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.