Sparks - Hippopotamus


#1

:+1::ok_hand::smiley::kissing_heart:

Really good this. They still sound so full of energy and their hook writing chops are sharp as ever


#2

I saw Sparks at the Skye Music Festival about a decade ago and had always meant to investigate them. Bought Hello Young Lovers last night as I remembered Dick Around being the live highlight. It’s utterly batshit mental. I think I really like it.


#3

havent heard it but seeing FFS at Glastonbury was the absolute perfect closer


#4

will always have this in my mind though


#5

I liked the FFS album, I like this more. Take that for what it’s worth :smiley:


#6

been meaning to check this out, although I’ll confess to not being familiar with their recent work.


#7

I went to the in-store at Rough Trade last week and they were super :smile:


#8

Good aren’t they


#9

One of my favourite Glastonbury sets ever.


#10

Always amazed at how fresh their sound remains, enough nods to their back catalogue without sinking into nostalgia, particularly as Ron is now 72 and Russell 68.


#11

It’s probably a couple of songs too long but it’s still a cracking record, full of ideas and massive tunes. What a great band.

This is one of the songs of the year:


#12

Absolutely loving the new album - it just puts a smile on your face.


#13

It’s astonishing that their songs sound so energetic, their vocals are as good as they’ve ever been. Considering their vocal style and age that’s insane


#14

Makes you giddy


#15

Just giving a listen to that Essential Collection from a few years back. Hmmm… It seems I like the very early stuff and the very late stuff. An absolute ton of saggy new wave, synth-pop in the middle which isn’t my cup of tea. The utterly eccentric stuff at each end rules though.


#16

Yeah the middle of their career was quite dull. The new one is full blown eccentricity if you’re curious.


#17

Good stuff. I’ll give it a look.


#18

This is proper wrong, loads of their disco stuff is great. No. 1 in Heaven is a 10/10 album


#19

No.1 In Heaven is great.

I’m on about the mid to late 80s specifically.


#20

You can write off 1983 - 1994. They’ve been pretty much great the rest of the time.