass Guitar - Bill Inglot, Engineer - Steve Nistor, Drums - Russell Mael, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Vocals, Writer - Ron Mael, Composer, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer, Writer - Sparks, MainArtist - Dave Schultz, Engineer - Evan Weiss, Guitar - Eli Pearl, Guitar

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8
Self-Effacing
00:03:42

Patrick Kelly, Bass Guitar - Bill Inglot, Engineer - Steve Nistor, Drums - Russell Mael, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Vocals, Writer - Ron Mael, Composer, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer, Writer - Sparks, MainArtist - Dave Schultz, Engineer - Evan Weiss, Guitar - Eli Pearl, Guitar

2020 BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited 2020 BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

9
One for the Ages
00:03:48

Patrick Kelly, Bass Guitar - Bill Inglot, Engineer - Steve Nistor, Drums - Russell Mael, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Vocals, Writer - Ron Mael, Composer, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer, Writer - Sparks, MainArtist - Dave Schultz, Engineer - Evan Weiss, Guitar - Alex Casnoff, Additional Keyboards - Eli Pearl, Guitar

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10
Onomato Pia
00:02:51

Bill Inglot, Engineer - Steve Nistor, Drums - Russell Mael, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Vocals, Writer - Ron Mael, Composer, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer, Writer - Sparks, MainArtist - Dave Schultz, Engineer

2020 BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited 2020 BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

11
iPhone
00:04:01

Patrick Kelly, Bass Guitar - Bill Inglot, Engineer - Steve Nistor, Drums - Russell Mael, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Vocals, Writer - Ron Mael, Composer, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer, Writer - Sparks, MainArtist - Dave Schultz, Engineer - Evan Weiss, Guitar - Eli Pearl, Guitar

2020 BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited 2020 BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

12
The Existential Threat
00:03:23

Patrick Kelly, Bass Guitar - Bill Inglot, Engineer - Steve Nistor, Drums - Russell Mael, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Vocals, Writer - Ron Mael, Composer, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer, Writer - Sparks, MainArtist - Dave Schultz, Engineer - Evan Weiss, Guitar - Eli Pearl, Guitar

2020 BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited 2020 BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

13
Nothing Travels Faster Than the Speed of Light
00:04:24

Patrick Kelly, Bass Guitar - Bill Inglot, Engineer - Steve Nistor, Drums - Russell Mael, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Vocals, Writer - Ron Mael, Composer, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer, Writer - Sparks, MainArtist - Dave Schultz, Engineer - Evan Weiss, Guitar - Eli Pearl, Guitar

2020 BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited 2020 BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

14
Please Don't Fuck Up My World
00:03:14

Bill Inglot, Engineer - Russell Mael, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Vocals, Writer - Ron Mael, Composer, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer, Writer - Sparks, MainArtist - Dave Schultz, Engineer - Coldwater Canyon Youth Choir, Choir

2020 BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited 2020 BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

Album Description

For over fifty years, the Mael brothers Ron (the one with the moustache) and Russell (the one with the shaggy hair) have been writing sophisticated baroque-pop songs that border on kitsch. Sparks are one of those bands who were never really popular with the general public but have been greatly admired by many famous musicians. Their reputation seems to traverse all styles and genres, from Depeche Mode, Björk, New Order and Kurt Cobain through to The Smiths, Siouxsie and the Banshees and Sonic Youth, not to mention the kooky Franz Ferdinand with whom Sparks recorded an album entitled FFS (for Franz Ferdinand Sparks). This 24th album, A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip, is equally as brilliant as its predecessors. It features fourteen synthetic pop tracks and is surprisingly contemporary for a duo of brothers who are both over the age of seventy. As ever, the pair inject humour into their music with tracks like iPhone (“Put your fucking iPhone down and listen to me…”) and Lawnmower (about a “showstopping” lawnmower) but the album ends on a more touching song with choral vocal effects, entitled Please Don’t Fuck Up My World, in which the gravity of their message comes through the seemingly lighthearted music. This is the perfect album to listen whilst waiting for the release of Sparks’ musical comedy directed by Leos Carax, which is out soon. © Yan Céh/Qobuz

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