Sparks is playing The Aladdin Theater on Sunday and I am beyond excited. I have been a huge fan for a while, (so much so in fact that I manged to get an interview with them, which you can read here.) Sparks' career has spanned over four decades, and with that comes many changes in style, both in music and wardrobe. My favorite sartorial period of Sparks is the 1970s, and Russell Mael combined the styles of glam and disco while his brother Ron's style was a throwback to the 1940s. A very interesting juxtaposition that worked well visually with their performance styles. Here are some of my favorite looks, including a couple of videos.
I totally dig the white leisure suit that Russell Mael is wearing. You can get a better view of it in their video for This Town Ain't Big Enough For Both Of Us:
One more outfit I really like is Russell's in the video for Beat the Clock:
This look, as well as the song, is totally 80's, but in fact this video was made in 1979. I am pretty sure I have seen dudes rock this look in Portland, especially the colored denim. So I guess Sparks were ahead of their time not only in the music they produced but the clothing they chose as well. And then of course there's this:
Always the jokesters.