Veteran pop stars Sparks are to perform their pioneering album Kimono My House in concert later this year (14) to celebrate its 40th anniversary. The This Town Ain't Big Enough for Both of Us hitmakers have enlisted the U.K.'s 35-piece Heritage Orchestra to deliver new arrangements of tracks on the 1974 record for the show in London.
They will also perform other songs from their 43-year career.
In a statement, Sparks brothers Ron and Russell Mael say, "Come celebrate with us the 40th anniversary of our album Kimono My House! To make the evening excruciatingly special, we will perform it in its entirety with the 35-piece Heritage Orchestra. And since we'll be in full-on celebratory mode and in no rush to go home, we'll also perform a selection of songs from our other 22 albums with blaring symphonic accompaniment. You waited 40 years; the wait is over!"
The concert is due to take place at London's Barbican on 19 December (14).
Scottish rockers Franz Ferdinand have teamed up with oddball electro-pop pioneers Sparks for a new album project. The Take Me Out hitmakers have been working with Ron and Russell Mael since meeting up in California last year (13).
Sparks keyboard player Ron Mael tells NME.com that the collaboration isn't as odd as it may seem, explaining, "You can really hear a mashing together of both bands. If there was a train crash between Franz Ferdinand and Sparks, this is what the wreckage would sound like.
"Alex (Kapranos) and Russell's voices are very distinctive, so you notice the trade-off between them straight away. Both bands' styles are coming together pretty seamlessly."
Mael admits the get together has been in the planning stages for years after Kapranos expressed an interest in working with the brothers in a 2007 radio interview about Sparks.
He says, "We liked what each other does, and it became the usual thing bands say to each other of, 'We should do something together'. We kept in touch over the years, and last April we both happened to be playing in San Francisco. We struck up the same conversation, but this time we actually started working on it. It seems to be turning into something strong."
From record-breaking X-Factor finalists to obscure indie-rockers, here's a look at five song titles which aren't exactly short on confidence.
One Direction – "Best Song Ever"
The inescapable One Direction appeared to be setting themselves up for one mighty fall when they announced the name of their current single. However, the horrendously tattooed boyband were in fact referring to a song that they danced to with a girl but promptly forgot and not their own "Baba O'Riley"-borrowing track.
The Tamperer featuring Maya - "If You Buy This Record, Your Life Will Be Better"
After scoring a UK number one hit with "Feel It," Italian dance outfit The Tamperer resorted to the kind of wild claims you'd expect from a spiritual charlatan in an effort to repeat its success with the follow-up. The number of people whose life benefitted from buying an unashamedly camp Madonna-sampling slice of disco-pop is still unknown.
Sparks – "The Number One Song In Heaven"
Never exactly the most shy and retiring act at the best of times, oddball duo Ron and Russell Mael took their self-belief to new heights in 1979 by claiming that this Giorgio Moroder-produced single was at the top of the hit parade in the promised land. The best it managed in this world was No.5 in Ireland.
Beth J - "The Greatest Song Ever Written"
Uploaded onto YouTube by Beth J, "The Greatest Song Ever Written" is a tongue-in-cheek celebration of the same four chords which can be found in a multitude of pop hits ranging from the sublime (TLC's "No Scrubs") to the ridiculous (Rebecca Black's "Friday").
Does It Offend You, Yeah? – "Epic Last Song"
Acknowledging the unwritten golden rule that an album's final track must be the most epic, British dance-punk outfit Does It Offend You, Yeah? ramped up their anthemic tendencies to live up to the title of the closer from 2008 debut You Have No Idea What You're Getting Yourself Into.
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