Sparks Prove They'll Probably Never Go Out Of Style : World Cafe : World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN The band's been flipping pop conventions for the past five decades; that innovation continues on its latest, A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip.

Sparks Refuses To Go Out Of Style

Sparks On World Cafe

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  • Sparks - "All That"
  • BTS - "Burning Up (Fire)"
  • Miles Davis - "Summertime"
  • Sparks - "The Rhythm Thief"
  • Sparks - "How Do I Get To Carnegie Hall?"
  • Sparks - "This Town Ain't Big Enough For Both Of Us"
  • Sparks - "One For The Ages"

As Sparks, brothers Ron and Russel Mael have consistently released ever-evolving avant music, jumping from rock and roll to synth-pop to art rock over the years. They've made genre-defying records, like 2002's Lil' Beethoven, and even musicals, like 2010's The Seduction of Ingmar Bergman. And while you may recognize the duo from "This Town Ain't Big Enough for Both of Us," there's a wealth of great Sparks material to discover – just take the band's 2015 collaboration with Franz Ferdinand, called FFS, which is how I really got into the group's work.

Though Sparks' sound is subject to change, the band has been consistently flipping pop conventions for decades. The duo's latest album is called A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip, and I could not be happier to speak to these musical legends. In this session, we chat with Ron and Russell, and you'll hear songs from A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip; hear it all in the player above.

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