Yes, this is the band that your Austin Music Minute host won’t shut up about, and mentions on her afternoon show at least every other day. And if it’s not to reference a specific album, of which there are now 26, then it’s to repeatedly recommend the phenomenal Edgar Wright documentary that your AMM host has admitted to viewing ten times now, and will probably watch several more times because it’s that great. Sparks is that great. Sparks is incredible. And Sparks is incredibly funny as well, so triple plus there.
Today’s AMM includes a giddily-shared quick list because it’s just scratching the surface: Kimono My House, No. 1 In Heaven, Angst In My Pants, Gratuitous Sax and Violins… (and kicking myself for leaving out the essential Propaganda). Frankly, the entire Sparks library is worthy of a deep dive. Brothers Russ and Ron Mael have a musical career spanning decades, with a unique stylistic evolution emerging in every phase of its existence. They’ve even thrown the most diehard fans for a loop, but therein lies the brilliance of two artists creating what they want, in the way they want to. And what do they sound like? They sound like SPARKS, man.
See the film, and make sure you catch Sparks at their show tomorrow night, Thursday July 13, at ACL Live at The Moody Theater. Doors at 6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m. And stay tuned for a very special feature coming your way from KUTX!