Sparks – A Woofer in Tweeter’s Clothing

ARTIST: Sparks                                               220px-a_woofer_in_tweeters_clothing_-_sparks

TITLE:  A Woofer in Tweeter’s Clothing

YEAR RELEASED: 1973

CHART ACTION: None

SINGLES: Girl from Germany

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: A cover of Do Re Mi

LINEUP: Russ Mael, Ron Mael, Earle Mankey, Jim Mankey, Harley Feinstein

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Second album from the ahead-of-their-time weirdo rock band didn’t get them a foothold in the US, but allowed them to tour the UK.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Even though their first album stiffed in the marketplace (even with after the re-release with the new band name), the band led by the Mael brothers got a second album to display their odd pop/rock/progressive sensibilities.

They went back to music hall, vaudeville, and Broadway at times with their arrangements and melodies but then at times change from that to ‘standard’ rock on the turn of a dime. Russ Mael’s voice, high and operatic at times, tends to dominate the proceedings when singing, and some had trouble with it. There’s a lot of orchestration, which in juxtaposition to the weirdness is even more unsettling.

So who would like this record? Weirdos, probably. Seriously, there’s some interesting stuff here but it’s not for everyone.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: They went to the UK, and became well known for standing up to hecklers on stage and TV.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No

GRADE: B-: Nothing here is really outstanding, but there’s interesting items and I’m not exiling any of it.

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