Monday, 29 December 2008

No More Nice Guys

Feeling somewhat deluged by new music, I nabbed a listen to something old from Sparks & noted (not for the first time, but I forgot) a song title (almost) shared with Alice Cooper - No More Mr. Nice Guy(s).
Tenuous or not, it's all the excuse I need to share two good tunes.

The Sparks one is originally from when they were called Halfnelson, and appeared on their self-titled 1971 debut; shortly afterwards, they chose Sparks as a name, signed with Warner Bros. & reissued it as... 'Sparks' in '72, the same year the wonderful 'Woofer in Tweeter's Clothing' came out.

I got into 'em in 1974 at the tender age of ten, when 'This town ain't big enough...' was a huge UK hit; the last two albums have been magnificent I'd say - & I sorely wish I'd made it to the Sparks Spectacular this year. Like a lot of Sparks songs, Nice Guys sounds pretty jolly, but the lyrics paint a different picture, just as on the über bouncy 'Girl from Germany' that I posted a while back.

Alice Cooper's track of (nearly) the same title is from the 1973 Billion Dollar Babies album, which unlike Sparks' early releases, was a huge US hit; the song did pretty well as a single too. It captures the almost-comedy rock, performed dead-straight schtick very nicely indeed, excellent. Ooh! I gotta play Be My Lover, right away.

No more Mr. Nice Guys --   Sparks buy

No more Mr. Nice Guy --  Alice Cooper buy

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