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Monday, July 12, 2010

Sparks - Tryouts For The Human Race


"My oh my we wanna be someone"

Sperm. This song is about sperm. Or, more specifically, it's a song written from the sperm's perspective. I don't often post flashback tracks, but I was listening to this track (and the BRILLIANT album it comes from) this weekend and realized that it needed to be highlighted. If you're not a Sparks fan and have even a passing interest in the music I post on this blog, check them out immediately. They're one of the best bands of the 70's (and the 80's, 90's and 00's - they've been active for well over three decades). This massive 6-minute epic (from their disco period) tells the dramatic tale of sperm's quest to "be someone." It kicks off with a few lonely synths and slowly builds into a huge sound that's completely explosive by the end, including a catchy Village People-esque, rockier chorus. Sparks are known for writing pop songs about strange topics, but this is one of their most successful. It takes a unique point of view and creates quite a compelling narrative, then backs it with a sound bursting with electro drama -- especially the last 30 seconds. Wow. Who'd have thought?

Sparks - Tryouts For The Human Race by alienhits

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Blogger Paul said...

My friend Mark is a huge fan of the sparks and has pointed me in their direction many a time. i've never heard this song before though! All sorts of wacky brilliance.

PS - i'm halfway thru Weeds Year 5. it's gone bonkers!!

1:04 AM  
Blogger Nick said...

Wow, if you haven't delved into their catalog yet you've got a massive and very fruitful journey ahead of you. Their mid-70's stuff, especially, is heaven.

Can't wait until you get to the end of season 5. It goes out with quite a bang!! Only a couple more weeks until the new season. I'm hearing it's going to be a very different show...

11:09 PM  

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