Hackskeptic’s 500 Greatest Songs: Sparks – The Number One Song In Heaven


294 – Sparks – The Number One Song In Heaven (1979)
Written by Russell Mael, Ron Mael and Giorgio Moroder
Produced by Giorgio Moroder
Label – Virgin

The most unlikely marriage on earth occurred in 1978 when Ron and Russell Mael expressed admiration of Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love” to a German journalist. Turns out the journalist was a friend of Moroder’s, which eventually led to the Italian producer agreeing to produce the 1979 album “No.1 In Heaven”. Very much in the same vein as Summer’s music, Russ and Ron threw away the guitars and concentrated on synth and keyboard accompaniment to Keith Forsey’s rhythms. The result is stunning, as Russ’ natural falsetto. Ron’s odd synth additions and chugging train like beats make resistance to some form of limb twitching completely futile.

2 responses to “Hackskeptic’s 500 Greatest Songs: Sparks – The Number One Song In Heaven

  1. Having seen Sparks perform this live, you appreciate the primordial analogue synth splendour of this song even more. I would go as far as to say that this track on its own justifies the existence of the 12″ single better than anything else in the history of vinyl. The production is fantastic. Vital and vibrant. The opposite in feel to everything in vogue in 79: Numan: Ultravox: Foxx. Boomerang pop. Throwaway but unforgettable. Marvellous.

    • I agree Kenny. Whilst other acts were treating synths far too seriously, Sparks turned it into an instrument of joyous noise

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