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No. 1 in Heaven

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No. 1 in Heaven album cover
Tryouts for the Human Race
Academy Award Performance
La Dolce Vita
Beat the Clock
My Other Voice
The Number One Song in Heaven
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Total Tracks: 6   Total Length: 33:48

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Andy Beta


Andy Beta has written about music and comedy for the Wall Street Journal, the disco revival for the Village Voice, animatronic bands for SPIN, Thai pop for the

Sparks, No.1 In Heaven
1979 | Label: Lil' Beethoven / The Orchard

Hot pop stars wooing mercenary hit producers goes back to the dawn of the studio itself. LA's Sparks, from their debut on through Indiscreet, settled for nothing less than top-tier producers — Todd Rundgren, Tony Visconti. That they were only pop stars in Europe rather than in their homeland (while a crime) is beside the point.

Like any good gambler at the dog tracks, the brothers Mael (Ron and Russell, the only two constants in Sparks… read more »

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It may not have been the most natural match in music history, but the marriage of Sparks’ focus on oddball pop songs to the driving disco-trance of Giorgio Moroder produced the duo’s best album in years. From the chart hits “Number One Song in Heaven” and “Beat the Clock” to solid album tracks like “La Dolce Vita,” No. 1 in Heaven surprises by succeeding on an artistic and commercial level despite the fact that neither the Mael brothers nor Moroder tempered their respective idiosyncrasies for the project. Moroder’s production is just as dizzying, chunky, and completely rhythm-driven as on his best work with Donna Summer, and the Mael brothers prove on “Tryouts for the Human Race” and “Academy Award Performance” that their bizarre songwriting wasn’t compromised. – John Bush

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