The flame ignites from the sparks. The group Sparks / Day will perform in Riga on Friday, May 6

The first wave of this year’s avalanche of big uncles of popular foreign music is in Latvia – a duo will perform on the Hanseatic platform on Friday, May 6 Sparks. I am not ashamed to say that it is the most insane musical association of all time, in whose long discography you will find roots or any direction of contemporary music, no matter what we consider to be today. It can’t even be called a musical association, because the two members didn’t need any special stellar status or conditions to meet – singer Russell and keyboardist Ron Mael are brothers. There are people who Sparks became a discovery last year after the French director Leo Caraks’ film Anete Watch: Russell and Ron wrote not only a soundtrack but also a screenplay for this rock opera before it became Sparksboth studied film at the University of California, but it was more than fifty years ago, during which they built their songs as small etudes with distinct drama.

A song about popularity

Like many music lovers on this side, my first acquaintance with Sparks took place in 1983 while listening to a radio broadcast Let’s get to know each otherin which Arvīds Mūrnieks played a song Popularity. This great new wave or sintpop hit at that time made me look for some news about Sparks how to Duran Duran, OMD and Alphaville similar group, and I was surprised to learn that it has been around since 1966. Of course, such a length of service almost secured the status of a pensioner already in the eighties, because the age of Tina Turner, named Mūrnieks at that time (46), seemed shocking to a rock performer – she could only sing in the opera for so long.

In time I realized that song Popularity is not an elegant parody of what is happening in the music during the scrambled hairstyle and banana pants, but the already boring adherence to the style, which the duo has been collaborating with the most famous disco hit since the end of the seventies. I Feel Love author George Moroder, before all the bands that peaked in the 1980s, and Depeche Mode leader Martin Gors Sparks called her favorite pop group. That song has never claimed a place Sparks in the list of excellence (unlike the 1974 This Town Ain’t Big Enough for Both of Us and Never Turn Your Back to Mother Earth), but the choice of the concert organizers in favor of its fragment in the concert advertisement clip is correct, because in Latvia Sparks it started with many.

Small rock operas

In their early stages of music research, musicians listened more to English progressive rock bands The Who, Pink Floyd and The Kinksinstead of Americans and called themselves Anglophiles. The oldest published song Computer Girl (1967) sounds strongly inspired by Sid Barrett. Russell’s wide-range voice is just one of Sparks the most characteristic features of the creative work of the following years – he is able to shake his voice like Mark Bolan, and pick up the tops so that all the feathers on the skin rise, sound like an animated film hero, not a frozen opera singer. Textual and musical artists also play – Sparks the arrangement of the songs is witty and amazing, they are interwoven with glemrock and external rock, classical music and punk rock, but in none of these cases can I imagine that they did as they are now – just wanted to bring the song to perfection and so would sound like a short rock opera, during which everything collapses and falls, so that in the next moment it will be even more stable again than before the collapse.

Like another rock veteran, Lou Reed recorded the album with Metallicaalso Sparks have allowed to experiment with a 21st century Scottish rock band Franz Ferdinandwhen recording an album FFS and traveling together on a tour, but Sparks however, it is recommended to look for the brightest vertices in other entries. Best in the seventies, but none of the albums of later years are disappointing. In 2008 Sparks twenty – one consecutive performances in London, each playing one of their full – length albums. At the sea gate In Ventspils, ten years ago, the brothers performed in pairs, performing songs from different times. This time it is emphasized that it is the 2020 album A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip tour and Sparks will perform as a full group. There is no doubt that Ron’s famous dance, which is always musty and spectacular, when he comes forward in one moment of the concert, leans forward and energetically stretches his hands to the right and left, will be.

On the Hanseatic platform 6.V at 10
Tickets Ticket service in the network EUR 39

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