The Sparks Brothers has the herculean task of telling the story of Sparks, a pop-rock duo with 50 years of history in the music industry. Director Edgar Wright does a fantastic job shining a light on the sensation referred to as “your favorite band’s favorite band,” and now Waxwork Records has put together a Sparks Brothers vinyl soundtrack, featuring some of the band’s best tunes from the documentary soundtrack and beyond. Check it out below. Read More »
“The tricky thing with Sparks is that – and this is a good thing about the band – there’s no one album that tells you the whole story.”
That’s Edgar Wright, the director of the new documentary The Sparks Brothers, explaining why any list of Sparks music on the Internet is only going to scratch the surface of this enigmatic, massively influential band that mainstream music lovers have probably never heard of. But in support of his new film, which details the unlikely 50-year-and-counting journey of Sparks (comprised of brothers Ron and Russell Mael), we had an extended conversation with Wright about his 10 favorite Sparks albums and why they – ahem – struck a chord with him.
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This week brings Edgar Wright‘s first feature documentary to theaters. The Sparks Brothers is a comprehensive, amusing, and wonderful documentary about the influential pop rock duo known as Sparks. If that name isn’t familiar to you, don’t worry. This film will tell you everything you need to know about Sparks, along with things people think they know about Sparks. And when all is said and done, you might just be a new fan.
When The Sparks Brothers debuted at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, we sat down to talk with Edgar Wright and Sparks (aka Ron and Russell Mael) about having a 50-year music career boiled down to a 140-minute documentary, and playing with the traditional style of music documentaries. Plus, we talk about some of the fun “facts” that have been spread around about the duo over the decades and whether there might be another collaboration between them in the future. Read More »
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In this edition, listen as Edgar Wright sits down to list some of his favorite Sparks songs before the arrival of his first feature film documentary, The Sparks Brothers. Plus, see what the visual effects artists at Corridor Crew have to say about some vintage effects done on Ghostbusters II and the actor replacement done on Army of the Dead. And finally check out some Easter eggs you can seek out at Disneyland’s recently opened Avengers Campus. Read More »
This week brings Edgar Wright‘s first-ever feature documentary to theaters. The Sparks Brothers is a chronicle of the ever-changing musical act known as Sparks. Lovingly referred to as your favorite band’s favorite band, the film takes a look at the surprisingly long legacy of the band that you may have never heard of until now. They’ve inspired at least one of your favorite bands, and you probably didn’t know it.
And now they want to inspire you to keep your mouth shut in movie theaters in this PSA put together by the Alamo Drafthouse. Read More »
The pop duo known as Sparks may have a career that spans over 50 years and 25 albums, but director Edgar Wright will probably be introducing them to a whole new wave of fans with The Sparks Brothers. The filmmaker behind Shaun of the Dead has delivered his first feature film documentary, in which he attempts to profile a band that he describes as “successful, underrated, hugely influential, and overlooked all at the same time.” Even if you know songs by Sparks, it’s very likely that you don’t know their whole story. Get a taste in the trailer below. Read More »
Edgar Wright‘s first documentary has found a home.
The filmmaker, whose previous feature directing credits include the Cornetto trilogy, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, and Baby Driver, debuted his first documentary, The Sparks Brothers, at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. And now Focus Features, the indie label which has worked with Wright on multiple projects already, has acquired the rights to the movie, which shines a spotlight on the eccentric and creative band known as Sparks.
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Edgar Wright‘s return to narrative features, Last Night in Soho, is set to arrive later this year. But that’s not the only thing the Baby Driver filmmaker has up his sleeve. He also has The Sparks Brothers, a documentary about the pop-rock band Sparks. Wright’s doc has a cavalcade of famous faces turning up to sing the band’s praises, and in a snappy, fast-paced clip you can watch below, Wright’s interview subjects can’t stop talking about how unique Sparks were when they burst onto the scene in the late 1970s.
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Despite having a career that spans over 50 years and 25 albums, there’s a decent chance you’ve never heard of Sparks. However, the pop rock duo comprised of Ron and Russell Mael and an ever-changing band behind them have undoubtedly influenced many of the synth-pop, new wave, post-punk, and alternative musicians you’ve loved over the years. Duran Duran, Depeche Mode, Nirvana, Beck, Franz Ferdinand, and even “Weird Al” Yankovic have all been touched by Sparks, and in the enlightening, wonderfully playful documentary The Sparks Brothers, director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Baby Driver) wants to make sure you are too. Read More »