Sparks – 21 albums, 21 gigs

30 11 2007

Sparks have announced quite a feat – to perform all their albums including their forthcoming record in a series of gigs. This is a bit of a step on from bands performing one album in entirety, in order, which has been popular over the last few years with the likes of Brian Wilson, Love, Sonic Youth, Belle & Sebastian and many more. The only band that I’m aware of having tried this in the past is Suede but they only had 5 studio albums to contend with – 21 is slightly more ambitious (and quite brave – surely, some of these dates are going to be much well less-attended than others). Either way, it’s a pretty damn cool idea. And I’d love to see the Kimono My House gig. See above for visual evidece as to why Sparks are one of the most under-rated bands of all time. See below for information about the shows and Sparks’ statement explaining the gigs. I particularly like the fact that they’ve counted the amount of notes involved. I admire bands with attention to detail!

“How do we best unveil our new album, Sparks as yet untitled 21st? How about playing in concert every single song off of every album that preceded it, all 20 albums on 20 consecutive nights, culminating in the premiere of our latest? That’s approximately 250 songs, or for you musicians, 4 million, 825 thousand, 273 notes. “

SPARKS SPECTACULAR – 21 ALBUMS IN 21 NIGHTS Tickets on sale from November 29th

At Carling Academy Islington, N1 Centre, Islington, LONDON, N1 0PS
http://www.islington-academy.co.uk doors open at 19.00

MAY
16th Halfnelson/Sparks (1971/2)
17th A Woofer In Tweeter’s Clothing (1972)
18th Kimono My House (1974)
20th Propaganda (1974)
21st Indiscreet (1975)
23rd Big Beat (1976)
24th Introducing Sparks (1977)
25th No.1 In Heaven (1979)
27th Terminal Jive (1979)
28th Whomp That Sucker (1981)
30th Angst In My Pants (1982)
31st In Outer Space (1983)

JUNE
1st Pulling Rabbits Out Of A Hat (1984)
3rd Music That You Can Dance To (1986)
4th Interior Design (1988)
6th Gratuitous Sax & Senseless Violins (1995)
7th Plagiarism (1997)
8th Balls (2000)
10th Lil’ Beethoven (2003)
11th Hello Young Lovers (2006)

JUNE 13th WORLD PREMIERE OF SPARKS’ 21ST ALBUM (2008)

At Shepherds Bush Empire, Shepherds Bush Green, Shepherds Bush, LONDON, W12 8TT

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30 11 2007
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