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What's Sparks' zaniest song?

 
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DJ LX
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 6:22 pm    Post subject: What's Sparks' zaniest song? Reply with quote

My vote goes to "Wunderbar." It's absolutely bonkers! Off the hook!
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 30, 2017 10:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I quite like "Wunderbar" .. It sort of spawned Lil Beethoven so is quite an important song..

BIOLOGY 2 is pretty zany.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 30, 2017 11:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

White Women, I have no idea what state Ron's mind was when he wrote that track.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 30, 2017 2:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

lets get funky
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 01, 2017 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

deadcalm wrote:
I quite like "Wunderbar" .. It sort of spawned Lil Beethoven so is quite an important song..

What's the story behind its creation? I have to confess to not knowing a lot about the song, other than it's in German with a guest vocalist.

deadcalm wrote:
BIOLOGY 2 is pretty zany.

Indeed, and a Earl Mankey tune to boot!

bryan_davey wrote:
lets get funky

Good choice, and a song I'm guessing I'll never hear playing at the grocery store.

Rykodisc wrote:
White Women, I have no idea what state Ron's mind was when he wrote that track.

I included this song, along with "Throw Her Away (and Get a New One)" on a satirical "World According to Donald Trump" playlist. "Baby Can I Invade Your Country?" also made the cut, as did Sun Ra's "Nuclear War", Pink Floyd's "In the Flesh," Joe Walsh's "I Like Big Tits"
and a bunch of other borderline offensive songs epitomizing Trump's world view.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 10:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gunther Koch is the legendary football commentator.. Who features on "Wunderbar" closely associated with "Bayern Munich" and the German Bundesliga.. I think the maels must have some interest in that as well.. I think I read in one of the Interviews that spawned around Lil Beethoven that the track was some sort of template they used..
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKzVwL3cQxw
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 5:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Agree with all suggestions so far. My gosh, Wunderbar really was on the next level; arguably more landmark than The Calm Before The Opera. I would throw these into the ring:

- 'Tsui Hark', quite out-there even in the context of the GS&SV album.

- 'Hey Skinny', a quirky instrumental that ended up on a CD single. (Far zanier than its cousins Pink Panda, Big Brass Ring and The Great Leap Forward.)

I think we're blessed to have a band as unique as Sparks, with their seemingly never-ending supply of arch, off-kilter, fun-time songs!
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 6:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

deadcalm wrote:
I read in one of the Interviews that spawned around Lil Beethoven that the track was some sort of template they used.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKzVwL3cQxw

Thanks! It's amazing where they draw their inspiration from!

systemr2000 wrote:
I think we're blessed to have a band as unique as Sparks, with their seemingly never-ending supply of arch, off-kilter, fun-time songs!

Agreed. They bring a sense of fun and adventurousness to their music making that most bands would never dare do. In the past this has likely caused them not to be taken seriously by the music intelligentsia and left some (especially American) music fans scratching their heads, but based on the positive critical reception Hippopotamus is receiving, it seems the rest of the music world is is finally coming around.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 8:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

well The Willys, of course...but from the modern era, how about Giddy Giddy?

Others:

Under the Table With Her
Here Kitty
Beaver O'Lindy
Batteries not included/Whippings...
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 6:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd love to hack into the satellite radio services grocery stores use and broadcast every song listed in this thread... and watch people's reactions!


It'd be sweet revenge for being subjected to Alanis Morrissette over the intercom the other day!
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 09, 2017 12:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Japanese have come and they bought my number one.
From The Hell Collection CD
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2017 9:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My favourite Sparks song ever is 'In The Future' from 'Indiscreet'.
For me, it's the most bonkers thing they've ever done. Hectic, electric, manic, ferocious and best played as loud as possible.
If I had a penny for every spin of that record I seriously would be a millionaire!!!
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2017 10:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kermit! wrote:
My favourite Sparks song ever is 'In The Future' from 'Indiscreet'.
For me, it's the most bonkers thing they've ever done. Hectic, electric, manic, ferocious and best played as loud as possible.
If I had a penny for every spin of that record I seriously would be a millionaire!!!

"In The Future" is one of my favorite Sparks songs too. To paraphrase: manic, frantic and best played loud. I also love how it's followed by "Looks, Looks, Looks" on 'Indiscreet' . . . now for something completely different!


Are you familiar with the Be Bop Deluxe song "Between the Worlds?" It has that same sort on kinetic energy and over-the-top coming-at-you-from-all-directions vibe to it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObncP1ZRdwI
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 7:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Barbecutie? The B side to This Town of course and still a fantastic piece of pop/rock. As soon as I heard it I knew Sparks were the group for me, The words were a complete mystery until the internet came along. It wasn`t on Kimono My House so I had to guess them.
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