Sparks & Noel Number 1 In Heaven / Is there more to life than dancing?

Lil Beethoven
25th April 2024

Format Info

2LP - Clear / Green Vinyl

Released in 1979, the Giorgio Moroder-produced ‘No. 1 In Heaven’ became the
blueprint album for all electronic music to come. The same year, Ron and Russell
Mael wrote, produced, and recorded the album ‘Is There More To Life Than
Dancing?’ for LA-based singer Noel. Together these albums showcase the Maels’
electronic adventurousness and trailblazing foresight into the next decade. Bands
such as Joy Division, Duran Duran, Vince Clarke (Depeche Mode, Yazoo, Erasure),
etc. have cited ‘No. 1 In Heaven’ as infuential to their own work.
Sparks’ masterpiece with Moroder was voted “the greatest synth-pop album
of all time” by Paste Magazine last year, beating off stiff competition from
Kraftwerk and Depeche Mode, among others.
No.1 In Heaven would go on to provide Sparks with their biggest hits since the
Island years: the near title song ‘The Number One Song In Heaven’ went top 20
and the irrepressibly catchy ‘Beat The Clock’ went top 10, while third single
‘Tryouts For The Human Race’ proved Sparks were a band who were never
short of ideas – and they’re still not – proving that fact time and time again over
26 albums and six incredible decades
Celebrating the 45th anniversaries of both No.1 In Heaven and Is There More
To Life Than Dancing the two albums are now released on colour vinyl – white
and green respectively.
“One of the few things that we’ve learned over time is that putting ourselves in
a frightening situation with no clear view of the result can be the way to
achieve a result that was both unforeseen and beyond one’s wildest creative
expectations. That was the case with the No.1 In Heaven album. Even putting
ourselves in the hands of a great producer such as Giorgio Moroder and
relinquishing complete control over the outcome was a leap of faith. What
can seem like an obvious move in hindsight can be not nearly as obvious at
the time. We’re glad we dove in!” – Ron and Russell Mael

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