SPARKS are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1971 by brothers Ron (keyboards) and Russell Mael (vocals). Known for their quirky approach to songwriting, SPARKS' music is often accompanied by intelligent, sophisticated, and acerbic lyrics, and an idiosyncratic, theatrical stage presence, typified in the contrast between Russell's animated, hyperactive frontman antics and Ron's deadpan scowling. They are also noted for Russell Mael's falsetto voice and Ron Mael's keyboard style.
While achieving chart success in various countries around the world including the United Kingdom, Germany, France, and the United States, SPARKS have enjoyed a cult following since their first releases. During the late 1970s, when in collaboration with Giorgio Moroder (and Telex subsequently), SPARKS reinvented themselves as a new wave/synthpop duo and abandoned the traditional rock band line up. Their frequently changing styles and visual presentations have kept the band at the forefront of modern, artful pop music.
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