Sparks

Genres: Drama Music & Radio Pop / Rock
Descriptive "tags": new wave glam rock pop rock synth pop electronic Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

Vocalist Russell Mael (5 October 1953, Santa Monica, California, USA) and his elder brother Ron (b. Ronald David Mael, 12 August 1947, Culver City, California, USA; keyboards) formed Halfnelson in 1968, with renowned rock critic John Mendelsohn on drums. By 1971, the Maels had been joined by Earle Mankey (b. 8 March 1947, Washington, USA; guitar), Jim Mankey (b. James Mankey, 23 May 1952, Pennsylvania, USA; bass) and Harley Feinstein (drums). At the urging of Todd Rundgren - their eventual producer - Albert Grossman signed them to Bearsville Records. Halfnelson’s debut album sold poorly, and at their manager’s behest the band changed their name to Sparks and re-released their debut. The regional US hit ‘Wonder Girl’ attracted some notice, as did the subsequent A Woofer In Tweeter’s Clothing (1972).

A stressful club tour of Europe - during which they were often heckled - amassed, nonetheless, a cult following in...

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