Sparks / Hello Young Lovers
Album: Hello Young Lovers   Collection:General
Artist:Sparks   Added:Jun 2006
Label:In the Red Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2006-07-02 Pull Date: 2006-09-03
Week Ending: Sep 3 Aug 27 Aug 20 Aug 13 Aug 6 Jul 30 Jul 23 Jul 16
Airplays: 4 1 2 1 2 1 1 2

Recent Airplay
1. Apr 21, 2022: Down in the Basement
Here Kitty
4. Jan 20, 2022: Down in The Basement (rebroadcast from Jan 6, 2022)
Dick Around
2. Jan 30, 2022: Down in The Basement (rebroadcast from Jan 27, 2022)
Here Kitty
5. Jan 06, 2022: Down in The Basement
Dick Around
3. Jan 27, 2022: Down in The Basement
Here Kitty
6. May 16, 2008: Sparks: 36 Years, 20 Albums, No Recognition
Here Kitty, Dick Around, (Baby, Baby) Can I Invade Your Country, Perfume

Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2006-07-30
Operatic, theatrical pop music -- lots of orchestral synths and massively overdubbed vocals for a big, grand sound. Songs do tend to be highly repetitious, which can be alluringly hypnotic (e.g., #3 works for me, even though it shouldn't). Contains traces of what I'd call a classical minimalist influence (intros to 4 and 10). Definitely a "different" sound but I've squeezed it into indie-pop and even jazz sets. Give it a shot!

Sparks is a 35-year-old underground pop band that's had a few hits in Europe but is unknown in the States. They had one blip of U.S. success circa 1982-3 as a synth-pop act, but mostly they've played either glam rock (1971-78) or dance/disco (1986-1995).

This stuff is neither -- it's a new sound that started with their previous album ("Li'l Beethoven," not in our library).

***1- A kick-ass, operatic tour de force in the tradition of Bohemian Rhapsody. Lots of phases in 7 minutes, with fast choir-like vocals, dense lyrics, and some jazzy bits.... but the highlight is when the GUITAR kicks in (Dean Menta, ex of Faith No More) for some crushing, albeit simple, hard-rock moments. Lyrics are even serious, about a yuppie exec who descends into apathy when his girlfriend dumps him. A song that must be heard.

**2- Poppy single, a catchy minor-key blip listing names of women and perfume.
4- National Anthem lyrics and a chorus of : "Can I Invade Your Country?" (Meaning? You decide.) Upbeat.
6- Speak-singing about how "chicks dig metaphors." A bit of a hard-edged, jaded sound
7- Ultra sugary poppy song, with cynical lyrics about a cold-hearted bastard. Kicks into faster mode at the end.
*8- Doo-wop singing and some jazzy blue-note turns. About a fireman who rescues stranded kitties, and one day is called to save a tiger
9- Melodramatic, theatrical. Unsure what it's about but the title is funny
*10- The Experimental One. Opens with a John Adams kind of minimalist pulse -- fast repeating patter. Then a weird chromatic-scale riff that'll be the centerpiece of the rest of the song. Lots of "Hallelujahs," but it's not a religious song -- it's about the Notre Dame organ player picking up women in the congregation.

Track Listing
1. Dick Around   6. Metaphor
2. Perfume   7. Waterproof
3. The Very Next Fight   8. Here Kitty
4. (Baby, Baby) Can I Invade Your Country   9. There's No Such Thing As Aliens
5. Rock, Rock, Rock   10. As I Sit To Play The Organ At The Notre Dame Cathedral