Sparks

PUBLISHED: 18:31 05 July 2006 | UPDATED: 09:32 24 May 2010

FOR many fans of 70s music their first glimpse of Sparks was bizarre enough to send them running for the safety zone behind the sofa

FOR many fans of 70s music their first glimpse of Sparks was bizarre enough to send them running for the safety zone behind the sofa. The flamboyant Russell Mael with mad eyes and a mop of unruly hair was backed by his piano-playing brother Ron who sat, almost immobile, staring through his scary glasses over that Hitler moustache. The pair's singles include Beat The Clock, Never Turn Your Back on Mother Earth and the number two hit This Town Ain't Big Enough for the Both of Us covered last autumn by British Whale (aka Justin Hawkins of The Darkness) with the brothers' seal of approval.Sparks will appear at Bristol's Colston Hall on September 28 as part of the promotional tour for their twentieth album, Hello Young Lovers. * Tickets, priced £25, are on sale at the box office. Call 01179 223686 for details or log on to the website www.colstonhall.org

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