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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Sparks: A Short Sartorial Review

Posted by Elizabeth Mollo on Thu, Apr 18, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Sparks is playing The Aladdin Theater on Sunday and I am beyond excited. I have been a huge fan for a while, (so much so in fact that I manged to get an interview with them, which you can read here.) Sparks' career has spanned over four decades, and with that comes many changes in style, both in music and wardrobe. My favorite sartorial period of Sparks is the 1970s, and Russell Mael combined the styles of glam and disco while his brother Ron's style was a throwback to the 1940s. A very interesting juxtaposition that worked well visually with their performance styles. Here are some of my favorite looks, including a couple of videos.

The Cover of the Album Indiscreet: 1975
  • The Cover of the Album Indiscreet: 1975

The Back Cover of the Album Kimono My House: 1974
  • The Back Cover of the Album Kimono My House: 1974

Sparks in 1974
  • Sparks in 1974

I totally dig the white leisure suit that Russell Mael is wearing. You can get a better view of it in their video for This Town Ain't Big Enough For Both Of Us:

One more outfit I really like is Russell's in the video for Beat the Clock:

This look, as well as the song, is totally 80's, but in fact this video was made in 1979. I am pretty sure I have seen dudes rock this look in Portland, especially the colored denim. So I guess Sparks were ahead of their time not only in the music they produced but the clothing they chose as well. And then of course there's this:

The Cover of the Album Angst in My Pants: 1982
  • The Cover of the Album Angst in My Pants: 1982

Always the jokesters.

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