Pictures of Lily play "Judy"

Althoug this blog is dedicated to professional artists, it goes without saying that I shouldn't neglect the opportunity to plug my own band by including at least one of our songs.

This is a demo recording of an original that we recorded around 2004 on a Vostex 8-track hard disk recorder. It was virtually recorded live and it doesn't contain any overdubs, apart from the vocals which were recorded separately. The band consists of a rather basic and conventional line-up, with two guitarists, a bass player and a drummer.

After a pause of more than a year, we have recently started to rehearse again with the original line up but with a new drummer. We hope to start gigging again in the Summer of 2009.

For more information, please feel free to contact me at; maels@xs4all.nl.

Thao Nguyen

I'm rather impressed by this young lady. She's released three albums so far; "From The Linen" and "We Brave Bee Stings And All" and "Know Better Learn Faster". This is an acoustic performance at NPR Music.

Sparks at Paradiso, Amsterdam, March 2006

Sparks at Paradiso, Amsterdam, March 2006
Ron and Russell Mael

Title Sparks' new album announced!

Sparks' 21st album will be released on May 19th. Its title will be "Exotic Creatures Of The Deep", which is even by Sparks standards, a rather unusual album title. There will be 13 tracks this time. A single off the album, "Good Morning" will be released on May 12th. The album coincides with the 21 concerts they are giving in London in May during which they will perform all of their albums chronologically, ending with the new one on May 21st.

This is the track list:

'Intro'
'Good Morning'
'Strange Animal'
'I Can’t Believe That You Would Fall For All The Crap In This Song'
'Let The Monkey Drive'
'Intro Reprise'
'I've Never Been High'
'(She Got Me) Pregnant'
'Lighten Up, Morrissey'
'This Is The Renaissance'
'The Director Never Yelled Cut'
'Photoshop'
'Likeable'

dinsdag 2 april 2013

Thao Nguyen

I'm rather impressed by this young lady. She's released two albums so far; "From The Linen" and "We Brave Bee Stings And All". This track, "Big Kid Table", is an acoustic live version from he latter.

donderdag 5 maart 2009

Sparks Biography

Here, I plan to publish a brief biography on Sparks. Until it's finished, I will be placing a small selection of rare photos, articles and single sleeves, since I thought it would be nice to share it with other Sparks fans. I'm not sure whether I'm allowed to do so but if I'll get some notificications to remove them, I will. Should you be interested, please also check my rare recordings of Sparks further below this page. Click on the images to enlarge.



Reprinted newspaper article that appeared in the Japanese Guide Book on Sparks. I suppose the original article dates from around 1953.
A teenage Russell and Ronnie Mael caught at a movie theatre, 1966.
Young Russell as quarterback at UCLA, 1966.

Sparks' first appearance at Dick Clark's American Bandstand, 1972. Dick Clark, Harley Feinstein, Ronnie Mael, Russell Mael.

Sparks' first single. This was rush-released in Holland on November 10, 1972, due to their one-off appearance in The Hague.

Sparks at the Marque Club in London, November 1972. Ronnie Mael, Jim Mankey, Harley Feinstein, Russell Mael, Earle Mankey.


An interesting article on Sparks in Music Scene, November 1972.


One of the adds the Maels ran in Melody Maker to select an English back-up band. The ones that were chosen eventually were Adrian Fisher, Martin Gordon and Dinky Diamond.


An article from Dutch magazine Muziek Express with the original line-up; Adrian Fisher, Ron, Dinky Diamond, Russell, Martin Gordon, just before Adrian and Martin were released from their duties.

The sleeve of the hard-to-find American single Achoo, that was released in 1974.

The sleeve of a rare and French-only single, released in early 1975.


Record Mirror, UK, 1975.

The Japanese sleeve of Looks, Looks, Looks, released in 1975.


Finland 1976.

The French sleeve for Big Boy, 1976.


Bravo magazine, Germany, 1976.




The Japanese sleeve for I Want To Hold Your Hand, 1976.




Freizeit Magazine, Germany, 1977.




Muziek Express, Holland, 1977.


Holland, 1977.


Joepie magazine, Belgium, 1977.


Holland, 1977.

A review on No. 1 In Heaven in Sounds, 1979.


The German sleeve for Beat The Clock, 1979.


A review on Terminal Jive, Melody Maker, UK, 1980.

One of three photos that appeared in the book "Rockstars in Underpants", circa 1980.


The German sleeve for Tips For Teens, 1981.



Russsell, Ron and me outside the dressing room at a cancelled gig in Arlon, Belgium, 1981.




An official promo shot for Whomp That Sucker, 1981.

Bam magazine, USA, 1981.


An article in an American music magazine, 1982.
The French sleeve for Modesty Plays, 1982.


Ron and Jane Wiedlin, USA, 1983.
Ron and Russell with Sparks fan Stephen Duffy, 1986.

The Belgian sleeve of Music That You Can Dance To, 1986.


Ron and Russell with Sparks fan Morrissey, 1989.

The unreleased demo recordings, pre-Gratuitous Sax and Senseless Violins, that were discovered and made available by a fan.



The English sleeve for National Crime Awareness Week, 1993.


The USA promo release of When Do I Get To Sing My Way, 1994.

A review on Sparks' come back gig at London's Shepherds Bus, reviewed by ex-Sparks bass player Martin Gordon.

MixMag, 1994.

Sleeve of the unreleased Let's Go Surfin' single that was considered to be released in France.

European schedule, March-April, 1995.

Promo shot, 1997.

An article on Ron's collection in a Hamburg newspaper, Germany, 1999.


Sparks drummer Tammy Glover with my two eldest daughters Marie-Claire and Whitley-Ann, Cologne, 2000.

Männer magazine, Germany, 2000 (1/2).

Männer magazine, Germany, 2000 (2/2).

Flyer for the Australian tour, 2001.
Southbank, UK, October 2002.
Record Collector, 2003 (1/13)

Record Collector, 2003 (2/13)
Record Collector, 2003 (3/13)
Record Collector, 2003 (4/13)
Record Collector, 2003 (5/13)

Record Collector, 2003 (6/13)
Record Collector, 2003 (7/13)
Record Collector, 2003 (8/13)
Record Collector, 2003 (9/13)
Record Collector, 2003 (10/13)
Record Collector, 2003 (11/13)

Record Collector, 2003 (12/13)


Record Collector, 2003 (13/13)

Times Magazine, UK, March 2003 (1/5)


Times Magazine, UK, March 2003 (2/5)

Times Magazine, UK, March 2003 (3/5)

Times Magazine, UK, March 2003 (4/5)



Times Magazine, UK, March 2003 (5/5)


Announcement for the gigs at the Ocean, 2004.
The Word, UK, 2006 (1/6)
The Word, UK, 2006 (2/6)
The Word, UK, 2006 (3/6)
The Word, UK, 2006 (4/6)

The Word, UK, 2006 (5/6)

The Word, UK, 2006 (6/6)


Ron spotted in his jeep in Los Angeles by the car in front of him, 2009.



2009.