LONDON Will Be Big Enough For Both Of The SPARKS Brothers Next Year

Californian brothers Ron and Russell Mael are entertaining
the world as SPARKS for 56 (!) years now with 24 albums,
several blockbuster hits and spectacular live shows.

And they are not done yet.

Next year the Maels will play 2 concerts, on
29 and 30 September, at the historic and epic
Royal Albert Hall
in London.

Russell: “These shows are a dream come true!”

London will be big enough for both of the Sparks brothers.

SPARKS: Bio – Discography – Instagram


Eye-catching clips

25 April 2022

Last week after playing a show at the music venue Casino de Paris the Mael
brothers, better known as spicy pop legends SPARKS, played a short version
of their big 1974 hit This Town Ain’t Big Enough For The Both Of Us at/on
a public piano at the historic Gare du Nord station in Paris.

A passing fan went bananas when she saw the Bros.

Pretty fun to watch…

The original version back in 1974…

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A Pop Masterpiece – SPARKS Had Angst In Their Pants 40 Years Ago Today

Back in time

29 March 2022

Who: Eccentric pop sibling stars Ron and Russell Mael
Active: Since 1966 (!) / 24 studio albums, with first-class
LP  A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip as their most recent one, came
out in 2020.

Anniversary album: ANGST IN MY PANTS – their 11th LP
Released: 29 March 1982 – 40 years ago today

AllMusic/Dave Connolly wrote: “Although mired in a rut of merely “good” albums,
Sparks had offered occasional glimpses of their old greatness on each, fanning the dim
hope that they might climb again to previous heights. The faithful were rewarded with
Angst in My Pants, the first album in years that puts their pop genius to good use.”

Score: 4/5.

TUTV: No fillers, all sparks killers.

Single: I Predict

Full album on Spotify

SPARKS: Facebook – All Albums

Back sleeve


4/5/6 June 2021

5 new firecrackers to boost your favorite 48 hours…

‘So May We Start’ by SPARKS (Los Angeles)
A sparkling pocket pop opera with Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard joining the Mael
brothers on vocals. From upcoming movie Annette for which they also wrote the script.

Listen here…

‘Stand Down’ by THE SARANDONS (Toronto, Canada)
A cracker “about letting down your guard…maybe doing something crazy like picking up the phone and calling a friend. How punk is that?!”. These Canadians know how to rattle and roll with some Tom Petty gusto and some Stones-esque riffs. Big fun, folks! From their brand new 5-track EP Outrunning. Stream here.

Press play here…

‘Worry With You’ by SLEATER-KINNEY (Washington)
A song about being stuck on the other side of an ocean from someone else.
Pretty funky, brisk, and edgy. From their new, upcoming  LP Path Of Wellness.

Tune in…

‘Never Be The Shame’ by FURTHER THE LION (Hamilton, Ontario)
The song “reminds the listener that sometimes something profound can happen to
you that changes you to your core and it’s not always a negative thing.”
Expect emo-grunge melodiousness with a passionate edge, a romantic feel, and a gripping chorus that sticks instantly. Touchdown!

Here’s why…

‘Something Real’ by FHANG (Canada)
Mishka (half of this Canadian duo): “At the beginning of lockdown I would quietly dance in my living room at 3am listening to a rough version of the tune. It would turn into a disco with all the fire trucks and ambulances lighting up our curtains.” Weird experiences in weird times. This second single is movin’ smoothly on a groovin’ bass line while the sensitive mid-tempo ballad resonates like a reflective and melancholic The National reverie. I love it!

Check it out…

See/hear you next week, music junkies


17 May 2021

A new documentary of the fabulous Mael siblings – Ron and Russell – called
THE SPARKS BROTHERS will be released next month – June 18 in North
American theaters – via Focus Features. More info here.

Watch the trailer featuring Beck, Jason Schwartzmann,
Todd Rundgren, Giorgio Moroder, RHCP’s Flea
, and more famous fans…

I know, I can’t help it. This still sounds

Turn Up The Volume’s KNOCKOUT TEAM OF THE MONTH – April 2021

The best of the past month…

Turn Up The Volume‘s 15 Knockout Tracks for April 2021!
A fervid fusion of rhapsodic rippers and clashing crackerjacks.

‘Nike Soldier’ by ALAN VEGA (US)
Alan Vega is dead! Long live! This spine-chilling slo-mo groove
comes from his lost album Mutator released last week.

Sounding like Nine Inch Nails going punk, Spacemen 3 returning from the dead
and The Brian Jonestown Massacre freaking out on acid, all at the same time. This
is what happens when lockdown blues leads to schizophrenia.

‘Boilermaker’ by ROYAL BLOOD (UK)
The blues-rock tandem is back with this motherfucker of a slam dunk
from their brand new album Typhoons . Wham bloody hell bam!

‘Deeper Than Holy’ by PASTEL (UK)
Imagine the bittersweet symphony swagger of Richard Ashcroft and The Verve
and the natural-born coolness of Liam ‘tonight I’m a rock ‘n’ roll star’ Gallagher.
Supersonic, right? You better you bet.

‘Wake Up’ by LOBSTERBOMB (Berlin, Germany)
A screaming triumph. This up-and-coming Berlin trio on the stereo this hit and run trio combines Bikini Kill‘s rough outcries, L7‘s detonating gusto, and B-52‘s peppery liveliness. Bingo!

‘The Gimp’s Gimp‘ by BODY HORROR (UK)
A chainsaw intro followed by manic drum thwacks and a frenetic bass force, and a
bit later a nightmarish voice joining the freaked-out get-together. All this brain-breaking
stuff happens in under a minute. Hallelujah!…

‘Nobody Everyone’ by WEEKEND DEBT (Scotland)
Highly energetic and sharp-riffing indie rock at its youthful best. Smells like teen spirit. Big guitars, big drums/bass, big tune, and big post-breakup vocals. What do you need more to boost your bloodstream?

‘Pilot‘ by MODEL CHILD (Los Angeles)
2 minutes of rage, anger and endless humanitarian struggle.
Fuck the greedy rich! Fuck the military industry! FUCK WAR!

‘The Men Who Rule The World’ by GARBAGE (US/Scotland)
A surprisingly funky disco banger that triggers your head’s up-and-down movement the very moment the money drops into the corrupt politicians’ pockets. I still love you, Shirley!

‘Your Fandango’ by TODD RUNDGEN & SPARKS (US)
Old friends Sparks and Todd Rundgen team up again, after so many years, for a mini pop opera. The legends still deliver and it seems this town is big enough for the both of them.

‘Moshi Moshi’ by COMMON FLAWS (Italy)
Mostly instrumental, except for a hazy voice in the distance, this electro earworm
gets under your skin from the clap along intro and goes on like forever. Imagine
Aphex Twin going synth-pop for a change. The power of repetition!

‘Be There’ by MIHI NIHIL (Los Angeles, US)
Shadowy, starry-eyed and emotive pearl. Twinkling guitars, gripping vocals and
captivating melodiousness. Magnificent beauty from their new self-titled LP.

‘Streetlights’ by LOSSLINE (Manchester, UK)
Genuine, heart & soul lockdown blues. Melodramatic musing for twilight moments and nightly wanderings. From the duo’s excellent, midnight hours album Fading Affect Bias. Don’t miss this.

‘Amsterdam’ by MOONLIGHT PARADE (UK)
Magical and red-colored ballad, combining the melodic melancholia of Teenage Fanclub and The Coral. A sweet little gem about a wonderful city I’m in love with for a long time now. Press play and let your thoughts drift away on a cloud.

‘Trust’ by MASHMELLOW (Moscow, Russia)
Dream pop for lonely nights with echoes from The Sundays and Mazzy Star. Yes, that bewitchingly good. One of the highlights from their new 6-tack EP titled Pole Pole.


All 15 together on Spotify

See/hear you next month, music junkies…

Old Friends SPARKS And TODD RUNDGREN Team Up Again For A Mini Pop Opera

New sonic impulses…

24 April 2021

Philly icon/multi-instrumentalist TODD RUNDGREN produced the 1977 debut album of kooky brothers SPARKS. And now, after 44 years, the stars of the past teamed up once again for a new song called YOUR FANDANGO.

“They sent me this song that sounded substantially like a finished product, except for the fact that I think there was some placeholder stuff that was meant to be developed a little further and they just never got around to it. I started just dressing it up and adding some vocal parts, writing some lyrics for it. And, in the end, you know — they sent me the track, I sent back what I did to them. We were both happy with it, and the label’s happy with it because they’re going to put it out.” says Rundgren about the collaboration.

Your Fandago is pretty special and also Sparks-esque,
actually a mini pop opera

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