🎵 How Good Are They Really 🎵 Sparks

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Jamiroquai go over the 2 mark somehow:

Leaderboard
Artist Rating
Aretha Franklin 4.64
Nina Simone 4.57
A Tribe Called Quest 4.56
Kraftwerk 4.50
Neil Young 4.48
Talk Talk 4.46
Miles Davis 4.42
Alice Coltrane 4.42
Talking Heads 4.39
R.E.M. 4.38
John Coltrane 4.37
Beastie Boys 4.36
Scott Walker 4.36
Otis Redding 4.34
The Velvet Underground 4.33
The Temptations 4.32
David Bowie 4.31
The Beatles 4.31
Leonard Cohen 4.30
Pixies 4.30
Sparklehorse 4.29
Boards Of Canada 4.28
The Cure 4.28
Björk 4.27
Mogwai 4.24
J Dilla 4.23
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 4.22
Fugazi 4.21
Marvin Gaye 4.21
Tom Waits 4.20
Johnny Cash 4.19
Aphex Twin 4.18
PJ Harvey 4.17
Stevie Wonder 4.17
Four Tet 4.17
Nirvana 4.15
Joy Division 4.15
Radiohead 4.13
The Supremes 4.13
Bill Callahan 4.13
Minutemen 4.12
The Four Tops 4.12
Pavement 4.12
Cocteau Twins 4.11
Prince 4.11
Wu-Tang Clan 4.11
Orbital 4.11
Dinosaur Jr. 4.11
Jason Molina 4.10
De La Soul 4.10
Nick Drake 4.10
The Stooges 4.10
Elliott Smith 4.09
Yo La Tengo 4.09
Pulp 4.08
Sleater-Kinney 4.08
Sonic Youth 4.08
Public Enemy 4.08
Slowdive 4.07
Kate Bush 4.07
OutKast 4.07
Burial 4.07
Autechre 4.06
Godspeed You! Black Emperor 4.03
Black Sabbath 4.03
Portishead 4.03
Super Furry Animals 4.03
Fuck Buttons 4.03
Joanna Newsom 4.02
Mclusky 4.02
Simon & Garfunkel 4.02
Sufjan Stevens 4.01
MF DOOM 4.01
My Bloody Valentine 4.01
The Knife 4.01
Run The Jewels 4.00
Sharon Van Etten 4.00
The Roots 4.00
New Order 3.99
Frightened Rabbit 3.97
Bob Dylan 3.97
Kendrick Lamar 3.97
Wilco 3.97
Robyn 3.96
Low 3.96
Grandaddy 3.96
Built To Spill 3.94
Sigur Rós 3.93
The Beach Boys 3.93
Jimi Hendrix 3.93
Depeche Mode 3.93
LCD Soundsystem 3.92
Broadcast 3.92
Dusty Springfield 3.92
Arab Strap 3.91
Joni Mitchell 3.89
Janelle Monáe 3.89
Massive Attack 3.89
The Twilight Sad 3.88
Frank Ocean 3.86
Spiritualized 3.85
Bruce Springsteen 3.84
Future Of The Left 3.84
Deftones 3.84
Siouxsie & The Banshees 3.83
Lou Reed 3.83
Guided By Voices 3.82
Underworld 3.82
At The Drive-In 3.82
The Kinks 3.82
The Jesus And Mary Chain 3.82
Deerhunter 3.81
Creedence Clearwater Revival 3.81
Fucked Up 3.80
Patti Smith 3.79
Run-D.M.C. 3.78
Young Fathers 3.78
The Clash 3.77
Dolly Parton 3.77
Pet Shop Boys 3.76
Modest Mouse 3.76
Trail Of Dead 3.76
Spoon 3.76
Hüsker Dü 3.74
Blondie 3.73
Bright Eyes 3.71
Rage Against The Machine 3.71
Nine Inch Nails 3.70
The Walkmen 3.70
The Avalanches 3.69
The Wedding Present 3.69
The National 3.68
Paul Simon 3.68
M.I.A. 3.68
The Ramones 3.67
Spacemen 3 3.67
ABBA 3.66
Fiona Apple 3.66
Neutral Milk Hotel 3.66
Soundgarden 3.66
Kanye West 3.65
Solange 3.65
Cat Power 3.65
Arcade Fire 3.64
Mercury Rev 3.63
Tricky 3.62
Blur 3.61
The Magnetic Fields 3.61
N.W.A. 3.61
Beck 3.59
Elvis Costello 3.59
Hope Of The States 3.58
The Smiths 3.57
Sea Power 3.56
65daysofstatic 3.56
WHY? 3.56
Sunn O))) 3.55
Beyoncé 3.54
Yeah Yeah Yeahs 3.54
Mew 3.54
Flying Lotus 3.54
Charli XCX 3.53
Eels 3.52
Half Man Half Biscuit 3.52
Carly Rae Jepsen 3.51
Roxy Music 3.51
Mastodon 3.51
Daft Punk 3.50
The Hold Steady 3.50
The Chemical Brothers 3.49
Jimmy Eat World 3.49
Explosions In The Sky 3.49
Bob Marley & The Wailers 3.48
Jeff Buckley 3.47
Teenage Fanclub 3.47
Wild Beasts 3.47
The Flaming Lips 3.46
The Cribs 3.46
Hot Chip 3.44
Bon Iver 3.43
Idlewild 3.42
The Fall 3.42
George Michael 3.41
Black Flag 3.41
Madonna 3.40
Manic Street Preachers 3.39
Fleetwood Mac 3.39
Queens Of The Stone Age 3.39
Big Thief 3.39
The Postal Service 3.38
The Notorious B.I.G. 3.37
TV On The Radio 3.37
The Cooper Temple Clause 3.37
The Go! Team 3.36
Toots & The Maytals 3.35
The White Stripes 3.34
George Harrison 3.34
Paul McCartney 3.33
Supergrass 3.32
Dr. Dre 3.32
Leftfield 3.32
Sepultura 3.32
Hole 3.31
Squarepusher 3.31
Iggy Pop 3.31
The Decemberists 3.31
The Smashing Pumpkins 3.30
Suede 3.30
Steely Dan 3.29
Misfits 3.29
Elton John 3.28
The Pogues 3.28
Kylie Minogue 3.27
The Specials 3.26
Vampire Weekend 3.26
Doves 3.26
Richard Hawley 3.25
Death Cab For Cutie 3.24
Laura Marling 3.24
James Brown 3.23
Sugababes 3.22
Thin Lizzy 3.22
Hall & Oates 3.21
The Futureheads 3.21
Rihanna 3.19
The Prodigy 3.18
Led Zeppelin 3.16
Ash 3.16
The Streets 3.16
Pink Floyd 3.15
Pearl Jam 3.15
Motörhead 3.15
Taylor Swift 3.14
Jay-Z 3.14
Arctic Monkeys 3.14
Goldfrapp 3.14
Gorillaz 3.13
Snoop Dogg 3.13
Interpol 3.12
TLC 3.12
Lana Del Rey 3.11
Maxïmo Park 3.11
Los Campesinos! 3.10
Nas 3.10
The Rolling Stones 3.09
St. Vincent 3.09
Animal Collective 3.07
T. Rex 3.07
Iron Maiden 3.06
Placebo 3.06
The Charlatans 3.06
Destiny’s Child 3.05
HAIM 3.05
Primal Scream 3.04
The Divine Comedy 3.04
Everything Everything 3.04
The Strokes 3.03
Elvis Presley 3.02
System Of A Down 3.02
Wolf Alice 3.01
AC/DC 3.00
Frank Zappa 3.00
Duran Duran 3.00
The Bee Gees 2.99
Art Brut 2.99
Weezer 2.97
Grimes 2.96
Garbage 2.96
Amy Winehouse 2.95
Girls Aloud 2.93
Frank Sinatra 2.92
2Pac 2.91
Elbow 2.91
The Stone Roses 2.90
The Doors 2.89
Franz Ferdinand 2.89
The Mars Volta 2.89
Ariana Grande 2.88
Tool 2.88
The Coral 2.88
Paramore 2.88
Lizzo 2.86
Happy Mondays 2.86
Feeder 2.86
Belle And Sebastian 2.85
Britney Spears 2.85
The Horrors 2.84
Metallica 2.81
Green Day 2.81
Madness 2.80
Slipknot 2.80
James 2.78
Foals 2.76
The Jam 2.75
Basement Jaxx 2.75
Alanis Morissette 2.75
Miley Cyrus 2.73
John Lennon 2.73
Oasis 2.71
Whitney Houston 2.69
Nelly Furtado 2.68
The Verve 2.67
Fatboy Slim 2.67
Slayer 2.65
The Sex Pistols 2.63
Faithless 2.63
The Levellers 2.63
Lady Gaga 2.61
Queen 2.60
The Police 2.59
Billy Joel 2.57
Foo Fighters 2.57
U2 2.55
My Chemical Romance 2.54
Justin Timberlake 2.52
The Maccabees 2.52
Editors 2.51
Little Mix 2.49
Biffy Clyro 2.48
Dire Straits 2.43
The Beautiful South 2.43
Meat Loaf 2.43
Bloc Party 2.41
Linkin Park 2.41
Cher 2.40
N.E.R.D 2.40
Michael Jackson 2.39
Eminem 2.38
Mariah Carey 2.32
Jamie T 2.32
Coldplay 2.31
IDLES 2.29
The 1975 2.28
Rancid 2.26
Guns N’ Roses 2.26
Ocean Colour Scene 2.26
Travis 2.25
The Killers 2.22
The Who 2.22
Blink-182 2.21
Phil Collins 2.21
Muse 2.20
Robbie Williams 2.20
Katy Perry 2.18
Jamiroquai 2.17
Panic! At The Disco 2.16
Counting Crows 2.13
Bon Jovi 2.11
No Doubt 2.10
Christina Aguilera 2.09
Paul Weller 2.09
The Offspring 2.08
Usher 2.08
Moby 2.06
Ringo Starr 2.06
Adele 2.05
Aerosmith 2.03
Korn 2.03
Drake 2.02
Kings Of Leon 2.01
Bryan Adams 2.00
The Libertines 1.99
Celine Dion 1.99
Fall Out Boy 1.96
Red Hot Chili Peppers 1.90
The Eagles 1.86
McFly 1.85
Limp Bizkit 1.82
The Spice Girls 1.81
Bruno Mars 1.79
Take That 1.76
Stereophonics 1.74
Busted 1.74
Razorlight 1.74
KISS 1.73
Morrissey 1.69
Kasabian 1.57
Ed Sheeran 1.29

And today;

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  • 5

0 voters

  • Halfnelson
  • A Woofer In Tweeter’s Clothing
  • Kimono My House
  • Propaganda
  • Indiscreet
  • Big Beat
  • Introducing Sparks
  • No. 1 In Heaven
  • Terminal Jive
  • Whomp That Sucker
  • Angst In My Pants
  • In Outer Space
  • Pulling Rabbits Out Of A Hat
  • Music That You Can Dance To
  • Interior Design
  • Gratuitous Sax & Senseless Violins
  • Plagiarism
  • Balls
  • Lil’ Beethoven
  • Hello Young Lovers
  • Exotic Creatures Of The Deep
  • The Seduction Of Ingmar Bergman
  • Hippopotamus
  • A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip
  • Annette

0 voters

  • Wonder Girl
  • This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both Of Us
  • Girl From Germany
  • Amateur Hour
  • Never Turn Your Back On Mother Earth
  • Something For The Girl With Everything
  • Get In The Swing
  • Looks, Looks, Looks
  • I Want To Hold Your Hand
  • Big Boy
  • I Like Girls
  • A Big Surprise
  • La Dolce Vita
  • The Number One Song In Heaven
  • Beat The Clock
  • Tryouts For The Human Race
  • When I’m With You
  • Tips For Teens
  • Funny Face
  • I Predict
  • Modesty Plays
  • Get Crazy
  • Cool Places
  • With All My Might
  • Pretending To Be Drunk
  • Armies Of The Night
  • Change
  • Music That You Can Dance To
  • Rosebud
  • So Important
  • Just Got Back From Heaven
  • Singing In The Shower
  • National Crime Awareness Week
  • When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’
  • When I Kiss You (I Hear Charlie Parker Playing)
  • Now That I Own The BBC
  • The Calm Before The Storm
  • Suburban Homeboy
  • Perfume
  • Dick Around
  • Good Morning
  • Lighten Up, Morrissey
  • Christmas Without A Prayer
  • Hippopotamus
  • What The Hell Is It This Time?
  • Edith Piaf (Said It Better Than Me)
  • I Wish You Were Fun
  • Please Don’t Fuck Up My World
  • Self-Effacing
  • I’m Toast
  • One For The Ages
  • Lawnmower

0 voters

12 Likes

“Lighten Up, Morrissey” XD

Only just got into Sparks in the last year or so. Think this is pretty much a perfect song :heart:

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The odd good song but too knowingly wacky for the most part

Never liked them. Then watched the documentary and realised that I was wrong and they’re absolutely brilliant
5

10 Likes

They’re brilliant obv. Amazing that they’ve been doing it for over 50 years, hell of a back catalogue

Still great fun live

Hated Annette but I’ll try not to hold that against them

My mate James is massively into them, so I’ve asked him to give me his thoughts. Prepare yourselves!

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oh fuck forgot about that. another point off as I will hold it against them

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That video where they played their song in the train station and the woman got excited was fun

4 Likes

add to the list of bands who anytime i hear a track of theirs i love it without properly delving deep into their back catalogue.
maybe now’s the time.

3 Likes

Easy 5 but seeing how so many here pretend to dislike Queen I’m expecting some zingy indie takes.

I hate Queen and I love Sparks so what are you gonna do about that then eh?

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Can’t compute!

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Hah, yeah I’ve never really been into Sparks, but that doco was so good I’ve started tentatively wading into their back catalogue. Have bought their big 40 track best of as a sort primer.

Really enjoying their album with Giorgio Moroder, particularly.

A while back Sparks did a competition for bands to support them. I think The Futureheads and The Rumble Strips ended up winning. My band ended up losing. It’s this kind of knock back that’s made me who I am today. I owe ‘em 5 just for that!

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Anyone giving them less than 5 is my mortal enemy. What other band can make 25 albums and the 25th is still an essential purchase?

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Been dipping in and out for…28 years now. Ever since I picked up When Do I Get To Sing My Way on CD single in a bargain bin. They seemed like an impossibly old heritage act back then, whereas in reality that was the mid-point of their career to date :rofl: Tune tbf…

Shortly after that, I remember watching 70s disaster movie ‘classic’ Rollercoaster on late night Channel 4, and who should turn up for a musical interlude playing themselves?

Had tickets to see FFS a few years back but our babysitter bailed on us last minute so the TV went with her mate instead (who HATED it), so still never seen them live in any incarnation. Despite having never seen them or delved deeply into their back catalogue or them ever being one of my top tier bands, don’t think I’ve ever heard a song by them that wouldn’t bring a smile to my face. And tbh tbf, THAT career history is fucking incredible. Therefore a FIVE :+1:

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