Sparks Biography (Wikipedia)
Sparks are an American pop band formed in Los Angeles in 1971 by brothers Ron (keyboards) and Russell Mael (vocals), renamed from Halfnelson, formed in 1968. Known for their quirky approach to songwriting, Sparks' music is often accompanied by intelligent, sophisticated, and acerbic lyrics, and an idiosyncratic, theatrical stage presence, typified in the contrast between Russell's animated, hyperactive frontman antics and Ron's deadpan scowling. They are also noted for Russell Mael's falsetto voice and Ron Mael's keyboard style.
While achieving chart success in various countries around the world including the United Kingdom, Germany, France, and the United States, they have enjoyed a cult following since their first releases. During the late 1970s, when in collaboration with Giorgio Moroder (and Telex subsequently), Sparks reinvented themselves as a new wave/synthpop duo, and abandoned the traditional rock band line up. Their frequently changing styles and visual presentations have kept the band at the forefront of modern, artful pop music.
- FFS in conversation with Radcliffe and Maconiehttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02q3djy.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02q3djy.jpg2015-04-27T14:31:00.000ZRon and Russell from Sparks and Alex from Franz Ferdinand join Mark and Stuart to chat about their bands' collaborative supergroup, FFS.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p02q3dk6
FFS in conversation with Radcliffe and Maconie
- Ron Mael of Sparks in conversation with Johnnie Walkerhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02j4yqj.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02j4yqj.jpg2015-02-02T13:26:00.000ZRon Mael, one half of the group Sparks, speaks to Johnnie about the band's '70s.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p02j4yrf
Ron Mael of Sparks in conversation with Johnnie Walker
- Ron Mael of Sparks speaks to Radcliffe and Maconiehttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02ffb4g.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02ffb4g.jpg2014-12-17T12:29:00.000ZRon Mael of Sparks speaks to Mark and Stuart about the re-release of their 1974 album Kimono My House.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p02ffb4v
Ron Mael of Sparks speaks to Radcliffe and Maconie
- Sparks join Radcliffe & Maconie in the studiohttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01mk7rv.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01mk7rv.jpg2013-11-29T17:03:00.000ZThe Mael Brothers aka Sparks join Mark and Stuart in the studio to tell us about their latest tour news.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01mk7v1
Sparks join Radcliffe & Maconie in the studio