Sparks Discography - Singles
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Ron & Russell's singles collection


A pair of former child actors and catalogue models, the Mael brothers - Ron and Russell - are a pop phenomenon.  Their first single for Island Records, 'This Town Ain't Big Enough For Both Of Us', shot to number 2 in the UK charts, pre-empting Queen's creation of melodramatic, neo-operatic pop.  Several chart-topping singles followed.  After collaborating with legendary Donna Summer producer Giorgio Moroder at the end of the 1970's, the Maels served as the blueprint for pretty much every 80s synth-duo with a flamboyant vocalist and an enigmatic keyboard player (e.g. Soft Cell, the Associates and Pet Shop Boys).  More chart singles followed including 'Number One Song In Heaven' and 'Beat The Clock'.  More recently (2006) Sparks have enjoyed renewed chart success. with singles 'Perfume' and 'Dick Around' (the US edition of Dick Around included live tracks recorded earlier that year in Los Angeles).

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Sparks singles (U.K) :-

1972
Bearsville   Wonder Girl / No More Mr. Nice Guys

1973
Bearsville   Girl From Germany / Beaver O'Lindy

1974
Island       This Town Ain't Big Enough For Both Of Us / Barbecutie
Island       Amateur Hour / Lost And Found
Island       Never Turn Your Back On Mother Earth / Alabamy Right

1975
Island       Something For The Girl With Everything / Marry Me
Island       Get In The Swing / Profile
Island       Looks, Looks, Looks / Pineapple

1976
Island       I Want To Hold Your Hand / England
Island       Big Boy / Fill 'Er Up
Island       I Like Girls / England

1977
Island       I Want To Hold Your Hand / Under The Table With Her
CBS          A Big Surprise / Forever Young

1978
Island       This Town Ain't Big Enough For Both Of Us / Looks, Looks, Looks

1979
Island       This Town Ain't Big Enough For Both Of Us / Barbecutie
Virgin       Beat The Clock / Beat The Clock (alternative)
Virgin       Tryouts For The Human Race / Tryouts For The Human Race (alternative)

1980
Virgin       When I'm With You / When I'm With You (instrumental)

1981
Why-Fi       Tips For Teens / Don't Shoot Me
Why-Fi       Funny Face / The Willys Why

1983
Atlantic     Cool Places / Sports

1985
London       Change / This Town Ain't Big Enough For Both Of Us

1986
Allied       Music That You Can Dance To / Fingertips

1989
Carrere      So Important / Just Got Back From Heaven

1993
Finiflex     National Crime Awareness Week (4 mixes)

1994
Logic        When Do I Get To Sing My Way (4 mixes) / National Crime Awareness Week

1995
Logic        When Do I Get To Sing My Way (3 mixes) / Now That I Own The BBC
Logic        When Do I Get To Sing My Way (3 mixes) / National Crime Awareness Week
Logic        When Do I Get To Sing My Way (3 mixes) / Beat The Clock (live)
Logic        Now That I Own The BBC (3 mixes) / She's An Anchorman
Logic        When I Kiss You I Hear Charlie Parker Playing (3 mixes) / This Town Ain't Big Enough For Both Of Us
Logic        When I Kiss You I Hear Charlie Parker Playing (5 mixes)

1997
Virgin       This Town Ain't Big Enough For Both Of Us (w / Faith No More)  / Pink Panda 
Virgin       This Town Ain't Big Enough For Both Of Us (w / Faith No More) / Something For The Girl With Everything
Virgin       The No. 1 Song In Heaven (4 mixes)

2001
Universal    The Calm Before The Storm / The Calm Before The Opera 

2003
Artful       Suburban Homeboy / Wunderbar

2006
Gut          Perfume / Baby Baby Can I Invade Your Country?

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Sparks singles (France) :-

French releases are only included where different from the UK.

1975
Island          Propaganda / At Home, At Work, At Play

1976
Island         This Town Ain't Big Enough For Both Of Us / Amateur Hour

1979
WEA          La Dolce Vita / Tryouts For The Human Race

1980
Underdog    Young Girls / Rock 'n' Roll People In A Disco World

1982
Carrere       Modesty Plays / Modesty Plays (long)

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Sparks singles (other Europe) :-

Other European releases are only included where different from the UK.

1979
Virgin         The No.1 Song In Heaven / The No.1 Song In Heaven   (Austria)
Virgin          La Dolce Vita / My Other Voice   (Austria)

1980
Durium       Young Girls / Just Because You Love Me   (Italy)

1981
Durium       Funny Face / Don't Shoot Me   (Italy)

1986
Festival       Music That You Can Dance To / Shopping Mall Of Love   (Austria)

1993
Columbia     National Crime Awareness Week / When I'm With You   (Holland)

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Sparks singles (U.S.A.) :-

US releases are only included where different from the UK.

1974
Island       Talent Is An Asset / Lost And Found
Island       Achoo / Something For The Girl With Everything

1976
Island       Looks, Looks, Looks / The Wedding of Jacqueline Kennedy to Russell Mael
Island       Confusion / I Bought The Mississippi River

1977
CBS          Over The Summer / Forever Young

1979
Elektra      Beat The Clock / Tryouts For The Human Race
Elektra      Tryouts For The Human Race / The No.1 Song In Heaven
Elektra      Tryouts For The Human Race / Beat The Clock

1982
Atlantic     I Predict / Moustache
Atlantic     Eaten By The Monster Of Love / Mickey Mouse

1983
Atlantic     All You Ever Think About Is Sex / All You Ever Think About Is Sex (alternative)
Atlantic     All You Ever Think About Is Sex / Dance Godammit
Atlantic     All You Ever Think About Is Sex / I Wish I Looked A Little Better
Atlantic     I Wish I Looked A Little Better / I Wish I Looked A Little Better
Atlantic     Get Crazy / Hot Shot

1984
Atlantic     With All My Might / Sparks In The Dark
Atlantic     Pretending To Be Drunk / Pretending To Be Drunk (alternative)
Atlantic     Pretending To Be Drunk / Kiss Me Quick
Atlantic     Progress / Sparks In The Dark 

1986
Curb         Music That You Can Dance To / Music That You Can Dance To (alternative)

1989
Rhino        Just Got Back From Heaven (5 mixes)

1995
Bud          Beat The Clock / No. 1 Song In Heaven / With All My Might / Cool Places
Logic        Now That I Own The BBC (3 mixes) / When Do I Get To Sing My Way

1999
Virgin       Angst In My Pants / Funny Face / This Town Ain't Big Enough For Both Of Us / The No. 1 Song In Heaven
Virgin       More Than A Sex Machine (4 mixes)

2000
Indigo       The Angels (2 mixes)

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