All white, all white, it's a fair cop but John's Children dunnit.It is 1973. Bronzed Californian showbiz twins troll over to the UK, replace their existing Sparks band members with Brits and make an album. They get some hits and cunningly replace most of the new British band with more accommodating mole-lovers. When it all stops, they go back down the trans-Atlantic burrow. 45-odd years later, it all comes around again.

So there we are. Still want more essential mole-facts?

  • Richard Digby Smith engineered ‘Kimono My House’, and came up with those gunshots.
  • Only 41 years late, a gold disc for ‘Kimono My House’
  • Sparks manager John Hewlett spills the beans
  • Selected (i.e. one) Sparks discography:
  • Sparks gig report in Mojo by MG
  • Sparks’ (deceased) guitarist Adrian Fisher was earlier in Toby, with (former Free bassist) Andy Fraser:

Toby: l-r Adrian Fisher, Stan Speake, Andy Fraser

  • Adrian Fisher gave an interview in 2000
    • and met a fan in Thailand
    • and was featured in the BBC show Expats
    • and has his own Wikipedia page
  • As does (also deceased) drummer Norman ‘Dinky Diamond
  • Breathless fly-on-the-wall account of early Sparks auditions, from  Reinforcements magazine
  • The Rickenbacker 4001 bass: it lasted until the first Radio Stars tour with Eddy and the Hot Rods. It ended up (quite legally) in the hands of Paul Gray, before it fell to bits, or so he says
  • Is that a double-barrelled shotgun in your pocket or are you just pleased to see me?

And finally:

  • Mojo – ‘Hello, Goodbye’

Hello, Goodbye - Mojo (Aug 2003)

Hello, Goodbye – Mojo (Aug 2003)