Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 1996 (The 1997 Induction Ceremony)

Previously Considered? No  what's this?

Inducted into Rock Hall Projected in 2022 (ranked #165) .

Essential Albums (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3Amazon CD
Kimono My House (1974)
No. 1 in Heaven (1979)

Essential Songs (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3YouTube
Never Turn Your Back on Mother Earth (1974)
This Town Ain't Big Enough for Both of Us (1974)
Amateur Hour (1974)
Tryouts for the Human Race (1979)
Angst in My Pants (1982)

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Will Sparks be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."


10 comments so far (post your own)

Sparks are an act that simply cannot be duplicated.
Unique would be an understatement.

Always had a very good grasp of the English language and used it to full advantage in their lyrics.

Depeche Mode and New Order were some bands that Sparks greatly influenced. "Number 1 in Heaven" is credited with shaping the direction of electronic-pop music in the early 80's.

Still going as of today and as always never afraid to take chances.

Posted by SG on Sunday, 06.17.07 @ 00:24am

WOW. 20 albums strong and another one coming out this year. AH to be so disliked by the critics and the media but so loved by their fans.

Posted by Den on Sunday, 03.23.08 @ 12:00pm

Ron and Russell Mael decided to celebrate the release of Sparks' 21st album, "Exotic Creatures of the Deep," by performing 21 concerts, each devoted to an entire album from their long and eclectic career. Each show has been a gem, and a fresh reminder of just how talented, innovative and versatile these guys remain after all these years. Unquestionably the most underappreciated band in rock history, Sparks definitely should be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Posted by MJ on Wednesday, 06.11.08 @ 12:03pm

Absolutely legendary group, Sparks. Probably the absolute best glam had to offer (really, what's touching 'Kimono My House' from glam? Ziggy Stardust sure ain't), and yet they excel at pretty much everything they've done, aside from their watery '80s recording. Hell, their recent albums are absolutely excellent aswell.

Too good for the HoF, frankly; the size of their impact is enough to push them into the top-20 snubs at LEAST.

Posted by Liam on Wednesday, 09.3.08 @ 13:40pm

Holy Sh*t! For once I have to be in agreement with Liam. The world surely must be coming to an end.

Posted by Dameon on Wednesday, 09.3.08 @ 19:27pm

"Never Turn Your Back on Mother Earth" is brilliant

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Thursday, 07.29.10 @ 13:45pm

Influence: I'll let wiki do the talking.
Morrissey, Kurt Cobain, Franz Ferdinand, Arcade Fire, Chat Logs, Fang Island, Ott, MGMT, Sonic Youth, Ramones, Duran Duran, Bjork, Depeche Mode, New Order, Def Leppard, Faith No More, The Pixies, Ween,[8] Mark Burgess of the Chameleons[9] and They Might Be Giants all cite Sparks as an influence.

They're some pretty good artists to inspire.

Innovation: Their album Number One In Heaven is quite innovative in the world of electronic music.
Critical respect: They have been praised by the press, not on the level of some acts similar to them but still a good amount.
Sales: They had a few hits in the 70's but not many.


Posted by GFW on Monday, 06.20.11 @ 16:34pm

adding ranks to that above:

Influence: 30
Innovation: 15
Critical: 20
Sales: 0

65, they deserve induction but not urgently, maybe fourth ballot or something.

Posted by GFW on Saturday, 10.29.11 @ 14:13pm

BION I'm ipmrsesed! Cool post!

Posted by Tallin on Sunday, 11.27.11 @ 09:00am

I was first introduced to Sparks' music in 1979, while in high school. My deejay friend played several tracks from their beautiful classic "Number One in Heaven" and I was hooked from the very beginning.

The Mael brothers truly deserve a place in the Hall; name one other artist who successfully played every song from every studio release they ever made on stage, and win the crowd. I know of no other. Sparks have proven they are willing to take artistic risks nobody else will do, and thus they earned their place.

Posted by John Cady on Tuesday, 05.21.13 @ 16:53pm

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