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Past Tense is a brand new career-spanning collection by the provocateurs of pop - Sparks. Masters of reinvention, with an unappeasable ambition and a ravenous hunger for the now, Sparks – brothers Ron and Russell Mael – have been creating eye-poppingly brilliant pop music for more than 50 years. PAST TENSE: THE BEST OF SPARKS is an immaculate lesson in how to stay consistently interesting for fifty years. With sleeve-notes by Simon Price*, each track is hand-picked by Ron and Russell to best epitomise the era of Sparks from which they are drawn - forerunners of art rock, inventors of the synth duo, masters of new wave pop, Europop experimentalists and self-revisionists, in the 21st century they pioneered the electronic opera before delivering 2017’s pop masterpiece Hippopotamus.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

1 Computer Girl
2 Wonder Girl
3 (No More) Mr. Nice Guys
4 Girl from Germany
5 Beaver O''Lindy
6 This Town Ain''t Big Enough For Both Of Us
7 Amateur Hour
8 Here in Heaven
9 Never Turn Your Back On Mother Earth
10 Something for the Girl with Everything
11 Achoo
12 Get in the Swing
13 In the Future
14 Looks, Looks, Looks
15 I Want to Hold Your Hand
16 Big Boy
17 I Bought the Mississippi River
18 Occupation
19 Those Mysteries
20 Tryouts for the Human Race
21 Beat the Clock

Disc: 2

1 The Number One Song in Heaven
2 When I''m With You
3 Tips for Teens
4 Funny Face
5 Angst in My Pants
6 I Predict
7 Sherlock Holmes
8 Cool Places (with Jane Wiedlin)
9 Popularity
10 I Wish I Looked a Little Better
11 With All My Might
12 Change
13 Music That You Can Dance To
14 So Important
15 Singing in the Shower (with Sparks) - By Les Rita Mitsouko
16 National Crime Awareness Week (Psycho Cut)
17 When Do I Get to Sing "My Way"
18 (When I Kiss You) I Hear Charlie Parker Playing [Radio Edit]
19 Let''s Go Surfing

Disc: 3

1 Pulling Rabbits Out of a Hat
2 The Calm Before the Storm
3 It''s a Knockoff
4 The Rhythm Thief
5 My Baby''s Taking Me Home
6 Suburban Homeboy
7 Dick Around
8 Perfume
9 Islington N1
10 Good Morning
11 Lighten Up, Morrissey
12 Two Hands, One Mouth
13 Piss Off (Demo)
14 Johnny Delusional - By FFS
15 Missionary Position
16 Edith Piaf (Said It Better Than Me)
17 I Wish You Were Fun
18 Check Out Time 11am

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M. Powell
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Very Good Compilation
Reviewed in the United States on December 16, 2019
I have been a Sparks fan since their first LP (Yes, I''m that old!) and this is an excellent compilation. It isn''t from the song mix (although I like all the songs, of course) and it isn''t from the fact that I have all their LPs and CDs and such; but it is because of the... See more
I have been a Sparks fan since their first LP (Yes, I''m that old!) and this is an excellent compilation. It isn''t from the song mix (although I like all the songs, of course) and it isn''t from the fact that I have all their LPs and CDs and such; but it is because of the mastering and the inclusion of songs that I didn''t have. I like the song selection from across their career (Yes, there are songs I would have enjoyed added, but they have soooo much to choose from). These songs are re-mastered with great sound; absolutely the best versions I''ve heard. At this price, it is a great purchase.
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andrew delouise
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
A must for fans old and new
Reviewed in the United States on March 12, 2021
I vaguely remember Sparks growing as a kid in the 1970s but when MTV came out I remember their videos,like Beat the Clock,All you ever think about is sex,Cool Places etc.. and loving their catchy songs. About ten years ago I looked them up online and there they brothers... See more
I vaguely remember Sparks growing as a kid in the 1970s but when MTV came out I remember their videos,like Beat the Clock,All you ever think about is sex,Cool Places etc.. and loving their catchy songs. About ten years ago I looked them up online and there they brothers Mael are,still going at it. Their most recent products are nothing short of fantastic in my opinion. As for this 3 disc set,it is well worth your money. As with any anthology, there''s bound to be nitpicking,"why isn''t this song on instead of that?" etc. I say shut up and enjoy. Disc one covers the 70s,disc 2 the 80s and disc 3, everything up to and including a few from Hippopotamus. If you''re an older fan or new to them and want to get a feel for this impossible to classify band,this is a great starting point. Comes with a cool booklet and is good enough to tide you over until Edgar Wright''s documentary The Sparks brothers gets released.
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R. Greathouse
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Open yourself up to a complete Sparks experience!
Reviewed in the United States on December 28, 2019
This is a treasure! I had been a big fan of Sparks, during their guitar rock oriented albums in the 70''s and early 80''s and then pretty much wrote them off when their music changed. This collection showed me how wrong I was to do that. They remained Sparks throughout the 5... See more
This is a treasure! I had been a big fan of Sparks, during their guitar rock oriented albums in the 70''s and early 80''s and then pretty much wrote them off when their music changed. This collection showed me how wrong I was to do that. They remained Sparks throughout the 5 decades. Their hysterically funny lyrics remain and the music in the 90''s, 00''s and 10''s is really good, after all!
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John F. Kimsey
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
The best Sparks anthology!
Reviewed in the United States on January 25, 2020
This is the most comprehensive Sparks anthology. This covers all phases of Sparks career, which is a major feat because this band doesn’t stay in the same lane very long. An immensely creative and trend setting band (brothers.) If you don’t like a particular phase; just... See more
This is the most comprehensive Sparks anthology. This covers all phases of Sparks career, which is a major feat because this band doesn’t stay in the same lane very long. An immensely creative and trend setting band (brothers.) If you don’t like a particular phase; just wait a few songs and it will change. Anyone who enjoys music should buy this set.
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VITSOL
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Filling in the missing pieces to my Sparks collection
Reviewed in the United States on June 27, 2021
I had 7 Sparks CD''s in my collection before ordering this 3-CD set chosen by the band. The only one that I had between 1976 and 2006 was Angst In My Pants from 1982. That one happens to have Eaten By The Monster Of Love, which another reviewer complained about it not being... See more
I had 7 Sparks CD''s in my collection before ordering this 3-CD set chosen by the band. The only one that I had between 1976 and 2006 was Angst In My Pants from 1982. That one happens to have Eaten By The Monster Of Love, which another reviewer complained about it not being included in this set. Since I already had that song, I have no complaints at all.

The songs in this set were wisely chosen by the Mael Brothers themselves. Very well done! I highly recommend this set to new fans of this band. Seeing The Sparks Brothers movie also inspired me to order this set.
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Inozjeff
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
The Best of Sparks
Reviewed in the United States on January 22, 2020
I have quite a few Sparks CDs but I bought this because it contained nearly 20 songs that I did not have from other CDs or greatest hits, so another charming, quirky, and fun bunch of songs all in 3 CDs. If you love Sparks funny and inventive music that is not the normal... See more
I have quite a few Sparks CDs but I bought this because it contained nearly 20 songs that I did not have from other CDs or greatest hits, so another charming, quirky, and fun bunch of songs all in 3 CDs. If you love Sparks funny and inventive music that is not the normal stuff you hear, they are worth adding to your collection.
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Iris girl
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Classic Mael!
Reviewed in the United States on December 16, 2019
Love this. It took awhile longer to arrive but so worth the wait.
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William D.
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Extensive overview of their career
Reviewed in the United States on July 11, 2021
Be forewarned: with their new documentary "The Sparks Brothers" and their upcoming movie "Annette" this compilation will sell out. So get it while you can. There have been Sparks compilations before but this one is the best and most comprehensive spanning their entire... See more
Be forewarned: with their new documentary "The Sparks Brothers" and their upcoming movie "Annette" this compilation will sell out. So get it while you can. There have been Sparks compilations before but this one is the best and most comprehensive spanning their entire career. And personally selected by the Mael brothers themselves
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K Jenkins
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Sparks at their majestic best
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 10, 2019
Another compilation, pretty much from the start to their last album (and beyond) - but this has the very best tracks from their extensive back catalogue, showing the breadth of their talents. It sounds astonishing...and I have heard the tracks may times over the...See more
Another compilation, pretty much from the start to their last album (and beyond) - but this has the very best tracks from their extensive back catalogue, showing the breadth of their talents. It sounds astonishing...and I have heard the tracks may times over the years.....still relevant, still fresh, just amazing.......let SPARKS fly!!
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Tez
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Lack of BASS
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 9, 2019
**** only for the set of CDs because of the sound quality that is too digitally metallic with not enough DEEP BASS in general. I’m lucky to have the "Terminal Jive" on vinyl and an official CD released in Germany to allow me to rate this. However, most of us won’t either...See more
**** only for the set of CDs because of the sound quality that is too digitally metallic with not enough DEEP BASS in general. I’m lucky to have the "Terminal Jive" on vinyl and an official CD released in Germany to allow me to rate this. However, most of us won’t either notice or make any difference at all and will be fully happy with the set at a good price. Enjoy! 😎
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BOOK MARK!
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Great collection from a great band
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 28, 2019
really glad bought this and love it - all the hits and songs - remixes and new versions a must for all fans
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clynton david keel
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Its Sparks, nothing else needs to be said :)
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 9, 2019
Great compilation for the Sparks fan and anyone wanting to see what all the fuss is about :) I recommend but then im biased im a fan. :)
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Hector's House
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Brilliant!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 19, 2020
Quite simply...you can''t go wrong with Sparks! Yes, there have been several "Best Of" albums, but each gets better and better! Buy Now
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